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Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times reporter Sharon Chan.

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April 13, 2009 2:37 PM

Witness the resurrection of the Microsoft Pri0 blog; what do you want to see here?

Posted by Sharon Chan

Happy day-after Easter. Witness the resurrection of the Microsoft blog. Our former Microsoft reporter Benjamin J. Romano departed The Seattle Times two weeks ago for another opportunity, and I will be blogging to you from here on out.

I've been reporting for The Seattle Times for more than a decade, and I've covered everything from the failure of Seattle's high-tech toilets to Christina Aguilera's concerts. I wrote about personal technology, wireless and telecom and video games several years ago here. My last job writing about business ended with an investigation of accounting tricks and dubious deals at InfoSpace.

My dad was an early adopter. We had a Commodore VIC 20 we connected to our television set in the living room, and I wrote junior high science papers using Wordstar. It once dumped my entire junior-high science paper at 9 p.m. because I forgot to save to the floppy drive. In the interest of full disclosure, I currently use Microsoft software on my Seattle Times laptop and my home PC; but my cellphone runs on BlackBerry, my iPod runs on Apple, my Sansa runs on Napster and my Wii runs on Nintendo.

That could all change in six months. The technology landscape is constantly shifting. Microsoft's challenge is to maintain its business with Windows and the PC while expanding on the frontiers of computing -- mobile, television, netbooks, search, social networking. Our challenge is to help you make sense of it.

What you can expect from me in our paper: fair and accurate, local and global coverage of our region's most important tech company, and why it matters to you.

What you can expect here at Pri0: the latest news, multimedia, polls, live blogs, an active dialogue with you.

Let's start with you: What do you want to see on this blog?

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March 10, 2009 4:37 PM

Former Microsoft exec to lead proposed new Washington Department of Commerce

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

Rogers Weed, who held several positions at Microsoft, including corporate vice president of Windows product management, will be director of the proposed Washington Department of Commerce, Gov. Christine Gregoire announced today.

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March 9, 2009 4:17 PM

Microsoft adds board member, declares 13 cent per share quarterly dividend

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

MariaKlaweWebBio.jpgMicrosoft announced this afternoon that Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd College and a Ph.D, mathematician and computer scientist, is the 10th member of the company's board of directors. The board also declared a quarterly dividend of 13 cents per share, up from 11 cents in the fiscal third quarter of 2008.

(Image via Harvey Mudd.)

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March 2, 2009 10:55 PM

Who is Phil Palios, organizer of the Microsoft contract worker protest?

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano


DEAN RUTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Phil Palios holds a hastily made sign while protesting a 10 percent rate cut for Microsoft temporary workers. The Redmond native who has always wanted to work at Microsoft organized a protest Monday night that drew about two dozen temporary workers.

Phil Palios grew up in Redmond watching Microsoft grow. It's where he always wanted to work. He was glad to have the opportunity to get a foot in the door as a contractor. But he became disillusioned with the size of the company today and the way it treats its workers, particularly those who are hired through third-party employment agencies. When his employer, Volt, passed on the news Friday that all contractors would have to take a 10 percent pay cut -- for him it would mean going from $34.25 an hour to about $30.83 -- Palios had had enough.

"I had no intention of accepting a 10 percent pay cut," Palios said in an interview Monday afternoon at Victor's Coffee in downtown Redmond, before attending a rare, albeit small, labor protest at Microsoft that evening. "So I viewed it as, I am not going to accept this pay cut. They might let me go sooner. I might get black-listed or something, but I wanted to at least act and make my voice heard and try to unite the workers and have them realize that if they form an alliance -- it doesn't have to be a union, if they just work together -- they can have a lot more power and open up communication channels with the company."

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March 2, 2009 6:27 AM

Study: High-skilled Indian and Chinese immigrants returning home are young, well-educated

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

New research sheds light on the reasons high-skilled Chinese and Indian workers are returning to their home countries. The researchers cite anecdotal evidence that suggests immigrants are returning home in greater numbers.

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February 10, 2009 5:08 PM

Microsoft's new communications head is Simon Sproule, formerly of Nissan

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

sproule.jpg Simon Sproule begins March 2 as corporate vice president of corporate communications for Microsoft, filling a role that has been vacant since Larry Cohen left the company last year to become Bill Gates' chief of staff, the company announced this afternoon. Sproule, 40, will report to Mich Matthews, senior vice president of the Central Marketing Group at Microsoft.

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February 6, 2009 9:44 AM

Microsoft digital ad shop Razorfish lays off 70 in Seattle, Portland, SF and LA

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

Razorfish, the digital advertising agency that Microsoft gained when it acquired aQuantive in 2007, is going through another round of layoffs. A spokeswoman confirmed that the company laid off about 70 people on Thursday on the West Coast, including its Seattle headquarters and offices in Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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February 3, 2009 5:29 AM

Report: IBM offering to relocate laid off workers to India, China, Brazil

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

InformationWeek, citing an internal document, reports that IBM is helping recently laid off workers find positions with the company overseas. From the document:

"IBM has established Project Match to help you locate potential job opportunities in growth markets where your skills are in demand. Should you accept a position in one of these countries, IBM offers financial assistance to offset moving costs, provides immigration support, such as visa assistance, and other support to help ease the transition of an international move."

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January 29, 2009 5:18 PM

Microsoft has posted 72 job openings in Washington since layoffs announced

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

A week ago, Microsoft announced its first companywide layoff, letting go 1,400 people as part of a plan to cut up to 5,000 jobs in the next 18 months. But the company made clear it would continue hiring, perhaps 2,000 to 3,000 people, in strategically important areas. And judging by its U.S. online jobs site, it intends to. A search of the site for positions in Washington state brought back 72 openings posted since Jan. 22, the day the layoffs were announced.

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January 22, 2009 6:08 AM

Microsoft cutting 1,400 jobs today; up to 5,000 in next 18 months as recession hits harder

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

In a press release issued moments ago, Microsoft announced that it is cutting up to 5,000 jobs in research and development, marketing, sales, finance, legal, human resources and IT in the next 18 months, starting with 1,400 today.

It marks the first company-wide layoff in Microsoft's history and comes as the company reports fiscal second-quarter earnings that missed the low-end of its own guidance for sales and earnings per share. Its Windows business declined 8 percent as PC sales growth ground to a virtual halt in the quarter ended Dec. 31.

More coverage of Microsoft's cost-cutting

Ballmer's e-mail to employees

Majority of cuts to be in Redmond; total reduction is roughly 3 percent
Contractor spending could be cut up to 15 percent
Attention turns to what groups will see cuts
Gregoire calls layoffs "disheartening"

"While we are not immune to the effects of the economy, I am confident in the strength of our product portfolio and soundness of our approach," CEO Steve Ballmer said in a statement. "We will continue to manage expenses and invest in long-term opportunities to deliver value to customers and shareholders, and we will emerge an even stronger industry leader than we are today."

The company has pulled its financial guidance for the remainder of the 2009 fiscal year, which ends June 30, blaming "the volatility of market conditions going forward."

CFO Chris Liddell said in a statement, "Economic activity and IT spend slowed beyond our expectations in the quarter, and we acted quickly to reduce our cost structure and mitigate its impact. We are planning for economic uncertainty to continue through the remainder of the fiscal year, almost certainly leading to lower revenue and earnings for the second half relative to the previous year. In this environment, we will focus on outperforming our competitors and addressing our cost structure."

The only guidance the company offered is its expected operating expenses for the full fiscal year: $27.4 billion.

Microsoft executives are expected to talk with analysts about the second-quarter earnings announcement and cost-cutting plans at 8 a.m. The earnings report and conference call was originally scheduled to take place after the close of the stock market.

Microsoft's second-quarter results were:

Sales: $16.63 billion, up 2 percent from a year ago, but well below the low-end of Microsoft's guidance of $17.3 billion to $17.8 billion and the consensus of Wall Street analysts, which was $17.08 billion.

Earnings per share: 47 cents, down 6 percent from a year ago, and also below the low-end of the company's guidance of 51 cents to 53 cents, and the consensus of Wall Street analysts, 49 cents.

In addition to the job cuts, Microsoft is eliminating merit increases in the 2010 fiscal year, which begins July 1, the company disclosed in its quarterly report, filed with the SEC.

This, combined with job cuts, and an already announced series of steps to trim expenses, is expected to "reduce our annual operating expense run rate by approximately $1.5 billion," the company wrote in the report.

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January 21, 2009 8:41 PM

Some Microsoft employees bracing for an early morning announcement

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

Microsoft employees I spoke with this evening were preparing for a major announcement -- possibly news of layoffs -- from the company early Thursday. One person expected to be notified around 7 a.m. No one I spoke with had details on the size of any job cuts or specific groups that might be affected. All were looking forward to the prospect of the persistent, distracting layoff rumors being put to rest -- one way or another. The company is also scheduled to report its fiscal second-quarter earnings on Thursday afternoon at the close of the trading day.

Here's an early look at story in Thursday's paper on what several financial analysts are expecting from the company in terms of layoffs and cost cuts:

Global tech bellwether Microsoft reports its second-quarter earnings Thursday amid persistent chatter and speculation about its cost-cutting plans, including whether the company will announce its first significant layoffs.


In the Puget Sound area, where Microsoft has more than 40,000 full-time employees and thousands more working on contract, a major layoff could deliver another blow after unemployment climbed to 6.1 percent in December (not adjusted for seasonal changes), the highest level since November 2003.

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January 21, 2009 8:36 PM

Microsoft job cuts since 1996

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

With the prospect of a significant job cut at Microsoft looming Thursday, we took a moment to review the occasions over the past decade or so when the company has trimmed jobs through reorganizations and other changes. While sifting through these numbers, remember that during the same period -- 1996 to 2008 -- Microsoft has grown total worldwide employment more than 340 percent from 20,561 to 91,259 as of June 30. The hiring continued through the latter half of 2008, albeit at a slower rate. As of November, Microsoft counted 95,664 employees globally.

June 2006: 148 positions in the U.S. sales group, including 98 in Redmond, were cut to "better align a small subset of field and headquarter positions more closely with the needs of our enterprise customers and partners."

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January 15, 2009 5:06 PM

All Quiet on the Redmond Front

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

Not a peep out of Microsoft, officially or otherwise, on potential organization changes some employees had expected to hear about today. Given the volume of rumors, speculation and uncertainty on this subject, it will almost certainly come up when the company reports its second-quarter earnings a week from today.

Meanwhile, we're keeping our eyes peeled and would, as always, welcome tips. My contact information is at the top of the page.

Update, Friday: A minor organizational shift in the Windows Live Engineering group emerged Friday.

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January 15, 2009 12:09 PM

Van Arsdale, CEO of Massive, Microsoft's in-game ad unit, to leave

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano


Van Arsdale.

Microsoft veteran Cory Van Arsdale, who was installed as CEO of in-game advertising network Massive after Microsoft acquired it in 2007, is leaving the company this month, he said in an e-mail. Van Arsdale, who spent more than 14 years with Microsoft and was also a general manager in the company's Advertiser and Publisher Solutions Group, said he's looking forward to spending more time with his family and then starting his own company in about six months. "By that time the capital and VC markets will have come out of their shells a bit, and the ideas I have cooking will be better developed," Van Arsdale said.

The move is not entirely unexpected as Microsoft named JJ Richards head of the in-game advertising group in early December.

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January 15, 2009 11:27 AM

Local analyst sees job cuts of 6 to 8 percent at Microsoft, lowers earnings estimate

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

With Microsoft's fiscal second-quarter earnings a week away, analysts are chiming in with their expectations. In a report to investors this morning, Sid Parakh of McAdams Wright Ragen writes: "[C]hecks indicate that Microsoft is likely to reduce headcount in the near-term to the tune of 6,000 - 8,000 employees, or 6% - 8% of its ~95,000 employee workforce. Underperforming employees are the most likely targets in the expected reorganization."

That follows a Wall Street Journal report that Microsoft is "seriously exploring significant work force reductions" to be announced perhaps during earnings, and our story today, reporting that at least some Microsoft employees are bracing for a reorganization announcement today.

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January 13, 2009 2:45 PM

Yahoo officially announces Bartz as CEO

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

Carol Bartz is the new CEO of Yahoo, effective immediately, according to a news release the Internet giant released this afternoon.

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January 13, 2009 10:16 AM

WSJ: Yahoo has picked its new CEO, Carol Bartz

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano


AUTODESK

Carol Bartz, reportedly the next Yahoo CEO.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Yahoo, after a two-month search, has a new chief executive. Jerry Yang's replacement will be Carol Bartz, former CEO of Autodesk, the paper reports, citing people familiar with the matter.

[Update, 2:55 p.m.: It's official.]

The installation of a new CEO at Yahoo sets the stage for a possible resumption of deal talks between Microsoft and Yahoo. Last week, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told the Financial Times,

"We now have someone in place running our online business [Qi Lu, a former Yahoo search exec who started at Microsoft last week], and Yahoo's out looking for a CEO.


"If a search deal is to be made, it's probably to be made in the interim period for new leaders in both places."

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December 31, 2008 4:41 PM

More speculation on Microsoft layoffs, contractor cuts

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

A few people have asked me about a story on an obscure tech news site, Fudzilla, that purports to confirm as fact the rumors of a major Microsoft layoff coming next month. I'll say that I am skeptical of the story because: the author does not mention a single source for the information, anonymous or otherwise; I've not seen the site break news of this magnitude before (doesn't mean it hasn't happened); the name Fudzilla makes me think of fear, uncertainty and doubt.

Still, there is a lot of chatter going on about cost cuts at Microsoft and whether they will include layoffs or layoffs disguised as something else. Microsoft is making no official comment on any of this -- as is its practice -- and I doubt they will until they're ready to make a formal announcement.

I can report that I've heard from a handful of contractors whose contracts at Microsoft were abruptly cut short.

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December 17, 2008 11:46 AM

Recent comings and goings at Microsoft

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

There has been some turnover in several key positions at Microsoft -- particularly within the company's Online Services Group -- this month. The latest is the departure of Brad Goldberg, general manager of Live Search. Here's a roundup of other recent comings and goings in Redmond:

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December 10, 2008 7:39 AM

Profile: Qi Lu, Microsoft's incoming Online Services Group president

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

Check out this profile of Qi Lu, the former Yahoo search executive who is taking over a critical group at Microsoft in January, from today's paper. Also, after the jump, Microsoft has published its own Q&A with Lu, covering his reasons for coming to Microsoft, how Steve Ballmer recruited him, what opportunities he sees for Microsoft in search and more.

If Microsoft has to climb over or through Yahoo to get to Google in the Internet search business, there are few people better positioned than Qi Lu to lead the way.

Named last week as president of Microsoft's Online Services Group, Lu brings with him practically the entire history of Yahoo's search efforts.

"Qi was there from the very beginning," said a former Yahoo colleague who worked closely with him for several years and agreed to speak about Lu and his role at Yahoo only on condition of anonymity.

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December 9, 2008 10:08 AM

Report: Big Yahoo layoff coming Wednesday

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

Fishbowl Los Angeles reports that up to 1,500 Yahoo employees will be cut tomorrow, according to an employee who read an internal e-mail from Yahoo's co-founder and lame duck CEO Jerry Yang.

(Note, this paragraph was lopped off an earlier version this post.)

Microsoft has been vacuuming up Yahoo talent -- particularly in search and most notably with the plucking of Qi Lu -- and is eager to do more.

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December 6, 2008 12:58 PM

Hiring of new Microsoft exec Qi Lu strikes diversity chord

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano


MICROSOFT

Qi Lu, highest ranking Chinese American in Microsoft history.

Here's a story from today's paper with more reaction to the news this week that Microsoft has filled a strategically critical leadership role:
Chinese Americans at Microsoft and in the community cheered the appointment of Qi Lu as president of the company's Online Services Group, noting the significance of his arrival at the highest ranks of the company.


"When people look at their own career potential in a company, they always look at if there is someone like them in the senior leadership team," said Weina Wang, chairwoman of Chinese Microsoft Employees (CHIME), the largest company-sponsored diversity group, with 2,500 members. "And I think Lu's joining Microsoft is definitely a huge encouragement, from a career-development perspective, for all the Chinese and Asian employees."

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December 4, 2008 3:52 PM

Yahoo: Lu a 'valued Yahoo'; company remains committed to search

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

With one of its top search executives now in the Microsoft fold, Yahoo is putting on a brave face. A statement from spokeswoman Kim Rubey reads:

"Qi Lu was a valued Yahoo who made important contributions during his time with us. We wish him every success in his career. Yahoo! remains committed to algorithmic and sponsored search, with a strong search technology team that includes some of the industry's brightest engineers."

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December 4, 2008 1:33 PM

Qi Lu, former Yahoo search exec, appointed president of Microsoft's Online Services business

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano


MICROSOFT

Meet the new boss: Former Yahoo Qi Lu to lead Microsoft Online Services Group.

Just announced: "Microsoft Corp. today announced that Dr. Qi Lu will join the company as president of the Online Services Group. Dr. Lu will lead Microsoft's efforts in search and online advertising and all the company's online information and communications services. Dr. Lu will report to Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer."

Brian McAndrews, senior vice president of the Microsoft Advertiser and Publisher Solutions group, is leaving the company, Microsoft said in a statement.

Updates throughout at 1:59 p.m.

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December 4, 2008 10:19 AM

Former Yahoo search star to top job at Microsoft?

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

Is Microsoft acquiring Yahoo's search business one person at a time? It looks that way, if Kara Swisher is right about Qi Lu taking the top online spot at Microsoft. Lu spent 10 years at Yahoo rising to senior vice president of engineering for for search and search marketing.

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December 3, 2008 9:56 AM

Xbox news roundup: Microsoft 'cautiously optimistic' about games biz; Massive's video game 'upfront' and deals; more

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

Microsoft is "cautiously optimistic" about its video games business, Shane Kim, vice president of games strategy and business development, told Reuters at the news service's Media Summit today. Kim said the business is on track for 20 percent this year, but "people are not projecting that kind of growth" for 2009. "Who knows, maybe flat performance will be considered a remarkable achievement."

The games industry had U.S. sales growth of 18 percent in October, according to The NPD Group.

Read on for details about Microsoft's in-game advertising deals.

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November 17, 2008 7:25 PM

Job opening: CEO of large Internet company

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

You've likely already heard this, but I wanted to make mention of it here, too: Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang announced that he's stepping down today.

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November 14, 2008 8:24 AM

Microsoft news roundup: New exec in China; Microsoft Store launches online; Kirkland games startup

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

A few items to catch up on this morning:

China Executive. Microsoft has named Simon Leung corporate vice president, chairman and CEO of Microsoft Greater China Region (GCR). He replaces Tim Chen, who left in September 2007 to lead the NBA's business in the Greater China region. Leung, who comes to Microsoft from Motorola, where he was a senior exec in charge of the Asia Pacific region, will be responsible for "the development and implementation of an overall regional strategy across all businesses, addressing the needs of the markets as well as the goals and objectives of the company. He will also be responsible for creating synergy among the sales, marketing, R&D, legal, finance, services, and other operations that Microsoft has in Greater China." Leung will work with Ya-Qin Zhang, who will continue as corporate vice president and chairman of the China Research and Development Group. Zhang was also appointed vice chairman of Microsoft GCR. Check out this great profile of Zhang my colleague Kristi Heim wrote this summer.

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November 12, 2008 6:20 PM

Avanade recruits former Microsoft exec as top recruiter

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

Avanade, the Seattle-based global IT consulting firm formed in 2000 by Accenture and Microsoft, has hired Rob McIntosh as "senior vice president of global talent acquisition," the company said today. He was previously in recruiting with Deloitte and prior to that led national recruiting for Microsoft Canada.

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November 3, 2008 4:02 PM

Microsoft news roundup: Salesforce beats the cloud drum; GOOG-YHOO revamp search ad deal, while Icahn says a Microsoft search deal still makes sense; MSN vet goes to Yahoo

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

Salesforce.com, the software as a service company that loves to put Microsoft's business model in its cross hairs, today announced a Web hosting service for enterprise clients called Force.com Sites. It was one of several Salesforce announcements Monday, including partnerships with Amazon.com and Facebook, all of which elevate the company's cloud computing offerings as competition for these services continues to intensify. (See Microsoft's cloud platform expansion from last week.) Here's coverage from Reuters.

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September 24, 2008 1:30 PM

Former Microsoft exec Raikes giving big to Nebraska comp science program that carries his name

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

Jeff Raikes, the longtime Microsoft executive who resigned earlier this year to take the helm of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is boosting the computer science program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Raikes is a proud Nebraska native, whose family still runs a farm there. He'll talk about it on any occasion, such as over USDA Prime steaks at Daniel's Broiler.

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September 12, 2008 11:23 AM

Microsoft ad exec reportedly heading for Amazon

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

The New York Post reported today that Lisa Utzschneider, a Microsoft advertising sales executive, is moving to Amazon.com as senior vice president of national ad sales. The Post cites e-mails announcing the move sent Thursday.

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