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February 21, 2014
08:05 EDTYHOO, GOOG, BCORBlucora 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, 2015
06:18 EDTGOOGNetflix to add properties focused on teens and 'tweens,' NYT reports
Netflix (NFLX) will add a number of exclusive films and television programs focused on teenagers and "tweens," the New York Times reports. Some of the properties recently licensed by the streaming service include "Smosh: The Movie" from the creators of the YouTube (GOOG) channel of the same name and "Bad Night" featuring YouTube stars Jenn McAllister and Lauren Luthringshausen, the report says.
06:13 EDTYHOOThird Point, FTC settle over antitrust filings for 2011 Yahoo stake
Three affiliated hedge fund companies and their management company, Third Point LLC, have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they violated premerger reporting laws in connection with their 2011 acquisitions of stock in Yahoo! Inc. The complaint alleges that Third Point Partners Qualified L.P., Third Point Ultra, LTD, and Third Point Offshore Fund, LTD failed to observe the filing and waiting requirements of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act before purchasing shares in Yahoo. According to the complaint, the three defendant funds claimed that they were exempt from reporting to the U.S. antitrust authorities because the purchases were made solely for investment purposes. At the time of the stock purchases, however, defendant Third Point LLC, which made investment decisions on behalf of the funds, was taking actions inconsistent with an investment-only intent, such as communicating with third parties to determine their interest in becoming the CEO or a board candidate of Yahoo. Under the terms of the proposed stipulated five-year federal court order, the defendants are prohibited from relying on the investment-only exemption if they have contacted third parties to gauge their interest in joining the board of the target company, communicated with the target company about proposed candidates for its board, or engaged in other specified conduct in the four months prior to acquiring voting securities above the HSR Act threshold. In this case, the agencies determined not to seek civil penalties based on several factors, including that the violation was inadvertent and short-lived, and this was the defendants' first violation of the HSR Act.
06:06 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; S GOOG
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Sprint (S) 77, Google (GOOG) 41 according to iVolatility.
August 24, 2015
19:10 EDTGOOGEU requests additional comments on Google anti-trust practices, Register says
After sending questionnaires to Google's competitors and customers earlier in the year, the European Commission has again sent out questionnaires asking for input on the company's potentially anti-competitive practices, reports the Register, citing a source close the Commission investigation. Reference Link
18:19 EDTGOOGAmazon hardware executive takes job at Google, Re/code says
Jon McCormack, CTO of Amazon's (AMZN) Devices unit, has left the company for the second time in one year to work in Google's (GOOG) Advanced Technologies and Products, or ATAP, arm, Re/code reported earlier. The report adds that one of ATAP's projects is the modular smartphone concept "Ara," which recently targeted a 2016 U.S. launch. Reference Link
10:54 EDTGOOGGoogle volatility increases on wide price movement
Google August weekly call option implied volatility is at 52, September is at 36; compared to its 52-week range of 16 to 39 suggesting larger near term price movement.
06:45 EDTGOOGMost of Google Now dev team left company before I/O conference, Re/code says
Most of the original team that built Google Now have departed, many of them before the I/O developer conference, Re/code reports, citing multiple sources. Many had grown frustrated with that the products was shuttered into search inside of Google, the report says. Reference Link
06:34 EDTGOOGIntel leads $100M funding round for Mirantis, WSJ reports
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06:27 EDTGOOGRoku tops Google in streaming media device sales, Parks Associates says
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05:57 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; BIDU GOOG
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Baidu (BIDU) 41, Google (GOOG) 31 according to iVolatility.
August 23, 2015
16:57 EDTGOOGGoogle Express workers join Teamsters union in face of 'constant harassment'
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August 21, 2015
17:40 EDTGOOGEU intensifies Google antitrust investigation, WSJ reports
The European Union is deepening its probe into allegations that Google abuses its dominance in advertising contracts with website operators and copies content from its competitors, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
13:50 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Weekly technical notes, Gold, S&P 500, Germany, China, Energy
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13:38 EDTGOOGGoogle says brings tweets to mobile Google search app, desktop
In May, Google announced that it was bringing Tweets to Google Search on mobile devices. The company today updated the blog entry to say that it has "extended this to the desktop now, too, and in English everywhere." Reference Link
11:12 EDTGOOGQualcomm reportedly to enter consumer drone market
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10:34 EDTGOOGSamsung working on Android tablet with 18.4-inch display, Sam Mobile reports
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08:11 EDTGOOGDaimler AG could collaborate with Google, Apple, Reuters says
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06:18 EDTGOOGGoogle's Brin says life sciences group to become standalone company
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06:01 EDTGOOGABI Research: Portable PC sales to remain flat in 2015, DigiTimes says
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05:55 EDTGOOGGoogle building EUR150M data center in West Dublin, Independent.ie reports
Google is investing EUR150M to build a new data center in West Dublin, Ireland, Independent.ie reports. The first construction phase, which will create 400 jobs, is expected to be completed later this year. Reference Link
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