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November 24, 2014
08:53 EDTGOOGEU lawmakers to vote Thursday on motion proposing Google breakup, Reuters says
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06:38 EDTGOOGGoogle may plan to shut down Glass Basecamps, 9to5Google reports
Google may plan to shut down its Glass Basecamps, reports 9to5Google. Citing a post on Google+ by Glass Exporer Spencer Kleyweg, the company is no longer accepting scheduled appointments to Glass support hubs. The shudown apparently affects all four of its basecamps, located in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and London. Reference Link
06:28 EDTSSNLFSamsung may reshuffle its leadership organization next week, WSJ says
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06:12 EDTSSNLFSamsung, Apple, LG rank as top 3 smartphone vendors in 2014, DigiTimes says
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November 23, 2014
18:34 EDTSSNLFSamsung contemplates management shake-up, WSJ says
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17:02 EDTSSNLFSamsung files complaint aimed at blocking Nvidia chips, Bloomberg says
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November 21, 2014
13:45 EDTGOOGEuropean parliament poised to call for Google break-up, FT reports
Germany’s Günther Oettinger has raised significant concerns about Google's power since his nomination to be the EU’s digital commissioner, and a new European parliament draft motion says that “unbundling [of] search engines from other commercial services” should be considered as a potential solution to Google’s dominance, reported the Financial Times. Reference Link
12:49 EDTGOOGGoogle to let users pay to avoid web ads
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06:08 EDTGOOGFacebook working to expand drone team, Re/code reports
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November 20, 2014
09:36 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading
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07:52 EDTGOOGGoogle loss of Mozilla unlikely to have material impact, says Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse said Google's (GOOGL) loss of Mozilla as an affiliate to Yahoo (YHOO) will unlikely have a material impact on revenue and said EBITDA will only be impacted by .2%-.5%. Shares are Outperform rated with a $722 price target, down from $723 due to an error in a previous note.
07:47 EDTSSNLFSupply chains see FY15 TV shipments up 10%, DigiTimes says
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06:48 EDTGOOGNetflix's Kelly Merryman to join YouTube, TechCrunch reports
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06:28 EDTGOOGBillboard 200 chart to include on-demand streaming in rankings
The Billboard 200 albums chart will premiere its biggest upgrade in more than 23 years, transforming from a pure sales-based ranking to one measuring multi-metric consumption. Beginning with the top 10 revealed on Wednesday, Dec. 3, on Billboard.com, the chart, which currently tracks the top 200 albums of the week by sales alone, will be the first to include on-demand streaming and digital track sales -- as measured by Nielsen Entertainment (NLSN) -- by way of a new algorithm. It is the most substantial methodology update since May 1991, when Billboard first used Nielsen's point-of-sale data -- SoundScan -- to measure album sales. The updated Billboard 200 will utilize accepted industry benchmarks for digital and streaming data, equating 10 digital track sales from an album to one equivalent album sale, and 1,500 song streams from an album to one equivalent album sale. All of the major on-demand audio subscription services are considered, including Spotify, Beats Music (AAPL), Google Play (GOOG) and Xbox Music (MSFT). Reference Link
06:24 EDTSSNLFSamsung introduces 'Milk Video' mobile video service, WSJ reports
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November 19, 2014
15:53 EDTBBRYSome make case for Yahoo considering BlackBerry acquistion, Re/code says
Sources close to Yahoo (YHOO) said the company has been considering several "big acquisitions," largely aimed at helping its display business, and is eyeing tech-related companies including MediaMath, RadiumOne and Turn, reported Re/code's Kara Swisher. Swisher added that "one of the most far-out" ideas that has been "floated by bankers and other sundry pundits" is that Yahoo should buy BlackBerry (BBRY), and Swisher said that while that may seem unlikely, such a purchase would be "well within the amount" that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has to spend. Reference Link
15:05 EDTBBRYBlackBerry CEO's forecasting skills under scrutiny, WSJ says
After Morgan Stanley suggested that BlackBerry may miss its revenue target for software sales, the forecasting skills of BlackBerry CEO John Chen may come under scrutiny, says the Wall Street Journal. According to the report, Chen, known as a turnaround expert, has said the smartphone maker will double its software sales to $500M in its next fiscal year. The Morgan Stanley analyst who wrote the report, James Faucette, said in the note, “We are skeptical that BlackBerry will be able to achieve that level of success, particularly with a new product platform, new pricing and with a still very damaged brand,” added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
14:59 EDTGOOGGoogle acquires iOS prototyping tool maker RelativeWave
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12:18 EDTBBRYBlackBerry sinks after Morgan Stanley cuts to Underweight
Shares of BlackBerry (BBRY) are sinking after Morgan Stanley downgraded the stock to Underweight, saying that the market had become too optimistic about the outlook for the company's software and messaging platform. WHAT'S NEW: BlackBerry's valuation indicates that the market expects the company's software revenue and messaging revenue to increase by $250M and $100M, respectively, in fiscal 2016, Morgan Stanley analyst James Faucette wrote in a note to investors before the market opened today. These expectations are consistent with the targets set by the device maker's CEO, John Chen, Faucette stated. But the outlook "seems excessive," as they imply that BlackBerry will retain all of its enterprise subscribers, and convince them to pay the company three times more money than now, the analyst stated. BlackBerry will not "gain relevancy in the enterprise mobile management software market and will continue to lose enterprise subscribers," Faucette believes. He downgraded the stock to Underweight from Equal Weight and set a $7 price target on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In September, BlackBerry reported that it had issued 3.4M licenses for its BES10 mobile device management system during its September quarter representing a nearly threefold increase over the previous quarter. The company stated that BlackBerry Messenger had 91M users, up from 85M users the previous quarter. In a note to investors on November 14, JPMorgan raised its price target on the stock to $13 from $10. The company's product announcements on November 13 increased the chances that its software strategy will work, according to the firm. JPMorgan added, however, that BlackBerry still had a long road back to health, and kept a Neutral rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, BlackBerry slid 5% to $10.20.
11:22 EDTGOOGGoogle to launch app store in China, The Information reports
Google intends to reverse its prior policy and distribute a version of its Google Play app store with phone makers and other potential partners in China, according to The Information, citing several people with knowledge of the company’s plans. Reference Link
10:54 EDTSSNLFNVIDIA discloses Samsung files patent infringement suit
NVIDIA (NVDA) disclosed in a regulatory filing that on November 10, Samsung (SSNLF) filed a complaint against NVIDIA and Velocity Micro, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The complaint alleges that NVIDIA infringed six patents and falsely advertised that the Tegra K1 processor is the world’s fastest mobile processor. Samsung seeks unspecified damages and an injunction prohibiting NVIDIA from any future violations. NVIDIA has not yet responded to the complaint.
10:29 EDTGOOGGoogle now top competitor to Apple, Jefferies says
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10:00 EDTBBRYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Beacon Roofing (BECN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... BlackBerry (BBRY) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Consolidated Edison (ED) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Denbury Resources (DNR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Synchronoss (SNCR) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Total System (TSS) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Movado (MOV) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Barrington... Transocean Partners (RIGP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Seadrill Partners (SDLP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Petrobras (PBR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS.
09:57 EDTGOOGGoogle management to meet with Piper Jaffray
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09:38 EDTGOOGCCS Insight predicts Netflix to be acquired next year, FT reports
CCS Insight, a U.K.-based technology research firm, is predicting that a major internet player such as Yahoo (YHOO), Alibaba (BABA) or Google (GOOG) will buy Netflix (NFLX) next year, reported Financial Times. Reference Link
09:16 EDTBBRYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:02 EDTGOOGApple's top competition is Google, says Jefferies
Jefferies calls Google (GOOG) Apple's (AAPL) top competition after its analysis indicated that the search engine giant provides the majority of most popular Consumer Cloud Services, which it believes are expanding penetration through Android, Chrome, iOS, Windows and other devices. By contrast, Apple's iCloud remains focused on iOS devices, Jefferies points out. It keeps a Hold rating on Apple shares, saying Google dominates as provider of the most popular services, including Search, Maps, Chrome, and YouTube. To reflect positive supply chain data points, Jefferies raised its FY15 earnings estimate for Apple to $8.52 to $8.01. It also upped its price target for Apple shares to $120 from $112. The stock closed yesterday up $1.48 to $115.47.
07:57 EDTBBRYBlackBerry downgraded at Morgan Stanley
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06:13 EDTBBRYBlackBerry downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
November 18, 2014
09:27 EDTGOOGGoogle's Q4 gross ad revenues tracking slightly ahead, says ITG Research
ITG Research said Google's Q4 gross ad revenue is tracking to $16.35B vs. consensus of $16.29B.
07:16 EDTSSNLFSamsung to produce APs for iPhones, iPads beginning in 2015, Korea Times reports
According to the Korea Times, sources say that Apple (AAPL) will outsource the bulk of its application processors manufacturing to Samsung (SSNLF) for iPhones and iPads starting in 2015. This agreement will cause Samsung to become a primary supplier of APs to Apple, moving Taiwan Semi (TSM) into second place. Reference Link
06:19 EDTSSNLFSamsung to reduce number of smartphone models by 25%-30% in 2015, FT reports
Robert Yi, Samsung's head of investor relations, says that his company will reduce the number of handset types by 25%-30% in 2015 in a bid to cut costs and boost profits, the Financial Times reports. Reference Link
06:08 EDTGOOGIntel's 'Mica' bracelet to feature Google alerts, AT&T data plan, Re/code says
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November 17, 2014
07:28 EDTSSNLFSamsung pushing supply chain to cut OLED panel component prices, DigiTimes says
Samsung Display (SSNLF), which is looking to be price competitive with its own smartphone and has also attracted new customers including Motorola Mobility, Dell and Lenovo (LNVGY) that are developing Samsung Display OLED technology either in smartphones or notebooks, is pushing supply chains, including backlight makers, to lower pricing for components by as much as 30% during Q4, said DigiTimes. Reference Link
06:23 EDTGOOGFacebook working on 'Facebook at Work' website, FT reports
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06:10 EDTGOOGGoogle partners with Telstra to test Project Loon in Australia, SMH reports
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November 14, 2014
17:07 EDTGOOGSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:26 EDTBBRYNasdaq clear leader as major averages end week higher
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15:30 EDTSSNLFSamsung to host investor forum
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07:20 EDTBBRYBlackBerry price target raised to $13 from $10 at JPMorgan
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07:19 EDTBBRYBlackBerry new partnerships positive, but still early days, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital believes that BlackBerry has recruited good partners and distributors, but the firm thinks it's still unclear whether BES 12 can gain share from other Enterprise Mobility Management systems. RBC Capital keeps a $12 price target and Sector Perform rating on BlackBerry.
06:00 EDTGOOGGoogle to retire Google Wallet for digital goods API on March 2, 2015
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November 13, 2014
15:51 EDTBBRYBlackBerry CEO says 'new' value added services are 'available'
15:40 EDTBBRYBlackBerry CEO says mission is to soften the SAF trajectory
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15:25 EDTBBRYBlackBerry CEO says company is hiring
15:23 EDTBBRYBlackBerry CEO says may do acquisitions and more partnerships
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15:19 EDTBBRYBlackBerry CEO says company is now financially stable, cash position strong
15:17 EDTSSNLF, BBRYBlackBerry CEO says has complimentary strengths with Samsung
BlackBerry CEO speaking on CNBC.
14:26 EDTGOOGAVG Technologies, Google renew Internet search and advertising agreement
AVG Technologies (AVG) announced earlier it has signed a renewal of its Internet search and advertising services agreement with Google (GOOG; GOOGL). The agreement has a 16-month term. AVG Technologies advised that the company's news release earlier today included an incorrect statement of the terms of the Google contract.
13:28 EDTBBRYBlackBerry hits 52-week high after unveiling partnerships
Shares of BlackBerry (BBRY) hit a new 52-week high after the company announced three new partnership deals. The company is slated to hold its analyst day today, starting at 3:30 PM ET. WHAT'S NEW: BlackBerry announced that it would partner with Samsung to provide a security solution for the South Korean company's mobile devices that utilize Google's (GOOG) Android operating system. Under the deal, BlackBerry’s BES12, an Enterprise Mobility Management system, or EMM that was launched today, will be integrated with some of Samgung's Galaxy smartphones and tablets. BES 12 "securely manages devices from all of the major enterprise mobile platforms" and "will help organizations securely connect employees with each other and with the corporate information and machines” they need, BlackBerry stated. Also today, Blackberry announced that it would connect its EMM solutions to Salesforce's (CRM) top customer relationship management platform. "This agreement will allow Salesforce and BlackBerry joint customers to run their businesses from their phone while complying with specific industry regulations," said Vivek Kundra, a Salesforce Executive Vice President in a statement. "BlackBerry has an excellent reputation in security and networks, and when matched with the Salesforce Customer Success Platform, public sector organizations can use their mobile devices to connect with customers in a whole new way," added Kundra. Finally, BlackBerry announced that Brightstar would distribute BES 12. BlackBerry described Brightstar as "the world's largest wireless distribution company and leader in services for the wireless industry." WHAT'S NOTABLE: BES12 is expected to compete with Apple (AAPL) in the enterprise space. Apple earlier this year announced that it was partnering with IBM (IBM) in an effort to sell more products to corporate customers. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, BlackBerry jumped 6% to $11.95. Earlier today the shares set a new 52-week high of $12.05.
12:29 EDTBBRYCitron Research says confident in $15 target for BlackBerry
Citron Research stated on Twitter: "All systems a go for Mr. Chen. New deal with Samsung makes Citron feel confident about our near term $15 target [on BlackBerry.] New 52 week high" Reference Link
12:04 EDTBBRY, SSNLFBlackBerry announces strategic partnership with Samsung
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12:03 EDTBBRYBlackBerry announces agreement with Salesforce.com
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12:01 EDTBBRYBlackBerry announces partnership with Brightstar
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11:00 EDTBBRYStocks with call strike movement; ARCP BBRY
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06:22 EDTGOOGLenovo, Asustek to launch $149 Chromebook, DigiTimes reports
Lenovo and Asustek plan to release Chromebooks using Google (GOOG) certified solutions from Rockchip in 1H15, reports DigiTimes. According to DigiTimes Resarch's latest finding from the Greater China supply chain, the devices are expected to be priced at $149. Reference Link
06:20 EDTGOOGAmazon's Web-services chief not threatened by cash threat from rivals, WSJ says
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November 12, 2014
13:04 EDTGOOGYouTube launches Music Key beta monthly subscription service
Google introduced YouTube Music Key beta, a monthly subscription service starting with the promotional price of $7.99/month, discounted from $9.99/month, that will feature ads-free music, background play and offline viewing. It will also include a subscription to Google Play Music, which in the coming days will be upgraded to give users the ability to watch many YouTube official music videos right from the app. "Starting today, you’ll see a new home just for music on your YouTube app for Android, iOS and on YouTube.com that shows your favorite music videos, recommended music playlists based on what you’re into and playlists of trending music across YouTube," Google also stated in its blog post related to the launch. Reference Link
12:56 EDTGOOGFCC chairman disagrees with Obama on Internet rules, Washington Post says
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told the executives of major Internet companies that he favors a more nuanced solution for regulating the Internet than the one suggested by President Obama, according to The Washington Post. Wheeler said he would "try to split the baby" between the president's proposal and the agenda of Internet executives who don't want the rules to affect their business, the newspaper stated, citing four unnamed sources who attended a meeting with Wheeler. Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Verizon (VZ), Cablevision (CVC) ,and AT&T (T) are major Internet Service Providers. Executives from Google (GOOG) and Yahoo (YHOO) were at the meeting with Wheeler, the newspaper said. . Reference Link
12:55 EDTSSNLFNVIDIA says Samsung files counter-suit, patent infringement claims
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12:00 EDTBBRYBlackBerry to host investor day
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11:14 EDTGOOGGoogle DoubleClick says software bug fixed
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10:28 EDTGOOGGoogle says aware of, working on problem with DoubleClick, CNBC reports
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09:10 EDTSSNLFSamsung and M-GO launch UHD transactional VOD service
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06:12 EDTGOOGVestager says not all concerns about Google can be covered by inquiry, WSJ says
New EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager says she will investigate the concerns posed by Google’s control over large amounts of data, but notes that not all of society’s concerns can be addressed by the competition case, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
November 11, 2014
15:59 EDTGOOGYouTube strikes music deals, paving way for streaming service, FT says
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13:55 EDTGOOGYuoTube hires Zynga executive to lead consumer products group, Re/code says
Google's (GOOG) YouTube has hired Manuel Bronstein, a Zynga (ZNGA) executive, to lead its consumer products group, says Re/code. According to the Re/code report, YouTube has had a series of notable managers depart in the last year. Reference Link
13:38 EDTGOOGNew European antitrust chief needs time to resolve Google probe, Reuters says
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13:36 EDTGOOGGoogle launches Google Fiber for small businesses
Google announced that it had launched a high speed Internet service, Google Fiber, for small businesses in select areas of Kansas City. Google will charge $100 per month for the service.
06:38 EDTSSNLFSamsung, SAP announce collaboration plans for mobile devices, wearables
Samsung Electronics (SSNLF) and SAP SE (SAP) announced initial plans to deliver enterprise mobility solutions for a number of industries; once implemented, the plans are expected to help create an enterprise mobility ecosystem based on Samsung mobile devices. The new ecosystem will be designed to build on the popularity and reach of Samsung's mobile innovations and the SAP Mobile Platform. The collaboration of the two companies is expected to create new opportunities for developers to build solutions that can leverage the integrated offering from Samsung and SAP on mobile devices and wearables, as well as to leverage joint cloud solutions based on the SAP HANA Cloud Platform mobile services. Additionally, the plans are anticipated to benefit the retail industry by integrating payments to be made on-to-go, along with helping to shed light on innovative shopping experiences for consumers and retailers alike.
06:03 EDTSSNLFQ4 global tablet shipments estimated at 74.5M units, DigiTimes reports
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November 10, 2014
16:02 EDTSSNLFSamsung to hold a conference
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12:45 EDTGOOGFullscreen to acquire Rooster Teeth, terms not disclosed, Reuters reports
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08:26 EDTBBRYBlackBerry CEO meets with Lenovo, seeks partnerships in China, Bloomberg reports
BlackBerry (BBRY) CEO John Chen acknowledged meeting with the heads of Xiaomi and Lenovo (LNVGY) and said his company's strengths in security, encryption and privacy may present opportunities for agreements on technology licensing, distribution or manufacturing in China, reported Bloomberg, citing an interview with Chen at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation CEO Summit. Reference Link
07:11 EDTGOOGOpen Mobile Media to hold a summit
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07:06 EDTSSNLFCoupons.com announces partnership with Samsung for mobile savings
Coupons.com (COUP) announced a strategic partnership with Samsung (SSNLF) to power mobile savings for more than 20M Samsung flagship devices in the U.S. Shoppers can now add Coupons.com's Card Linked Offers via their Samsung Wallet for automatic redemption at checkout.
06:32 EDTSSNLFSamsung plans to invest $3B to expand Vietnam facilities, Reuters reports
Samsung will invest up to $3B to expand its existing handset manufacturing facilities in Vietnam, Reuters reports. The company says it is finalizing details with Vietnamese authorities, and that it hadn’t yet set a specific schedule or investment size for the deal. Reference Link
06:04 EDTGOOGGoogle's same-day delivery head leaves for Uber, Re/code reports
The head of Google Express' same-day delivery service, Tom Fallows, has left the company to join Uber, Re/code reported on Friday, citing sources. Reference Link
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