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The short list of potential candidates to succeed Steve Ballmer as Microsoft CEO has narrowed to a favored few contenders. According to Reuters they are: Ford CEO Alan Mulally; former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, (who is now back in-house); and insiders Tony Bates and Satya Nadella. None of those names is  surprising but there you have it. The fifth candidate remains a mystery.

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A failure at a Verizon Terremark data center Sunday is the latest snafu to afflict Healthcare.gov, the web site underlying the Obamacare insurance initiative. Sunday’s failure caused a loss of network connectivity, according to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Verizon said it is working with HHS and other tech vendors to fix the issue as soon as possible.

Last week, the administration pledged to get Healthcare.gov working smoothly by the end of November.

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Maybe so. A locked-down mystery structure on San Francisco’s Treasure Island may be the beginning of a new Google data center that could make use of water-based cooling and wave-generated power, as outlined in a Google patent for a water-based data center.” More on that patent here. Google did not comment.

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Microsoft’s sales did nothing but grow during Steve Ballmer’s 13-year tenure as CEO , as depicted in this Bloomberg infographic, although that trend was not reflected in the company’s sluggish stock price. As an example, total sales grew 294 percent to almost $78 billion in that time while stock price fell 37 percent to $33.76 per share. On Thursday, after Microsoft announced better-than-expected first quarter earnings, Microsoft shares surged more than 6 percent in after-hours trading.

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