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Sunday, October 11


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Prime Day Laptop, MacBook & Chromebook Deals 2020: Early ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo & Microsoft Surface Laptop Savings Revealed by Retail Egg

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Check out Amazon’s Prime Day 2020 page to compare the full range of live deals at the moment. Amazon Prime Day is a 48-hour shopping event and celebration for Prime members, featuring deals and discounts across thousands of items. From the ever popular MacBook to Chromebooks, as well as Windows laptops, you won't have trouble finding a laptop that will suit your needs. There's the HP Chromebook X360 and the HP Pavilion from HP, laptops that are budget-friendly and packed with useful features. For Dell, you have the Inspiron and XPS series with various configurations to fit your needs. ASUS and Lenovo also have their own models such as the ASUS Chromebook Flip and the Lenovo Touchpad series. Since its inception in 2015, Amazon’s Prime Day sale has always been held in the summer.

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Saturday, October 10


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Warren Buffett bought Microsoft stock after meeting Bill Gates and made a $37 billion acquisition thanks to a chance encounter. Here are his 10 best quotes from an interview in a new book.

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The famed investor and Berkshire Hathaway CEO also touched on railroads, his annual shareholder letters, his retirement plans, and his company's future in the interview with the co-executive chairman of The Carlyle Group. Warren Buffett gave investing advice to investigative journalist Bob Woodward, bought 100 Microsoft shares after meeting Bill Gates, and made a $37 billion acquisition because of a chance encounter, he told David Rubenstein in an interview for "How to Lead: Wisdom from the World's Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers." "I bought 100 shares just to keep track of what this young kid was doing" — on his early relationship with Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates. After hearing Donegan speak for 30 minutes, Buffett told his colleague to call him and propose a cash offer, resulting in a $37 billion acquisition.

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Friday, October 09


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GameStop Gets Boost From Microsoft Partnership

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GameStop (NYSE: GME) is partnering with Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) to bring the tech giant's cloud-based business solutions and applications to the video game retailer's back-office operations. Thursday's announcement sent GameStop's shares soaring 44% higher -- helped along by a likely short squeeze as 136% the retailer's outstanding shares were sold short -- but the deal also suggests GameStop can better cope with the industry's transition to online and digital gaming. According to GameStop, the agreement will allow it to standardize its back-end and in-store solutions on Microsoft's Dynamics 365 platform, giving its employees real-time data not only on inventory, but also customer preferences and purchase history regardless of whether those purchases were made online or in-store.

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GameStop's Multi-Year Deal With Microsoft Drives Stock

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With a vision to become the ultimate destination for video game products, expand reach and connection to the global gamer community and leverage operational efficiencies throughout its omni-channel platform, GameStop Corp. GME entered into a multi-year strategic partnership with Microsoft Corporation MSFT. We note that shares of this Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) company have more than doubled so far this year compared with the industry’s rally of 10.4%.In this regard, GameStop’s CEO, George Sherman, said, “This is an exciting day at GameStop as we announce the advancement of an important partnership that capitalizes on the power of our operating platform and significant market share in gaming to accelerate our digital transformation; drive incremental revenue streams; and over time, further monetize the digital world of gaming.”. Few Aspects of the Partnership. In order to provide customers with enhanced digital solutions, GameStop will utilize Microsoft’s cloud solutions and hardware products to upgrade its business operations.The Grapevine, TX-based company will adopt Microsoft's cloud-based business applications and customer data platform, Dynamics 365, to augment its back-end and in-store solutions. Management informed that Microsoft Surface devices have already been a key part of the digital modernization strategy for store management.Additionally, the company informed that the rollout of Microsoft 365, a line of subscription services and Microsoft Teams, a chat-based collaboration platformwill equip GameStop’s more than 30,000 store employees with enhanced productivity and collaboration tools.Undoubtedly, GameStop with its vast network of retail outlets of more than 5,000 and world-class e-commerce platform has been delivering enhanced gaming experience to customers.

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Stock Wars: Apple Vs. Microsoft

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In fiscal 2019, Apple’s revenue was split as $142.4 billion for the iPhone, $25.7 billion for Mac computers, $21.3 billion for iPads, $24.5 billion in wearables/home and $46.3 billion in services. At the time Jobs announced the iPhone, Apple was valued at $73.4 billion. The deal saw Microsoft agree to support its Office on Mac computers for five years and Apple make Microsoft’s Internet Explorer the default web browser on Mac computers. The deal gave Apple much-needed cash and also helped Microsoft fend off monopolistic concerns that were centered on the company at the time.

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Microsoft Plans To Skirt Apple Ban On Cloud Gaming Apps Via Browser-Based Service: Report

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Microsoft Plans To Skirt Apple Ban On Cloud Gaming Apps Via Browser-Based Service: Report. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) is opting to use a web-browser based solution to bring its xCloud gaming service to iOS devices, Business Insider reported Thursday. What Happened: The Redmond, Washington-based company’s executive vice president of gaming told employees at a company meeting that it would bring its Game Pass to Apple Inc's (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPad and iPhone devices in 2021, according to Business Insider. Microsoft is also bringing xCloud to personal computers in 2021 — the company is already testing a preview version for employees, The Verge reported. “Our biggest issue is that cloud game streaming apps are actually not allowed in the way Game Pass is built for other platforms,” he said.

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Indonesia adds Microsoft, others to list of tech firms that must pay VAT

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Indonesia adds Microsoft, others to list of tech firms that must pay VAT. JAKARTA, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Indonesia has added eight more technology companies, including Alibaba Cloud (Singapore) Pte Ltd and Microsoft Corp, to a list of businesses that must pay a 10% value-added tax (VAT) on sales. The country's tax authority has named 36 companies including the latest additions as liable to pay VAT since July 7 when it listed Netflix Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google Asia Pacific among other tech firms. The other six named on Friday were GitHub Inc, Microsoft Regional Sales Pte Ltd, UCWeb Singapore Pte Ltd, To The New Pte Ltd, Coda Payments Pte Ltd and Nexmo Inc.

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Thursday, October 08


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GameStop Shares Surge On Microsoft Partnership

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GameStop Corp (NYSE: GME) announced a new multi-year partnership with Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT). What Happened: The deal will include GameStop using back-end and in-store solutions from Microsoft to help with finance, inventory, e-commerce, retail and point-of-sale. The partnership will help associates see insights about customer preferences and see inventory and promotions in real-time. Associates will use new Microsoft Surface devices. GameStop will roll out Microsoft 365 and Teams to its stores to help connect its more than 30,000 associates in productivity and collaborations. Why It’s Important: The console wars heat up in November with the release of Microsoft's Xbox Series S and Serie X and the Playstation 5 from Sony Corporation (NYSE: SNE).

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Microsoft sides with Apple critics in adopting new app store principles

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U.S. Microsoft sides with Apple critics in adopting new app store principles. Oct 8 (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp on Thursday said it would adopt a set of 10 principles for running its app store for Windows devices that could lower the commissions it charges, aligning itself with practices promoted by a group of Apple Inc critics. Microsoft and scores of other companies have criticized the iPhone maker's app store practices, which require developers to use Apple's official store to reach its hundreds of millions of users and to pay commissions of up to 30% for purchases made in Apple's store. In a blog post Thursday, Microsoft said it would adopt 10 principles that closely mirrored the group's demands but did not formally join the group. Some of the principles will have no immediate effect other than codifying existing Microsoft practices. For example, Microsoft already allows third-party app stores and downloads from the internet on Windows devices. But other principles - such as a commitment to "charge reasonable fees that reflect the competition we face from other app stores on Windows" - could mean changes to Microsoft's commissions of between 15% and 30% of store purchases.

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Office 365: Microsoft takes action to resolve 365 services accessibility issues, Telecom News, ET Telecom

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Microsoft Corp said on Wednesday a change it had made recently could have caused accessibility issues with multiple 365 services, including Teams and Outlook, and that the U.S. software maker has reverted it. "We've reverted the change and services are recovering", the company said in a tweet. Earlier in the day, Microsoft tweeted that users may see impact to Microsoft Teams, Outlook, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, and Outlook.com. Outage tracking website Downdetector.com on Wednesday showed more than 19,000 users were facing issues with Office 365 and over 18,000 incidents were reported involving Outlook.

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