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April 7, 2014
08:15 EDTCSCO, SNECisco, Sony collaborate on live delivery of full-frame rate 4K 60P content
At NAB 2014, Cisco (CSCO) and Sony (SNE) will become the first companies to publicly demonstrate the live delivery of full-frame rate 4K 60P content. Live events in New York City will be captured with the Sony F55 4K camera, and HEVC encoded using Cisco's Videoscape AnyRes -- with enhanced support for 4K and HEVC. The live stream will be transported from New York to Las Vegas through a fiber optic network. The stream will then be delivered to the Las Vegas Convention Center, where it will be decoded with a Cisco set-top box with 4K support, and displayed on Sony XBR 4K Ultra HD TVs.
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September 16, 2014
08:18 EDTCSCOFCC to hold a roundtable
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07:19 EDTCSCOCompanies' share buybacks at fasttest clip since 2007, WSJ reports
Companies are buying back their own shares at its fastest pace since the financial crisis to fuel a stock rally, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to Birinyi Associates, companies have bought back $338.3B of stock in 1H14, the most since 2007. Citing an analysis by Barclays, companies with the largest buyback programs by dollar value have outperformed the broader market by 20% since 2008. Reference Link
September 15, 2014
11:45 EDTSNEMicrosoft slips after confirming purchase of Minecraft maker
Shares of software giant Microsoft (MSFT) are lower after the company reached an agreement to acquire Mojang, the developer for the "Minecraft" video game franchise. WHAT'S NEW: Microsoft announced this morning that it agreed to acquire Mojang for $2.5B. The company expects the acquisition to be break-even in FY15 on a GAAP basis. The acquisition is expected to close in late 2014. Microsoft plans to continue to make "Minecraft" available across all the platforms on which it is available today, which include its own Xbox platform, as well as on PCs, iOS, Android, and Sony's (SNE) PlayStation. "Minecraft" has had more than 100M downloads on PC alone since its launch in 2009, the company stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The announcement confirms a Wall Street Journal report from September 9 that said Microsoft was nearing a deal to buy the game maker for more than $2B. The report noted a Mojang acquisition would be the first multi-billion dollar acquisition by CEO Satya Nadella and it may be an unexpected push after Nadella had signaled a focus on its enterprise business rather than its consumer ones. Ahead of the acquisition, Reuters reported on September 13 that the impending purchase is aimed at pulling users onto Microsoft's Windows Phone platform. In the report, Tap Lab CEO Dave Bisceglia said, "If Microsoft could on Windows phones give players a unique and compelling experience that you can't get on the other platforms, that could be a driver to sell devices to existing Minecraft fans.” ANALYST OPINION: The Reuters report also cited Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund, who said "We don't view this acquisition as a signal of Microsoft's intent to double down on Xbox but consider it an attempt to better address mobile on a cross-platform basis." Also commenting on Microsoft this morning was Morgan Stanley, which expects the company to have a durable 12%-14% total return profile from full-year 2015 to full-year 2017. The firm increased its price target on the stock to $51 from $43, but with Microsoft trading at a 13% premium to the S&P, Morgan Stanley said investors should wait for better entry points before getting more aggressive in buying the shares. The firm added that Microsoft's solid enterprise business, stabilizing consumer business, and a shift towards more attractive cloud assets puts its on a more solid footing than it has ever seen, pointing towards sustained EPS growth. PRICE ACTION : In late-morning trading, Microsoft fell $0.42, or 0.9%, to $46.28.
07:29 EDTSNESony's 'No Good Deed' tops weekend box office, WSJ reports
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06:25 EDTSNEWearable orders appear optimistic in 2014, DigiTimes reports
Supply chains are seeing optimistic demand throughout 2014 for wearables, reports DigiTimes. Makers are seeing orders for flexible AMOLED panels and component orders for 1.56-inch panels. Reference Link
06:23 EDTCSCOCisco says Salesforce.com CEO Benioff to step down from board
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September 12, 2014
08:05 EDTSNERockstar Games says Grand Theft Auto V to launch Nov. 18 for PS4, Xbox One
Rockstar Games (TTWO) announced that Grand Theft Auto V will arrive on the PlayStation 4 (SNE) computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft (MSFT) on November 18, with the PC version to follow on January 27, 2015.
07:19 EDTSNESony confirms PS4 tops U.S. console sales for eighth straight month
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07:19 EDTSNEConsoles lead video game sales up 8% in August, Bloomberg reports
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06:30 EDTSNEGlobal tablet shipments to increase 9.1% in Q3, DigiTimes Research reports
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06:05 EDTCSCOCisco implied volatility of 14 at lower end of index mean range
05:41 EDTSNESony collaborates with Teradek
Teradek announced collaboration with Sony to integrate Sony’s wireless camera adapter, the CBK-WA100 and CBK-WA101, with Teradek’s T-Rax and Slice H.264 decoders. The integration offers broadcasters a powerful point-to-point MPEG-2 solution for HD live video transmission from the field to TV stations or ENG trucks.
September 11, 2014
11:17 EDTCSCOEMC seen as potential target after said to mull VMware stake sale
EMC (EMC) is considering selling its 80% stake in cloud computing infrastructure provider VMware (VMW), The New York Post reported today, citing unnamed sources. Calling The New York Post "surprisingly accurate" on M&A news, UBS said the likelihood of change at EMC has increased and it has become a potential takeover target. WHAT'S NEW: EMC is exploring the possibility of selling its stake in VMware, which could be acquired by HP (HPQ), according to one source, The Post reported. EMC could also look to sell other assets, the newspaper quoted a second unnamed source as saying. ANALYST REACTION: UBS analyst Steven Milunovich wrote that he is more convinced in the wake of the Post story that "something is up" at EMC. Although EMC has denied in the past that it would consider selling or spinning off VMware, the company could change its tune, the analyst stated. HP could buy VMware or all of EMC, while Oracle (ORCL) and Cisco (CSCO) are also potential buyers of EMC, Milunovich believes.The analyst kept a $33 price target and Buy rating on shares of EMC. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Activist investor Elliott Management, a hedge fund, has taken a $1B stake in EMC and wants the company to spin off VMware, The Wall Street Journal reported in July. Early last month, research firm FBR Capital wrote that an EMC spin-off of VMware could enhance shareholder value for both companies and make VMware a top acquisition candidate by a larger technology company. The firm kept an Outperform rating on EMC at that time. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, EMC was little changed at $29.50, down from its earlier high of $29.89. VMware fell 0.7% to $96.75, down from its earlier daily high of $97.86.
September 10, 2014
12:46 EDTSNESony Entertainment CEO says division spin-off 'not happening,' NY Post reports
The CEO of Sony's entertainment division, Michael Lynton, said that Sony is not entertaining a sale, spin-off, or joint venture of its entertainment business, New York Post reports, citing an overview of the business from Lynton during Golgman Sachs' Communacopia conference. Lynton also said that the entertainment division's music business has a very bright future, and the company "really wants the subscription model to thrive." Lynton also said that network TV is a promising business if producers know the landscape of the international market, New York Post added. Reference Link
10:01 EDTSNEViacom and Sony reach internet distribution agreement
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September 9, 2014
07:17 EDTCSCOThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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September 8, 2014
08:45 EDTCSCONimble Storage, Arista, CommVault recommnded on M&A at Pacific Crest
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September 4, 2014
15:26 EDTCSCOCisco UCS update further strengthens portfolio, says Cantor
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15:20 EDTCSCOCisco expands Unified Computing System portfolio
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10:32 EDTCSCOCisco, Red Hat expand relationship, launch solution for OpenStack
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