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December 26, 2013
13:55 EDTIBM, GOOG, FB, AAPLIBM Digital Analytics: Christmas Day online sales up 16.5% over last year
According to IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark, overall Christmas Day online sales were up 16.5% over the same period last year. "Mobile traffic was the highest we've seen over this holiday season, accounting for 48% of all online traffic, up 28.3% compared to the same period last year. Mobile sales also remained strong, approaching 29% of all online sales, up 40% over 2012. Smartphones drove 28.5% of all online traffic compared to tablets at 18.1%, making it the browsing device of choice. When it comes to making the sale, tablets drove 19.4% of all online sales, more than twice that of smartphones, which accounted for 9.3%. As a percentage of total online sales, iOS was more than five times higher than Android, driving 23% vs. 4.6% for Android. Shoppers referred from Facebook averaged $72.01 per order, versus Pinterest referrals, which drove $86.83 per order. However, Facebook referrals converted sales at nearly four times the rate of Pinterest referrals." Reference Link
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April 4, 2014
07:25 EDTGOOGNational Press Club holds a meeting
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06:22 EDTGOOGNest Labs halts sales of smart smoke alarms
Nest Labs announced it is stopping sales of its Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide alarm because of a defect that can cause owners to inadvertently turn them off. The company says "At Nest, we conduct regular, rigorous tests to ensure that our products are the highest quality. During recent laboratory testing of the Nest Protect smoke alarm, we observed a unique combination of circumstances that caused us to question whether the Nest Wave -- a feature that enables you to turn off your alarm with a wave of the hand -- could be unintentionally activated. This could delay an alarm going off if there was a real fire. We identified this problem ourselves and are not aware of any customers who have experienced this. We feel that the best and safest thing to do is to immediately disable the Nest Wave feature to resolve the issue and remove any safety concerns. While we fix Nest Wave, we have also halted sales of all new Nest Protect alarms to ensure no one buys an alarm that needs an immediate update." Google acquired Nest Labs earlier this year. Reference Link
06:14 EDTAAPLApple acquires Novauris, terms not disclosed, Re/code reports
Apple has confirmed that it has acquired Novauris Technologies, a speech technology company, Re/code reports. Reference Link
06:12 EDTFBFacebook paid researchers $1.5M to fix software bugs
Facebook paid out more than $1.5M to security researchers who helped it find and fix software bugs and security vulnerabilities in its software code, the company said. The company says it has been working to grow its bug bounty program since 2011, and "We received 14,763 submissions in 2013, a 246% increase from 2012. Of these, 687 were valid and eligible to receive rewards. 6% of eligible bugs were categorized as high severity. We've paid over $2M since we got started in 2011, and in 2013 we paid out $1.5M to 330 researchers across the globe. 2014 is looking good so far. The volume of high-severity issues is down, and we're hearing from researchers that it's tougher to find good bugs." Reference Link
06:01 EDTGOOGAcacia Research resolves action with Motorola Mobility
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April 3, 2014
16:16 EDTIBMGlobalfoundries in lead to buy IBM chip plants, TSMC out of talks, WSJ says
IBM (IBM) has held talks with Globalfoundries, Intel (INTC) and Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM) regarding its semiconductor manufacturing operations, and Globalfoundries appears to be in the lead as the most likely potential buyer, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. IBM initially asked for more than $2B and bids have come in "north of $1B," the report noted, adding that Intel is still involved, but TSMC has dropped out of the talks. Reference Link
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 3, 2014
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15:49 EDTIBMGlobalfoundries in lead to buy IBM chip plants, TSMC out of talks, DJ says
IBM (IBM) also held talks with Intel (INTC), according to Dow Jones, citing sources.
15:10 EDTGOOGVIX methodology for Google decreases 9.2% after 2-1 stock split
VIX methodology for Google (VXGOG) is recently down 9.2% to 28.56 after 2-1 stock split
13:38 EDTFBFacebook retests the $60 area, levels to watch
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12:20 EDTGOOGGoogle considers wireless service in Fiber markets, The Information says
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:30 EDTAAPL, IBMApple, Pfizer others create 'go slow' patent lobby group, Reuters says
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08:54 EDTGOOGGoogle Class C shares begin trading today
Google (GOOG) is effectively splitting its stock via a dividend distribution of new "Class C" shares, which begin trading today. The price of existing Google A shares, which hold one vote each, is expected to fall by half today as the C shares begin trading. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In January, Google announced that its board approved a dividend of Class C shares to be distributed on April 2 to holders of record as of March 27. The new Class C shares will trade under the ticker "GOOG" and the company's existing Class A shares will trade under a new ticker, "GOOGL." The company has previously said that its Q1 GAAP EPS will be half of what it would otherwise report because its net earnings are divided by twice as many shares. The company also said that its non-GAAP EPS will be similarly affected by the Class C dividend issuance, but will also be impacted by the expected sale of Motorola Mobile to Lenovo (LNVGY). This sale triggers "discontinued operations" accounting treatment, Google noted. Both Google Class A and Class C will be included in the S&P 500 and S&P 100 and there will not be a switch from Class A to Class C. Class A shares will subsequently be removed from Nasdaq indexes when the exchange operator rebalances them on June 23. By introducing non-voting C shares, Google's Sergey Brin and Larry Page will be able to issue stock to compensate workers or make acquisitions without diluting their voting stake, Bloomberg has noted.
07:50 EDTGOOGNew Google shares land in market, Bloomberg says
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07:40 EDTAAPLApple bulls bet new products to prompt stock revival, Bloomberg says
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06:29 EDTGOOGTaiwan makers: Chromebook shipments in 2014 to reach 4M-5M units, DigiTimes says
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06:24 EDTGOOGGoogle could ship up to 11M Chromebooks worldwide by 2019, DigiTimes says
ABI Research believes Google could ship an estimated 11M Chromebooks in 2019 after shipping nearly 2.1M in 2013, reports DigiTimes. Research Analyst Stephanie Van Vactor said the device is a disruptive force to the portable PC market after finding the ASP to be $338. Reference Link
06:10 EDTGOOG, FBGoogle's LeBeau hired by Facebook, TechCrunch reprots
Google (GOOG) product designer Mike LeBeau has been hired by Facebook (FB), TechCrunch reports. LeBeau had a hand in developing several voice-related technologies, including iPhone Voice Search, while working as a staff software engineer and product designer at Google, and was an early member of the Android team. LeBeau will become a product manager at Facebook. Reference Link
06:01 EDTFBInstagram fixing bug that hides users' photos, AP reports
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