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January 15, 2013
14:56 EDTYELP, FB, LNKD, MSFT, IACI, GOOGFacebook trading lower after event introducing 'Graph Search'
Shares of Facebook (FB), which had been higher throughout the morning, are lower in mid-afternoon trading following the company's event to introduce its new "Graph Search" social search engine. During the event, Facebook demonstrated new social search features planned for its site, which are currently in beta testing and available in limited release, and made clear how the graph search differs in many ways from traditional web search as delivered by Google (GOOG) and others. Facebook did, however, announce that it has partnered with Microsoft's (MSFT) Bing to integrate web searches where appropriate to supplement graph searching. Facebook illustrated ways that the new product could be used to provide user specific answers to challenges like finding restaurants, potential job applicants and prospective dates. Shares of several companies that potentially could be impacted by those features were volatile and moved lower during the event, including Yelp (YELP), LinkedIn (LNKD) and IAC/InterActive (IACI), the owner of and other dating properties. Following the event, Facebook's stock is down 0.83, or 2.67%, to $30.06, Google is up 50c to $723.75, and Microsoft is up 23c to $27.11. LinkedIn has recovered, and is now up 44c, or 0.4%, to $117.98, while Yelp remains down 1.62, or 7.5%, to $20.31, and IAC/InterActive is down 95c, or 2.2%, to $42.45.
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September 23, 2015
20:08 EDTMSFTChinese president visits U.S. amid cybersecurity, copyright worries
As part of his first official U.S. visit, Chinese president Xi Jinping held a meeting with American business leaders on Wednesday to address concerns of copyright infringement and cybersecurity, among numerous topics. In attendance were corporate giants from both nations, including Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Cisco (CSCO), Alibaba (BABA), Tencent (TCEHY), and Baidu (BIDU), according to media reports. COPYRIGHT CONCERNS: Responding to oft-cited concerns of copyright infringement by Chinese companies, Xi said China will "stand firm to protect" the intellectual property rights of American companies, according to Wall Street Journal coverage of the event. Note that in late 2014, China began establishing specialized courts to deliberate on intellectual property rights cases, and Xi commented Wednesday that "the newly established IPR courts are working smoothly. This means there will be much stronger IPR protection which will serve the interests of foreign businesses as well as Chinese companies." Chinese consumer electronics company Xiaomi is perhaps the most talked-about firm when it comes to the matter, with media outlets frequently criticizing its alleged "copying" of Apple design sensibilities. In mid-July, Xiaomi VP of global operations Hugo Barra told Bloomberg that the company is preparing to enter U.S. markets, though he cautioned that the launch could be "much more" than a year away as it seeks to build up its patent portfolio. CYBERSECURITY TENSIONS: Wednesday's meeting comes in the wake of numerous high-profile "hack attacks," with Sony (SNE), American Airlines (AAL), Anthem (ANTM), United Airlines (UAL), and Target (TGT) all reporting digital security breaches in recent years. Xi has consistently denied the involvement of state-backed hackers, but tensions have nevertheless arisen as cybersecurity firms such as FireEye (FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) backtrace connections to the country. Cybersecurity intrusions originating from China have recently slowed ahead of Xi's visit, according to Reuters, with Kevin Mandia of security firm Mandiant telling the publication, "In my gut, I feel like the Chinese and the U.S. over the next couple of years are going to figure this out."
16:13 EDTMSFTMicrosoft partners with Baidu for Windows 10 upgrade
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; September 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 53c to 23.81 Option volume leaders: AAPL NFLX BAC FB BABA DOW RIG MU FCX PBR XOM JPM
13:33 EDTFBFacebook introduces 360 video
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13:10 EDTFBGoPro launches 360-degree videos on Facebook
GoPro (GPRO) announces it is bringing "immersive, spherical videos" to Facebook's (FB) News Feed. Beginning today, people on Facebook can experience GoPro 360-degree video directly through their web browser or Android mobile device, the action camera maker said in a press release. In the coming weeks, GoPro will launch additional 360-degree content on Facebook, it added. Shares of the action camera maker are up 10c to $33.41 in afternoon trading.
10:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft and mcaConnect form joint program offering AX4Lean
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09:18 EDTMSFTPaulson Institute and CCPIT to co-host U.S.-China Business Roundtable
The Paulson Institute and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) provide an opportunity for U.S. and Chinese business leaders to discuss issues facing the two countries in a roundtable being held in Seattle, Washington on September 23.
08:07 EDTMSFTDataStax announces strategic collaboration with Microsoft
DataStax announced a strategic collaboration with Microsoft to deliver Internet of Things, Web and mobile applications in public, private or hybrid cloud environments. With DataStax Enterprise available on Azure, Microsoft's cloud computing platform, enterprises can quickly build high-performance applications that can massively scale and remain operationally simple across public and private clouds, with ease and at lightning speed.
06:36 EDTFBFacebook unveils new 'Click to message' ad-type, Business Insider reports
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September 22, 2015
17:23 EDTGOOGGoogle begins conducting business briefings with analysts, WSJ says
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17:13 EDTFBFacebook's Instagram surpasses 400M users
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17:06 EDTGOOGGoogle charges for YouTube ads viewed by bots, Financial Times says
Google has been charging advertisers for YouTube ads even those advertisements were viewed by "robot" computers rather than human beings, reports the Financial Times, citing a study by a group of European researchers. In one example, the research group's "bots" visited two particular YouTube videos 150 times, and Google's AdWords service subsequently charged for 91 of those video views, according to the report. Google told the publication it will contact the group to discuss the results. Reference Link
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; September 22, 2015
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15:52 EDTFBThe Washington Post to send 100% of stories to Facebook Instant Articles
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10:21 EDTYELPYelp management to meet with Needham
Meeting to be held in San Francisco on September 24 hosted by Needham.
09:33 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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09:09 EDTGOOGFrontier says adds Nest cam, Nest Protect to product offerings
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07:15 EDTMSFT, GOOGCloudFlare raises $110M from consortium of Google, Microsoft, others
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06:33 EDTFBFacebook user data rules have ripple effects, WSJ reports
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05:14 EDTMSFTIngram Micro to participate in Microsoft Cloud Solution program in India
Ingram Micro (IM) announced its participation in the Microsoft (MSFT) Cloud Solution Provider program in India. The program is designed to strengthen customer relationships and expand cloud sales by allowing channel partners to provision, bundle, invoice, manage and support Microsoft cloud offerings including Microsoft Office 365, Windows Intune, Enterprise Mobility Suite, Azure, and CRM online subscriptions with greater ease and efficiency.
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