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Bill Gates: How Paul Allen Changed My Life

Posted by hkarner - 22. Oktober 2018

Date: 21-10-2018
Source: The Wall Street Journal By Bill Gates

Gates describes the moment Allen showed him a new computer called the Altair 8800, which marked the end of Gates’s college career and the beginning of Microsoft

I met Paul Allen when I was in 7th grade, and it changed my life.

I looked up to him right away. He was two years ahead of me in school, really tall, and proved to be a genius with computers. (Later, he also had a very cool beard, the type I could never pull off myself.) We bonded over the teletype that some students’ mothers had bought for the school and had connected to a remote mainframe.

Eventually we were spending just about all our free time messing around with any machine we could get our hands on. At an age when other high school kids were sneaking out of the house to go partying, Paul and I would sneak out at night to go use the computers in a lab at the University of Washington. It sounds geeky, and it was, but it was also a formative experience, and I’m not sure I would have had the courage to do it without Paul. I know it would have been a lot less fun. (“Borrowing” computer time illicitly would become something of a theme for us. Later, when I was a student at Harvard, I got in trouble for letting Paul use the campus computer lab without permission.)

Even in high school, before most people knew what a personal computer was, Paul predicted that chips would get super-powerful and would eventually give rise to a whole new industry. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »


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Cloud-Boom bescherte Microsoft kräftige Geschäftszuwächse

Posted by hkarner - 20. Juli 2018

Die Quartalszahlen übertrafen die Erwartungen deutlich. Der Konzern will nun weiter auf Innovationen setzen.

Der Software-Riese Microsoft hat Umsatz und Gewinn dank seines brummenden Cloud-Geschäfts kräftig gesteigert. Im vierten Geschäftsquartal (bis Ende Juni) legte der Überschuss im Jahresvergleich um knapp zehn Prozent auf 8,9 Milliarden Dollar (7,67 Mrd. Euro) zu, wie Microsoft am Donnerstag nach US-Börsenschluss am Konzernsitz in Redmond (US-Staat Washington) mitteilte.

Die Erlöse stiegen um mehr als 17 Prozent auf 30,1 Milliarden Dollar. Die Erwartungen der Analysten übertrafen die Quartalszahlen klar. Die Marktreaktion fiel dennoch relativ verhalten aus – nachbörslich drehte die Aktie nach anfänglichen Kursverlusten zwar rasch ins Plus, konnte aber keine großen Sprünge machen. Allerdings hatte der Kurs seit Jahresbeginn auch schon um rund 22 Prozent zugelegt. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Amazon Passes Alphabet as Second-Largest U.S. Company

Posted by hkarner - 21. März 2018

Date: 21-03-2018
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Recent weakness in large technology stocks is reordering the list of the biggest U.S. firms.

During a selloff that has dragged down the broader market this week, Amazon.com Inc.’s market value passed that of Alphabet Amazon closed as the second biggest U.S. company on Tuesday, topping Alphabet for the first time ever, according to The Wall Street Journal’s Market Data Group.

Amazon closed up 2.7% at $1,586.51, giving it a market value of $768 billion, while Alphabet shed 0.4% to $1,095.80, lowering its market cap to $763 billion. Apple Inc. has the largest market cap, at $889 billion. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Microsoft boss: World needs more computing power

Posted by hkarner - 24. Januar 2018

Date: 24-01-2018
Source: BBC

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella

The world is rapidly „running out of computing capacity“, the head of tech giant Microsoft has warned.

Satya Nadella said at the World Economic Forum in Davos that superfast quantum computers were needed to solve some of the most difficult problems.

Mr Nadella cited the quest to create a catalyst that can absorb carbon, in order to help tackle climate change.

This, he cautioned, would likely not be achieved without an increase in computer processing power.

Moore’s Law is kinda running out of steam, Mr Nadella told assembled delegates, referring to the maxim that the power of computer chips doubles every two years.

He added that quantum computing was needed „to create all of these rich experiences we talk about, all of this artificial intelligence“.

The Microsoft chief executive also took aim at so-called „re-skilling programmes“ that don’t cater to the needs of the job market, calling them „one of the greatest wastes of money“. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Nasdaq Crests 7000 as Tech Giants Roar Into 2018

Posted by hkarner - 4. Januar 2018

Date: 03-01-2018
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Tech-focused index jumped 28% in 2017, beating the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s 25% gain and S&P 500’s 19% rise

Companies in the Nasdaq are trading at the highest multiples of their last 12months of earnings since 2004.

The Nasdaq Composite closed above 7000 for the first time Tuesday after racing to a fresh 1,000-point milestone in just over eight months—a pace not seen since the heights of the technology boom.

Many global stock indexes have hit records or multiyear highs in recent months, lifted by signs of a pickup in economic expansion around the world.

The Nasdaq has risen faster than other major U.S. indexes over the past year as investors, frustrated with low interest rates and tepid global growth, bet on the prospects of large technology companies such as Apple Inc., Google parent Alphabet Inc. and Microsoft Corp., all of which are heavily weighted in the index.

Those three companies, along with fellow heavyweights Amazon.com Inc. and Facebook Inc., collectively contributed more than two-thirds of the points that carried the Nasdaq from one 1000-point milestone to another, according to stock-market research firm Birinyi Associates.

Such bets helped the Nasdaq jump 28% in 2017, beating the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s 25% gain and S&P 500’s 19% rise. The only two times the Nasdaq has passed 1,000-point milestones faster were the 38 trading sessions the index took to advance to 4000 in 1999 and the 49 sessions it needed to top 5000 in 2000—shortly before the dot-com bust. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Microsoft soll sich 45 Milliarden Dollar an Steuern „erspart“ haben

Posted by hkarner - 23. August 2017

23. August 2017, 06:06 derstandard.at

Der US-Konzern wurde auch in der Vergangenheit wiederholt wegen „Steueroptimierungen“ kritisiert

Redmond – Der US-Konzern Microsoft gerät durch seine „Steueroptimierungen“ in den USA erneut in die Kritik. Dies wirft auch in der EU Fragen zu effizienteren Maßnahmen im Kampf gegen Steuerflucht und Steuervermeidung auf. Das jüngste Beispiel von Microsoft macht die Tragweite solcher Praktiken für die betroffenen Staaten deutlich. Laut dem Anfang August veröffentlichten Geschäftsbericht hat das US-Unternehmen in den letzten zwei Jahren rund 43 Milliarden US-Dollar (36,5 Milliarden Euro) verdient. Davon seien allerdings nur etwa 0,3 Prozent (128 Millionen) in den USA erwirtschaftet worden. Das scheint nicht sehr plausibel, schreibt das Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP). ITEP vermutet, dass ein Großteil der Gewinne des Konzerns auf Konten in Steueroasen liegt. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Can the Tech Giants Be Stopped?

Posted by hkarner - 17. Juli 2017

Date: 15-07-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Google, Facebook, Amazon and other tech behemoths are transforming the U.S. economy and labor market, with scant public debate or scrutiny. Changing course won’t be easy.

Sometimes it is hard to grasp how quickly the giant tech companies have come to dominate the world economy. Ten years ago, only one of them, Microsoft , was among the biggest companies in the world as measured by market capitalization. These days, the top five usually consists of Apple , Alphabet (the parent company of Google), Amazon , Microsoft and Facebook .

It has been an astonishingly rapid rise for the tech giants, and it’s far from over. The big question for the future is: How will their ever-expanding control affect other businesses and the labor market? Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Tech’s Titans Go From Big to Bigger

Posted by hkarner - 29. April 2017

Date: 28-04-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Scale of Amazon, Microsoft and Google hard to combat as tech industry shifts to new markets

Today’s high-tech giants may not be monopolies in the most classic sense. But their outsize prominence is hard to deny, as demonstrated during the tech-earnings-palooza Thursday afternoon.

The day’s closing bell saw quarterly reports from Amazon.com Inc., Microsoft Corp., Intel Corp. and Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google. Their combined revenue for the period—about $97.4 billion—comprises about 4% of the cumulative revenue projected for companies in the S&P 500, according to Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst at S&P Dow Jones Indices.

Yet, the combined market capitalization of the four companies makes up about 8% of the Index’s total. Throwing in Apple Inc. AAPL 0.08% and Facebook Inc. FB 0.78% —both of which report results next week—puts about 13% of the S&P 500’s combined market cap into the hands of just six companies. And note that two of those companies—Microsoft and Intel—were written off by some as being past their prime, given that both still rely on sales of personal computers for a substantial portion of their business. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Microsoft’s Plan to Dominate Connected Cars

Posted by hkarner - 24. März 2017

Date: 23-03-2017
Source: Fortune

Microsoft has agreed to license its patents for Internet-connected cars to Toyota, its first such deal with an automaker and a signal that it may be willing to partner with others.

The tech giant, which announced the deal on Wednesday afternoon, holds a treasure trove of patents that include car operating systems, Wi-Fi, motion sensors, voice recognition, and navigation. Cars are increasingly morphing into computers with wheels, and Microsoft sees the same opportunity that a number of other tech companies do, including Intel, Google, Qualcomm, and NXP.

“The connected car represents an enormous opportunity for the auto industry, and at the core it’s a software challenge,” Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of business development at Microsoft, said in a statement Wednesday. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Why Deep Learning Is Suddenly Changing Your Life

Posted by hkarner - 30. September 2016

Illustration by Justin Metz

September 28, 2016, 5:00 PM EDT

Decades-old discoveries are now electrifying the computing industry and will soon transform corporate America.

Over the past four years, readers have doubtlessly noticed quantum leaps in the quality of a wide range of everyday technologies.

Most obviously, the speech-recognition functions on our smartphones work much better than they used to. When we use a voice command to call our spouses, we reach them now. We aren’t connected to Amtrak or an angry ex.

In fact, we are increasingly interacting with our computers by just talking to them, whether it’s Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, or the many voice-responsive features of Google. Chinese search giant Baidu says customers have tripled their use of its speech interfaces in the past 18 months.

Machine translation and other forms of language processing have also become far more convincing, with Google googl , Microsoft msft , Facebook fb , and Baidu bidu unveiling new tricks every month. Google Translate now renders spoken sentences in one language into spoken sentences in another for 32 pairs of languages, while offering text translations for 103 tongues, including Cebuano, Igbo, and Zulu. Google’s Inbox app offers three ready-made replies for many incoming emails. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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