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June 9, 2014
10:14 EDTBIDU, MSFTBaidu joins Microsoft Active Protections Program
Baidu (BIDU) has announced that it has joined top software security experts in the Microsoft (MSFT) Active Protections Program to enhance its PC product Baidu Antivirus's capability to anticipate emerging threats and rapidly push out critical solutions to users. Under MAPP, Baidu Antivirus will receive early access to vulnerability information from Microsoft in advance of the company's regular monthly security updates. The Baidu Antivirus team will then rapidly deploy protections to its users worldwide in coordination with Microsoft's release of its security updates.
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August 26, 2014
09:01 EDTMSFTElectronic Arts launches Madden NFL 15 on Xbox One, PS4
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07:20 EDTMSFTTablets seen declining, notebooks growing in 2014, DigiTimes says
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06:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's web browser, media player targeted in China probe, Telegraph says
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August 25, 2014
19:58 EDTMSFTRoyalty cap for Nokia, Microsoft deal may be ordered by S. Korea, Bloomberg says
The Fair Trade Commission of South Korea may implement a cap on royalty fees for Nokia (NOK) patents as a condition when they hold a meeting next month to approve the Microsoft (MSFT), Nokia deal, Bloomberg reports, citing the Seoul Economic Daily. Reference Link
12:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says Royal Caribbean providing 40K crew members with Windows tablets
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11:26 EDTBIDUQihoo 360 falls despite better-than-forecast Q2 results, Q3 revenue guidance
Shares of Chinese internet and software company Qihoo 360 Technology (QIHU) are falling despite reporting second quarter results that beat analysts' estimates. The company also provided third quarter revenue guidance that exceeded estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Qihoo 360 reported Q2 adjusted earnings per share of 50c on revenue of $317.9M, which surpassed analysts' consensus estimates of 46c and $309.38M, respectively. For the quarter, operating income was $43.9M compared to $36.6M a year ago and $39.6M in the first quarter. Non-GAAP operating margin was 21.9% in Q2, compared to 36% in the year-ago period and 14.9% in Q1. The company said the sequential decline in non-GAAP operating margin was primairly due to increased marketing and promotional expenses, personnel-related costs and bandwidth and equipment depreciation expenses. Looking ahead, Qihoo 360 forecast Q3 revenue of $360M-$365M, which is slightly higher than analysts' consensus estimates of $357.39M. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Hongyi Zhou commented that the company is in an "excellent position" to grow its share of China's search market in both PC and mobile traffic and revenue. The company plans to make "significant" investments in the coming quarters to strengthen its brand and market position, and to improve our products and technology, particularly in mobile Internet-related areas. The executive noted that the company's share of Internet search traffic recently reached over 30%, citing third-party data, achieving a company target fourth months ahead of schedule. ANALYST OPINION: Jefferies defended Qihoo 360 shares following the company's Q2 results. Stifel analyst George Askew feels that Qihoo 360's Q2 revenue and operating margin results were "very good" and believes that many factors, including its 30% search query share, will help it sustain its search revenue growth. The firm maintains $168 price target and Buy rating. Bank of America analyst Eddie Leung said that he expects Qihoo 360's margins to get better gradually in the second half of the year since the company is looking to control expenses and realize synergies. He anticipates search to increase at a fast rate to make up 36% of total sales in FY16. Leung believes this should particularly offset the decline in game revenues this past quarter. Leung lowered his price target on Qihoo 360 to $121 from $123. PRICE ACTION: During late-morning trading, shares of Qihoo fell $6.62 or 6.51%, to $95.13. OTHERS TO WATCH: Chinese search market leader Baidu (BIDU) rose nearly 1.7% to $217.77.
06:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft 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
16:46 EDTMSFTChina 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 EDTMSFTAmazon 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
11:59 EDTMSFTGameStop surges after Q2 EPS, revenue beat expectations
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August 21, 2014
18:22 EDTMSFTSalesforce.com CEO: Microsoft the number one customer of ExactTarget
Says Europe performing beyond expectations. Marc Benioff is speaking on CNBC.
18:01 EDTMSFTSalesforce.com targets $1.1B in cash flow at end of FY15
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12:30 EDTMSFTMicrosoft plans to unveil Windows 9 on September 30, The Verge reports
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11:44 EDTMSFTHP hits 52-week high after solid revenue growth, positive analyst commentary
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09:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft and TracFone announce collaboration
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August 20, 2014
07:58 EDTMSFTBallmer stepping down a positive for Microsoft, says FBR Capital
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06:36 EDTMSFTIliad 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
17:14 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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14:12 EDTMSFTBallmer steps down from Microsoft board, sees holding shares
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11:25 EDTMSFTHTC unveils the HTC One for Windows
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