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Microsoft’s huge R&D budget is useless if its best ideas are poorly executed or never released

Microsoft Corp. founder and chairman Bill Gates listens to a question during Microsoft's annual meeting of shareholders, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, in Bellevue, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)PC World’s Matt Smith has a lengthy article highlighting all of Microsoft’s (MSFT) coolest research projects to show that, contrary to popular opinion, the company is a fountain of research and innovation. And Microsoft’s R&D team really is working on some cool stuff, including interactive displays that can be projected directly onto your arm and a “Magic Wall” that brings to mind the holodeck from Star Trek’s Enterprise spaceship. But as I was looking through all of these cool projects I thought to myself, “What are the chances that Microsoft will release them for public consumption in a timely manner, or that they will be well executed on the first go-round?” Given the company’s recent history the answer is sadly,

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Microsoft’s huge R&D budget is useless if its best ideas are poorly executed or never released

Microsoft Corp. founder and chairman Bill Gates listens to a question during Microsoft's annual meeting of shareholders, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, in Bellevue, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)PC World’s Matt Smith has a lengthy article highlighting all of Microsoft’s (MSFT) coolest research projects to show that, contrary to popular opinion, the company is a fountain of research and innovation. And Microsoft’s R&D team really is working on some cool stuff, including interactive displays that can be projected directly onto your arm and a “Magic Wall” that brings to mind the holodeck from Star Trek’s Enterprise spaceship. But as I was looking through all of these cool projects I thought to myself, “What are the chances that Microsoft will release them for public consumption in a timely manner, or that they will be well executed on the first go-round?” Given the company’s recent history the answer is sadly,

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Microsoft’s huge R&D budget is useless if its best ideas are poorly executed or never released

Microsoft Corp. founder and chairman Bill Gates listens to a question during Microsoft's annual meeting of shareholders, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, in Bellevue, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)PC World’s Matt Smith has a lengthy article highlighting all of Microsoft’s (MSFT) coolest research projects to show that, contrary to popular opinion, the company is a fountain of research and innovation. And Microsoft’s R&D team really is working on some cool stuff, including interactive displays that can be projected directly onto your arm and a “Magic Wall” that brings to mind the holodeck from Star Trek’s Enterprise spaceship. But as I was looking through all of these cool projects I thought to myself, “What are the chances that Microsoft will release them for public consumption in a timely manner, or that they will be well executed on the first go-round?” Given the company’s recent history the answer is sadly,

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Despite repeated sellouts, Nexus 4 sales estimated to total just 375,000 units

Google’s (GOOG) has had trouble keeping latest Nexus-branded smartphone, the LG (066570)-built Nexus 4, in stock as hordes of Android fans would swarm Google’s website each time more units became available. According to new estimates however, the Nexus 4 stock-outs were due entirely to inventory issues rather than immense demand. The xda-developers community has done some calculations based on data gleaned from device serial numbers. They have been able to determine where and when their Nexus 4 handsets were built, and they were also able to estimate the total number of units sold to date: 375,000. While the figure is hardly precise, it appears as though sound logic was used to calculate the figure and it likely represents a good

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FTC: Google to license patents, exclude snippets

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. antitrust regulators say they have found no evidence to claims that Google unfairly favors its own services in search results.

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