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March 27, 2014
11:42 EDTSNE, MSFT, GMEGameStop says sales of new consoles expected to remain strong in Q1
Regarding video game business, says sees industry with "tremendous" growth potential ahead. Says expects growth cycle to follow historical pattern. Says will continue to face strong box, online competitors in the pre-owned space. Sees FY sales growth in each of its categories. Sees FY14 CapEx about $160M, says will invest in remodels in 2014. Says sees opening 300-400 stores among its three brands this year through new store openings or acquisitions. Sees FY14 free cash flow $450M-$500M. Says shutting down Spawn Labs due to lack of demand from customers. Says "Titanfall" was well received, with four times more pre-orders on Xbox One (MSFT) than Xobx 360. Says greater than expected supply of Xbox One, PS4 (SNE) caused decline in older generation hardware. Comments made on the Q4 earnings conference call.
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January 22, 2015
14:26 EDTMSFTTwitter introduces Tweet translation with Bing Translator
Twitter (TWTR) announced that the company has partnered with Bing Translator (MSFT) to provide machine translations of Tweets between more than 40 language pairs. Tweet translation is available on twitter.com, Twitter for iOS, Twitter for Android, and TweetDeck, according to the company's support page about the new feature. Reference Link
12:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility into Q2 and outlook
Microsoft January weekly call option implied volatility is at 30, February is at 23, March is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on January 26.
08:01 EDTMSFTSeagate expands collaboration with Super Micro Computer
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06:54 EDTSNESony sees mobile success in Middle East and Africa, WSJ says
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06:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Windows 10 not a 'material' catalyst, says Jefferies
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January 21, 2015
15:18 EDTMSFTMicrosoft unveils holographic goggle prototype, Wired reports
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12:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Cortana to be available on Windows 10 computers, Business Insider says
Microsoft (MSFT) announced at its Windows 10 event that Cortana, its rival to Apple's (AAPL) Siri personal assistant, will be available for the desktop in Windows 10, Business Insider reports, adding that Cortana will be available across smartphones, PCs and tablets. Reference Link
12:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says Windows 8, Windows 7 customers to get free upgrade to Windows 10
This comment was made at the Microsoft Windows 10 Briefing. Reference Link
10:47 EDTGMEOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:06 EDTMSFTMicrosoft set to test key support, levels to watch
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08:09 EDTMSFTDTS to enhance Starz audio technology on Microsoft's Xbox One
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06:36 EDTSNESony's 'The Interview' nets $40M in online and TV sales, Re/code says
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06:35 EDTSNESony planning to reduce headcount in Japan by 1,500, Variety reports
According to media reports in Japan, Variety reports that Sony is planning to reduce its headcount in various divisions in Japan by about 1,500 by the end of FY14 through early retirement programs. The process, which began last August, involved Sony's corporate planning and finance departments, but has now been expanded to include corporate headquarters staff. Reference Link
January 20, 2015
18:38 EDTSNESony probed Indian operations for corruption, Bloomberg reports
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11:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires Equivio, terms not disclosed
Rajesh Jha, Microsoft's Corporate VP, Outlook and Office 365, announced on the company's blog that Microsoft has acquired Equivio, a provider of machine learning technologies for eDiscovery and information governance. Jha explains, "We are making this acquisition to help our customers tackle the legal and compliance challenges inherent in managing large quantities of email and documents." Reference Link
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09:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Outlook in China hacked by government censorship department, CNBC says
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January 16, 2015
09:47 EDTMSFT, SNEPolice arrest U.K. man in connection with Sony, Microsoft hack, Bloomberg says
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06:08 EDTSNESony may look to sell handset business, DigiTimes reports
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05:45 EDTGMEDecember NPD video game software sales dropped 2%, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray notes December NPD video game software sales fell 2% year-over-year, with the full quarter down 6% and 2014 down 13%. Piper attributes the declines to legacy weakness and a portion of sales shifting to full-game downloads. The firm expects software growth in 2015 and maintains Overweight ratings on Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME) and Take-Two (TTWO).
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