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February 21, 2014
08:05 EDTBCOR, GOOG, YHOOBlucora renews Google contract with three year extension
Blucora (BCOR) disclosed in a regulatory filing last night that its subsidiary InfoSpace entered into the Google Services Agreement with Google (GOOG). The term of the GSA begins on April 1, 2014 and runs to March 31, 2017, and accordingly it will replace the companies' prior agreement when the prior agreement expires in accordance with its terms on March 31, 2014. In addition, the term of the GSA may be extended until March 31, 2018 upon the mutual agreement of the parties. Under the terms the GSA, InfoSpace can display search results and advertisements from Google on InfoSpace’s owned and operated search websites and provide Google search results and advertisements to the websites in InfoSpace’s distribution network. Google pays InfoSpace a percentage of the revenue collected by Google as a result of Internet users clicking on advertisements provided by Google and displayed by InfoSpace and its distribution partners. In general, the material terms of the Prior Agreement and the GSA are similar, Blucora said. However, beginning on April 1, 2014, InfoSpace will no longer display ads provided by Google’s AdSense for Search for search traffic that originates from mobile and tablet devices. For this mobile and tablet traffic, InfoSpace instead intends to display mobile advertisements from other sources, including Yahoo!’s (YHOO) ad network. "While the impact of this change is limited to a relatively small subset of our current search business and may be partially offset by the alternative advertising sources, we expect this change will result in slowing of InfoSpace’s search business revenue growth rate and, if we are unsuccessful or limited in our ability to transition our search services to provide value to mobile and tablet end-users, this change may result in a longer term negative impact on InfoSpace’s search business," Blucora said. InfoSpace will continue to display ads provided by Google’s AdSense for Search for search traffic that originates from desktops and laptops. This traffic constituted approximately 85% of the revenue generated by InfoSpace’s search business in 4Q13, and the revenue share percentages that determine the payments that InfoSpace receives from Google for this traffic remain unchanged from the prior agreement. The other changes in the GSA consist of revisions to Google’s form of service agreement, minor changes to the legal terms, and updates to reflect changes in the relationship since the prior pact was signed in 2005 and these other changes are not expected to materially affect InfoSpace’s operations or financial results, Blucora stated.
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August 25, 2014
06:00 EDTGOOGMicrosoft readying Chromecast competitor, GigaOM reports
Microsoft (MSFT) is building a competitor to Chromecast (GOOG), GigaOM reports, citing documents filed last week with the FCC. The documents reveal that the streaming dongle will come with an HDMI port, Wi-Fi and a USB connection for power supply. Reference Link
August 24, 2014
21:53 EDTGOOGNational Association of Chain Drug Stores to hold an expo
2014 NACDS Total Store Expo to be held in Boston on August 23-25.
16:46 EDTGOOGChina looks to establish 'homegrown operating system,' Reuters says
China is looking to help its computer technology industry by developing its own "homegrown operating system by October," says Reuters. China's "homegrown operating system" would pose a challenge to imported rivals like Microsoft (MSFT), Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL), added Reuters. Reference Link
14:09 EDTGOOGAmazon develops ad sales program in challenge to Google and Microsoft, WSJ says
Amazon (AMZN) is developing its own software for placing ads online that may utilize the online retailer's knowledge of millions of Web shoppers, says the Wall Street Journal. Amazon's new ad platform which is called Amazon Sponsored Links may be tested this year and is a potential challenge to Google's (GOOG) and Microsoft's (MSFT) advertising business, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
August 22, 2014
18:28 EDTYHOOAlibaba to begin selling used cars, Nikkei reports
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba plans to work with major dealership China Grand Automotive Services to sell used cars, Nikkei reports. Reference Link
15:15 EDTGOOGGoogle wins victory in German publisher complaint, Re/code says
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13:53 EDTGOOGGoogle acquires Gecko Design
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05:28 EDTYHOOSoftbank capital raise could be used for acquisitions, Bloomberg says
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August 21, 2014
06:21 EDTGOOGGM product chief thinks Google might become 'threat,' Bloomberg says
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06:05 EDTGOOGGoogle unit leads $100M infusion in Thumbtack, WSJ reports
Google's Google Capital unit is leading a $100M funding round in Thumbtack, a services marketplace, the Wall Street Journal reports. The investment, which also includes Tiger Global Management and Sequoia Capital, values Thumbtack at over $800M. Reference Link
August 20, 2014
13:46 EDTGOOGVerizon looking to build app store, The Information says
Verizon (VZ) is looking to partner with other companies to build an app store, according to The Information. Verizon's app store would compete with Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL), which already sell smartphone software, The Information noted. Reference Link
12:11 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; UAL YHOO
United Continental (UAL) December 55 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 42, Yahoo (YHOO) November 45 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 42 according to IVolatility.
11:49 EDTYHOOBofA/Merrill telecom services analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Analysts discuss the upcoming IPO of Alibaba, which is expected to launch early September 2014, on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on August 21 at 8 am.
09:24 EDTGOOGVringo intends to seek en banc review of decision in I/P Engine case
Vringo (VRNG) announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary I/P Engine, Inc. intends to file a petition with the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit seeking en banc review of the split appellate decision in its case against AOL (AOL), Google (GOOG) et al. that issued on August 15 and reversed the judgment of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Under the Federal Circuit's rules, I/P Engine's petition for en banc review is due on September 15. I/P Engine has filed an unopposed motion seeking a 30-day extension, which would make its petition due October 15. Upon receiving the requested extension, I/P Engine may file the petition on or anytime prior to October 15.
07:01 EDTGOOGGarmin introduces first Android-based fleet navigators
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06:36 EDTGOOGIliad speaks to Google, Microsoft regarding T-Mobile offer, NY Post says
After Iliad's (ILIAF) surprise bid for T-Mobile (TMUS) was rejected, the firm is now in contact with , personnel at Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) about working together to come up with a larger offer for the company, according to the New York Post, citing a "well-placed" source. Reference Link
August 19, 2014
06:50 EDTGOOGImages show impending Google music subscription service, Android Police says
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06:13 EDTGOOGContinental AG hires Google's Seval Oz to lead new division, WSJ reports
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05:57 EDTGOOGGoogle to offer accounts to children under 13, WSJ reports
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05:48 EDTYHOOStocks with implied volatility movement; AEO YHOO
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