Sharp Courts US Investors, Microsoft Adds to Partners In Learning: Tech Business Roundup

Knowledgeable sources say that the weakened Sharp Corp. (SHCAF.PK) is in talks with American tech firms looking for investments and has offered a stake to Dell (NASDAQ:DELL), among others, for a reliable supply of breakthrough display tech in return. Sharp is turning to potential business parters in the United States while its current negotiations with the Taiwanese contract manufacturing company Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. for an equity stake are stalling out. Other possible linkups for Sharp include Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) and Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC).

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On Thursday, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) placed an additional $250 million in its Partners In Learning Project, a worldwide professional development program it formed to provide teachers with the requisite skills to teach information tech and other future-oriented subjects. The firm has been running this program since 2003 and thus far, it has invested $750 million.

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