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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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September 18, 2014
08:58 EDTGOOGGoogle October volatility flat on tight three-month price range
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08:12 EDTYHOOYahoo volatility elevated into Alibaba IPO
Yahoo (YHOO) September call option implied volatility is at 99, September weekly is at 77, October is at 59, November is at 46, January is at 39; compared to its 26-week average of 37 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the expected IPO of Alibaba (BABA) on September 19.
07:26 EDTGOOGGartner: Smartwatch market ready to expand, poised for takeoff, DigiTimes says
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07:18 EDTGOOGSupply chains expect component orders from Motorola through 2014, DigiTimes says
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05:58 EDTYHOOStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; YHOO BWP
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September 17, 2014
17:48 EDTGOOGNews Corp opposed Google EC settlement offer
Early last week, in a letter to European Commissioner for Competition Joaquín Almunia, News Corp (NWS, NWSA) CEO Robert Thomson opposed Google’s (GOOG) settlement offer with the European Commission, or EC, saying the internet giant is “willing to exploit its dominant market position to stifle competition.” Thomson said News Corp also opposed the proposed five year term of a settlement, noting that “five years is an eternity in internet time.” Citing Google’s “egregious aggregation” of content, Mr. Thomson said that, along with serious commercial damage, there is a “profound social cost” to Google’s actions. “The internet should be a canvas for freedom of expression and for high quality content of enduring value. Undermining the basic business model of professional content creators will lead to a less informed, more vexatious level of dialogue in our society.” "Your decision to reconsider Google's settlement offer comes at a crucial moment in the history of the free flow of information and of a healthy media in Europe and beyond," Mr. Thomson wrote.
10:04 EDTGOOGDiscover rumored to be eyed as target by Apple, Bank Innovation says
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09:36 EDTYHOOActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL WFM X YHOO TSLA TWTR RAX SHLD SPLS
06:19 EDTGOOGGoogle picks former Qualcomm exec to head Google Fiber, WSJ reports
Google (GOOG) has hired Dennis Kish, a former Qualcomm (QCOM) executive, to head Google Fiber, replacing Milo Medin, the Wall Street Journal reports. A Google spokeswoman confirms that Medin remains a VP for access services and adviser to the Google Fiber team. Reference Link
05:53 EDTYHOOStocks with implied volatility movement; YHOO NQ
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September 16, 2014
16:13 EDTBCORBlucora appoints Mark Finkelstein as Chief Legal and Administrative Officer
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16:00 EDTYHOOOptions Update; September 16, 2014
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12:08 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; GPRO YHOO
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10:52 EDTGOOGGoogle's Nexus 9 tablet may arrive on October 8, PhoneArena.com says
Google's Nexus 9 tablet may be unveiled on October 8, reports PhoneArena.com, citing a Portuguese report from 4G News. According to the source, the Nexus 9 will feature a Tegra K1 processor and may come equipped with 3GB of RAM rather than the previously rumored 4GB. Reference Link
09:36 EDTYHOOActive equity options trading on open
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07:39 EDTYHOOYahoo September volatility increases to 89 into Alibaba IPO
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07:31 EDTYHOOSoftbank, Yahoo poised to profit from record Alibaba IPO, WSJ reports
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06:16 EDTGOOGGoogle called on by Berlin to disclose search engine formula, FT reports
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05:58 EDTYHOOYahoo implied volatility of 61 at upper end of index mean range
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05:49 EDTYHOOStocks with implied volatility movement; YHOO BBRY
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Yahoo (YHOO) 61, BlackBerry (BBRY) 61 according to iVolatility.
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