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Clippers’ Doc Rivers treasures ‘beautiful day’ in memory of Kobe Bryant

LOS ANGELES — Hours before the building became his office for the night, Clippers coach Doc Rivers was among those gathered at Staples Center on Monday to memorialize Kobe and Gianna Bryant in a “Celebration of Life” ceremony. “This morning was beautiful,” Rivers said shortly before the Clippers faced the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night. “It really was. It was emotional, it was beautiful. “It just brought people together, it really did. You can want to beat someone’s brains out and still respe...
Tags: Sports, Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Steve Ballmer, Kings, Nba, Kobe Bryant, Reggie Jackson, Rivers, Staples Center, Lakers, Pat, Paul George


NBA renames All-Star MVP award for Kobe Bryant

CHICAGO — Even among stars, Kobe Bryant had a way of standing out. In an exhibition famous for being played without much on the line, Bryant cared. He debuted in the game at 19 years old, the youngest-ever All-Star and scored 18 points to lead the Western Conference. He won four MVP awards in his 18 All-Star Game appearances. When he retired, he had scored 290 points – a record that since has only been surpassed by LeBron James. In the words of NBA commissioner Adam Silver: “Nobody embodied All-...
Tags: Hong Kong, China, Sports, Sport, Chicago, Soccer, Shanghai, Steve Ballmer, Nba, Cctv, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Silver, Houston Rockets, Shenzhen, Lakers


From Elon Musk to Tim Cook, here's where the world's most influential tech founders and CEOs went to college — and what they studied

College is where many figure out what they're actually interested in and determine the career they want to pursue. We researched the degrees and schools attended by well-known tech CEOs, many of whom launched their companies or landed on the idea for their first startup while studying at college. Here's where 52 CEOs and founders in the tech industry went to school, and what they studied. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. For new college students, choosing a major can feel l...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Elon Musk, Cook, Sweden, Maryland, Microsoft, Yahoo, Mba, Stanford, India, Satya Nadella, Trends


Facebook To IRS: Refund Me, I'm Irish!

Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: Among the techniques featured in a 2012 City Pages story on The 10 Most Corrupt Tax Loopholes was pretending to be Irish. Chris Parker wrote, "Most people associate such exhaustive money-laundering with drug cartels. But it's now standard practice at firms like Eli Lilly, Google, Microsoft, Pfizer, and Facebook. The only difference is that when drug dealers do it, the government shows up with Kevlar and automatic weapons instead of a refund check." The WS...
Tags: Facebook, Microsoft, Tech, Ireland, Steve Ballmer, Dublin, Irs, WSJ, Sheryl Sandberg, Kevlar, Slashdot, Internal Revenue Service, Sandberg, Chris Parker, U S Tax Court, Facebook Ireland


Read the email Satya Nadella sent to Microsoft employees on his first day as CEO: 'Our industry does not respect tradition — it only respects innovation' (MSFT)

Satya Nadella took over as Microsoft CEO six years ago on Feb. 4, 2014. He's generally credited with refocusing the company on the cloud computing market, taking it out of a long period of stagnation and turning it into the leading rival to the market-dominating Amazon Web Services. On his first day at Microsoft, this transformation was uncertain, as the company was reeling from its failures in the smartphone industry as it tried to stay relevant in a shrinking PC market.  "Our industry does n...
Tags: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Nokia, Satya Nadella, Trends, Steve Ballmer, Bill, Oscar Wilde, Amazon Web Services, Steve, John Thompson, Jim Edwards, Nadella, Ballmer, Satya Nadella Microsoft


Cold-shooting Clippers find no escape against Kings

Yogi Ferrell #3 of the Sacramento Kings blocks the shoot by Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) Yogi Ferrell #3 of the Sacramento Kings blocks the shoot by Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers in the first half of a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 30, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasa...
Tags: Minnesota, Sports, Sacramento Kings, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Gigi, Steve Ballmer, Kings, Nba, Kobe Bryant, Rivers, Staples Center, Orlando, Lakers


Microsoft's top healthcare exec says one of CEO Satya Nadella's biggest innovations was to 'violate the horizontal nature of Microsoft' and go after more specific customers (MSFT)

One of the biggest changes Satya Nadella has made at Microsoft is shifting the company from a focus on making general-purpose products to ones that can be tuned for specific industries, says Dr. Peter Lee, head of Microsoft Healthcare.  The idea is to focus on deepening its expertise in the industries to which it wants to sell — like healthcare, Dr. Lee's particular patch. The focus is apparent in Microsoft's recent hires from industries like healthcare, energy and financial services. Microsof...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Samsung, Trends, Steve Ballmer, Bp, GlaxoSmithKline, Lee, Microsoft Research, Big Pharma, Nadella, Peter Lee, Greg Moore, Satya, Bill Borden


Tech and business giants mourn the unexpected death of NBA legend turned investor Kobe Bryant, who was known for his 'obsessive' work ethic and used to call leaders like Tim Cook for advice

Tech and business leaders from Apple and Microsoft as well as high-profile investors reacted with shock, sadness, and respect for Kobe Bryant's legacy on Sunday, following the news that the NBA legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash at age 41. Bryant may be best known for his achievements on the court, but he became a savvy investor in his later career. The former NBA star is also said to have sought advice from business leaders like Oprah Winfrey, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and former Nike CE...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, California, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Nike, Tim Cook, Steve Ballmer, Nba, Kobe Bryant, Coca Cola, TED Talks, Los Angeles Clippers, Cnbc, Alex Rodriguez


Inside ‘Bedlam,’ a card game created by a Microsoft employee all about what it’s like to work there — including all the inside jokes and daily frustrations (MSFT)

A Microsoft employee developed a "Cards Against Humanity"-style game for company insiders and fans alike, called "Bedlam." The game was created in 2014 and has since been played by an estimated 10,000 people, often in Microsoft team events. You can download it for free, too, if you want to play it. The game's creator – 20-year Microsoft veteran and creator of Microsoft's "unofficial mascot" ninjacat KC Lemson – shared cards from the latest edition with Business Insider. Lemson estimates she's ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Nokia, Satya Nadella, Trends, Steve Ballmer, Seattle, Bing, Cards Against Humanity, Microsoft Research, Redmond, Tay, Google Bing, Ballmer, Devices Group


Heisler: Steph Curry changed the way the game’s played, LeBron James changed the system

Thinking in decades as we step way back to see who and what happened in the NBA and why: Ten years ago … LeBron James, once the most-hyped teen in the game’s history, was 25, an Akron, Ohio native seemingly set with his hometown team in nearby Cleveland … a year from leaving as the most notorious free agent of all time as his fans papered over his billboards and burned his merchandise. Kobe Bryant was 31, en route to his fifth title that spring – one more than Shaquille O’Neal, he would note – s...
Tags: Sport, Indiana, Soccer, Spurs, Michael Jordan, Steve Ballmer, Nba, Dallas, Miami, Tim Duncan, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Cleveland, Baltimore, Memphis, Curry


Heisler: NBA enters a prosperous new era – here’s why

Thinking in decades as we step way back to see who and what happened in the NBA and why: Ten years ago … LeBron James, once the most-hyped teen in the game’s history, was 25, an Akron, Ohio native seemingly set with his hometown team in nearby Cleveland … a year from leaving as the most notorious free agent of all time as his fans papered over his billboards and burned his merchandise. Kobe Bryant was 31, en route to his fifth title that spring – one more than Shaquille O’Neal, he would note – s...
Tags: Sport, Indiana, Soccer, Spurs, Michael Jordan, Steve Ballmer, Nba, Dallas, Miami, Tim Duncan, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Cleveland, Baltimore, Memphis, Curry


This is the question Satya Nadella asks himself to guide how he runs Microsoft (MSFT)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella asks himself "If Microsoft disappeared tomorrow, will anybody miss us?" and whether the "core sensibility" Microsoft represents would be lost. Nadella told reporters on Monday he's rethinking the meaning of the company's mission statement with that question in mind. He's determined that the company's "core sensibility" is thinking about business as people and institutions, rather than as either consumers or enterprises. This blurring of the lines between consumer an...
Tags: New York, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Trends, Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer, Nadella, Microsoft Microsoft, Ballmer, Nicholas Carlson


Clippers leaning on Patrick Beverley as a point man

LOS ANGELES — The Clippers are 5-5 in games that Kawhi Leonard misses. And they’re 4-4 when Patrick Beverley isn’t on the court. After Beverley missed three consecutive games with a sprained right wrist, his presence on the court clearly was appreciated in Sunday’s 135-132 victory over the New York Knicks. The 6-foot-1 guard delivered his usual energy and characteristic instigation, goading Marcus Morris into a technical foul — one of four first-half techs assessed to increasingly irked Knicks p...
Tags: Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Steve Ballmer, Nba, NHL, Rivers, James Dolan, Memphis, Staples Center, Rajon Rondo, Steve, New York Knicks, Pat, Knicks


A look back at 10 years of CES

So, here we are on the eve of CES 2020 — the supersized buffet of an annual consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, where we not only get a sneak peek of what to expect from tech companies this year, but also to take the pulse of how people are responding to what’s out there. CES is all about “the future,” and we’ll be here this week covering all the big stories and themes. But what about the past? In the spirit of 2020 hindsight, here are some of the most notable headlines and trends of last 10...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Spotify, Microsoft, China, Nokia, US, Samsung, Tech, Ces, Verizon Wireless, Netflix, Ford


These 7 charts show all the ways Satya Nadella transformed Microsoft from a tech has-been to a trillion-dollar giant in 6 years (MSFT)

Business Insider analyzed Microsoft's securities filings and market data since Satya Nadella took over as CEO in February 2014 to gauge his impact on the company. The following charts show Microsoft's performance over the years, including changes in market value, revenue, headcount, and growth in the cloud. The charts also chronicle Nadella's leadership, from unwinding the failed Nokia acquisition led by his predecessor to finding a bright spot in the cloud computing business. Click here to re...
Tags: Amazon, Microsoft, Nokia, Satya Nadella, Trends, Steve Ballmer, Amazon Web Services, John Thompson, Nadella, Ballmer, GAAP Microsoft


Alexander: Ten stories that defined SoCal sports from 2010-19

The last 10 years have been quite likely the most turbulent and transformative we’ve seen in Southern California sports. So many teams, so many storylines turned upside down, all amplified by a media landscape shifting under our feet. Today, we examine 10 stories that helped define the decade, in chronological order: The fall of USC football (2010): The message then-athletic director Mike Garrett presented to a Trojan Club function in San Francisco on a June evening in 2010, hours after the NCAA...
Tags: California, Angels, Sports, LSU, NFL, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Steve Ballmer, Beverly Hills, Cbs, Ncaa, Mike Myers, Kobe Bryant


14 incredible tech products that didn't exist 10 years ago

The tech world has changed significantly in the last decade.  Back in 2009, the iPad hadn't come out yet, Lyft didn't exist, and the Amazon Echo hadn't been unveiled.  Here are 14 major innovations that didn't exist 10 years ago.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The world was a very different place 10 years ago.  A decade ago, you couldn't order a Lyft on your phone, you couldn't scroll through Instagram, and you couldn't watch movies or answer email on an iPad. Several in...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Verizon, Facebook, Lyft, Mark Zuckerberg, Jobs, Instagram, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, Samsung, NFL, Trends, Snapchat, Sprint, Steve Ballmer


Heisler: Our NBA favorites are hoping for a happier New Year

Happy New Year from the usual suspects, who have mostly learned their lessons. NBA commissioner Adam Silver – What a season! James Harden averaging the most points since Wilt Chamberlain! Everyone learning to spell “Giannis Antetokounmpo!” The Lakers and Clippers as marquee rivals! Former Lakers president Magic Johnson – Not everyone had such a bang-up time. I’ll never take another front office job. They’re no fun. Lakers owner Jeanie Buss, GM Rob Pelinka and the rest of the front office (all to...
Tags: Microsoft, China, Boston, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Steve Ballmer, Davis, Nba, Rob, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Ken Burns, Houston, Cleveland, James Dolan


Before and after photos show how dramatically 14 world-famous CEOs changed since they started the job

Many of America's longtime top CEOs have held their positions for years. They've weathered their companies going public, internal turmoil, and public scandals. Tech execs like Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Amazon's Jeff Bezos were once fresh faces on the scene. Now, they've crafted themselves into multibillionaires while growing their businesses into worldwide success stories.  Take a look at how dramatically these longtime top execs have changed since they've started the job. Visit Business ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Spacex, Cook, Microsoft, Congress, Steve Jobs, John Sculley, Ebay, Ipo, Satya Nadella, Africa


Alchemy is secretly fixing blockchain’s node nightmare

The top cryptocurrency companies have quietly begun to outsource their infrastructure problems to a tiny stealth startup. It’s called Alchemy. Today it’s making the big public reveal of it’s technology that could help developers finally build the killer use case atop Bitcoin or Ethereum. If the operating system connected computers and software, and if browsers connected HTTP to web apps, Alchemy wants to the bridge enabling the blockchain ecosystem. It’s this middle layer that’s produced Microso...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Stanford, Tech, Steve Ballmer, Reid Hoffman, Cto, Pantera Capital, Yang, Larry, Google Microsoft, Nikil Viswanathan, Amazon AWS


Watch Kawhi Leonard hit pull-up game winner to lift Clippers past Rockets

The Clippers have had Paul George and Kawhi Leonard together for two games and they have two wins, first beating Boston and now Houston — the two hottest teams in the NBA coming in. Both times it took dramatic fourth-quarter comebacks at home. It was a Lou Williams three on a scramble play that put the Clippers ahead for the first time in the fourth (and Steve Ballmer loved it).
Tags: News, Boston, Steve Ballmer, Nba, Houston, Los Angeles Clippers, Paul George, Clippers, Kawhi Leonard, Lou Williams


Microsoft's cloud business has helped annual sales explode past $120 billion — and CEO Satya Nadella credits CFO Amy Hood for her key role in this strategic transformation

Microsoft's business in recent years puts more of a focus on cloud-computing services. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was recently named Fortune's Businessperson of the Year. He gave CFO Amy Hood credit for helping grow Microsoft's cloud-computing business. We tracked Microsoft's cloud revenue growth as a function of overall revenue, and identified the key factors behind current and future cloud growth.  Click here for more BI Prime stories. Microsoft's cloud offerings are steadily making more o...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Taylor Swift, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Azure, Trust, Trends, Alibaba, Steve Ballmer, Cnbc, Hood, Thompson, Stifel Nicolaus, Jedi, NSF


Inglewood residents’ group demands housing instead of proposed Clippers arena

Pressing a legal challenge to a proposed Clippers arena in Inglewood, attorneys for a residents’ group told a judge on Tuesday, Nov, 5, that the city violated the California Surplus Land Act by failing to give first priority to a possible affordable housing development on the property. But lawyers for the city and developers argued the property does not qualify as surplus land. The also argued the property — which sits in the flight path of Los Angeles International Airport — is unsuitable for h...
Tags: News, Housing, La, NFL, Sport, Soccer, Steve Ballmer, Nba, Faa, Affordable Housing, LA Clippers, Inglewood, Clippers, Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles Superior Court, Hollywood Park


Here’s why 8.5 million users love Visual Studio Code, the free software that’s helping Microsoft win over programmers in the cloud wars with Amazon (MSFT)

Microsoft's Visual Studio Code, a free, simple code editor for Windows, Mac and Linux, has become the most popular open source project on GitHub. It's now used by 8.5 million developers each month. Visual Studio Code is helping Microsoft change a past perception that it's unfriendly to developers and only focuses on homegrown products like Windows. Visual Studio Code is also a big part of Microsoft's strategy to take on its cloud rivals Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud by attracting indivi...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Trends, Williams, Mozilla, Gartner, Steve Ballmer, Davis, Visual Studio, Ide, Ibm, Pentagon, Amazon Web Services


The world's richest tech billionaires all saw massive gains in 2019 — except Amazon founder Jeff Bezos

Most of the world's richest tech billionaires have become richer in 2019 so far, with one notable exception. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has lost a chunk of his net worth in 2019, and nearly lost his spot as world's richest person to Microsoft founder Bill Gates thanks to a dip in Amazon's share price. Most of the decline in his net worth is down to his costly divorce from MacKenzie Bezos. Business Insider used Bloomberg's Billionaires Index to rank the world's 20 richest tech billionaires and lis...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Hong Kong, Europe, Elon Musk, Microsoft, China, US, Trends, Tesla, Bloomberg, Larry Page, West, Bill Gates


How Satya Nadella's leadership style catapulted Microsoft to a trillion-dollar valuation — and what you can learn from it

Microsoft is valued at over $1 trillion, making it one of the most valuable companies in the world. The key to this has been an emphasis on cloud computing, which took center stage this weekend, and a psychological attitude called a growth mindset. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has operated as a transformational leader and based his management philosophy around a growth mindset. Click here for more BI Prime stories. When Satya Nadella took over as CEO in 2014, Microsoft was known for its intern...
Tags: Amazon, Spacex, Elon Musk, Microsoft, Stanford, Satya Nadella, Trends, Bloomberg, Bill Gates, Sony, Steve Ballmer, Alexis Ohanian, Pentagon, Serena Williams, Dreamforce, New York University


Brian Sieman living his dream as Clippers’ new TV play-by-play broadcaster

PLAYA VISTA — Ralph Lawler wanted very much to hand off the mic to his friend Brian Sieman when he retired. Even so, Sieman, previously the Clippers’ radio play-by-play man, had to interview for the team’s TV position, a vetting process that culminated in a meeting with Steve Ballmer. In it, the Clippers’ bombastic, spirited owner asked Sieman for a self-critique. “I get too excited in the first quarter,” said Sieman, who, as an NBA player might, reviews film after every game, taking copious not...
Tags: New York, Minnesota, Sports, Phoenix Suns, Sport, Soccer, Iowa, Steve Ballmer, Nba, Simon Cowell, Kansas, Brian, Minnesota Timberwolves, Magic Johnson, San Antonio, Lakers


Legislators say Clippers arena in Inglewood is at risk because of state agency’s delays

Two legislators have accused the California Air Resources Board of racism over delays in approving a proposed Clippers arena, alleging the agency has put the Inglewood project at risk while expediting approval for other sports complexes in more affluent communities. At the same time, The Madison Square Garden Co., owners of The Forum concert venue, have launched a new offensive against the Clippers arena, a potential competitor, alleging the project is not suitable for the area and would cause g...
Tags: New York, News, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Bradford, Steve Ballmer, Nba, Jerry Brown, Golden State Warriors, Gavin Newsom, MSG, Madison Square Garden, Inglewood


Clippers welcome Kawhi Leonard to the court for the first time

The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard shoots a jumper as teammate Ivica Zubac sets a screen on the Nuggets’ Malik Beasley during the first half of Thursday’s preseason game at Staples Center. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 10: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers dribbles as he is guarded by Jerami Grant #9 of the Denver Nuggets during the first half at Staples Center on October 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Sound T...
Tags: China, Sports, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Williams, Hawaii, Steve Ballmer, Nba, Rivers, Denver, Staples Center, Los Angeles Clippers, Toronto Raptors, Lakers


Kawhi Leonard might make his Clippers debut this preseason – maybe

PLAYA VISTA — The Clippers might give fans a glimpse of one of their new superstars this preseason after all. Coach Doc Rivers hinted at the start of training camp that the team might treat Kawhi Leonard like an NFL quarterback and, out of an abundance of caution, hold him out of preseason games altogether. But with guards Patrick Beverley (“nothing serious,” Rivers said) and Rodney McGruder (stepped on someone’s foot) getting banged up a bit in practice Wednesday, Rivers opened the door for the...
Tags: Hong Kong, China, Sports, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, NFL, Sport, Green, Soccer, Williams, Steve Ballmer, Nba, Vancouver, Seattle, Rivers, Staples Center