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April 20, 2015
08:37 EDTGRPNKKR, Anchor Equity to acquire controlling stake in Groupon's Ticket Monster
Private equity investor Anchor Equity Partners and global investment firm KKR (KKR) have signed a definitive agreement to acquire a controlling stake in leading South Korean mobile commerce company Ticket Monster from Groupon (GRPN). Anchor and KKR, in conjunction with TMON’s management, will jointly acquire a controlling stake in TMON and will inject new capital into the company to help fund its future growth opportunities. Anchor and KKR will hold equal stakes in the company. Some of the world’s largest pension, sovereign wealth funds and institutional investors, including the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Pavilion Capital, will also be participating as investors in this transaction. Groupon, which acquired TMON in January 2014, will retain a fully diluted 41% minority stake in the company. The investment is based on a $782M fully diluted valuation of TMON. KKR and Anchor will work closely with TMON’s co-founder and CEO Dan Shin and the management team to grow the business. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015, subject to regulatory and customary closing conditions.
08:35 EDTGRPNGroupon continues to see FY15 adjusted EBITDA greater than $315M
08:35 EDTGRPNGroupon raises Q1 adjusted EPS view to 1c-3c from 0c-2c
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08:33 EDTGRPNGroupon board approves new $300M share repurchase program
Groupon announced its Board of Directors has approved a new $300M share repurchase program, subject to the closing of the TMON sale. The authorization includes the flexibility for accelerated repurchases and purchases over time in the open market in accordance with our current practice. The new plan is expected to commence with the closing of the TMON sale and will run through August of 2017. Groupon expects to continue repurchases under its existing $300M share repurchase program approved in 2013. That program had $83M of authorized repurchases remaining as of March 31, 2015, and is set to expire in August of 2015. Share repurchases are subject to market conditions and other factors.
08:33 EDTGRPNGroupon agees to sell 46% stake in Ticket Monster to KKR for $360M
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08:21 EDTGOOGTesla almost sold to Google while near bankruptcy in 2013, Bloomberg says
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08:12 EDTGOOGGoogle April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Google April weekly call option implied volatility is at 38, May is at 26, June is at 24; compared to its 26-week average of 24 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 23.
08:04 EDTGOOGTesla CEO held talks to sell company to Google in 2013, Bloomberg reports
Bloomberg cites a new book due out May 19, entitled "Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future."
07:24 EDTGOOGGoogle concerns bring buying opportunity, says Deutsche Bank
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06:41 EDTGOOGGoogle EU regulatory worries don't warrant a sell off, WSJ says
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April 17, 2015
16:31 EDTGOOGStocks end week lower amid earnings reports, fear about Greece, China
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11:20 EDTGOOGGoogle deal possible after Yahoo amends search pact with Microsoft, analyst says
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07:58 EDTGOOGGoogle April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Google April weekly call option implied volatility is at 35, May is at 26, June is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 24 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 23.
07:15 EDTGOOGYahoo search deal with Google could add $10/share, says Jefferies
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06:26 EDTGOOGGoogle looking to improve how users view mobile search results
Google announced in a blog post that it is rolling out a fix to improve how people view mobile search results. The company said it is updating the algorithms that display URLs in the search results "to better reflect the names of websites, using the real-world name of the site instead of the domain name, and the URL structure of the sites in a breadcrumbs-like format." Reference Link
06:04 EDTGOOGEconomists warn of uphill battle in case against Google, Financial Times says
Economists believe that the European Commission will have an uphill battle in proving that Google's practices have harmed consumers, reports the Financial Times. Although the antitrust case is enjoying broad political support across Europe and among Google's rivals, economics professors have said “proving a company has engaged in exclusionary practices is not an easy task. This is an area of competition where it is difficult to adopt simple rules and where each case is often a special one.” Reference Link
April 16, 2015
19:37 EDTGOOGGoogle plans $1B investment in Iowa data center, Des Moines Register says
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06:08 EDTGOOGMicrosoft counceled EC in Google antitrust probe, NY Post says
Microsoft (MSFT) "complained a lot" and "definitely counseled" the European Commission in its antitrust investigation of Google (GOOG), reports the New York Post, citing a source with direct knowledge of the situation. Reference Link
April 15, 2015
16:27 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
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12:38 EDTGOOGAngie's List jumps as analysts weigh in on what's next after CEO resignation
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12:30 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory for the fifth time in the past six sessions. The move came amid lower than expected manufacturing data and industrial production figures in the U.S. and a report on Chinese GDP growth that matched expectations. Although the averages remain higher near midday, the market is well off its highs as investors await the release of the Fed’s Beige Book report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing report had a reading of -1.19, versus expectations for a 7.17 reading. Industrial production fell 0.6% in March, versus expectations for a 0.3% decline. Capacity utilization came in at 78.4% during the month, versus the 78.6% that was forecast. NAHB's homebuilder confidence index climbed to 56 in April, versus expectations for a reading of 55. The Federal Reserve is scheduled to release its Beige Book at 2 pm EDT this afternoon. In China, the nation's GDP grew at a 7.0% rate in Q1, which met expectations but was the lowest level of quarterly growth since 2009. A number of March data releases came in below expectations in China, including reports on industrial production, retail sales and fixed investments. In Europe, the European Central Bank kept interest rates unchanged. COMPANY NEWS: The European Commission announced it has opened a formal investigation of whether Google’s (GOOG, GOOGL) conduct in relation to its Android mobile operating system as well as applications and services for smartphones and tablets has breached EU antitrust rules. The Commission also sent a Statement of objections to Google alleging the company has abused its dominant position in the markets for general internet search services in the European Economic Area by favoring its own comparison shopping product in its general search results pages. For its part, Google's SVP of Google Search Amit Singhal said the company "respectfully but strongly" disagrees with the need to issue a statement of objections and looks forward to making its case... After Intel (INTC) reported results that were in-line with its preannouncement and estimated that its 2015 revenue would be roughly flat year-over-year, shares rose 4.5%. However, analysts disagreed on the company's ability to meet its revised outlook, with Wedbush upgrading the stock to Outperform from Neutral, but Citi saying that the company's guidance was too bullish and keeping a Neutral rating on the shares. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Celsion (CLSN), which gained 20% after the company announced interim data from its ongoing open-label Phase 2 DIGNITY Trial of ThermoDox in recurrent chest wall breast cancer. Also higher was gunmaker Smith & Wesson (SWHC), which gained 13% after raising its guidance, citing orders throughout its fiscal fourth quarter that have been stronger than originally anticipated. Among the noteworthy losers was Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), which dropped 19% after agreeing to merge with Nokia (NOK) in an all-share transaction that values Alcatel-Lucent at EUR 15.6B on a fully diluted basis. Also lower were shares of Precision Castparts (PCP), which fell 3% after the company issued fourth quarter guidance, said it was making headcount reductions and the stock was downgraded at DA Davidson. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 56.39, or 0.31%, to 18,093.09, the Nasdaq was up 24.52, or 0.49%, to 5,001.81, and the S&P 500 was up 9.80, or 0.47%, to 2,105.64.
10:48 EDTGOOGGoogle 'strongly' disagrees with EU Statement of Objections
In a blog post from earlier, Google's SVP of Google Search Amit Singhal said, in part: "We’ve seen similar allegations of harm from competitors in other areas. And the European Commission today confirmed that it is sending Google a Statement of Objections,SO, regarding the display and ranking of shopping results...While Google may be the most used search engine, people can now find and access information in numerous different ways -- and allegations of harm, for consumers and competitors, have proved to be wide of the mark. Any economist would say that you typically do not see a ton of innovation, new entrants or investment in sectors where competition is stagnating -- or dominated by one player. Yet that is exactly what’s happening in our world. Zalando, the German shopping site, went public in 2014 in one of Europe’s biggest-ever tech IPOs. Companies like Facebook, Pinterest and Amazon have been investing in their own search services and search engines like Quixey, DuckDuckGo and Qwant have attracted new funding. We’re seeing innovation in voice search and the rise of search assistants -- with even more to come. It’s why we respectfully but strongly disagree with the need to issue a Statement of Objections and look forward to making our case over the weeks ahead." Reference Link
10:27 EDTGOOGEU unlikely to force structural changes to Google Search, says Baird
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06:31 EDTGOOGGoogle's wireless service reportedly called 'Project Fi,' Android Police says
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06:24 EDTGOOGEU sends statement of objections to Google on comparison shopping service
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06:23 EDTGOOGEU opens formal investigation against Google regarding Android mobile OS
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06:18 EDTGOOGApple, Google, others doubling down on European operations, WSJ reports
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April 14, 2015
20:00 EDTGOOGGoogle says EU likely to open formal investigation into Android, Re/code says
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18:27 EDTGOOGGoogle in talks to allow advertisers to target pre-existing customers, WSJ says
Google is in talks with advertisers to gain access to their customer information, allowing Google to target ads to pre-existing customers of a given company, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The new ads may be launched later this year or in early 2016, said the sources. Reference Link
15:45 EDTGOOGEU decides to charge Google with antitrust violations, WSJ says
European antitrust head Margrethe Vestager has decided to file formal antitrust charges against Google, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing a person familiar with the matter. Sources said the decision will be announced Wednesday and was made after consulting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. The Journal notes that fines may theoretically exceed $6B.Reference Link
15:27 EDTGOOGEU decides to file formal charges against Google, Dow Jones says
13:20 EDTGOOGRecord labels lobby for better royalties from YouTube, Dailymotion, FT says
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry alleged Tuesday that certain digital video platforms including Google's (GOOG) YouTube and Orange's (ORAN) Dailymotion are relying too much on "safe harbour" laws to avoid paying royalties to record labels, reports the Financial Times, citing statements by IFPI CEO Frances Moore. The move comes as the European Commission weighs reforming EU copyright law. The IFPI is a recording industry group that counts Sony (SNE) Music Entertainment and Vivendi's (VIVHY) Universal Music Group among its members. Reference Link
11:16 EDTGOOGCredit Suisse's top Internet picks
Credit Suisse's top large-cap Internet picks remain Amazon.com (AMZN) for operating margin expansion and normalizing International growth, Facebook (FB) for underestimated long-term monitization potential from growing new products, and Google (GOOGL) for a slowdown in capex and narrowing of the mobile-desktop monetization gap. The firm's top small-cap picks are LinkedIn (LNKD) for the ramp of Sales Navigator and acceleration of Marketing Solutions and Yelp (YELP) because of reduced churn and increasing mobile traffic growth and ARPU.
11:01 EDTGOOGFrance may push for Google to reveal secret algorithm, Financial Times says
France is considering forcing Google to hand over its secret formula for ranking websites, reports the Financial Times. The French senate will likely pass a law this week that would allow the country's national telecoms regulator to monitor the algorithms. Reference Link
10:51 EDTGOOGGoogle to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers, The Information reports
Google (GOOG) is looking to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers while managing their calls and mobile data over a cellular network, reports The Information. According to people with knowledge of the plans, the new service is expected to run on Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS) networks. Google expected to reach deals to buy wholesale across to those carriers' networks. A launch this year seems likely. Reference Link
10:00 EDTGRPNGroupon core business still key to valuation, says Piper Jaffray
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07:00 EDTGRPNKKR investor consortium close to deal to buy stake in Ticket Monster, WSJ says
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06:08 EDTGOOGAccess to Google's Malaysia website disrupted for some, WSJ reports
Some Google users in Malaysia had their access to the website interrupted on Tuesday, with some redirected to a website saying "Google Malaysia Hacked," The Wall Street Journal reports. A Google spokesperson commented that services like Gmail were not affected and said that "We’re aware that some users are having trouble connecting to google.com.my, or are being directed to a different website. We’ve reached out to the organization responsible for managing this domain name and hope to have the issue resolved shortly." Reference Link
April 13, 2015
19:52 EDTGOOGLeaked Google app reveals potential cell network features, Android Police says
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08:14 EDTGOOGSolarCity announces partnership with Nest Labs
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06:44 EDTGOOGEU could announce formal charges against Google, NY Times says
The EU's new antitrust commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, is making her first trip to Washington, causing some to speculate that she could announce formal charges against Google, according to The New York Times. Such an announcement could increase pressure on Google to settle the case, but Vestager could also recommend further study of the case or give the company a last opportunity to settle before filing formal charges, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
April 10, 2015
15:44 EDTGOOGGoogle X lab working on battery research, WSJ reports
A small part of Google's (GOOG, GOOGL) Google X research lab, made up of just four team members, had been testing batteries developed by others for use in Google devices but has since moved on to investigating battery technologies that Google might develop itself, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The small team is being led by a former Apple (AAPL) battery expert, the report noted. Reference Link
10:45 EDTGOOGNokia exploring sale of HERE maps unit, Bloomberg says
Nokia is exploring the sale of its maps business, known as HERE, and is attracting buyout interest for the unit from companies and private-equity firms, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. Nokia has valued the unit at $2.1B in a recent financial report and bids are expected soon, the report added. HERE competes with maps products from Google (GOOG, GOOGL), among others. Nokia shares trading in New York are up a bit over 3% to near $8 following the report. Reference Link
April 9, 2015
14:08 EDTGOOGGoogle close to making Android Wear compatible with iPhones, The Verge says
Google (GOOG) is close to getting its Android Wear smartwatch platform to function on Apple's (AAPL) iPhone, reports The Verge, citing a source near the development team. The Verge notes that even if a solution is reached, Apple may still reject an Android Wear app from its App Store. Reference Link
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10:02 EDTGOOGDunkin' Donuts adds Google Wallet as new mobile payment option
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09:55 EDTGOOGYahoo testing search pages without Bing branding, Business Insider reports
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06:23 EDTGOOGGoogle said to be developing GMeet video conferencing tool, 9to5Mac reports
Google is reportedly developing a video conferencing tool called GMeet, which is currently being tested by Google employees, 9to5Google reports. Reference Link
April 8, 2015
20:17 EDTGOOGAppeals court questions Google in patent dispute with Microsoft, Reuters says
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19:17 EDTGOOGGermany mandates transparency for Google data collection, VentureBeat says
The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information has ordered Google to limit its use of customer data, VentureBeat reported earlier, citing statements from the commissioner. The stipulations apply to Google's operations across Germany, and call for "a transparent mechanism for consent to process user data." Reference Link
15:01 EDTGOOGTwitter may see little impact from Google deal, says Stifel
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14:50 EDTGOOGGoogle plans ad-free YouTube subscription service, Bloomberg says
Google (GOOG) is planning to launch a YouTube subscription service as early as this year, reports Bloomberg, citing a person with knowledge of the matter and a YouTube letter sent to certain content creators on the site. The new paid version of the site will be free of ads and may include a type of offline access to YouTube. Bloomberg notes that the move will put the streaming site into closer competition with Netflix (NFLX), Time Warner's (TWX) HBO Now, and similar paid streaming services. Reference Link
12:36 EDTGOOGGoogle, Facebook not discussing Twitter buyout, Re/code reports
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12:26 EDTGOOGThe Street's Eric Jackson says Google not buying Twitter
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11:12 EDTGOOGCLA technology analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Analysts discuss Google Algorithm change for mobile on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on April 9 at 10 am.
06:47 EDTGOOGGoogle could benefit from losing Safari default status, Business Insider says
Google's (GOOG) revenue could actually rise if Apple (AAPL) decides to drop Google as the default search engine on its Safari web browser, according to Business Insider, which cited a note from Goldman Sachs. If Apple drops Google, 48% of Safari users polled by Goldman said they would utilize Google's search engine anyway, Business Insider quoted Goldman as saying. If Google is able to retain 50%-70% of the ad revenue generated by Safari users after being removed as Safari's default search engine, Google's profits will rise about 5%-10%, since Google pays Apple for its default status, Business Insider quoted Goldman as saying. Reference Link
06:02 EDTGOOGGoogle plans service to connect users with home-service providers, BuzzFeed says
Google (GOOG) is planning a service to connect users with plumbers, electricians, roofers and other home-service providers, BuzzFeed reported yesterday, citing sources close tot he company. The new service is expected to be announced at an advertising conference later this spring. Amazon (AMZN) last week launched its new Home Services site. Reference Link
April 7, 2015
16:27 EDTGOOGFTC to review complaints against YouTube Kids app, Washington Post says
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15:57 EDTGRPNGroupon considering sale of Breadcrumb business unit, Re/code says
Groupon executives have discussed the possibility of divesting some or all of its unit that makes checkout software for restaurants and bars, Breadcrumb, and even floated it to a competitor recently, according to Re/code, citing multiple sources. Reference Link
13:59 EDTGOOGGoogle says Google Moderator to shut down on July 31
Google says its Google Moderator will shut down on July 31. The company says, "Unfortunately, Google Moderator has not had the usage we had hoped, so we’ve made the difficult decision to close down the product. We want to ensure users have enough time to export their Moderator series data using our Takeout tool. Please take a look at the timeline below for more information. March 30 is the first day that you can download your Google Moderator data from Takeout. Your data from past Moderator series will be available in Takeout for at least two years. June 30 will be the last day you can create a new series, ask a question, or vote on a question. For the month of July, Google Moderator will be 'read-only. July 31 is Moderator’s last day. The site will no longer be available in any form, but you will be able to access data from past Moderator series through our Takeout tool for at least two years." Reference Link
12:36 EDTGRPNOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:03 EDTGOOGCyrusOne announces direct connectivity to Google Cloud Platform
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06:46 EDTGOOGApple Pay, Google Wallet could see competition from CurrentC, Macworld says
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06:25 EDTGOOGGroups urge authorities to probe YouTube app, Reuters says
Advocacy groups say they will urge federal regulators to probe a video app for Google's YouTube, according to Reuters. Aimed at children, the app deceptively blends video programming and ads, the news service quoted the groups as saying. Reference Link
06:21 EDTGOOGGoogle Ventures leading $12M investment in CoreOS, Business Insider reports
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06:00 EDTGOOGTurkey restores access to YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, FT reports
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