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March 5, 2015
14:56 EDTAAPLApple music streaming service may debut June 8, TechCrunch says
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14:40 EDTGOOGGoogle launches car insurance comparison service
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13:00 EDTAAPLSamsung's new Galaxy to provide double the memory of Apple's iPhones, BI reports
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12:41 EDTAAPLApple slips after Deutsche sees watch having limited impact on results
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11:46 EDTAAPLAscent Solar rallies after release of Battery & Solar case for iPhone 6
Earlier today, Ascent Solar Technologies (ASTI) announced the immediate availability of the company’s Battery & Solar case for the iPhone 6 (AAPL), the EnerPlex Surfr. The company added, "The Surfr is available now at goenerplex.com as well as select retail partners. The Surfr Battery and Solar case for the iPhone 6 is the first Apple MFi certified case to integrate both battery storage as well as solar charging capability into a sleek, thin and compact design. Enabling more than 10 hours of extra talk time as well as doubled video and audio capacity, the Surfr keeps iPhone users powered up throughout their day without needing to be constantly on watch for an outlet." Shares of Ascent Solar are up almost 11% in late morning trading.
10:42 EDTSSNLFSamsung acquires LED manufacturer YESCO Electronics
Samsung Electronics announced its acquisition of Logan, Utah-based YESCO Electronics. The acquisition reinforces Samsung’s entry into the LED display market, extending the reach of the company’s pioneering technologies and expertise beyond large-format displays using LCD panels, where the company has been the worldwide market leader for six consecutive years. YESCO Electronics was a subsidiary of the Young Electric Sign Company, a privately-owned custom sign manufacturer.
09:43 EDTSSNLFOculus to launch smartphone virtual reality device by end of 2015, CNet says
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:24 EDTGOOGGoogle rumored to collaborate with Huawei on Nexus phone, CNet says
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08:29 EDTAAPLApple files patent for moisture resistance technolgy for mobile devices
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06:53 EDTAAPLApple may release iPhone 6s with more RAM, unlocked SIM card, AppleInsider says
Apple's (AAPL) upcoming iPhone 6s will reportedly include 2 gigabytes of RAM memory, reports AppleInsider, citing a person familiar with the company's plans. The source also stated Apple is considering shipping the 6s with an Apple SIM card to allow users to switch carriers at any time, a move likely to promp pushback from large carriers such as T-Mobile (TMUS), Verizon (VZ), and AT&T (T). Reference Link
06:45 EDTAAPLDeutsche sees Watch as limited growth driver for Apple
Deutsche Bank says that while it remains positive on the Apple Watch, it sees the device as a limited growth driver for Apple over the next few years. Deutsche currently expects Apple will ship 17.6M Watches in 2015 with an average selling price of $350. While adding some upside, the watch has "limited ability to move the needle," the firm told investors today. It feels Apple shares are fairly valued at current levels and keeps a Hold rating on the name with a $110 price target. The stock closed yesterday down 82c to $128.54.
06:32 EDTAAPLBMW says not in talks with Apple about building car, Reuters reports
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06:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's Spencer says company has 'lost its way' in PC games, BI reports
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06:08 EDTAAPLDevelopers: Apple limiting Apple Watch features to help battery life, BI reports
Developers say Apple is limiting what apps for the Apple Watch is capable of in order to ensure a smooth launch and decent battery life, Business Insider reports. Reference Link
06:08 EDTAAPLWal-Mart CFO believes mobile payment is the future, WSJ says
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05:59 EDTSSNLFSamsung acquires YESCO Electronics, terms not disclosed
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05:56 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT CSCO
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05:45 EDTAAPLApple to use Oxide display for 12.9-inch iPad, DigiTimes report9
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March 4, 2015
17:41 EDTAAPLAlphaOne's Dan Niles likes Apple as long idea
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17:35 EDTAAPLApple delays larger iPad on panel challenges, Bloomberg says
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17:26 EDTAAPLApple said to delay making larger iPad due to panel challenges, Bloomberg says
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16:02 EDTAAPLOptions Update; March 4, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 6c to 27.22. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AA PBR NFLX MNKD FB BMY C according to Track Data.
15:17 EDTAAPLHBO in talks to have Apple TV on board for HBO Now launch, IBT says
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15:14 EDTAAPLTime Warner in talks for Apple to be HBO Now launch partner, CNBC says
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13:48 EDTGOOG, AAPLJudge issues prelim approval for $415M anti-poaching settlement, Reuters says
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10:06 EDTAAPLApple Watch sales script revealed, 9to5Mac says
The Apple Watch sales script distributed to retail stores states, "Many customers have already decided they want an Apple Watch," reports 9to5Mac. Suggested sales tactics include asking whether the consumer is purchasing the watch "for a special occasion," revealing Apple may believe the Watch has appeal as an expensive gift, a perspective previously absent from iPhone sales pitches. The script also coaches employees to ask consumers whether their current iPhone is compatible with the Watch, and if not, attempt to sell a compatible iPhone 5 or 6 model. Reference Link
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:22 EDTSSNLF, AAPLU.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit hears Apple vs Samsung
The Court hears arguments over damages where Apple asks that Samsung remove certain features (slide unlock, auto-correct) from its phones for patent infringement but Samsung argues doing so is too onerous andn how much in damages Samsung owes Apple for failure to remove the specified features in a hearing being held at the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. on March 4 at 10 am.
09:20 EDTMSFTTime Warner Cable announces agreement with Microsoft to bring TV app to Xbox
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09:14 EDTAAPLApple plans to reveal Retina MacBook Air March 9, The Michael Report says
Apple plans to reveal its Retina MacBook Air at its March 9 "Spring Forward" event, says The Michael Report, citing Apple sources familiar with the matter. Reference Link
08:57 EDTGOOGNvidia to release $199 video game console in May, CNet says
Nvidia (NVDA) is developing a video game console called "Shield," reports CNet, citing a company presentation at the Game Developer's Conference. The console will include Google (GOOG) Android software to allow content streaming from Android smartphone and tablets, and will also include Nvidia's Grid service to allow streaming of videogames directly to the console. Nvidia plans a May launch for the console in the U.S., with pricing set at $199. Reference Link
08:32 EDTMSFTGlobal Payments announces agreement with New West Technologies
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07:22 EDTAAPLBanks, not Apple, on hook for 'post-Apple Pay fraud,' says Trustev
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07:21 EDTAAPLApple volatility elevated into Spring Forward event
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06:50 EDTGOOG, AAPLPiper sees two catalysts for Google shares in 2015
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says near-term investor concerns with regards to Google (GOOG) shares are overblown. Munster thinks investors are concerned that Google will lose its search deal with Apple’s (AAPL) Safari and that the search giant’s investments have pressured margins. He believes, however, that if Google were to lose Safari, the company will likely gain back that lost share within a year. Further, Munster believes Google's investments in robotics, self-driving cars, fiber, wireless and augmented reality will yield longer term revenue growth. The analyst views the resolution of the Safari deal and the possibility for cost-per-clicks turning positive for the first time since September 2011 as catalysts for the stock in 2015. Munster reiterates an Overweight rating on Google with a $630 price target. The stock closed Tuesday up $3.77 to $578.79.
06:46 EDTAAPLApple in talks to settle A123's lawsuit, Reuters reports
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06:31 EDTSSNLF, MSFT, AAPL, GOOGGartner: Apple sold more smartphones than Samsung in Q4
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06:30 EDTGOOGGoogle looking to expand wireless service, WSJ says
Google is looking into expanding wireless services by launching a conventional wireless offering and freeing a large amount of inexpensive airways for public use, reports the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:16 EDTGOOG, AAPLApple, Google develop fix for 'Freak' cybersecurity flaw, Reuters says
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06:12 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT CSCO
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06:10 EDTAAPLApple Pay seeing high fraud rates, WSJ says
Banks are experiencing a relatively high amount of fraud on the Apple Pay service, reports the Wall Street Journal's Digits blog, citing people familiar with the matter. Criminals are reportedly exploiting vulnerabilities in the credit card verification process, though banks say they are tightening loopholes. Mobile payment expert Cherian Abraham stated it is not uncommon to see Apple Pay fraud rates as high as 6%, versus a roughly 0.1% fraud rate with plastic cards. Reference Link
06:05 EDTSSNLFReport: Samsung purchases LED display maker Yesco, DigiTimes says
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March 3, 2015
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; March 3, 2015
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13:47 EDTGOOGTwitter CFO says Google integration underway
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12:40 EDTMSFTMicrosoft cloud metrics may be inaccurate, Business Insider says
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11:55 EDTAAPL, GOOGUBS, BofA get more positive on Google outlook
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10:07 EDTGOOGGoogle CEO meets with EU anti-trust chief, WSJ says
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09:35 EDTGOOG, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:30 EDTGOOG, AAPLVisa should benefit from proliferation of token services, says Pacific Crest
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08:13 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $155 from $115 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer increased its price target on Apple as the firm expects the company's Apple Watch to be superior to the competition in several ways, and believes that it is "an efficient extension of the smartphone" and "a facilitator of intimate personal communications." The firm predicts that the device will significantly boost Apple's revenue and margins. Oppenheimer keeps an Outperform rating on Apple.
07:50 EDTGOOGGoogle much better positioned than many believe, says UBS
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07:21 EDTGOOGOculus hires away Google executive Mary Lou Jepsen, Re/code says
Facebook's (FB) Oculus has hired away Google (GOOG) executive Mary Lou Jepsen, reports Re/code, citing sources familiar with the move and a Facebook spokesperson. Jepsen was the head of Google X's display division. Reference Link
06:41 EDTAAPLPiper says Apple Watch price could approach $600
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes the average selling price for the upcoming Apple Watch could be closer to $575-$600, above his current estimate of $500, when adding in additional bands. Munster sees the potential for higher segment gross margins than previously thought. He points out his 2015 Watch estimate remains at 8M units, well below the Street's 14M. Munster keeps an Overweight rating on Apple with a $160 price target.
06:24 EDTAAPL, GOOGApple-Google proposed $415M settlement headed towards approval, Reuters says
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06:16 EDTGOOGJudge pauses attorney general piracy probe against Google, AP says
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05:56 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT CSCO
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05:54 EDTSSNLFSamsung, Sony and LG to purchase 42% of TV panel supply in 2015, DigiTimes says
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05:22 EDTNOKDragonWave, Nokia strengthen global partnership
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March 2, 2015
16:02 EDTGOOG, AAPLOptions Update; March 2, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 91c to 26.70. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MBI MCD NFLX AMZN GOOG BAC C according to Track Data.
14:23 EDTGOOGGoogle upgraded to Buy with $650 price target at BofA/Merrill
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14:03 EDTGOOGGoogle upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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13:07 EDTAAPL, GOOGPayPal reveals new physical card reader, Venture Beat says
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13:05 EDTGOOGGoogle confirms intent to launch U.S. wireless service, WSJ says
Speaking at an industry conference in Barcelona, Sundar Pichai, who oversees Google’s (GOOG) mobile operating system Android, said the search giant will launch a small scale U.S. wireless service with details to be unveiled in the months ahead, says the Wall Street Journal. Other companies in the space include Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS). Reference Link
11:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft EVP says China cloud offerings 'special,' present 'huge' opportunity
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11:39 EDTGOOGFidelity Contrafund cuts Google stake to 5.2% of net assets, Reuters reports
Fidelity Contrafund, one of Google's largest investors, has cut its stake in the search giant to 5.2% of net assets at January 31 from 7.3% of net assets as of June 30, Reuters reports. Fidelity Investments portfolio manager Will Danoff explains that "The firm continued to do phenomenally innovative things, but it is fighting a shift away from desktop search to less-expensive searches on mobile phones." Reference Link
11:14 EDTMSFTMicrosoft EVP says seeing 'very positive trends' for Office 365
Microsoft EVP, Applications and Services, Qi Lu is speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference.
10:55 EDTAAPLApple Watch expected to be available outside U.S. in April, 9to5Mac reports
The Apple Watch will not be exclusive to the United States when it launches next month, reports 9to5Mac. According to employees in attendance when CEO Tim Cook spoke at the Berlin Apple Store last week, Cook said the watch will launch in Germany during the same month as the U.S. Reference Link
10:00 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:16 EDTAAPLSamsung Pay could 'dwarf' Apple Pay, says Jefferies
Jefferies says Samsung Pay has the potential to "dwarf" Apple (AAPL) Pay since it targets the vast majority of currently installed payment terminals which utilize conventional magstripe technology, versus Apple's payment system which is limited in its acceptance by the availability of NFC-capable terminals. Jefferies believes Samsung's Galaxy S6/S6 Edge integrates Magnetic Secure Transmission technology acquired from LoopPay within its batteries. It views Samsung Pay as the biggest positive surprise of Samsung's new phone.
09:14 EDTAAPL, GOOGApple, Google employees asking for $415M poaching settlement, Reuters says
Silicon Valley workers alleging that Apple (APPL), Google (GOOG), Intel (INTC), and Adobe (ADBE) colluded to limit poaching will attempt on Monday to win court approval for a $415M claim, reports Reuters. A judge had rejected the previous settlement offer of $324.5M as too low, saying the settlement would need to reach at least $380M. Reference Link
09:10 EDTGOOGGoogle initiated with a Hold at Axiom
09:08 EDTGOOGGoogle+ splits Photos and Streams, Horowitz to lead both
Bradley Horowitz, a Google VP, confirmed in a Google+ post that "the rumors are true -- I’m excited to be running Google’s Photos and Streams products! It’s important to me that these changes are properly understood to be positive improvements to both our products and how they reach users." Reference Link
09:03 EDTSSNLFU.S. Bancorp announces working with Samsung mobile payment service
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08:47 EDTGOOGGoogle says mobile network developments coming soon, TechCrunch says
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08:29 EDTAAPL, GOOG, MSFTMicrosoft reportedly to buy news app for $30M, TechCrunch says
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07:56 EDTGOOGGoogle appoints new head of Google+, hints at changes, TechCrunch says
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07:41 EDTMSFTMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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07:22 EDTNOKNokia plans 5G trials with NTT DoCoMo, may expand launch of N1 tablet, WSJ says
Nokia (NOK) will continue its shift into telecom networking with a new focus on 5G, reports the Wall Street Journal's Digits blog, citing statements by CEO Rajeev Suri at the Mobile World Congress 2015. The company sees 5G network standardization starting in 2016, trials starting in 2018, and full launch in 2020, with Nokia currently planning trials with NTT DoCoMo (DCM). Suri also announced a predictive marketing solution that may enable network operators to better target ads. Regarding the company's goal to keep itself alive as a consumer brand, the CEO said "We’re now monitoring the experience of the people who bought [the N1 tablet in China] . Once that’s all good, we’ll start moving to other countries as well." Reference Link
06:41 EDTAAPLiPhone 6s will have Force Touch, won't have multi-cameras, AppleInsider says
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06:23 EDTSSNLFSamsung expects Galaxy S6 to become company's best-selling model, DigiTimes says
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06:22 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $160 from $133 at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley raised Apple's price target to $160 and increased its bull cast to $190 based on the accelerated pace of category expansion. The firm believes the strong platform creates a "halo effect" as users buy multiple devices and added services and software, which attracts more developers and partners and improves the entire ecosystem. Shares are Overweight rated.
06:18 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT CSCO
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06:01 EDTAAPLNorthern Trust debit cards now support Apple Pay
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06:00 EDTGOOGMarvell announces partnership with Google;s ATAP Group
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05:59 EDTGOOG, SSNLF, AAPLSamsung announces Samsung Pay mobile payment system
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05:59 EDTSSNLFFireEye introduces ne mobile security integration for Samsung
FireEye announced a new product integration with Samsung to enhance enterprise risk management on Samsung KNOX-enabled devices. The integrated solution intercepts apps before they are installed on the device and uses FireEye Mobile Threat Prevention to determine risk status, analyze, detect and block high-risk apps, as well as notify users of behaviors consistent with malware activity.
05:55 EDTMSFTMicrosoft introduces Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL
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05:51 EDTSSNLFIntel Security selected by Samsung for Galaxy S6 smartphones
Intel Security announced that Samsung will be providing Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphone users with a security solution to help keep them safe from a growing number of mobile threats. For the first time, Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be pre-installed with VirusScan Mobile technology. With this agreement, customers’ Galaxy S6 devices will be protected by anti-malware technology that provides users with a more secure online mobile experience.
05:50 EDTSSNLFIntegrated Device power transmitter adopted by Samsung
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05:39 EDTSSNLFCheetah Mobile announces partnership with Samsung
Cheetah Mobile (CMCM) announced a partnership with Samsung (SSNLF) to enable a best-in-class mobile experience. As the first step in their cooperation, innovative features from Cheetah Mobile's security application Clean Master have been embedded in Samsung's new flagship Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones to provide custom "Powered by Clean Master" junk-file cleanup.
March 1, 2015
18:44 EDTSSNLFSynchrony Financial enables credit card benefits through Samsung Pay
Synchrony Financial (SYF) announced that the benefits and features available on Synchrony Bank-issued private label credit cards will be easily accessed by cardholders through the Samsung Pay (SSNLF) mobile wallet. Joining Samsung for the announcement at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Synchrony Financial is pleased to be a leader in preserving the value proposition of private label credit cards in this secure mobile wallet environment. Leveraging both Magnetic Secure Transmission, MST, and Near Field Communication, NFC, technologies, Samsung Pay is accepted at 90% of retail merchants and allows Synchrony Financial’s partners and customers to access the unique features and benefits that Synchrony Bank private label credit cards offer while using the mobile payment technology they desire. “This fits perfectly into our mobile wallet strategy to build, partner and invest in the latest technologies to benefit our customers and our partners,” said Margaret Keane, President and CEO of Synchrony Financial. “We continue to make our cards valuable to consumers, retailers and merchants and are pleased to expand our capabilities to securely offer private label credit card benefits through this mobile payment solution.”
18:28 EDTAAPL, GOOG, MSFTBlackBerry expands cross platform strategy
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18:05 EDTNOKNokia CEO says 'business as usual,' no change to outlook, Reuters says
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17:20 EDTGOOGGoogle shares could rise 5%-10% with a dividend, Barron's says
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16:46 EDTSSNLFVisa to support consumer payments with Samsung Pay
Visa (V) announced it is supporting consumer payments with the new Samsung (SSNLF) Galaxy S6. Eligible consumers in the U.S. will be able to make secure Visa payments with Samsung Pay, Samsung’s new payment service scheduled to launch this summer.
16:42 EDTSSNLFSamsung says wireless charging built into Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge
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16:40 EDTSSNLFAT&T will carry the Samsung Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge
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16:37 EDTSSNLFSamsung Pay will enable MasterCard
Samsung Electronics (SSNLF) has unveiled Samsung Pay, a mobile payment service that will enable MasterCard (MA) cardholders to use their Samsung Galaxy S6 for everyday in-store purchases. The company added, "MasterCard built the foundation for secure digital transactions, so consumers can use their cards when, where and how they want. Samsung Pay delivers a seamless and secure mobile payment experience that will work at both contactless-enabled and most traditional point of sale terminals. For consumers and merchants alike, that means that every purchase made with a MasterCard using a Samsung Galaxy S6 will offer the enhanced security, benefits and guarantees of a digital MasterCard transaction including the latest tokenization technology. Owners of the new device will be able to use their MasterCard credit and debit cards from participating banks directly through Samsung Pay."
16:19 EDTSSNLFSamsung says Samsung Pay will launch on Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge in 2H
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15:36 EDTSSNLFSamsung unveils Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge
Samsung Electronics announced its entirely redefined smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. "Creating a new standard for design, craftsmanship and performance, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge seamlessly blend premium materials with the most advanced Samsung technology to offer consumers an unmatched mobile experience." “With the all new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, Samsung is offering what’s next in mobility, along with a new standard to drive the global mobile agenda,” said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “By listening to our customers, and learning from both our success and missteps, we continuously push forward new technologies and ideas. With a reimagined design, robust partner network and novel services, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge offer users the ultimate experience in smartphone options.” Reference Link
13:38 EDTSSNLFBlackBerry, Samsung bring enterprise services to KNOX and Samsung Galaxy S6
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February 27, 2015
16:06 EDTAAPLOptions Update; February 27, 2015
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12:50 EDTAAPLApple CEO says consumers will find many reasons to admire watch, Telegraph says
Apple CEO Tim Cook said that people will buy Apple's Apple Watch for one reason, and then discover that they like it for many reasons, according to The Telegraph. The watch will give users rewards if they hit exercise goals and could be used to replace car keys and security fobs used by many vehicles, the newspaper quoted Cook as saying. Reference Link
09:59 EDTAAPLApple slips below $130, levels to watch
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09:35 EDTAAPL, GOOGActive equity options trading on open
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08:13 EDTGOOGGoogle pays $25M for .app web domain, BI says
Google has paid $25M for rights to the ".app" web domain, reports Business Insider, citing ICANN auction results. Reference Link
06:48 EDTAAPLApple hiring engineers to work on virtual reality products, 9to5Mac reports
Apple is hiring hardware engineers to work on virtual reality products, according to 9to5Mac, which cites job listings that have appeared this week. According to the ads, Apple is seeking to hire a Senior Display Systems Engineer for "display systems design and development related to VR environments" and a Senior Display Software Engineer to support graphics software engineering efforts for VR environments. Reference Link
06:39 EDTAAPLTexas company sues Apple over additional alleged patent violations, Reuters says
The Texas company that on Tuesday won a $533M patent infringement verdict against Apple (AAPL) is launching another patent lawsuit against the iPhone maker, according to Reuters. Filed Wednesday night, the new lawsuit addresses technology used by Apple devices that were launched after the previous case began, the news service stated. Reference Link
06:32 EDTAAPLCiti sees April 16 launch date for Apple Watch
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06:03 EDTGOOGGoogle Ventures' European arm takes stake in Kobalt, FT reports
Google Ventures' European unit has led a $60M investment round in Kobalt, a music technology company that helps songwriters collect fees from outlets like YouTube and Spotify, The Financial Times reports. Reference Link
05:55 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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05:26 EDTAAPLEricsson files lawsuits against Apple
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February 26, 2015
18:28 EDTGOOGGoogle co-founders sell $113M in stock, Barron's says
Google CEO Larry Page sold 83,334 class A shares for $45.14M and 83,334 class C shares for $45M and co-founder Sergey Brin sold 16,626 class A shares for $8.93M and 16,666 class C shares for $8.91M, reports Barron's in its 'Inside Scoop' column. Reference Link
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; February 26, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 33c to 27.78. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR C ZNGA MCD RIG NFLX according to Track Data.
14:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft shutting down two factories in China, Want China Times reports
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13:25 EDTGOOGGoogle to place ads in Google Play, may break up Google+, Forbes says
Google's product czar, Sundar Pichai, said the company will begin showing ads for apps in Google Play, and may break Google+ into pieces, according to Forbes. The company also plans new initatives in payments, commerce and enterprise apps, and would welcome the chance to reenter the Chinese market, Forbes quoted the executive as saying. Reference Link
12:05 EDTAAPLApple to host event on March 9, Business Insider reports
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11:15 EDTAAPLStocks with call strike movement; AAPL CRM
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11:03 EDTSSNLFSamsung ranks first in 2014 EU patent applications
The European Patent Office reports that Samsung (SSNLF) was ranked first in number of European patent applications for 2014 with 2,541 applications filed. Philips (PHG) took second place with 2,317, Siemens (SIEGY) took third with 2,133, BASF (BASFY) took sixth with 1,530, Qualcomm (QCOM) took seventh with 1,459, Ericsson (ERIC) took ninth with 1,347, and Intel (INTC) took 10th with 1,054 applications filed.
10:40 EDTGOOGDish could consider partnering with Google in wireless, The Information says
According to The Information, Dish Network (DISH) is likely to play a large role in the telecommunications industry in the coming years, and could look to form a partnership with Google (GOOG), something the companies have previously discussed. Though Google did not bid in the most recent auction of wireless spectrum, sources say Google executive Milo Medin, considered a bid. Reference Link
10:24 EDTAAPLApple falls, levels to watch
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10:22 EDTAAPLTesla jumps 2% as Chinese language report fuels speculation
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:28 EDTGOOGSolarCity creates fund to finance $750M solar projects, Google invests $300M
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07:58 EDTSSNLFPrivacy group asks FTC to investigate Samsung TVs, CNet says
The Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission Tuesday asking the commission to investigate Samsung over whether its Smart TVs are intercepting voice communications in households, reports CNet, citing the privacy group's filing. Reference Link
07:58 EDTAAPLAvago price target raised to $145 from $120 at Brean Capital
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06:56 EDTGOOGGoogle reportedly announcing Android Pay at May conference, Ars Technica says
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06:42 EDTGOOGGoogle unifies two separate European units, Financial Times reports
Google is unifying its two separate European arms following a more challenging and combative regulatory landscape, reports the Financial Times. Matt Britain, who had led the company's northern and western arm, will take over the running of the new business. Britain said the structure would allow the company to better respond to local conditions and opportunities. Reference Link
06:29 EDTSSNLFSamsung Galaxy S6 shipments expected to exceed 50M units, DigiTimes says
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06:28 EDTSSNLFSamsung to freeze 2015 salaries, WSJ says
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06:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft increases orders to China makers, DigiTimes reports
Microsoft is increasing orders to China makers and away from Taiwan makers, reports DigiTimes. Microsoft has become increasingly concerned over costs and is adjusting its supply chain to receive components at more competitive pricing that previously received from Taiwan makers. Reference Link
06:25 EDTGOOGYouTube revenue growing but did not contribute to earnings, WSJ reports
Google's YouTube posted 2014 revenue of $4B although it did not contribute to earnings, reports the Wall Street Journal, according to two people familiar with its financials. One step that may hope to boost viewership include playing more videos automatically, a feature that is expected to roll out shortly. Reference Link
06:18 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces Android for Work program
The company said on its Official Blog: "Over a billion people today carry Android smartphones -- devices that are more powerful than the computers we used just a few years ago. For many, these phones have become essential tools to help us complete important work tasks like checking email, editing documents, reviewing sales pipelines and approving deals. But for the majority of workers, smartphones and tablets are underutilized in the workplace. Their business and innovation potential remain largely untapped. We're announcing the Android for Work program to tap into that potential. With a group of partners, we're helping businesses bring more devices to work by securing, managing and innovating on the Android platform... Together with a wide range of management, application and device makers, we believe the Android for Work program provides businesses and workers with the choice and flexibility they need to get things done at work." Reference Link
06:13 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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06:06 EDTGOOGGoogle considering making investment in Jawbone, Re/code reports
Google is considering making a strategic investment in Jawbone, which makes wireless and wearable devices, sources tell Re/code. Jawbone has also been talking to other strategic investors, and the sources caution that talks with Google are preliminary. Reference Link
February 25, 2015
19:46 EDTSSNLFFacebook's Oculus a significant long term opportunity, says Piper Jaffray
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; February 25, 2015
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15:50 EDTAAPLApple pivots lower, levels to watch
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14:13 EDTGOOGGoogle unifying EU units amid regulatory pressures, FT says
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14:06 EDTGOOGMobileIron announces Cloud support for Android for Work
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14:03 EDTGOOGCitrix extends collaboration with Google to include Android for Work
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14:03 EDTGOOGBlackBerry says working with Google to enable BES12
BlackBerry Limited (BBRY) announced that it is working with Google (GOOG) to enable BES12: a cross-platform EMM solution by BlackBerry to manage devices equipped with Android for Work, Google's solution to securely separate business and personal data and applications. BES12 will provide organizations with the most secure and flexible way to manage Android for Work. Android for Work smartphones and tablets will be natively managed within the BES12 environment.
13:14 EDTAAPLFirm says iPad's market share fell sharply, Business Insider reports
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12:41 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces Google Flights
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10:34 EDTMSFTHP slide after currency driven guidance cut called buying opportunity
The shares of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are falling after the company reported lower than expected first quarter revenue and sharply lowered its free cash flow guidance and cut its fiscal year profit view. However, analysts at Citigroup, Bernstein, and Brean Capital all recommended buying the stock on weakness in separate notes to investors today. BACKGROUND: HP reported slightly higher than expected Q1 profits, but its revenue came in below expectations. The company sharply lowered its fiscal 2015 free cash flow guidance to $3.5B-$4B from its previous outlook of $6.5B-$7B. The tech giant also lowered its fiscal 2015 EPS guidance to $3.53-$3.73 from its previous outlook of $3.83-$4.30. "While we were able to manage the impact of currency in the quarter and deliver earnings as expected, we believe the impact on FY15 will be significantly greater than we anticipated in November. We'll work hard to offset these impacts through re-pricing and productivity, but fully mitigating currency movements of this size would require reducing investments and mortgaging our future. We won't do that," said HP CEO Meg Whitman. ANALYST REACTION: The decline in HP's EPS guidance was entirely due to foreign currency fluctuations, while most of the cut in its free cash flow guidance was caused by one-time costs related to the upcoming split of HP into two separate companies, Citi analyst Jim Suva stated. Most of the company's businesses "continue to perform well or at least make progress," wrote Suva. The decline in the stock has created an attractive entry point for investors who are looking to own the shares in order to benefit from the break-up, according to the analyst. He kept a Buy rating on the shares. Bernstein analyst A.M. Sacconaghi was less upbeat on HP's outlook, but also recommended buying the shares on today's weakness. Although revenue estimates for HP may be too high, the stock's valuation remains attractive, as it is the second least expensive tech stock in the S&P 500, according to Sacconaghi, who believes the shares are worth $45-$50. Cautioning that HP's stock is likely "to be in the penalty box" in the near-term, Sacconaghi nonetheless believes that the shares could get a significant boost when the company provides more information about its spin-off. He recommended that investors buy the stock on today's weakness and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. HP's fundamentals haven't changed, as the company continues to expect its revenue to remain flat in fiscal 2015, and it has not changed its capital return guidance, Brean Capital analyst Ananda Baruah stated. The company also continues to expect free cash flow of at least $5B-$6B in 2016 and beyond, Baruah added. Moreover, HP's share repurchases are unlikely to be significantly reduced as a result of the decline in its free cash flow guidance, the analyst predicted. Baruah recommended buying the stock on today's weakness and kept a $45 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, HP fell 9.5% to $34.84. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other large cap PC levered names are also weak in morning trading after HP's report last night, with Microsoft (MSFT) down 0.25% and Intel (INTC) down 1.2%.
10:01 EDTSSNLF, AAPLIDC reports Samsung retains 22% smartphone marketshare in India
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09:48 EDTGOOG, AAPL, MSFTIDC reports 96.3% smartphone marketshare for iPhone, Android
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:25 EDTAAPLCisco, Apple among U.S. names cut from China state buying list, Reuters says
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09:01 EDTAAPLMorgan Stanley says Apple Pay available for Wealth Management clients
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08:54 EDTGOOGGoogle expected to propose new headquarters this week, NY Times says
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07:27 EDTAAPLApple reportedly creating streaming music service, may relaunch iTunes, BI says
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07:13 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $150 from $130 at Stifel
Stifel increased its price target on Apple as the firm thinks the company "has more than enough capacity" to increase its dividend to $2.30-$2.40 per share. The firm indicates that it believes that Apple can reduce its tax rate. Stifel keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
06:40 EDTGOOGGoogle acquires Toro, terms not disclosed
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06:22 EDTAAPLJury orders Apple to pay $533M for patent violations, Reuters reports
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06:01 EDTSSNLF, GOOG, AAPLGlobal tablet shipments forecast at 221.4M units in 2015, DigiTimes says
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05:54 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; FOSL QCOM
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February 24, 2015
16:06 EDTAAPLOptions Update; February 24, 2015
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14:35 EDTAAPLMicron retreats amid pricing, Apple worries but analysts defend shares
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12:15 EDTAAPLMicron sell-off 'totally unwarranted,' says Summit Research
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11:29 EDTAAPLApple could thrive in auto sector, Morgan Stanley says
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10:43 EDTSSNLF, AAPLMicron drop on Apple speculation presents buying opportunity, says Stifel
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10:14 EDTSSNLF, AAPLSamsung reportedly reaches deal with LG, Apple to supply DRAM, Korea Times says
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:39 EDTAAPLApple near-term capital return could be less than expected, says UBS
UBS said they believe Apple could take a near-term breather on capital returns due to potential U.S. tax reform, increased dependence on debt issuance for stock buyback funding, and the potential for its board to wait for more clarity on repatriation. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and $150 price target on Apple shares.
06:49 EDTGOOGGoogle bans sexually explicit content from websites hosted on Blogger
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06:39 EDTAAPL, GOOGVisa Europe announces 'tokenisation service'
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06:34 EDTGOOGGoogle said to be rearranging engineers in Glass department, 9to5Google reports
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06:29 EDTAAPLApple hiring chip, battery experts from Samsung, Korea Times reports
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06:27 EDTAAPLApple said to buy music plug-in and effect makker Camel Audio, MacRumors says
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06:06 EDTAAPLApple's market cap hits nearly $775B, CNBC reports
Apple's (AAPL) market cap has reached nearly $775B after the stock closed at a record on Monday, up over 2.7% to $133, CNBC reports. Exxon Mobil (XOM) has a market cap of about $377B. Reference Link
05:59 EDTAAPLStocks with implied volatility movement; BBRY AAPL
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February 23, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; February 23, 2015
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15:17 EDTAAPLAOL iTunes login pact with Apple ending soon, AppleInsider says
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12:33 EDTGOOGAndroid antitrust lawsuit against Google dismissed, Reuters says
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12:28 EDTAAPL, GOOGGoogle reaches deal with wireless carriers, acquires Softcard tech, Re/code says
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12:21 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:12 EDTAAPL, SSNLFReport: Apple may be targeting next-gen experts from Samsung, Apple Insider says
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10:11 EDTAAPLApple breakout continues, levels to watch
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09:39 EDTGOOG, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:39 EDTGOOGYouTube confirms launch of kids app
Google's (GOOG, GOOGL) YouTube confirmed its launch of the YouTube Kids app, "the first Google product built from the ground up with little ones in mind," which the company said makes it safer and easier for children to find videos on topics they want to explore. The app is now available for free on Google Play and the App Store in the U.S. Reference Link
09:04 EDTAAPLApple volatility flat as shares near record
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08:57 EDTSSNLFT-Mobile releases teaser image of Samsung Galaxy S6, The Verge says
T-Mobile (TMUS) CEO John Legere released a teaser image of Samsung's (SSNLF) upcoming Galaxy S6 smartphone and also confirmed the carrier will offer the S6, reports The Verge, citing tweets and a T-Mobile website. The teaser image suggest a metal backing and curved screen edges on both sides of the phone. An official reveal is expected March 1. Reference Link
08:24 EDTGOOGGoogle Vietnam site disrupted by hackers, WSJ says
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07:29 EDTAAPLJapan Display asking Apple to finance new smartphone screen plant, Reuters says
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07:00 EDTSSNLFUnconfirmed price leak shows Samsung SUHD TVs starting at $2,499, CNet says
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06:31 EDTGOOGGoogle reaches preliminary agreement with Italian regulators, WSJ says
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06:21 EDTAAPLFacebook's shuttle drivers approve new union contract, WSJ reports
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06:04 EDTAAPLApple to publicly beta test iOS update, Re/code says
Apple plans to allow consumers to test the next update for its iOS mobile operating system, reports Re/code. The beta test will be available mid-March through the company's Apple Seed program. Reference Link
05:29 EDTAAPLApple to invest EUR 1.6B in new European data centers
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05:27 EDTAAPLApple to invest EUR 1.6B in new European data centers
February 22, 2015
17:11 EDTAAPLApple could reach $160 in a year, Barron's says
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15:11 EDTAAPLApple increases capabilities in industrial lithium-ion batteries, Reuters says
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February 20, 2015
16:48 EDTAAPLDow, S&P 500 finish week at record highs after Greek deal reached
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16:03 EDTAAPLOptions Update; February 20, 2015
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11:02 EDTAAPLApple electric car could be 'iPhone of the Future,' says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White says he believes an electric car from Apple has the potential to be the "iPhone of the Future." White, in a note to investors today, added that he doubts Apple's reach will stop there. He believes the personal robot category offers "great potential over the next decade and fits well with Apple's skill set." White thinks the reports of an electric car show innovation at the tech giant continues. He keeps a Buy rating Apple shares with a $160 price target. The stock is up 30c it morning trading to $128.71.
11:00 EDTAAPLApple electric car could be 'iPhone of the Future,' sys Cantor
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:42 EDTGOOGFDA authorizes 23andMe to market genetic testing for Bloom Syndrome
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration yesterday authorized for marketing Google-backed 23andMe’s Bloom Syndrome carrier test, a direct-to-consumer genetic test to determine whether a healthy person has a variant in a gene that could lead to their offspring inheriting the serious disorder. Along with this authorization, the FDA is also classifying carrier screening tests as class II. In addition, the FDA intends to exempt these devices from FDA premarket review. The agency plans to issue a notice that announces the intent to exempt these tests and that provides a 30-day period for public comment.
06:41 EDTAAPLApple pushing for 2020 production of its electric car, Bloomberg says
Apple (AAPL) is pushing to begin production of its electric vehicle as soon as 2020, reports Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Bloomberg notes that the move could put Apple into direct competition with Tesla (TSLA) and General Motors (GM), both of which are targeting a 2017 release for next-generation electric vehicles. Apple may still cancel the project if it becomes unhappy with progress, the sources said, though its vehicle team is already 200-people strong. Reference Link
06:22 EDTGOOGYouTube to release stand-alone app for kids, WSJ says
Google's YouTube is planning to release a smartphone and tablet app for kids featuring original episodes of television shows including "Thomas the Tank Engine" and "Sesame Street," as well as content from existing YouTube kids channels, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing a person familiar with the matter. The app -- slated for an official reveal Monday at the Kidscreen Summit -- will initially only be available for Android devices. The source said the inclusion of ads is "under discussion." Reference Link
06:20 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $145 on increasingly bullish outlook at Goldman
Goldman raised Buy rated Apple's price target to $145 from $130 based on increased confidence in platform momentum, sustained iPhone growth, and the potential for the Apple Watch. The firm believes risk/reward is more balanced following the recent 20% upside move but sees further upside given the aforementioned factors and the near-term catalysts from the April watch launch, updates on capital allocation, and a likely March quarter beat.
February 19, 2015
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; February 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 70c to 30.11. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMAT PBR KO FB AXP NFLX according to Track Data.
12:58 EDTAAPLRecent Apple hires have backgrounds in automotive hardware, 9to5Mac says
Many of the automotive experts poached by Apple (AAPL) come from automotive hardware backgrounds, strongly hinting at development beyond automotive software, reports 9to5Mac, citing sources close to the company. The new hires have backgrounds in motor and gearbox design, safety components, transmissions, power trains, drive trains, electric vehicle batteries, hybrid vehicles, interior vehicle components, and other areas. Reference Link
11:51 EDTAAPLCiti, RBC lay out reasons to be bullish on Apple
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09:51 EDTSSNLFSamsung sees LoopPay tech built into smartphone hardware, TechCrunch says
Samsung will work to incorporate its recently-acquired LoopPay mobile payment technology directly into smartphone hardware, reports TechCrunch, citing statements by EVP and head of Samsung Mobile Injong Rhee. Rhee added that LoopPay is "compelling because of its coverage," as its technology allows it to work with roughly 90% of existing card payment terminals in U.S. stores. Samsung Innovation Center EVP David Eun noted the company will release new products incorporating the technology "in the near future" and hinted at the possibility of features like loyalty programs. Reference Link
09:35 EDTAAPLOption volume leaders
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08:50 EDTAAPLApple could return $150B-$200B to shareholders, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital believes that Apple could return $150B-$200B to its shareholders over the next three years. The firm expects the company to return 100% of its annual free cash flow to shareholders. It raised its price target on the name to $140 from $130 and keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
08:21 EDTAAPLApple Pay faces resistance from China, MarketWatch says
Apple (AAPL) is attempting to launch Apple Pay in China, but a People's Bank of China official stated the company has not acknowledged regulators and "it's unclear whether the product meets the government’s requirements,” while talks with state-owned card payment operator UnionPay "have stalled" according to sources close to the companies, reports MarketWatch. Alibaba (BABA) currently operates the similar Alipay service and an Alibaba employee stated the two companies "have stayed in contact and are preparing for several projects," but because all payments go through UnionPay, Apple's entry into the market is ultimately controlled by the state-owned firm. The Chinese government has raised numerous concerns regarding Apple Pay, and is demanding the company open a mainland China data center to house customer information. Reference Link
08:15 EDTAAPLWarner Bros. exec says not in talks with Apple on streaming, Re/code reports
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06:39 EDTAAPLA123 Systems sues Apple for poaching employees, WSJ reports
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06:34 EDTGOOGYouTube to unveil paid music service soon, Reuters reports
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06:22 EDTAAPLCiti lists five reasons for why Apple shares are going higher
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