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July 2, 2015
16:04 EDTFBOptions Update; July 2, 2015
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12:16 EDTFBTwitter gets a moderate bump on Re/code story of Facebook interest
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11:51 EDTFBFacebook declines comment on Twitter report, Fox Business reports
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11:06 EDTFBFacebook said to be once again mulling Twitter acquisiton, Re/code says
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:14 EDTGOOGYahoo begins testing search partnership with Google, New York Times reports
Yahoo (YHOO) and Google (GOOG) are exploring a new relationship in which Yahoo would use Google for some regular search results and search ads, reports the New York Times. Yahoo and Google confirmed that Yahoo has begun testing the use of Googl search ads for a small portion of its desktop and mobile web search results. Reference Link
06:44 EDTFBFacebook holds talks with major labels to 'get into music', The Verge reports
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06:05 EDTGOOGBarclays extends cheque imaging to Android users
Barclays announced the extension of its pioneering mobile cheque imaging service to nearly a million more customers, including 500,000 customers with android phones. In another UK first, the service is also now being made available to iPad users. Since the launch of cheque imaging a year ago, nearly three quarters of a million pounds have been deposited by the 30,000 Barclays customers signed up to the mobile cheque imaging tool on their iPhones. The latest roll-out will see this number rise yet higher as more customers are able to benefit from the speed and ease of this time-saving technology. Mobile cheque imaging is available through the Barclays Mobile Banking app and allows customers to pay in a Barclays cheque of up to £500 within minutes of receiving it. Customers simply need to take a photo of the cheque then complete a few quick steps before the funds are immediately available in their current account. Reference Link
July 1, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 1, 2015
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13:23 EDTFB, GOOGFacebook to offer revenue split for content creators, Re/code says
As it continues competing with Google's (GOOG) YouTube, Facebook (FB) will begin offering video content creators 55% of the revenue from ads played alongside videos, reports Re/code. In an interview, Facebook's VP of partnerships Dan Rose told Re/code that "a lot of [partners] have said this will be a big motivation to start publishing a lot more video content to Facebook." As part of the revenue-sharing move, Facebook will also be testing a "Suggested Videos" feature, a video-only news feed that uses an algorithm to personalize its content for each user. Reference Link
10:07 EDTGOOGGoogle, Apple seen benefiting from Internet of Things emergence
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09:46 EDTGOOGCriteo rises after said to add Alibaba, Target as customers
Shares of digital marketing solutions provider Criteo (CRTO) are rising in early trading after research firm Pacific Crest raised its price target on the stock. The firm also notes that it appears Criteo has recently added Alibaba (BABA) and Target (TGT) as customers. WHAT'S NEW: In a note to investors this morning, Pacific Crest analyst Evan Wilson said that the firm's checks indicate that Criteo now has cookies on 49% of the top 100 retail and travel websites in the U.S. Wilson noted that Google (GOOG) has 76% of the top 100, but suggested also that its heavy overlap with Criteo reinforces the view that the two companies' cookies serve different purposes. Wilson said Target was a notable Criteo win in the U.S. during Q2, while also saying the firm discovered that some Alibaba sites outside of China now have a Criteo cookie for the first time. Wilson raised his 2016 estimates for Criteo citing the continued strong checks and increased the firm's price target on the stock to $65 from $55. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Criteo grained $2.30, or 4.8%, to $49.97.
09:33 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:40 EDTFBBofA/Merrill's Top 10 US Ideas for Q3
BofA/Merrill published its Top 10 U.S. Ideas Quarterly for Q3 that identifies companies it sees having significant catalysts in the next three months. The list includes eight Buys and two Underperforms. The Buys are Applied Materials (AMAT), Boise Cascade (BCC), Burlington Stores (BURL), Comcast (CMCSA), Comerica (CMA), Eli Lilly (LLY), Facebook (FB), and International Game (IGT). The Underperforms are BlackBerry (BBRY) and PBF Energy (PBF).
08:30 EDTGOOGGoogle outlook improved due to Internet of Things forecast, says JMP Securities
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06:59 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $100 from $92 at Cantor
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June 30, 2015
13:37 EDTGOOGYouTube prevails in German court case regarding artists' fees, Reuters says
Google notched a legal victory over German performing rights organization Gema, which had tried to make YouTube pay each time users watched music videos by artists it represents, Reuters reports. Reference Link
12:32 EDTFBFacebook increases options to video ads payment structure, WSJ says
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11:53 EDTFBFacebook at test of support, levels to watch
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10:38 EDTGOOGWells Fargo upbeat on core eBay, Bernstein bullish on PayPal
Wells Fargo issued an upbeat note on the outlook for eBay's (EBAY) core business, while another research firm, Bernstein, was bullish on the company's soon to be spun off PayPal (PYPL) unit. eBay has said that it will spin off its PayPal online payments unit through a distribution to eBay shareholders on July 17. CORE EBAY: The shares of core eBay are likely to offer a "unique value opportunity" following the spin-off, as many growth investors will probably sell their shares in eBay creating "an interesting entry point." Wells Fargo stated. eBay's business model is "arguably better" than that of most retailers, as it has no inventory risk, better margins, and more efficient capital deployments than most other companies in the sector, Wells believes. Numerous initiatives that the company is undertaking, including structured data and a simplified listing process, could enable eBay to beat expectations going forward, Wells contended. Additionally, there is little risk to fiscal 2016 estimates for eBay, since its guidance does not factor in any improvement in its business, the firm believes. Noting that "when issued" shares of eBay and PayPal are slated to start trading on July 9, Wells says that eBay's shares would provide "exceptional value" if they trade anywhere near the current $20 per share implied value of core eBay. At $25, the shares would still provide "excellent value," the firm added. PAYPAL: The growth of Internet payments is in its infancy and has "vast untapped potential," according to Bernstein analyst Carlos Kirjner. PayPal's total payments volume should have a compound annual growth rate of over 20% in the next three years, helping its revenue to jump by a CAGR of at least 17% over the period, the analyst stated. Since PayPal's position in mobile is strong, competing services from Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) will, at most, create a small headwind to PayPal's growth over the next three years, Kirjner contended. Moreover, PayPal has room to cut its costs, enabling its margins to expand and its earnings to grow faster than its revenue over the longer term, the analyst stated. He values PayPal at $43 per eBay share. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, eBay added 0.7% to $59.77.
09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:37 EDTGOOGTwitter integration with Google could accelerate user growth, says Canaccord
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08:22 EDTGOOGMicrosoft deal with AOL for Bing doesn't move needle, says Citi
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07:08 EDTGOOG, FBGoogle apps take up nearly as much user time as Facebook’s apps, WSJ says
A study released by Forrester Research suggests that U.S. smartphone users in late 2014 spent roughly 12% of their time in Google (GOOG) apps, just below the 13% spent on Facebook (FB) apps, the Wall Street Journal reports. The time spent on Google apps is likely to be “much higher” since respondents were only asked to list apps they downloaded and the time spent on them, excluding apps pre-loaded on certain Google phones, the report says. The same is true of Apple’s (AAPL) apps, amounting to 3% of users time, the report says. Reference Link
05:32 EDTGOOGNovartis launches first Apple Watch app for visually impaired people
Novartis Pharmaceuticals (NVS) announced the release of new features for its ViaOpta applications, and the extension for use with smart watches. The discreet, hands-free nature of using ViaOpta app with wearable devices, such as Apple Watch (AAPL) and Android Wear (GOOG), provides users with an experience that seamlessly fits into their existing routines allowing those with visual impairments to navigate daily life with even greater ease.
June 29, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; June 29, 2015
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11:59 EDTGOOGGoogle deadline to answer EU antitrust claim extended, WSJ says
U.S. search giant Google was granted more time to respond to European Union regulators' claims that the company skews search results in favor of its own comparison-shopping service, says the Wall Street Journal. The new deadline is August 17, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
10:54 EDTGOOGGoogle denied appeal by U.S. Supreme Court in Oracle copyright case
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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07:13 EDTFB, GOOGGoogle, Facebook competing heavily in video market, NY Post says
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06:24 EDTGOOGResearch shows Google hurts users by skewing search results, WSJ reports
New research by two U.S. academics shows that Google is harming internet users and violating competition laws by skewing search results to favor its own products and services, the Wall Street Journal reports. The study may present a “significant twist” in the European Union’s antitrust investigation into Google’s supposed anticompetitive practices, the report says. The research shows that users were 45% more likely to click on results that were ranked purely by relevance as opposed to the way Google ranks them currently, the Wall Street Journal says.Reference Link
June 28, 2015
12:47 EDTFB, GOOGTech sector earnings 'melt away' when accounting for stock comp, Barron's says
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June 26, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; June 26, 2015
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13:51 EDTFBFacebook updates iPhone app, making it easier to find, share links
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10:00 EDTGOOG, FBOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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06:58 EDTGOOGLost My Name raises $9M in funding round led by Google Ventures, TechCrunch says
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06:17 EDTGOOGGoogle Ventures, Softbank invest in Yieldify, Business Insider reports
Google Ventures Europe (GOOG) and Softbank (SFTBF) have invested $11.5M into Yieldify, an e-commerce startup that "helps online retailers convince people to buy products online," Business Insider reports. Google Ventures partner Avid Larizadeh Duggan will join Yieldify's board as part of the fundraising. Reference Link
06:11 EDTGOOGGoogle, Delphi self driving cars have near collision in Palo Alto, Reuters says
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June 25, 2015
19:34 EDTFB, GOOGAirbus, Qualcomm, others invest $500M in OneWeb's global internet initiative
OneWeb announced it has raised $500M in funding from a number of companies, including Airbus (EADSY), Bharti, EchoStar's (SATS) Hughes, Intelsat (I), Qualcomm (QCOM), Coca-Cola (KO), Totalplay, and Virgin Group. OneWeb is engaged in developing satellite technologies to "beam" broadband internet to rural and underdeveloped locations, as well as to ships, planes, trains, and oil platforms. Bharti chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal will be joining Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders as well as Virgin's Richard Branson and Qualcomm's Paul Jacobs on the OneWeb board of directors. OneWeb also reiterated its June 15 announcement of its joint venture with Airbus to design and manufacture 900 microsatellites. "We are committed to giving our full industrial and space expertise to this mission," remarked Airbus' Tom Enders. "Intelsat has the world’s largest fleet of Ku Band geostationary satellites and our interoperability will enable pole-to-pole and urban canyon coverage with new services," said Intelsat. Note that both Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOG) are working on similar projects to facilitate global internet access. Reference Link
16:55 EDTGOOGGoogle-built self-driving cars hit the road
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16:52 EDTGOOGGoogle initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho
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16:51 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Buy at Mizuho
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; June 25, 2015
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09:34 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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06:31 EDTGOOGMicrosoft focusing on increasing smartphone sales in India, WSJ reports
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06:08 EDTFBFacebook hires Yahoo's cybersecurity chief Alex Stamos
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June 24, 2015
19:31 EDTFB, GOOGGoogle exec 'very confident' in YouTube's lead over Facebook video, BI says
In a Business Insider interview at the Cannes Lions advertising festival, Torrence Boone, Google's (GOOG) VP of global agency sales and services, said the company is "very bullish and confident" that Google's YouTube will maintain its lead over Facebook's (FB) efforts in video. Boone explained that the services serve different functions, with YouTube being a more dedicated video platform. Reference Link
19:20 EDTFBFacebook Messenger app to allow signups without Facebook account
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18:16 EDTGOOGGoogle, GE, Airbus lead in sheer number of meetings with EU officials
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14:46 EDTFBHBO deal an early sign of Facebook original content plans, says Brean Capital
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14:13 EDTFBApple blocks use of app data to target ads, The Information reports
Apple (AAPL) is "quietly moving" to block companies from accessing data from other, unrelated apps, a practice which was used to target ads, says The Information. The report notes that Facebook (FB) and Twitter (TWTR) often analyze information from other apps on a user's phone in order to better target ads. Reference Link
12:27 EDTFB, GOOGHBO to offer free episodes of 'Ballers', 'The Brink' on Facebook, Variety says
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11:16 EDTFBOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:39 EDTFBCLSA media analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:30 EDTGOOGGoogle competing with itself after unveiling free music service, Bloomberg says
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07:52 EDTFBFacebook offers South African Cell C users free internet access, Bloomberg says
Facebook will give customers of Cell C access to its free application Internet.org in South Africa, Bloomberg reports, citing an interview with Markku Makelainen, Facebook’s director of global operator partnerships. The service will let Cell C users see Facebook and roughly 30 other websites offering information about healthcare and jobs without being charged for data, the report says. Reference Link
06:00 EDTGOOG, FBGoogle held 29 high-level meetings in Brussels in 6 months, Financial Times says
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June 23, 2015
17:50 EDTGOOGGoogle to remove Confederate flag from shopping service and ads, Reuters says
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; June 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 46c to 17. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB AAPL T BAC MU BTU WMB AMZN TWTR BBRY
12:42 EDTFBInstagram announces new updates to be source for real-time news
Instagram announced two updates that will aim at helping connect the community with "the world as it happens." The company introduced its Explore page, with trending Tags and Places, and a more powerful search. Instagram commented, We’ve completely reimagined the Explore page to make discovery on Instagram immediate and effortless. The new Explore now surfaces trends as they emerge in real-time, connecting you to events and conversations both near you and around the globe.... For everyone on Instagram, we’ve dramatically improved the ability to find what you’re looking for. With the new Places Search, you can now peer in at just about any location on earth, allowing you to scout out your next vacation spot in the South Pacific, get a look inside that hot new restaurant or experience your favorite music festival — even if you couldn’t make it this year. The new Top Search also lets you search across people, places and tags all at once." Reference Link
12:08 EDTGOOGPandora down 1% after Google launches free music service
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12:05 EDTGOOGGoogle launches free, ad-supported music service in U.S.
Google (GOOG) announced via a blob post that Google Play Music now has a "free, ad-supported version" in the U.S. It stated, "Our team of music experts, including the folks who created Songza, crafts each station song by song so you don’t have to. If you’re looking for something specific, you can browse our curated stations by genre, mood, decade or activity, or you can search for your favorite artist, album or song to instantly create a station of similar music." Shares of Pandora (P) ticked lower following Google's announcement.
09:51 EDTFBFacebook near test of life high, levels to watch
The stock has been trading in a range largely defined by a low at $77 and a high at $85 since February of this year. That is a slightly more bullish range than the previous several months characterized by a low at $75 and a high at $82. The life high for the shares is at $86.07, with the stock breaking the range high and last at $85.65. This move could be another oscillation in the range, or it might presage a genuine breakout in price. With the range having built for so long a period, a breakout could see a more rapid increase in price with a probe to the $90 to $95 area quite possible. A move back below $85 would mean this was another excursion testing the bounds of the range, with next support below at $82.
09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:03 EDTFBMondelez renews global strategic partnership with Facebook
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06:25 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces the News Lab on blog
Google said on its blog that it is launching the News Lab, "a new effort at Google to empower innovation at the intersection of technology and media. Our mission is to collaborate with journalists and entrepreneurs to help build the future of media. And we’re tackling this in three ways: though ensuring our tools are made available to journalists around the world -- and that newsrooms know how to use them; by getting helpful Google data sets in the hands of journalists everywhere; and through programs designed to build on some of the biggest opportunities that exist in the media industry today. The News Lab is a global effort, with teams in the U.S., U.K., France, and Germany to start -- and we’re also powering the training and research arm of Google’s Digital News Initiative in Europe. Google has created many technologies and platforms that have engaged the media industry. As both the media landscape and technology continue to evolve, we believe we can create a more informed world if technologists and journalists work together -- and we’re excited to be part of the effort." Reference Link
06:14 EDTGOOGGetty filed a complaint against Google to EU earlier this year, WSJ reports
Getty Images complained earlier this year to European antitrust authorities that Google unfairly favors its image search service over rivals, the Wall Street Journal reports. The European Commission told Getty in early June that its concerns were valid and added Getty as an “interested third person” in its search manipulation case against the search giant, according to a document reviewed by the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
June 22, 2015
18:22 EDTGOOGGoogle offers sign-ups to test GoPro virtual reality prototype
Google (GOOG) has created a sign-up page to allow "creators" -- taken to mean video content creators -- to test its "Jump" virtual reality platform. Jump uses 16 GoPro (GPRO) cameras to create virtual reality video "that you can step inside of." Content creators selected by Google will get access to the platform beginning this summer. Reference Link
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; June 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 17.45. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC CHK WMB BABA TWTR MU AMBA TSLA JPM
14:42 EDTFB, GOOGOculus potential not reflected in Facebook's stock price, Piper Jaffray says
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12:12 EDTGOOGUS Supreme Court rejects Google patent appeal over Street View, Reuters says
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09:40 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:02 EDTGOOGTransphorm announces new $70M investment led by KKR
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07:31 EDTGOOG, FBFacebook catching up to YouTube in video ads, Reuters says
Facebook (FB) is gaining market share on Google's (GOOG) YouTube in online video advertising, reports Reuters, citing a published Ampere Analysis report. Reference Link
06:25 EDTFBFacebook's CPO to outline new format for mobile advertising, WSJ reports
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06:03 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $120 from $92 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his price target for shares of Facebook to $120 and keeps an Overweight rating on the name. Facebook is the best play on the "next computer paradigm of virtual reality," Munster tells investors this morning in a research note. Oculus, the company's virtual reality technology, is an "insurance policy on the relevance of Facebook's social portfolio as technology shifts,” Munster writes. He believes the long-term value of technology is not reflected in the current share price. The social networking giant closed Friday down 39c to $82.51.
June 21, 2015
14:49 EDTGOOGRaven shares may rally in next couple years, Barron's says
The recent selloff in Raven (RAVN) shares "looks like an opportunity," and the company's stock could rally over the next couple years, Barron's contends in its 'Sizing Up Small Caps' column. Barron's notes that the company has partnered with Google (GOOG) to develop high-altitude balloons for the experimental Project Loon, which, if expanded into a full project, could signal a boost for Raven. Reference Link
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