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May 29, 2015
14:02 EDTGOOGTwitter executive Jessica Verrilli leaving for Google Ventures, Fortune says
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12:40 EDTGOOGGoogle buys Pulse.io mobile app performance startup, terms not disclosed
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10:01 EDTRIGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:17 EDTGOOGGoogle remains innovation leader in Internet sector, says UBS
Following the keynote session of the I/O Developer Conference, UBS said Google remains the innovation leader among companies in the Internet sector. The firm cited continued growth and scale of its consumer platforms and new innovations within its developer ecosystem. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and $670 price target on Google shares.
06:27 EDTRIGTransocean initiated with an Underweight at JPMorgan
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06:21 EDTGOOGGoogle says Gmail has 900M active users, TechCrunch reports
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06:00 EDTGOOGGoogle discusses Identity Platform on developer blog
On its Developer Blog, Google discusses its new Identity Platform, a suite of developer tools hat let others build "frictionless" entry to name-brand sites via the Smart Lock password manager. Google comments, "With Smart Lock for Passwords, you get frictionless sign-in and sign-up into apps on Android and sites in Chrome with any account. Users will get automatically signed-in across devices. In turn, you reduce the risk of forgotten user passwords and missed conversion opportunities when users get frustrated trying to sign in or move on to another activity. Identity Toolkit gives you a robust, secure authentication system in a box that helps you do sign-in the right way, no matter what account your users want to use. The toolkit gives you password authentication, in addition to federated sign-in with major identity providers." Reference Link
05:57 EDTGOOGAndroid TV to display video apps as traditional channels, Variety reports
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05:52 EDTGOOGGlobal smartphone shipments to reach 1.37B in 2015, DigiTimes reports
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05:52 EDTGOOGIDC: PC shipments to decline for fourth straight year in 2015, DigiTimes says
The IDC said PC shipments will decline by 6.2% in 2015 and will be the fourth consecutive year of falling volume, reports DigiTimes. The market almost saw stable shipments in mid-2014 as the end of support for Windows XP boosted demand, but that cycle passed and was replaced by a reduction in inventory on the supply side as the market awaits the arrival of Windows 10. Reference Link
05:52 EDTGOOGIDC: Worldwide tablet growth to decline 3.8% in 2015, DigiTimes says
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May 28, 2015
19:13 EDTGOOGGoogle to launch free unlimited photo, video storage, AP says
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14:54 EDTGOOGGoogle teams up with GoPro on virtual reality camera, video, Re/code says
Google (GOOG) product management VP Clay Bavor announced that YouTube will host 3D videos filmed with GoPro's (GPRO) 360-degree camera known as "Array," reports Re/code, citing statements made at the I/O conference Thursday. The GoPro-built device uses Google rendering technology and is part of Google's new virtual reality platform known as Jump. Re/code notes that the device will be sent to popular YouTube content creators beginning in July, and video captured with the device can be viewed with Google's "Cardboard" virtual-reality headset, which is priced near $20. Reference Link
13:52 EDTGOOGVisa says Google first partner to participate in Digital Enablement Program
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13:16 EDTGOOGGoogle says developers have built 4,000+ apps for Android Wear
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13:14 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces Android Pay
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13:04 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces Android Pay at developer conference, Business Insider reports
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12:53 EDTGOOGGoogle says Android M to succeed Lollipop this year, The Verge reports
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10:55 EDTGOOGGoPro rises after confirming plans to enter drone, VR markets
Shares of GoPro (GPRO) are rising after the action camera maker confirmed it is developing a camera array for virtual reality filming and is also making its own drone for consumers. WHAT'S NEW: GoPro is developing a product that can create video which can be viewed on virtual reality headsets, GoPro CEO Nick Woodman said at the Code Conference, according to Re/code. Called a Six-Camera Spherical Array, the device uses six of GoPro's Hero4 cameras and a product from Kolor, a virtual reality software company GoPro acquired in April. GoPro is also building its own drone geared to consumers, Woodman said, according to Re/code. However, the company will continue to provide cameras to other drone makers, the website noted. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Piper Jaffray analyst Erinn Murphy said that GoPro's virtual reality product should be available in the second half of this year and cost $500-$1,500. The drone is expected to be available in the first half of next year and is likely to be sold for $500-$2,500, the analyst stated. GoPro's expansion into the drone and virtual reality markets could undermine bears' contention that GoPro's total available market is low, according to Murphy. Drones and virtual reality should have total available markets of over $5B by 2020 and over $65B by 2025, respectively, estimated the analyst, who kept a $68 price target and Overweight rating on GoPro. Meanwhile, Stifel analyst Jim Duffy wrote that the virtual reality product will have only a minimal impact on GoPro's results in 2015 and 2016. However, the drone offering could increase its 2016 earnings per share by 20c-30c if it is launched in the beginning of the year, according to Duffy, who kept a Hold rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a note to investors yesterday, well-known Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster called virtual reality and augmented reality "the next mega tech themes through 2030." Users will be able to enjoy gaming, live sports, concerts, "immersive cinema," and social experiences using virtual reality, he predicted. Facebook (FB), Google (GOOG,GOOGL) and Apple (AAPL) are likely to benefit from this trend, Munster believes. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, GoPro climbed nearly 8% to $57.43.
10:51 EDTGOOGRumor: Tesla moves higher on renewed Google speculation
Shares of Tesla (TSLA) are moving higher on renewed speculation Google (GOOGL) may have accumulated a stake in the company.
10:11 EDTGOOGAnalyst says Google non-search assets to drive strong growth
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10:09 EDTGOOGGoogle volatility flat into developer’s conference
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10:02 EDTGOOGSandvine: Netflix accounts for 36.5% of peak Internet traffic, Variety reports
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07:42 EDTGOOGGoogle valuation supported by non-search business growth, says Canaccord
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07:30 EDTGOOGGoogle to hold a conference
Google I/O 2015 is being held in San Francisco on May 28-29.
06:28 EDTGOOGGoogle says 'Buy' button to come to searches, Business Insider reports
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06:27 EDTGOOGGoogle and Apple set to unveil plans to enhance mobile payments, NY Times says
Google (GOOG) is set to unveil plans at its annual developer conference Thursday for an overhaul of its mobile payment products, reports the New York Times. According to three people familiar with the situation, changes include a service called Android Pay that will allow credit card payments from inside their mobile apps and can be integrated with loyalty programs. Apple, meanwhile is preparing to announce details about enhancements to Apple Pay at its software conference next month that include a rewards program, according to two people briefed on the product. Reference Link
05:53 EDTGOOGObama administration urges justices not to hear Google-Oracle case, WSJ says
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05:49 EDTGOOGGoogle says Taiwan a major revenue contributor for company, DigiTimes says
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May 27, 2015
19:47 EDTGOOGGoogle Chief Business Officer says buy button is 'imminent,' Re/code reports
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19:21 EDTGOOGApple plans iOS personal assistant feature codenamed 'Proactive,' 9to5Mac says
Apple (AAPL) is readying an iOS feature codenamed "Proactive," which aims to compete with Google (GOOG) Now by incorporating Siri, Passbook, Calendar, Contacts, and other apps to create a more full-featured personal assistant, reports 9to5Mac, citing sources familiar with Apple's plans. Sources said Proactive will comprise a new "layer" within iOS, replacing the current pulldown Spotlight menu. Reference Link
18:51 EDTGOOG2016 Chevrolet models to feature Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
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16:39 EDTRIGTransocean reports CFO Esa Ikaheimonen stepping down
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10:32 EDTGOOGTwitter beats LinkedIn as top social media site for salespeople, Forbes reports
In a survey conducted by Forbes with a client, Twitter (TWTR) beat LinkedIn (LNKD) to become the top social media network for salespeople. When it came to sales prospecting, Twitter was "slightly more valuable" than LinkedIn, according to the survey, though both sites beat out Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOG). Reference Link
10:14 EDTBPAnalyst says China trend good for oil equities
China's demand for oil has been stronger than expected and the trend should be positive for oil companies' stocks, research firm Bernstein wrote in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Chinese oil imports reached a record high in April, rising 9% versus the same period a year earlier, Bernstein analyst Neil Beveridge reported. The imports have exceeded expectations and have been boosted by high gasoline demand, according to the analyst. The high gasoline demand in China, in turn, has been driven by a 50% year-over-year increase in the sales of SUVs, according to Beveridge. Analysts will respond to this trend by increasing their global oil demand estimates, he predicted. Oil prices are likely to rise in the near-term, providing a tailwind for oil equities, according to Beveridge, who identified InterOil (IOC) and China's CNOOC (CEO) as two of his favorite names in the Asian region. Other publicly traded companies in the oil space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). WHAT'S NOTABLE: Jaguar Land Rover, owned by India's Tata Motors (TTM), is launching its Range Rover Evoque SUV in China this fiscal year, but is having trouble ramping up production of the vehicle, Forbes reported last week. PRICE ACTION: in early trading, CNOOC was flat at $162.50 and InterOil slipped fractionally to $46.58.
07:20 EDTGOOGMicrosoft bringing Cortana assistant to iOS, Android, The Verge reports
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06:27 EDTGOOGUS administration backs Oracle in Google case, Financial Times reports
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06:13 EDTGOOGTech companies look for ways to fend off activist investors, WSJ reports
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May 26, 2015
18:32 EDTGOOGFacebook India offers content creators exclusivity deals, Economic Times says
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18:11 EDTGOOGGoogle, Yahoo inquired about buying Flipboard, WSJ says
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12:11 EDTGOOGGlobal smartphone growth expected to slow to 11.3% in 2015, IDC says
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07:39 EDTGOOGGoogle I/O conference a showcase for opportunities, said UBS
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May 22, 2015
09:57 EDTBPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:00 EDTBPBP upgraded to Neutral on reduced Russia risk at JPMorgan
JPMorgan upgraded BP (BP) to Neutral citing less risk in Russia and a pathway to cash flow neutrality in 2017. JPMorgan this morning also upgraded Total (TOT) to Overweight and Eni SpA (E) to Neutral.
06:55 EDTGOOGGoogle seeks Taiwan partners to promote Chromebook, DigiTimes reports
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06:40 EDTGOOGGoogle to add fingerprint authentication to Android M, Buzzfeed reports
Google's Android M is expected to include fingerprint authentication, reports Buzzfeed. The functionality will allow users to log in to all supported applications on their Android devices without entering a password. Google is expected to announce the feature next week at Google I/O. Reference Link
05:32 EDTBPBP upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan
May 21, 2015
19:44 EDTGOOGGoogle advertising head remarks that larger phones may help mobile ads, WSJ says
In a Wall Street Journal interview at the San Francisco ad:tech conference, Google (GOOG) advertising chief Sridhar Ramaswamy commented on the conversation rate from mobile ad viewership to actual mobile sales, stating, "As phones get bigger the [screen] space issue becomes less challenging... [My six-inch phone] is essentially a tablet. People’s ability to navigate sites and fill out forms and such goes up tremendously." Ramaswamy also offered commentary on Facebook's (FB) advertising metrics, asking, "How many of Facebook’s video views are engaged views?" The Journal notes that Google's YouTube waits 30 seconds to register a video view, while Facebook counts a view "more quickly." Reference Link
17:34 EDTGOOGGoogle data shows link between mobile ads, store visits, WSJ says
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12:44 EDTGOOGGoogle developing tech to run on low-powered devices, The Information says
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11:05 EDTRIGStocks with call strike movement; RIG VALE
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10:15 EDTGOOGDISH Sling TV releases app for Android TV
DISH (DISH) confirmed that Sling TV launched its Android TV application for Google’s (GOOG) Nexus Player, available for immediate download in the Google Play Store. New customers can purchase a Nexus Player at a 50% discount when they pre-pay for three months of Sling TV or customers can choose to sample Sling TV on their Nexus Player for seven days at no cost, DISH added.
10:04 EDTGOOGDISH bringing Sling TV to Android TV platform, TechCrunch reports
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08:15 EDTGOOGSalesforce acquisition still possible, says JMP Securities
After Salesforce reported stronger than expected results, JMP Securities indicated that the results, along with statements by the company's CEO, make an acquisition seem less likely. However, the firm continues to believe that Google (GOOG), Oracle (ORCL), or Microsoft (MSFT) could buy the company. All three potential acquirers have significant cash and strong potential synergies with Salesforce, and the world is moving to the cloud, the firm explained. It raised its price target on Salesforce to $80 from $75 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:25 EDTBPUBS to hold a conference
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May 20, 2015
17:04 EDTBP, RIGBP to pay Transocean $125M in compensation for legal fees
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17:03 EDTBP, RIGTransocean reaches settlement agreements with BP, PSC
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15:01 EDTBPHalliburton reaches agreement with BP to resolve remaining issues
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11:43 EDTRIGStocks with call strike movement; RIG DAL
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06:25 EDTGOOGGoogle seeks new partners for next-generation Nexus phones, DigiTimes reports
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May 19, 2015
16:53 EDTGOOGGoogle near to launching new web photo service, Bloomberg says
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14:05 EDTGOOGGoogle bringing tweets to Google Search on mobile devices
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11:52 EDTGOOGDepartures raises concerns of Google's commitment to ecommerce, Re/code says
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10:47 EDTGOOGGoogle says 'no sacred cows' in rethink of Glass product, Financial Times says
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10:33 EDTRIGStocks with call strike movement; TWTR RIG
Twitter (TWTR) September 41 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 42, Transocean (RIG) August 22 call option implied volatility increased 7% to 46 according to IVolatility.
10:13 EDTRIGTransocean drops sharply in early trading
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09:51 EDTGOOGYelp early strength attributed to talk of buyout
The early move higher in shares of Yelp is being attributed to speculation that Google (GOOG) may have interest in acquiring the online review site. The Wall Street Journal on May 7 reported that Yelp has hired banks to explore a sale. Shares of the company are up $1.05 to $47.61 in early trading.
08:20 EDTGOOGVerizon CFO sees net phone additions in Q2
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07:31 EDTRIGUBS to hold a conference
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06:59 EDTGOOGYouTube Kids app receives complaints of 'inappropriate content', WSJ says
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May 18, 2015
16:56 EDTRIGTransocean provides fleet summary update
Transocean issued a monthly Fleet Update Summary, which includes new contracts, changes to existing contracts, and changes in estimated planned out-of-service time of 15 or more days since the April 16, 2015 Fleet Status Report. The total value of new contracts since the last report is approximately $52M. The report includes the following: GSF Development Driller II - Awarded a contract extension for approximately 100 days offshore Romania at a dayrate of $315,000 ($28M estimated backlog). GSF Rig 140 - Awarded a contract extension for approximately 120 days offshore India at a dayrate of $156,000 ($19M estimated backlog). Sedco Express - Awarded a contract extension for 18 days offshore Nigeria at a dayrate of $300,000 ($5M estimated backlog). The Transocean Marianas, GSF Celtic Sea, and M.G. Hulme, Jr. are idle. Estimated 2015 out-of-service time decreased by a net 27 days. As announced on May 7, 2015, the company has amended its construction contracts with Keppel FELS to further delay the delivery of its five newbuild high- specification jackups. This is in addition to the six-month delay announced in February 2015.
16:00 EDTRIGOptions Update; May 18, 2015
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11:47 EDTGOOGAmazon unlikely hurt by Google Buy button in next 3 years, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said he does not expect Google's (GOOG) addition of a "Buy" button for mobile e-commerce hurting Amazon.com (AMZN) over the next 1 to 3 years, but he does believe Google's plan presents a longer-term threat to "chip away" at Amazon's growth rate. However, Munster thinks it will be "next to impossible" for Google to replicate Amazon's core infrastructure and customer experience and he keeps an Overweight rating and $475 price target on Amazon shares.
11:15 EDTRIGStocks with call strike movement; CHK RIG
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10:01 EDTBPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:22 EDTGOOGVerizon deal has multiple positive catalysts, says Wells Fargo
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08:12 EDTBPBP downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman downgraded BP to Sell based on limited upstream growth, a slowdown in asset disposals, and ongoing overhang from Macondo.
07:59 EDTGOOGGoogle Buy button a natural fit for mobile shopping listings, says Baird
Baird noted Google added a Buy button to accompany mobile product listings and believes it will improve the company's e-commerce search competitiveness. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating and $690 price target on Google shares.
May 17, 2015
18:56 EDTGOOGGoogle to feature 'buy' button in sponsored search results, WSJ says
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16:50 EDTGOOGWhite House wavers on backing Google, Oracle in copyright suit, Reuters says
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May 15, 2015
16:31 EDTRIGTransocean declares dividend of 60c per share
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16:28 EDTGOOGAppaloosa Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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14:36 EDTCARViking Global reports 4.2% passive stake in Avis Budget
13:37 EDTCARAvis spikes after Hertz discloses raising prices ahead of summer travel season
Shares of Avis Budget Group (CAR) and Hertz Global Holdings (HTZ) are rallying after Hertz said it is raising prices in anticipation of a busy summer travel season. WHAT'S NEW: In a press release from last night, Hertz said it is committed to maintaining supply consistent with correlated demand drivers, such as gross domestic product and airline passenger volume. The company said it will moderate its calendar 2015 U.S. fleet plan to reflect a capacity increase of 1.5%-2.5% over 2014 levels. The company has also identified 200 of its U.S. off-airport locations that it will close by the end of the second quarter. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Hertz noted that based on its revised fleet capacity plan and expected strong seasonal demands it is implementing broad-based price increases for its Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty brands at U.S. rental locations for pick ups starting on June 14, and for all dates forward. U.S. airport retail car rentals increased $5 per day and $20 per week. Off-airport retail car rentals increased $3 per day and $10 per week. The company added that weekend rates also reflect price increases of $5 per day for airport rentals and $3 per day for off-airport rentals. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, shares of Hertz are up 4.5% while shares of its rival Avis Budget are up over 8.5%.
10:45 EDTRIGStocks with call strike movement; CHK RIG
Chesapeake (CHK) October 17 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 45, Transocean (RIG) August 21 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 42 according to IVolatility.
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08:46 EDTGOOGMobile operators ad blocking plan sets up fight with Google, FT reports
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07:22 EDTGOOGGoogle's self-driving cars to roll out in California this summer, Re/code says
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06:44 EDTBPEnvironmentalists file lawsuit over oil train safety rules, NY Times says
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06:24 EDTGOOGGoogle Glass team may be focusing on multiple wearable products, BI reports
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05:50 EDTRIGStocks with implied volatility movement; YOKU RIG
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