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March 27, 2015
19:00 EDTGOOGMicrosoft, Yahoo extend search partnership discussions for 30 days
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16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; March 27, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 31c to 25.74 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR RAD FB PBR AMZN DOW VLO AMAT ALTR according to Track Data.
15:14 EDTGOOGJohnson & Johnson not likely to buy Intuitive Surgical, says BofA/Merrill
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12:33 EDTAMZNLegg Mason's Miller says Intrexon, Amazon two of largest positions
10:15 EDTAMZNAmira Nature Foods says products to be available on Amazon.com
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09:59 EDTGOOGJohnson & Johnson to collaborate with Google to advance surgical robots
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09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:03 EDTGOOGYouTube experiments with ultra-high-def video, TechCrunch says
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06:58 EDTAMZNAmazon could buy Net-A-Porter, price likely to be lower than $2.19B, Forbes says
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06:43 EDTAMZNJon McCormack returns to Amazon two months after leaving for Yahoo, BI says
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06:25 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $430 from $405 at Citigroup
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05:58 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; AMZN AMD
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Amazon.com (AMZN) 39, AMD (AMD) 62 according to iVolatility.
05:57 EDTGOOGMicrosoft to push 2 inexpensive notebooks in mid-2015, DigiTimes says
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March 26, 2015
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; March 26, 2015
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12:17 EDTGOOGEarnings Preview: Analyst sees BlackBerry's revenue bottoming in Q4
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11:37 EDTGOOGAnalyst says preliminary Google click data looks negative
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10:36 EDTGOOGGoogle paid clicks growth slowed in Q1, says Axiom
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09:39 EDTAMZNAmazon Cloud Drive launches unlimited cloud storage
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09:27 EDTGOOGGoogle expands product ratings in search results to U.K., France, Germany
In a blog post, Google reported it is expanding its "product ratings" advertisement feature to the U.K., France, and Germany. The feature appends customer reviews to product ads that appear in search results. Reference Link
09:02 EDTAMZNSamsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge to be available in U.S. beginning April 10
Samsung Electronics America (SSNLF) announced the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge will be available in the U.S. beginning April 10, with pre-orders starting March 27. In the U.S., the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge will be available in Black Sapphire, White Pearl and Gold Platinum -- in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB2 memory options. AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), U.S. Cellular (USM) and Verizon Wireless (VZ) will carry both the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge, while Boost Mobile, Cricket Wireless and MetroPCS will carry the Galaxy S 6. Samsung Experience Shops at Best Buy (BBY), as well as Amazon.com (AMZN), Costco Wholesale (COST), Sam’s Club (WMT), Target (TGT) and Walmart will also carry the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge. Carriers and retailers will confirm specific pricing and availability.
08:59 EDTAMZNAmazon to relaunch 'Home Services' marketplace, TechCrunch says
Amazon has rebranded "Amazon Local Services" as "Amazon Home Services" before a larger launch Monday, reports TechCrunch, citing sources familiar with the company's plans and a leaked internet link. The updated service will cover most major U.S. cities and will offer bookings for home improvement, lawn and garden, automotive, and computer servicing. Reference Link
08:40 EDTGOOGFTC responds to recent Google reports, calls claims of impropriety factless
In a statement released yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission responded to recent news regarding its 2012 antitrust investigation of Google. The Commission stated the inadvertently disclosed memo is "only a fraction [of the total documents that were reviewed.] As we stated when the investigation was closed, the Commission concluded that Google’s search practices were not, 'on balance, demonstrably anticompetitive.' Contrary to recent press reports, the Commission’s decision on the search allegations was in accord with the recommendations of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, Bureau of Economics, and Office of General Counsel. Some of the FTC’s staff attorneys on the investigation raised concerns about several other Google practices. In response, the Commission obtained commitments from Google regarding certain of those practices. Over the last two years, Google has abided by those commitments... On the same day that it closed the search investigation, the Commission settled a complaint alleging that Google’s conduct with regard to certain standard essential patents constituted unfair methods of competition under the FTC Act. The Wall Street Journal article 'Google Makes Most of Close Ties to White House' makes a number of misleading inferences and suggestions about the integrity of the FTC’s investigation. The article suggests that a series of disparate and unrelated meetings involving FTC officials and executive branch officials or Google representatives somehow affected the Commission’s decision to close the search investigation in early 2013. Not a single fact is offered to substantiate this misleading narrative. Finally, we regret the inadvertent disclosure of confidential documents and information in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. We are taking additional steps to ensure that such a disclosure does not occur in the future."
07:25 EDTGOOGThe Economist to hold a forum
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07:08 EDTAMZNAmazon in discussions to buy Net-a-Porter, WWD reports
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06:59 EDTGOOGFacebook video outpaces YouTube in recent metrics, BI says
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06:41 EDTGOOGTwitter to outpace Yahoo in display ad revenue, WSJ says
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06:39 EDTAMZNEU to open antitrust investigation of e-commerce companies, WSJ says
The European Union is opening an antitrust investigation into whether e-commerce companies, like Amazon, are restricting cross-border trade, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing EU’s antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager. Reference Link
06:05 EDTGOOGIntel to partner with notebook makers for Chromebook 2-in-1s, DigiTimes says
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06:00 EDTAMZNAmazon.com launches Prime Now one-hour delivery to Dallas
05:58 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; AMZN BBRY
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March 25, 2015
10:51 EDTAMZNOptions with increasing implied volatility
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06:54 EDTGOOGPotential YouTube competitor launches, Variety says
Digital subscription video start-up Vessel, which is looking to compete with Google's (GOOG) YouTube, launched yesterday, according to Variety. Vessel was founded by Jason Kilar, the founding CEO of Hulu, the magazine stated. Disney (DIS), 20th Century Fox (FOX, FOXA), and Comcast (CMCSA) own stakes in Hulu. Reference Link
06:46 EDTGOOGGoogle visited White House 230 times during Obama administration, WSJ
Google employees have visited the White House to meet with senior officials roughly 230 times -- averaging once per week -- since President Obama took office, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing visitor logs and emails. CEO Larry Page met with FTC officials and Chairman Eric Schmidt met with a senior presidential adviser during the 2012 Google antitrust investigation, which was closed soon after the meetings. The Journal notes that on November 6, 2012, Schmidt personally oversaw a voter-turnout platform for Obama -- by the end of the month, the FTC had closed their investigation into the company. Reference Link
06:36 EDTAMZNNielsen to measure Netflix & Amazon viewing by middle of 2015, Bloomberg reports
Nielsen (NLSN) CEO Mitch Barns said the company will begin offering data on viewing by Netflix (NFLX) and Amazon (AMZN) Prime subscribers starting mid-year, reports Bloomberg. Although Netflix and Amazon have been unwilling to share what their subscribers watch, Nielsen has been testing technology that measures audiences by listening to shows and sharing the results with select clients. Reference Link
06:02 EDTGOOG, AMZNYouTube to relaunch livestreaming platform, Daily Dot says
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March 24, 2015
16:20 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTGOOGOptions Update; March 24, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 10c to 25.14 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD FB AMAT GOOG C MRK GILD according to Track Data.
15:33 EDTGOOGGoogle working on project to add bill pay function to Gmail, Re/code reports
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14:04 EDTAMZNAmazon says permission for drone testing given to outdated aircraft, WSJ says
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10:40 EDTAMZNOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:32 EDTAMZNOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:14 EDTAMZNSenate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee holds a hearing
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09:38 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading on open
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09:09 EDTGOOGMorgan Stanley CFO Porat to join Google as new CFO
Google (GOOG, GOOGL) and Morgan Stanley (MS) this morning announced that current Morgan Stanley Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat will leave the firm and take on the same role at Google. WHAT'S NEW: Morgan Stanley said in a filing that Porat, who joined the firm in 1987, will leave the company, effective April 30. At Morgan Stanley, Porat was previously vice chairman of Investment Banking, global head of the Financial Institutions Group and and co-head of Technology Investment Banking. Google said in a separate statement that Porat will join the company as CFO on May 26. At Google, Porat will report to Google Chief Executive Officer and co-founder, Larry Page. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Jonathan Pruzan, currently co-head of the Global Financial Institutions Group in Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley, will succeed Porat as the bank's CFO upon Porat's departure. PRICE ACTION: Morgan Stanley is down 0.14% in pre-market trading and Google is up 1.09%.
09:03 EDTAMZNAmazon announces new Fire TV features, announces launch in U.K. and Germany
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08:59 EDTGOOGMorgan Stanley confirms Jonathan Pruzan will succeed Ruth Porat as CFO
Morgan Stanley (MS) announced in a filing that Ruth Porat, executive VP and CFO, would leave the company on April 30. In a memo, CEO James Gorman says, "After a 28-year career at Morgan Stanley, Ruth Porat has decided to leave the Firm to take on a new role in Silicon Valley and return to her California roots. It is with a heavy heart that we see her go. Ruth joined Morgan Stanley in 1987 and has played a number of key roles at the Firm, from her time leading the tech banking franchise during the Internet boom, to leading the FIG banking team during the financial crisis, then as CFO partnering with the senior team to transform Morgan Stanley for the new regulatory environment. She has been a mentor and sponsor to many colleagues, and a role model for even more. Her tremendous energy, diligence and insight have been an enormous asset to the Firm... Jonathan Pruzan, currently Co-Head of the Global Financial Institutions Group in Investment Banking, will be appointed CFO upon Ruth’s departure. Jon joined Morgan Stanley in 1994 and has spent more than 20 years at the Firm working with financial institution clients. He understands the current regulatory environment, having shepherded clients through the Fed’s stress test and CCAR processes. He brings both great technical skill and proven leadership to this new role. Jon has served on the Morgan Stanley/MUFG steering committee since 2013 and will continue to do so. He will join the Firm’s Operating Committee and Management Committee."
08:57 EDTGOOGGoogle confirms that Morgan Stanley's Ruth Porat to join company as CFO
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08:55 EDTGOOGGoogle to name Ruth Porat as CFO, Bloombeg reports
Dow Jones previously reported that Porat is leaving Morgan Stanley (MS).
07:31 EDTAMZNAmazon.com outlook still positive, says RBC Capital
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06:42 EDTGOOGGoogle to start showing TV ads to Google Fiber customers, NY Times says
Google said it would soon begin showing local, targeted TV ads to customers of its Google Fiber service in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri, according to The New York Times, which cited a letter that Google sent to its customers in those cities. Reference Link
06:00 EDTAMZNAmazon's Twitch notes 'unauthorized access' to some user account information
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05:58 EDTGOOGGoogle partners with Taiwan banks to nurture marketing talent, DigiTimes reports
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05:51 EDTAMZNAmazon same-hour delivery expansion encouraging, says Piper Jaffray
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March 23, 2015
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; March 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 48c to 25.24 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD CELG FB TSLA AMZN TEVA PBR according to Track Data.
16:00 EDTAMZNAmazon adds Pandora-like stations to Prime Music app, The Verge reports
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10:32 EDTGOOGApple positioned to reach $1 trillion market cap, Cantor says
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09:29 EDTGOOGGoogle's Eric Schmidt says Google Glass is long-term project, WSJ reports
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said Google Glass is too important of a technology to scrap, reports the Wall Street Journal. Although Google stopped selling the first version of Glass, shut down its Explorer program, and made personnel changes, Schmidt said Google Glass remains a "big and very fundamental platform" for the company and will be a long-term project. Reference Link
09:11 EDTAMZNAmazon 'Unlocked' to give away paid apps, TechCrunch says
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08:53 EDTAMZNAmazon VP and General Manager of Payments departs, TechCrunch says
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08:13 EDTAMZN, GOOGPendrell unit: Court rejects attempts to limit scope of DRM patents
ContentGuard Holdings, a subsidiary of Pendrell Corporation (PCO), announced that on Friday, March 20, Judge J. Rodney Gilstrap of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a 144 page Claim Construction Order in lawsuits ContentGuard filed against several companies who continue to use its patented Digital Rights Management solutions without a license, including Apple (AAPL), Amazon.com (AMZN), DirecTV (DTV), Google (GOOG), HTC, Huawei, Motorola Mobility and Samsung Electronics (SSNLF). In his order, Judge Gilstrap interpreted the language in ContentGuard’s patents in a manner that fully preserves the breadth of ContentGuard’s patented Digital Rights Management technologies. These technologies were developed to enable the distribution of digital media over the Internet and other networks, including cellular and satellite networks, and provide innovative solutions to problems that were once thought to be unsolvable. “We are very pleased with the Court’s ruling,” commented James Baker, ContentGuard’s Vice President for Licensing and Strategic Development. “We believe these claim constructions demonstrate that the online stores defendants provide for buying and renting DRM-protected movies, videos, books, and music and devices that play, run, display or print this DRM-protected content infringe ContentGuard’s pioneering DRM patents.”
06:47 EDTGOOGFTC staffers' position on Google may affect EU outlook, WSJ says
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06:00 EDTGOOGGoogle dives deeper into health data gathering, Financial Times reports
Google is diving deeper into the health sector, placing a series of bets that include Google Genomics and an investment in 23AndMe, reports the Financial Times. This comes after the company closed its Google Health division a few years ago and CEO Larry Page said regulations about the use of personal health data was holding back medical research. Reference Link
05:55 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility movement; AMZN CELG
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March 22, 2015
17:07 EDTGOOGFTC disclosures embolden potential EU Google probe, WSJ says
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March 20, 2015
09:45 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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06:16 EDTGOOG2012 antitrust report calls Google harmful to market, WSJ says
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06:04 EDTGOOGGlobal smartphone shipments to reach 1.4B units in 2015, DigiTimes Research says
Global smartphone shipments in 2015 is expected to increase 16.4% to reach 1.40B units, reports DigiTimes Research. The shipment growth is due to higher growth in demand in emerging markets including India, Southeast Asia and Latin America. Android (GOOG) will account for 78.5% of 2015 global smartphone shipments, Apple's (AAPL) iOS 16.6%, Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 4% and BlackBerry (BBRY) 0.6%.Reference Link
March 19, 2015
16:31 EDTAMZNAmazon Logistics UAS gets experimental airworthiness certificate
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15:35 EDTGOOGKey FTC staff wanted to sue Google on antitrust charges, WSJ says
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11:18 EDTGOOGeBay cut to sell by noted analyst on mounting PayPal competition
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09:02 EDTGOOGIntel, Google, TAG Heuer announce Swiss smartwatch collaboration
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06:55 EDTGOOGCertain news agencies form advertising alliance to rival Google, others, BI says
The Guardian, CNN International, The Financial Times , Reuters (TRI) and The Economist are forming an advertising alliance, called Pangaea, in hopes of rivaling Google (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR), and LinkedIn (LNKD), reports Business Insider UK. The Financial Times is owned by Pearson (PSO), The Economist Group is 50% owned by Pearson via The Financial Times, and CNN is owned by Time Warner (TWX). Reference Link
06:42 EDTGOOGSafety standards for self-driving cars remain in flux, WSJ says
A 2012 California proposal to create safety standards for self-driving cars has yet to materialize because lawmakers, regulators, researchers, and government agencies do not know how to fully assess the technology, reports the Wall Street Journal. Google and other auto makers want to verify safety themselves, but law firm TroyGould and advocacy group Auto Reliability and Safety say third party testing is necessary, while a UC Berkeley transportation expert called the issue an "open question." The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plans to test the technology "as it emerges... to inform future federal regulation," while the California DMV stated last week it's working quickly but doesn't want to release a premature ruling. Reference Link
05:53 EDTAMZNAmazon plans to shut down Shopify rival Amazon Webstore, Re/code reports
Amazon is planning to shut down Amazon Webstore, its competitor to Shopify and Bigcommerce, Re/code reports, citing sources. The company will allow its Webstore customers over a year to find a new vendor before the service is fully shut down, the sources say. Reference Link
05:42 EDTGOOGeBay downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster downgraded eBay (EBAY) to Underweight, the firm's sell-equivalent rating, saying competition from Google Wallet (GOOG), Apple Pay (AAPL), Facebook (FB) and Samsung will weigh on PayPal's valuation and market share over the next three years. Munster notes shares of eBay are up 12% since the beginning of February due to optimism around the PayPal spin-out. He cut his price target for shares to $49 from $55. The online marketplace and PayPal owner closed yesterday down $1.07 to $58.42.
05:30 EDTAMZNAmazon.com expands Prime Now delivery to Baltimore and Miami
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March 18, 2015
08:04 EDTGOOGAmerican Enterprise Institute to hold a discussion
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06:04 EDTGOOGGoogle's initial drone design failed, company working on new drone, WSJ reports
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05:59 EDTGOOGGoogle sees self-driving car on market within five years, Re/code says
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05:55 EDTGOOGApple has small team working on augmented reality, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says that following talks with industry contacts, he believes Apple (AAPL) has a small team working and exploring the augmented reality space. Munster believes augmented reality has the potential to "be as profound a technology platform as the smartphone today," but admits broader consumer adoption is likely 10 years away. He views Apple's involvement in the space as an indication the company is preparing for the next evolution of computing. Munster has an Overweight rating on Apple with a $160 price target. He describes augmented reality as the "overlay of digital information on the physical world," with Google (GOOG) Glass given as an example.
05:43 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces new app approval process
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March 17, 2015
14:55 EDTAMZNVMware to face more competitive process for DOD contract, says Stifel
After government websites indicated that Citrix (CTXS), Amazon (AMZN) and others succeeded in getting the DoD to reconsider its awarding of a $1.6B, five-year contract to VMware (VMW), Stifel said it doesn't think VMware has necessarily lost the opportunity, but that the company will now likely face a more competitive bidding process to win the deal. The firm view this example as supporting its concerns that VMware's steps to become a more strategic vendor have the potential to be as much of a threat as an opportunity and Stifel maintains its Hold rating on the stock.
14:43 EDTAMZNVMware award from DISA canceled after protest, siliconANGLE reports
On March 12, the Defense Information Security Agency, or DISA, reversed a decision to award VMware (VMW) with a $1.6B contract following protests by Amazon Web Services (AMZN), Citrix Systems (CTXS), and others, reported siliconANGLE. A government posting noted that "Amendment 0002 is issued to cancel the request for proposal to further analyze the government's needs." Reference Link
14:13 EDTGOOGMorgan Stanley questions GM capital allocation plan
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11:23 EDTAMZNApple willing to share TV data to attract programming partners, NY Post reports
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09:27 EDTGOOGApple plans to allow trade-ins of Android, BlackBerry devices, Bloomberg says
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09:07 EDTGOOG, AMZNDISH's Sling TV launches on Xbox One
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09:05 EDTGOOG, AMZNMicrosoft Band now available at Best Buy, Target, Amazon, Re/code reports
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07:42 EDTGOOG, AMZNBoeing may produce satellite for tech giants, Reuters says
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06:37 EDTGOOGAfter losing marketshare, Google now asks Firefox users to switch, BI says
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05:57 EDTGOOGChina vendors to ship 50M Androids with fingerprint sensors, DigiTimes reports
China vendors is expected to ship 50M Android (GOOG) smartphones with fingerprint sensors in 2015, reports DigiTimes. According to sources at Taiwan-based IC backend service companies, Android smartphone vendors have adopted sliding-type fingerprint sensors, which are more competitive in pricing compared to press-type sensors used by Apple (AAPL). Reference Link
March 16, 2015
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; March 16, 2015
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14:13 EDTGOOGApple to offer Android users rebates to switch to iPhones, 9to5Mac says
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10:44 EDTAMZNNetflix retreats after cut to sell on competition, cost concerns
The shares of Netflix (NFLX) are falling after research firm Evercore ISI downgraded the stock to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to increase its investments and the return from those investments is uncertain, the firm contends. WHAT'S NEW: In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors, Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. The analyst noted that Apple (AAPL) recently obtained a three month exclusive deal to stream content form Time Warner's (TWX) HBO Now, while Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN), and Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, NWSA) are all reportedly interested in obtaining streaming rights to "Seinfeld." Netflix's international expansion will not be sufficient to offset the increased competition, especially because foreign viewers are likely to watch less TV and be less interested in paying for TV content, the analyst believes. Furthermore, Netflix will face more competition from other Internet TV services overseas than in the U.S., according to Sena, who cut his 2015 consolidated operating income estimate for the company by 26% to $381M from $517M previously. In addition to cutting his rating, Sena lowered his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Netflix sank $16, or 3.7%, to $422.
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