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November 14, 2012
17:22 EDTGOOG, WAG, PXD, LNKD, AIGSoros reports new stakes in AIG, Pioneer Natural, Google, LinkedIn, Walgreen
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November 23, 2015
09:09 EDTAIGIcahn to commence AIG consent solicitation, may seek board representation
Carl Icahn, who identifies himself as one of AIG's largest shareholders that currently owns over 42M shares, noted he wrote a public letter to the CEO of AIG on October 28 suggesting that the company is "Too Big To Succeed" and should accelerate cost cutting and separate into three public companies to shrink below the threshold for systemically important financial institutions. "Since we released that letter, many large institutional shareholders and analysts have contacted us and expressed their support for our views. We have also met and had a number of conversations with AIG CEO Peter Hancock, and he has invited us to continue having conversations. However, despite that invitation, in all of our discussions with Mr. Hancock it was abundantly clear to us that he is not willing to take the bold steps that we, and so many other shareholders, believe are long overdue. In addition, in those conversations he failed to lay out any alternative strategic plan with the potential to unlock value for shareholders or to provide compelling reasons as to why these businesses belong together," Icahn wrote in a new statement released via his website. Icahn went on to say: "While we plan to accept Mr. Hancock's offer to continue having discussions and meetings with AIG, we do not believe that he will ever sincerely consider what we, and so many others, have proposed. Nor do we believe that the AIG board of directors will respond to the demands of AIG shareholders absent a clear mandate. As a result, we intend to commence shortly a consent solicitation that will enable shareholders to express their views directly to the board, which may include a proposal to add a new director who would agree in advance to succeed Mr. Hancock as CEO if asked by the board to do so. We thank our fellow shareholders for their continued support and look forward to sharing the details of our consent solicitation over the next few weeks."
09:07 EDTAIGIcahn to commence AIG consent solicitation, may seek board representation
06:15 EDTGOOGGoogle received over 66M 'URL requested to be removed' over the last month
According to new data published by Google yesterday as part of its Transparency Report, the company received 66,318,159 "URLs requested to be removed" over the last month. Google regularly receives requests from copyright owners and reporting organizations that represent them to remove search results that link to material that allegedly infringes copyrights. Each request names specific URLs to be removed, and it lists the domain portions of URLs requested to be removed under specified domains. Reference Link
November 22, 2015
13:21 EDTGOOGAlphabet, Celgene, others could rise 20% over next year, Barron's says
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November 20, 2015
18:22 EDTGOOGGoogle targets China launch of Google Play app store in 2016, Reuters says
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10:38 EDTGOOGAnalyst sees 'cloud cold war' coming between Google, Microsoft, Amazon
Recent comments by Google (GOOG) indicate that the tech giant plans to make a major push in the cloud infrastructure market, Deutsche Bank analyst Ross Sandler wrote in a note to investors today. Google's initiatives in this area could significantly boost its stock price and signify the start of a "cold war" in the space, but are unlikely to negatively affect the number two player in the area, Microsoft (MSFT), Sandler believes. WHAT'S NEW: Google has not been aggressively expanding its cloud infrastructure business, but recent comments by the tech giant indicates that this situation is changing, Sandler wrote. Google executive Urs Holzle said that the tech giant plans to aggressively expand its cloud platform, and projected that the company's revenue from the cloud could surpass its ad revenue by 2020, the analyst noted. The note comes after Google acquired a small platform-as-a-service company called bebop and appointed its CEO, VmWare (VMW) co-founder Diane Greene, to lead a new cloud business. Based on Hozle's comment, Google is seeking to boost its cloud revenue to $100B by 2020, Sandler estimated. If the tech giant even "gets part of the way" to meeting the goal, the growth in its cloud business will boost its market cap by hundreds of billions of dollars, Sandler believes. Google's push in the cloud is negative for Microsoft, but it will take years for Google to build up its cloud business to the point where it's competitive with Microsoft's cloud offering, Azure, the analyst contended. Amazon (AMZN), which Google also much catch, is the runaway leader in the cloud market. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Google may look to make acquisitions in the software-as-a-service sector to build up its cloud business, and vendors like Red Hat (RHT) which sell to cloud infrastructure providers have added a major new customer, Sandler wrote. Major software-as-a-service providers include (CRM), Workday (WDAY), and Netsuite (N). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Alphabet Class A shares gained 1.5% to $771.37, Microsoft slid 1.1% to $53.33 and Amazon rose fractionally to $662.87.
November 19, 2015
16:11 EDTGOOGGoogle names VMware co-founder to lead cloud businesses
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09:46 EDTGOOGYouTube to pay legal fees for some video makers to fight battles, NY Times says
YouTube said it will begin to financial support YouTube creators fight back battles over copyright infringement, reports the New York Times. It said will pick up the legal costs of a handful of video creators that the company thinks are the targets of unfair takedowns. Reference Link
07:55 EDTGOOGGM's Reuss: Company 'deeply committed' to EVs, FT says
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06:32 EDTGOOGAkamai announces collaboration with Google Cloud Platform
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06:26 EDTGOOGGoogle's Hoelzle: Cloud could generate more revenue than ads by 2020, BI says
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November 18, 2015
16:44 EDTGOOGGoogle ad exec jumps to YouTube, Re/code says
Neal Mohan, previously Google's (GOOG) SVP for display and video advertising, has been appointed SVP of product for YouTube in a move signaling renewed efforts to combat Facebook (FB) video, reports Re/code, citing spokesperson statements. Paul Muret, currently head of analytics at Google, will succeed Mohan, and the company's analytics group will be folded into its display operations. Re/code notes that the analytics rollup may indicate Google sees measurement as "core" to its advertising business. Reference Link
15:24 EDTAIGIcahn says had 'constructive' meeting with AIG CEO last week, Reuters reports
Carl Icahn says still long AIG, reiterates call for break-up, Reuters reports, citing comments made by the investor at the news service's summit.
11:24 EDTGOOGGoogle eyes YouTube enhancement with VR experiences, DigiTimes says
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06:50 EDTAIGAIG CEO opposes split but open to divestitures, WSJ says
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November 17, 2015
19:11 EDTGOOGGoogle launches redesigned Google+
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11:25 EDTGOOGGoogle to fight Russia's antitrust ruling on Android platform, Reuters reports
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08:39 EDTPXDPioneer Natural most likely large-cap E&P takeover candidate, says Canaccord
Canaccord believes Pioneer Natural (PXD) would be the most likely large cap takeover candidate in the E&P space, but said there is no way a major could make it an immediately accretive asset. The firm also thinks Callon Petroleum (CPE) would be the most likely small to mid-cap acquisition candidate given its high quality core Midland acreage and relatively cheap valuation.
07:56 EDTLNKDUBS to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on November 16-18 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 17 at 10:45 am.; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:35 EDTGOOGGoogle's Project Aura working on three new wearables, the Information says
Google's revamped Google Glass project, known as Project Aura, is developing a wearable with a screen and at least one without, the Information reports. Three versions of the head-mounted device are currently in development, though three may be consolidated into two, the report says. The two without a screen rely on bone conduction, much like the original Google Glass, the report says. Reference Link
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