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Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft to buy back $40bn of its shares

phantomflanflinger writes: As you may have heard already, Microsoft have announced their intentions to buy back $40 billion in stock from their investors, in the biggest single buy-back plan in business history. The announcement has given Microsoft shares a small gain but they still stand significantly below their level in January — before Microsoft's unsolicited bid for Yahoo!. The announcement of the plan has also created new speculation about a now-or-never deal with Yahoo!.
Space

Submission + - One of the coolest place in the Universe

phantomflanflinger writes: The Cern Laboratory, home of the Large Hadron Collider, is fast becoming one of the coolest places in the Universe.

According to news.bbc.co.uk, the Large Hadron Collider is entering the final stages of being lowered to a temperature of 1.9 Kelvin (-271C; -456F) — colder than deep space.

The LHC aims to re-create the conditions just after the Big Bang and continue the search for the Higgs boson.
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft must now pay EU $1.4bn

phantomflanflinger writes: According to news.bbc.co.uk, The European Commission has fined Microsoft for defying sanctions previously imposed on it for anti-competitive behaviour. Microsoft must now pay 899 million euros ($1.4bn; £680.9m) after it failed to comply with a 2004 ruling that it took part in monopolistic practices.
Editorial

Submission + - Complacency 'rife' in European IT projects

phantomflanflinger writes: According to the BBC, many European IT workers are not being held responsible for delivering projects late.

The study was conducted by Hewlett Packard and the Economist Intelligence Unit which spoke to 1,125 professionals worldwide.

The three most common causes for delay were outsourcing, changing priorities half way through a project and poor co-ordination between managers.

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