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April 21, 2014
07:16 EDTEA, ATVI, GME, TTWO, MSFT, SNE, NTDOYElectronic Arts' Titanfall leads March game software sales, Joystiq reports
Electronic Arts' (EA) Titanfall was the top-selling game for March, but the Xbox One exclusive title was not enough for Microsoft's (MSFT) console to outsell Sony's (SNE) Playstation 4 during the month, Joystiq reported late Thursday, citing monthly data from NPD Group. Software sales declined 27% overall in the month, while total sales of gaming systems, software and accessories were up 3% year-over-year, NPD said. Other publicly traded companies in the video game space include Activision Blizzard (ATVI), GameStop (GME), Nintendo (NTODY) and Take-Two (TTWO). Reference Link
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October 22, 2014
09:07 EDTMSFTIBM and Microsoft partner for hybrid cloud services
IBM (IBM) and Microsoft (MSFT) are working to provide their respective enterprise software on Microsoft Azure and IBM Cloud. IBM and Microsoft will make key IBM middleware such as WebSphere Liberty, MQ, and DB2 available on Microsoft Azure. Windows Server and SQL Server will be offered on IBM Cloud. IBM and Microsoft are working together to deliver a Microsoft .NET runtime for IBM's Bluemix cloud development platform. The companies will enable customers to bring their own software licenses to the IBM and Microsoft clouds.
08:59 EDTSNESony may lower smartphone target for second time this year, Bloomberg says
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08:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft October weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Lumia to replace Nokia brand, The Verge reports
Microsoft plans to make Microsoft Lumia the new brand name that takes the place of Nokia for the software maker, reports The Verge. Nokia still exists as a separate company without its phones business, focusing on mapping and network infrastructure. Reference Link
October 21, 2014
14:09 EDTSNEThird Point discloses new positions in eBay, Alibaba, exit from Sony
In its Q3 investor letter, Third Point says it established a "significant" position in eBay (EBAY). Dan Loeb's hedge fund also revealed it has established a significant direct investment in Alibaba (BABA) shares now that the company is public. Third Point also said it is now one of Amgen's (AMGN) largest shareholders. During the quarter, Third Point exited its position in Sony (SNE) and reduced or exited other positions, including AIG (AIG), Hertz (HTZ) and Softbank (SFTBF), the firm stated in its letter. PRICE ACTION: Following the disclosures in the Third Point letter, Amgen is up 4%, eBay is up 2.3% and Alibaba is up 3.8%, while Sony shares trading in New York are down nearly 1%.
07:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO touts cloud revenue run-rate over $4B, BI reports
At a press event yesterday, Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella provided a number of figures about the strong performance of the company's Azure cloud business, including a revenue run rate of nearly $4.4B and that Azure is adding 10,000 new customers every week to its 350M active directory user base, reported Business Insider, which noted that Amazon Web Services (AMZN) is estimated to have roughly $4B in annual sales and that Salesforce.com (CRM) had a little over $4B in revenues last year. Reference Link
October 20, 2014
15:20 EDTMSFTMicrosoft confirms availability of Cloud Platform System, powered by Dell
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12:09 EDTMSFTIBM hits 52 week low after earnings miss, 2015 profit target dropped
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08:00 EDTMSFTRBC Capital remains positive on Microsoft
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07:49 EDTSNESony November volatility elevated into Q2 and investor meeting
Sony November weekly call option implied volatility is at 34, January is at 28, April is at 29; compared to its 26-week average of 28 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on October 31 and a company sponsored investor meeting on November 24.
07:06 EDTMSFTNICE Systems solution qualified to support Microsoft Lync
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October 19, 2014
20:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft plans smartwatch launch within weeks, Forbes says
Microsoft (MSFT) is planning a smart watch launch within the next few weeks, Forbes says.The smart watch will passively keep track of the wearer’s heart rate and work across different mobile platforms, added Forbes. Apple (AAPL) has delayed its own smartwatch launch to early 2015 according to the report. Reference Link
18:38 EDTSNESony's ‘Fury’ wins at the box office,'Gone Girl' keeps second place, WSJ says
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October 17, 2014
11:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft October weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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09:00 EDTGMEGameStop management to meet with SunTrust
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06:30 EDTSNE, MSFTNPD: Sony PlayStation4 outsells XBox One in September, GameSpot reports
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06:26 EDTNTDOY, MSFT, SNESony says PS4 September's top-selling console
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05:39 EDTGME, TTWO, ATVI, EASeptember NPD video game software sales fell 36%, says Piper Jaffray
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October 16, 2014
07:48 EDTSNESony must decide quickly what to do with smartphone strategy, Nikkei says
Sony's (SNE) "One Sony" strategy is built around providing contents to consumers and smartphones are one of three pillars it sees for growth, but the strategy is "on the brink of collapse" as the company falls behind Apple (AAPL) and Chinese rivals, according to the Nikkei Asian Review. Sony officials are debating whether smartphone operations in Asia should be downsized and whether cutting 1,000 jobs, or 15% of its mobile communications workforce, would be warranted, according to the report. Reference Link
06:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says working with YouTube to reinstate content inadvertently removed
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