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Cash In as This Rural Telephone Company Outsmarts the Sector Giants

As the longtime subscribers among you folks know, we love spin-offs here at Private Briefing.

These corporate breakups are a way to make market-beating returns – and at below-market risk.

It’s that penchant for spin-offs that prompted our pre-breakup recommendation of Abbott Laboratories Inc. (NYSE: ABT) back in June 2012.

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    Why Sinofsky Left Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT)

    It hasn't even been three weeks since the hugely hyped release of Windows 8, and Windows division president Steven Sinofsky has left Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT).

    The abrupt departure has many questioning the success of Windows 8, Sinofsky's relationship with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, and the evolution of the software giant.

    "It is a little surprising to see a departure of someone at this level in charge of so many products with such immediacy, with no transition period. Microsoft is going to enter another period of management transition," Michael Gartenberg, an analyst at Gartner Inc. told Bloomberg News.

    During his tenure at Microsoft, Sinofsky won accolades for leading intricate software projects and making sure they were delivered on time.

    It had been widely speculated that Sinofsky, a 23-year Microsoft veteran, would take the reins when Ballmer stepped down.

    But according to insiders, Sinofsky and Ballmer didn't always see eye-to-eye.

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