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January 4, 2013
14:33 EDTGOOG, CAR, ZIP, RIG, BPMarket set for strong weekly gain after lawmakers avoid cliff
Stocks surged this week after Congress passed a law that enabled the country to avert the fiscal cliff for now. The deal increased taxes on dividends and capital gains by relatively small amounts, but pushed off the debate on the debt ceiling and sequestration... MACRO NEWS: Congress passed and the president signed a bill that averted the fiscal cliff for at least a couple of months. The Fed, however, rattled investors a bit after the central bank's minutes revealed that several Fed members want it to slow or stop asset purchases later this year... The U.S. economy added 155,000 non-farm jobs last month, roughly in-line with economists' estimates... HSBC's December purchasing managers' index for China came in at 51.5, a 19 month high. The reading led to increased speculation that the Chinese economy is rebounding... COMPANY NEWS: The FTC concluded its investigation of Google's (GOOG) businesses practices and decided not to force the tech giant to make major changes to its search results. Google, however, will have to make it easier for its customers to advertise on other websites. In addition, companies will be able to prevent some of their content from appearing on Google's websites... Avis (CAR) bought Zipcar (ZIP) for $12.25 per share in cash, or about $500M... Transocean (RIG) announced that it would pay $1.4B as part of a settlement of its liability arising from the 2010 oil spill at BP's (BP) Macondo well.
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October 14, 2014
06:36 EDTGOOG'Double Irish' tax arrangement poised to halt, itnews says
Ireland is positioned to enact legal revisions soon that will slowly cease its "Double Irish" tax agreement, which has allowed companies like Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL) to not spend billions of dollars worth of taxes, according to itnews, citing, two sources familiar with the situation. Reference Link
06:19 EDTGOOGGoogle expands Express delivery service, to charge membership fee
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06:02 EDTGOOGGoogle may be leading $500M funding round for Magic Leap, Re/code reports
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October 13, 2014
15:06 EDTGOOGGoogle confirms limited test of online medical advice, Washington Post reports
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13:53 EDTGOOGYouTube to open New York video production studio
Google's YouTube announced that it would open a new video production studio in New York next month. YouTube already has video production facilities in London, Los Angeles and Tokyo.
13:10 EDTGOOGGoogle's Schmidt says Amazon is company's biggest search rival, FT reports
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google (GOOG), says Amazon (AMZN) is his company's biggest rival in search, not Bing (MSFT) or Yahoo (YHOO), the Financial Times reports. Schmidt also argued in Berlin that Google should not be regulated "as if it were the gatekeeper of the internet," given the influence of Amazon and Facebook (FB). Reference Link
08:06 EDTGOOGQihoo 360 launches ad exchange platform, Marbridge Daily reports
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07:57 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $650 from $685 at Cowen
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07:53 EDTGOOGYouTube changes have diffused much of tension with copyright holders, FT says
YouTube, which implemented Content ID in 2007 to help producers manage their rights and generate revenues from copyright-infringing content, has hit $1B in payments to companies that participate in the program and Fred von Lohmann, legal director for copyright at Google, credits the program for diffusing much of the tension the site previously had with copyright holders, reported Financial Times. Via Content ID, copyright owners can “monetize” their content by allowing ads to be sold against it or have the video blocked and taken down and von Lohmann told Financial Times that the "vast majority" choose to monetize. Reference Link
07:22 EDTGOOGSony/ATV could ditch licensing firms due to streaming dollars, NY Post reports
Sony/ATV Music Publishing (SNE) is considering no longer dealing with performance rights groups BMI and ASCP, and instead negotiating directly with online music services like Pandora (P), YouTube (GOOG) and Spotify due to outdated rules and low royalties, the New York Post reports. Reference Link
06:44 EDTGOOGGoogle testing feature that allows video chats with doctors, Engadget reports
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06:44 EDTGOOGGoogle could announce new Nexus tablet on October 15, 9to5Google reports
Google's new Nexus tablet may be announced on Wednesday, October 15, 9to5Google reports, citing Bright Side of News. The HTC-made tablet is rumored to cost $400. Reference Link
06:36 EDTBPSaudi Arabia content to let oil prices stay low, Reuters reports
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October 12, 2014
13:53 EDTBPKuwaiti Minister says OPEC unlikely to cut production, WSJ says
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13:45 EDTBPSaudis take aggressive oil measures in Europe, WSJ says
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October 10, 2014
09:12 EDTGOOGGoogle could be worth trillion dollars by 2020, says BGC Financial
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09:05 EDTBPBP begins $1.1B North Sea project, Bloomberg says
BP CEO Bob Dudley said that the company is poised to begin a project worth close to $1.1B in the North Sea this month, which is anticipated to supply oil and gas into the next ten years, according to Bloomberg, citing comments from Dudley. Reference Link
07:55 EDTGOOGJapan court orders Google to remove search results, AP reports
Japan has ordered Google to remove search results that hinted at a man's relations with a criminal organization because his privacy rights were violated, reports the Associated Press. Google spokesman Taj Meadows said the company has a standard process for removal requests and will review the Tokyo court injunction. Reference Link
06:52 EDTGOOGGoogle allowed to face Rockstar in California court, Reuters says
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06:26 EDTGOOGGoogle to release its largest smartphone, WSJ reports
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