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For Microsoft, it's virtual reality vs. real money

cnbc.com — Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella, almost a year into his tenure, has boosted the cloud business and partnered with companies big and small to expand its offerings. Analysts expect revenue growth of 7.4 percent in the quarter to $26.3 billion, with a drop in earnings per share to 71 cents from 78 cents, according to a survey by Thomson Reuters.

Will the surging dollar punish big tech earnings?

cnbc.com — MarkRubens | iStock / 360 | Getty Images As the five giants in U.S. consumer technology prepare to report earnings next week, investors are showing a surprisingly amount of skepticism about their prospects. Over the past three months, Apple (up 9.1 percent as of Thursday's close) is the only one of the five to top the S&P 500's 7.1 percent gain.

Tech conferences coming soon to your living room

cnbc.com — Blue Jeans has raised about $100 million in venture funding from investors like Battery Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Accel Partners and Norwest Venture Partners. At the time of Primetime's launch last month, Blue Jeans said it had 20 trial customers using it, including Red Hat and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.

Google Aims to Dominate Facebook in Virtual Reality

nbcnews.com — Facebook shocked the tech world last March by diving into virtual reality with the $2 billion acquisition of a niche start-up called Oculus VR. Funded initially through a 2012 Kickstarter campaign, Oculus created a slick high-end headset called the Rift that gave game developers-and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg -immersive viewing like nothing they'd ever experienced.

Google aims to dominate Facebook in virtual reality

cnbc.com — Mary Catherine Wellons | CNBC Facebook shocked the tech world last March by diving into virtual reality with the $2 billion acquisition of a niche start-up called Oculus VR. Funded initially through a 2012 Kickstarter campaign, Oculus created a slick high-end headset called the Rift that gave game developers-and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg -immersive viewing like nothing they'd ever experienced.

At 16, BlackBerry is no longer left for dead

cnbc.com — It's been quite a week for BlackBerry. From rumors ( dispelled) of a potential Samsung takeover to the company tweeting (and then deleting) from a rival iPhone, the mobile email pioneer is finding new and sometimes unfortunate ways to stay relevant. Coincidentally, Monday marks the 16 th anniversary of the launch of the first BlackBerry.

Why Google wants to be a money lender

cnbc.com — LendingClub has finally shown us what it means to have Google as a strategic investor. Google Capital has been writing big checks to late-stage tech start-ups since 2013 and has now backed 11 companies in areas including web finance, online education and big data, according to its web site.

Booking.com bets on last minute travelers

cnbc.com — Reserving a hotel room at the last minute is about to get a whole lot easier. Booking.com, the top online travel agent for accommodations, introduced a mobile app on Thursday called Booking Now for people who had a flight canceled, need to stay an extra day for business or are leaving town for a family emergency.

Why money-losing Box is finally ready for IPO

cnbc.com — David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images Aaron Levie is the quirky public face of software developer Box. But in the company's online IPO roadshow, the more important commentary came from the lesser-known co-founder Dylan Smith.

When Apple's iPhone launch hijacked CES

cnbc.com — Kurt Scherf reminds us that even though Apple took over the tech industry conversation in early 2007, its success in the phone market was anything but assured. Scherf was an analyst for market research firm Parks Associates from 1998 to 2012 and attended CES almost every year.
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Jan 27, 2015

Group of retired women lunching together, debating Netflix streaming vs. Amazon Instant. #SFsnowmageddon2015

Jan 27, 2015

glad i didn't invest in that bitcoin-euro-crude oil ETF.

Jan 27, 2015

A conversation between Bill Belichick and Marshawn Lynch BB: I'm focused on Seattle now. ML: Thanks for asking that question.

Jan 24, 2015

Few things in life make less sense than the strawberry bagel

Jan 24, 2015

Klay Thompson was 5 assists and 8 rebounds away from a triple-double

Jan 23, 2015

..almost caught myself feeling bad for Kobe. Then I remembered.

Jan 23, 2015

@levie is now worth $100 million.. just enough for a new pair of asics pic.twitter.com/g2V7EQAAUe

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