And in the real world... Microsoft, Google, recession, McDonald's, General Motors, BA, BBC, News of the World,

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And in the real world... Microsoft, Google, recession, McDonald's, General Motors, BA, BBC, News of the World,

Microsoft is set to broaden its battle with Google this week as it pushes ahead with online versions of some of its core software, including final plans for a "cloud" operating system designed to extend Windows to the internet.
Source: Financial Times

General Motors Co. kicked off a new era following its exit from bankruptcy protection on Friday, with the chief executive, Frederick "Fritz" Henderson, promising to transform the car-maker into a leaner and more customer-focused company.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Green shoots? Forget them. Even the feared double-dip downturn may be too much to hope for, according to one business leader.
Source: Financial Times

British Airways has declined to comment on reports that it has secured shareholder backing for an emergency rights issue of up to £500 million as it fights to secure its future.
Source: The Times

McDonald's is to leave London for Geneva, joining the growing ranks of US companies moving their European headquarters to take advantage of preferential intellectual property tax laws.
Source: Financial Times

The veteran newsreader Peter Sissons has launched a scathing attack on the slipping standards and incompetence at the BBC that prompted him to leave the corporation after 20 years.
Source: Daily Mail

A top BBC executive and the former Metropolitan police commissioner Sir Ian Blair were targeted by the News of the World's phone hacking operation, it was claimed today.
Source: The Guardian