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April 27, 2012
09:18 EDTFB, SNEIP industry insider sees Facebook buying Sony patents, CNET says
The chief intellectual property officer for MDB Capital predicted that Facebook (FB) is likely to try to strike a patent purchase deal with Sony (SNE), according to CNET. Reference Link
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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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07:24 EDTFBTech leaders concede need to address privacy, security concerns, FT says
Prominent start-up investor and Facebook (FB) director Peter Thiel said a "crescendo of concern is building up in Europe" about the U.S. tech industry's record on online privacy and security, which Silicon Valley is underestimating "badly,” though Google (GOOG) chairman Eric Schmidt tech companies "are way sensitive" to the concerns, reported Financial Times. The same report noted that Brad Smith, general counsel of Microsoft (MSFT), said some in the industry have "underestimated the degree to which people care about privacy,” while Salesforce.com (CRM) CEO Marc Benioff said consumer Internet companies have “paid a terrible price” for imposing a U.S.-centric view of their technology. Reference Link
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
06:18 EDTFBFacebook hires Google satellite exec Michael Tseytlin, WSJ reports
Facebook (FB) has hired Michael Tseytlin, a Google (GOOG) executive working to deliver Internet service via satellite, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to sources, Tseytlin will work on satellite technology for Facebook's Connectivity Lab. Reference Link
06:14 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 27 at lower end of index mean range
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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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06:17 EDTFBFacebook looks to lure YouTube's video content providers, WSJ reports
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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
07:02 EDTFBFacebook Q3 estimates have potential upside, says Citigroup
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06:02 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 26 at lower end of index mean range
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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
12:04 EDTFBFacebook testing tool that lets users schedule post deletions, The Next Web says
Facebook is testing a tool that will allow users to create self-destructing Facebook posts that disappear after a specified period of time, The Next Web reports. A spokesperson has confirmed, saying "We’re running a small pilot of a feature on Facebook for iOS that lets people schedule deletion of their posts in advance." Reference Link
10:01 EDTSNEViacom and Sony reach internet distribution agreement
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September 9, 2014
14:32 EDTFBApple shows Facebook, Twitter apps on Apple Watch
09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL KNDI NFLX YHOO TWTR TSLA C BAC FB MCD
07:17 EDTFBThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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