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Microsoft's venture fund M12 partners with Mayfield and Pivotal Ventures to announce $6 million competition for women-led enterprise startups

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Four winning companies will receive a total of $6 million in venture funding, along with access to technology, resources, mentoring and other benefits. "Last year's competition helped highlight that there are innovative female entrepreneurs developing enterprise tech solutions, and they just aren't getting equal access to capital," said Peggy Johnson, executive vice president, Business Development, Microsoft Corp. "The tech industry can't afford to keep leaving women's good ideas on the table. We need to level the playing field for female entrepreneurs, and together with Mayfield and Pivotal Ventures, we aim to do just that with our second Female Founders Competition." According to Gartner, "The enterprise software market will experience the strongest growth in 2019, reaching $457 billion, up 9% from $419 billion in 2018. "2 Investing in women-led enterprise companies is essential to economic growth and to closing the gender funding gap. Companies will be eligible to apply if they have at least one female founder, have raised no more than $5 million in combined equity funding and/or debt loans upon date of application, and offer or intend to release a product, service or platform addressing a critical business problem for a global market.

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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Facebook, International Business Machines, Microsoft, SAP and Accenture

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Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Nonetheless, the remaining 21 partners, comprising Coinbase, Uber, Spotify, Vodafone, Lyft, among others, recently inked a deal in Geneva to be part of the Libra Association — the governing body of Libra. Tech companies including Facebook are exploring every avenue to unlock the potential of blockchain and revolutionize the functioning of industries including payments, banking, retail, healthcare, logistics, utility and transportation. Apart from Facebook, International Business Machines, Microsoft, SAP SE and Accenture are expected to gain from their efforts in the blockchain domain.

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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Microsoft, NIKE, Procter & Gamble and Walmart

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Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include:Microsoft Corp. MSFT, NIKE Inc. NKE, The Procter & Gamble Co. PG and Walmart Inc. WMT. Notably, third-quarter 2019 earnings reports will gather pace from this week. However, expectation for third-quarter earnings is not quite favorable at the moment. We have narrowed down our search to four blue-chip stocks, which have rallied more than the broader market and still have upside left for the rest of 2019.

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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Microsoft, KLA-Tencor, QUALCOMM, YUM! Brands and Deere & Co.

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Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. On Oct 11, President Donald Trump met with Chinese vice premier Liu He and said in the Oval office that the United States has reached a “very substantial phase one deal” with China in a move to end the lingering tariff war between them. Wall Street welcomed the move as three major stock indexes ---- the Dow, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite ---- rallied 1.2%, 1.1% and 1.3%, respectively. On the other hand, a trade spat with the United States resulted in a significant slowdown of China’s economy. However, a strong Chinese economy will give U.S. high-tech companies a solid boost as China is also the largest market for U.S. high-tech products.

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Is AWS sponsoring Rust? Only a bit – and so is Microsoft Azure

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AWS has announced its "Sponsorship of the Rust project", causing some initial excitement in the community. However, in reality it only amounts to a year of AWS "promotional credits." "We're really excited to announce that AWS is sponsoring the Rust programming language," reads a statement by David Barsky (engineer on Rust runtime for Lambda), Arun Gupta (open source technical evangelist), and Jacob Peddicord (open-source engineer). Alex Crichton, who works for Mozilla and is a member of the Rust team, was quoted as saying that "this sponsorship enables Rust to sustainably host infrastructure on AWS," also noting that "diversifying the sponsorship of the Rust project is also critical to its long-term success." A discussion on Hacker News threw up this comment from Pietro Albini, another Rust team member: "By the way, we don't actually run our CI on AWS. We use S3 to store caches and build artifacts, but all the builds run on Azure Pipelines at the moment."

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ARK Multicasting and Microsoft Announce Agreement for Rural Broadband and Distributed Cloud Services

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The companies will work together to test both innovative technology approaches to address the broadband gap in rural America and Azure-based media distribution using ARK’s next generation broadcast network. The work will begin in Crockett, Texas, where the companies will trial a deployment of NEXTGEN TV, formerly known as ATSC 3.0 (Advanced Television Systems Committee) hybrid broadcast-broadband network to deliver high-quality programming by combining broadcast signals with home internet. This represents one of the first technology pilots to test co-existence of ATSC 3.0 and TV white spaces, which if successful, could unlock more white space spectrum and showcase new approaches to providing a broadband and broadcast solution for unserved communities across rural America. “This collaboration with ARK will test advanced solutions and it is our hope that the results can help remove existing barriers to spectrum and regulatory approvals to more quickly deliver access to broadband.”.

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Apple, Microsoft And Semiconductors: Technology Sector Earnings Ahead

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The irony in all of this is that the industry that’s currently bucking the Tech trend and lifting the entire sector—Semiconductors (“Semis”)—also happens to be the industry that’s been leading the sector’s decline in negative EPS guidance and year-over-year earnings expectations. MU beat earnings expectations when it reported its fiscal Q4 results on September 27. But because its sales were down 42% from last year’s fiscal Q4, and it announced an 86% fall in profits, the stock got hammered, sinking over 11% after reporting. When it comes to the semiconductor space, each company is different, and you have to know what each company is doing, how they’re positioned, and where they are in the product cycle. The Philadelphia Semiconductor Index (SOX - purple line) outperformed not only the rest of the Tech sector (IXI - candlestick) last quarter, but also the broad-based S&P 500 Index (SPX - blue line). But it's been a volatile run for SOX, due in part to the ebb and flow of trade policy. Sure, there’s been quite a bit of volatility and back and forth price action over the last quarter due to the headline risks on the US-China trade, global economic slowdown indications, and fears of Technology sector overvaluation. But it’s important to monitor whether these and other fundamentals are having a measurable impact on earnings.

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The Microsoft Immersive Reader Comes to Instructure Canvas

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CHICAGO, Oct. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at EDUCAUSE, Instructure (INST) announced that Immersive Reader, a Microsoft Learning Tool, is available through an open beta within the Canvas Learning Management Platform. "Reading is foundational to learning, and through this partnership Instructure and Microsoft will help more students of all abilities learn," said Tara Gunther, VP of partnerships at Instructure. "Accessibility is a top priority for Instructure and we are committed to ensuring our customers have tools that support all levels of learning. Immersive Reader will allow text-to-speech and make text more consumable inside Canvas by offering it in different sizes and colors." "Literacy is the foundation of all learning. As students, we go from learning to read in elementary school to reading to learn throughout our lives," said Mike Tholfsen, Principal Program Manager at Microsoft who helped create the product in the company's Hackathon in 2015.

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Hiperdist Showcases Its ‘Digital Technology Capabilities’ At GITEX 2019 with Microsoft

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Hiperdist Showcases Its ‘Digital Technology Capabilities’ At GITEX 2019 with Microsoft. DUBAI, United Arab Emirates--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Regional Value added distributor Hiperdist, in collaboration with Microsoft, participated in the GITEX Technology Week, held recently in the UAE. Elaborating on the Hiperdist strategy in MEA region, Dr. Antoine Kareh, General Manager at CIS Group said, “Our long legacy of success in the Middle East and Africa is due to our unrelenting focus on providing the right tools to our partners at the right time. As we grow, we want our partners to grow with us, by leveraging our deep reach in the African countries and collaborating with us on the latest technologies.”. With a wide portfolio of IT brands such as Acer, Alibaba Cloud, Asus, Avaya, Canon, Galax, G.Skill, HPE, HP, Lenovo, LITEON, Logitech, Microsoft, Palo Alto, Pelco, PLDS, Ring, Super Micro, Synology, SysTools, Tandberg Data, Vertiv, ViewSonic and Zotac, the organization’s key differentiator is a relentless focus on innovative, custom-made solutions for their partners.

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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Apple, Microsoft, Garmin, Cirrus Logic and Synopsys

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Chicago, IL –October 11, 2019 – Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Apple announced that the USTR approved 10 out of 15 exemptions requested on Mac pro components from China, submitted its position on DACA to the Supreme Court, saw a number of positive analyst reports and some commentary from Apple bull Mark Gurman. In granting the approvals, the USTR considered whether the products are made only in China, are strategically important for Chinese industrial programs and whether the duty would cause severe harm to the company or U.S. interests in general. So it was determined that Apple “failed to show that the imposition of additional duties” on things like optional wheels for Apple’s Mac Pro, a circuit board for managing input and output ports, power adapter, charging cable and a cooling system for the computer’s processor “would cause severe economic harm” to itself “or other U.S. interests.” So these requests were rejected.

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