CONVERSATION STARTER – Reuters offered unmatched multimedia coverage of the decision to award Tokyo the right to stage the 2020 Olympic Games. Reuters TV crews in Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo spent Saturday with expectant crowds waiting to hear which city would host the Olympic Games in 2020. The crowd in Tokyo went wild when their city won the contest – and the Reuters video was seen around the world. Reuters also tracked down Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and captured his joyous reaction after the news broke.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK – As Russia and the U.S. work on a deal to disarm Syria of its chemical weapons, this Reuters Photo of the Week (above) dramatically captures the violence still raging in the war-torn Middle Eastern country. International efforts seem to be turning towards a diplomatic solution, rather than military strikes.
BUSINESS – Reuters reported exclusively that at least three of the top 20 investors in Microsoft Corp want a turnaround expert to succeed Steve Ballmer as chief executive and have urged the board to consider Ford Motor CEO Alan Mulally and Computer Sciences CEO Mike Lawrie for the job. A special committee of the board and its advisers has been meeting with shareholders after Ballmer’s surprise decision late last month to retire within a year. In one such meeting, Microsoft said it started with a list of about 40 people and has been narrowing it down.