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February 26, 2015
18:28 EDTGOOGGoogle co-founders sell $113M in stock, Barron's says
Google CEO Larry Page sold 83,334 class A shares for $45.14M and 83,334 class C shares for $45M and co-founder Sergey Brin sold 16,626 class A shares for $8.93M and 16,666 class C shares for $8.91M, reports Barron's in its 'Inside Scoop' column. Reference Link
13:25 EDTGOOGGoogle to place ads in Google Play, may break up Google+, Forbes says
Google's product czar, Sundar Pichai, said the company will begin showing ads for apps in Google Play, and may break Google+ into pieces, according to Forbes. The company also plans new initatives in payments, commerce and enterprise apps, and would welcome the chance to reenter the Chinese market, Forbes quoted the executive as saying. Reference Link
10:40 EDTGOOGDish could consider partnering with Google in wireless, The Information says
According to The Information, Dish Network (DISH) is likely to play a large role in the telecommunications industry in the coming years, and could look to form a partnership with Google (GOOG), something the companies have previously discussed. Though Google did not bid in the most recent auction of wireless spectrum, sources say Google executive Milo Medin, considered a bid. Reference Link
10:00 EDTGRPNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:28 EDTGOOGSolarCity creates fund to finance $750M solar projects, Google invests $300M
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06:56 EDTGOOGGoogle reportedly announcing Android Pay at May conference, Ars Technica says
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06:42 EDTGOOGGoogle unifies two separate European units, Financial Times reports
Google is unifying its two separate European arms following a more challenging and combative regulatory landscape, reports the Financial Times. Matt Britain, who had led the company's northern and western arm, will take over the running of the new business. Britain said the structure would allow the company to better respond to local conditions and opportunities. Reference Link
06:25 EDTGOOGYouTube revenue growing but did not contribute to earnings, WSJ reports
Google's YouTube posted 2014 revenue of $4B although it did not contribute to earnings, reports the Wall Street Journal, according to two people familiar with its financials. One step that may hope to boost viewership include playing more videos automatically, a feature that is expected to roll out shortly. Reference Link
06:18 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces Android for Work program
The company said on its Official Blog: "Over a billion people today carry Android smartphones -- devices that are more powerful than the computers we used just a few years ago. For many, these phones have become essential tools to help us complete important work tasks like checking email, editing documents, reviewing sales pipelines and approving deals. But for the majority of workers, smartphones and tablets are underutilized in the workplace. Their business and innovation potential remain largely untapped. We're announcing the Android for Work program to tap into that potential. With a group of partners, we're helping businesses bring more devices to work by securing, managing and innovating on the Android platform... Together with a wide range of management, application and device makers, we believe the Android for Work program provides businesses and workers with the choice and flexibility they need to get things done at work." Reference Link
06:06 EDTGOOGGoogle considering making investment in Jawbone, Re/code reports
Google is considering making a strategic investment in Jawbone, which makes wireless and wearable devices, sources tell Re/code. Jawbone has also been talking to other strategic investors, and the sources caution that talks with Google are preliminary. Reference Link
February 25, 2015
16:11 EDTGRPNGroupon initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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14:13 EDTGOOGGoogle unifying EU units amid regulatory pressures, FT says
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14:06 EDTGOOGMobileIron announces Cloud support for Android for Work
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14:03 EDTGOOGCitrix extends collaboration with Google to include Android for Work
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14:03 EDTGOOGBlackBerry says working with Google to enable BES12
BlackBerry Limited (BBRY) announced that it is working with Google (GOOG) to enable BES12: a cross-platform EMM solution by BlackBerry to manage devices equipped with Android for Work, Google's solution to securely separate business and personal data and applications. BES12 will provide organizations with the most secure and flexible way to manage Android for Work. Android for Work smartphones and tablets will be natively managed within the BES12 environment.
12:41 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces Google Flights
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09:48 EDTGOOGIDC reports 96.3% smartphone marketshare for iPhone, Android
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08:54 EDTGOOGGoogle expected to propose new headquarters this week, NY Times says
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06:40 EDTGOOGGoogle acquires Toro, terms not disclosed
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06:01 EDTGOOGGlobal tablet shipments forecast at 221.4M units in 2015, DigiTimes says
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February 24, 2015
06:49 EDTGOOGGoogle bans sexually explicit content from websites hosted on Blogger
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06:39 EDTGOOGVisa Europe announces 'tokenisation service'
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06:34 EDTGOOGGoogle said to be rearranging engineers in Glass department, 9to5Google reports
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February 23, 2015
12:33 EDTGOOGAndroid antitrust lawsuit against Google dismissed, Reuters says
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12:28 EDTGOOGGoogle reaches deal with wireless carriers, acquires Softcard tech, Re/code says
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09:39 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading on open
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09:39 EDTGOOGYouTube confirms launch of kids app
Google's (GOOG, GOOGL) YouTube confirmed its launch of the YouTube Kids app, "the first Google product built from the ground up with little ones in mind," which the company said makes it safer and easier for children to find videos on topics they want to explore. The app is now available for free on Google Play and the App Store in the U.S. Reference Link
08:24 EDTGOOGGoogle Vietnam site disrupted by hackers, WSJ says
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06:31 EDTGOOGGoogle reaches preliminary agreement with Italian regulators, WSJ says
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February 20, 2015
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07:42 EDTGOOGFDA authorizes 23andMe to market genetic testing for Bloom Syndrome
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration yesterday authorized for marketing Google-backed 23andMe’s Bloom Syndrome carrier test, a direct-to-consumer genetic test to determine whether a healthy person has a variant in a gene that could lead to their offspring inheriting the serious disorder. Along with this authorization, the FDA is also classifying carrier screening tests as class II. In addition, the FDA intends to exempt these devices from FDA premarket review. The agency plans to issue a notice that announces the intent to exempt these tests and that provides a 30-day period for public comment.
06:22 EDTGOOGYouTube to release stand-alone app for kids, WSJ says
Google's YouTube is planning to release a smartphone and tablet app for kids featuring original episodes of television shows including "Thomas the Tank Engine" and "Sesame Street," as well as content from existing YouTube kids channels, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing a person familiar with the matter. The app -- slated for an official reveal Monday at the Kidscreen Summit -- will initially only be available for Android devices. The source said the inclusion of ads is "under discussion." Reference Link
February 19, 2015
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06:34 EDTGOOGYouTube to unveil paid music service soon, Reuters reports
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February 18, 2015
15:15 EDTGOOGAngie's List could be more attractive to buyers given traction, says Barrington
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11:49 EDTGOOGFacebook CEO would 'love to work with Google' on connectivity, Bloomberg says
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07:48 EDTGOOGYandex requests anti-trust investigation against Google, TechCrunch says
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07:06 EDTGOOGGoogle Capital hiring for India expansion, WSJ says
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06:20 EDTGOOGApple awarded patent for wireless head-mounted display, Financial Times reports
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February 17, 2015
13:18 EDTGRPNOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
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12:12 EDTGOOGAT&T to match Google Fiber speed, pricing in Kansas City area, KC Star says
AT&T (T) announced on Sunday that it would offer Internet service in Kansas City and several of itssuburbs, with the same speed and pricing as Internet service provided by Google's Google Fiber service in the region, according to The Kansas City Star. Reference Link
10:51 EDTGRPNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:31 EDTGOOGApple rises as analysts applaud reported auto ambitions
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08:50 EDTGOOGGoogle launches Chinese YouTube channel for app developers, TechCrunch says
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February 13, 2015
17:05 EDTGOOGAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:43 EDTGOOGGoogle founders Larry Page, Sergey Brin each plan to sell 2M shares of stock
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16:35 EDTGRPNS&P closes at all-time high as stocks run winning streak to second week
The major stock averages gained for the second week in a row, sending the S&P 500 to a new all-time high in the process. With the weekly advance, the major averages wiped out all their losses since the beginning of the year and moved into the green for 2015. MACRO NEWS: The U.S. economic calendar was relatively quiet during this week. Retail sales decreased 0.8% in January, versus expectations for a 0.4% decline. Initial jobless claims rose 25K to 304K in the week ended January 7. Consumer sentiment fell to 93.6 in the preliminary February release from the University of Michigan survey, versus expectations for the reading to hold at the 98.1 it achieved in January... In Europe, Russian, Ukrainian, German and French leaders came to terms on a cease-fire to begin Sunday. Eurozone GDP grew by 0.3% in the last three months of 2014, which was a bit faster than expected, largely due to strong upside in Germany. A Eurogroup meeting failed to reach a final bailout deal for Greece, but reports afterward seemed to have an optimistic tone about the continuation of talks. Sweden’s Riksbank became the latest central bank to cut interest rates and said it would undertake a program of sovereign bond buying... In China, foreign trade volume declined 10.8% year-on-year in January, with exports dropping 3.2% and imports slumping 19.7%. COMPANY NEWS: Coca-Cola (KO), PepsiCo (PEP), Zoetis (ZTS), Mondelez (MDLZ), and Groupon (GRPN) were among the companies whose stocks reacted positively to their quarterly earning reports. Conversely, the shares of Pier 1 Imports (PIR), AOL (AOL) and Zynga (ZNGA) fell after they reported their results... Dow member American Express (AXP) fell sharply after the company announced that its U.S. co-brand and merchant acceptance agreements with Costco (COST) are set to end in March of next year. Costco has been one of the few big U.S. merchants that to-date had accepted AmEx cards exclusively. Afterward, American Express said that the company now expects that overall earnings growth in 2015 will likely be "flat to down modestly" year-over-year... Another member of the blue chip index, McDonald's (MCD), dropped after reporting that its comparable sales declined 1.8% in January. As part of the overall results, U.S. same-store sales grew 0.4%, but Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa comparable sales dropped 12.6%... General Motors (GM) shares rose after the company confirmed that Harry Wilson intends to nominate himself as candidate for the GM board and bring before the annual meeting a proposal that the company commit to completing $8B of share repurchases... On the M&A front, Interxion (INXN) advanced after the company agreed to an all-share merger with U.K. peer TelecityGroup, after which Interxion shareholders will owning approximately 45% of the combined group. Rite Aid (RAD) rose after the pharmacy retail chain agreed to buy EnvisionRx from TPG for $2B and re-enter the pharmacy benefit management space it had previously exited. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 1.09% to 18,019.35, the Nasdaq gained 3.14% to 4,893.84, and the S&P rose 2% to 2,096.99.
12:40 EDTGOOGGoogle says to shut down Google Helpouts on April 20
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12:33 EDTGRPNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in positive territory and remained there throughout the morning, pushing the S&P to a new all-time high in the process. The Dow has climbed back above 18,000 for the first time this year and is also potentially on track to close the week at a new all-time high ahead of the long holiday weekend. The move comes in spite of the University of Michigan consumer confidence reading slipping from last month’s figure in the first look for February. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., consumer sentiment fell to 93.6 in the preliminary February release from the University of Michigan survey, versus expectations for the reading to hold at the 98.1 it achieved in January. The import price index for January declined 2.8%, versus the consensus forecast for a 3.2% drop. In Europe, Eurozone GDP grew by 0.3% in the last three months of 2014, which was a bit faster than expected, largely due to strong upside in Germany. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of King Digital (KING) are surging while shares of Zynga (ZNGA) are dropping after both casual game makers last night announced fourth quarter results and provided their respective outlooks for the first quarter. King Digital reported adjusted earnings per share and revenue that beat expectations and also announced a special dividend of 84c per share, sending its stock up 13% near noon. Conversely, Zynga's revenue and outlook came in below expectations and its shares dropped 16% in midday trading. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Columbia Sportswear (COLM), which added 16%, SkyWest (SKYW), which rose 14%, and Groupon (GRPN), which advanced 9%. Among the noteworthy losers was MagnaChip Semiconductor (MX), which fell 49% and was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Topeka after restating its financial statements for 2011, 2012, 2013, and the first three quarters of 2014. Also lower were shares of Ambarella (AMBA), which slid 7.5%. Analysts at Pacific Crest attributed the sell-off to concerns over the company's revenue from Axis AB, which announced Tuesday it would be acquired by Canon (CAJ), but the firm said it believes Axis AB represents less than 1% Ambarella's revenue and views the pullback as an overreaction. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 29.25, or 0.16%, to 18,001.63, the Nasdaq was up 18.85, or 0.39%, to 4,876.46, and the S&P 500 was up 3.43, or 0.16%, to 2,091.91.
09:33 EDTGOOGMattel, Google confirm View-Master toy collaboration
Mattel (MAT), at the Toy Industry Association’s Toy Fair in New York, unveiled a collaboration with Google (GOOG, GOOGL) via which the two will launch a new "virtual reality" View-Master toy. Available fall 2015, consumers can purchase the View-Master viewer and a sample experience reel for SRP $29.99. Additional experience reel packs will be sold separately at retail for SRP $14.99.
07:29 EDTGRPNNow the time to buy Groupon shares, says Brean Capital
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06:27 EDTGOOGGoogle volatility at low end of historic range
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06:21 EDTGRPNGroupon files to sell common stock for shareholders, no amount given
06:14 EDTGOOGSamsung, HTC, others to launch non-Android Wear smart devices, DigiTimes says
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06:14 EDTGOOGGoogle to push 2-in-1 Chromebook development in 2015, DigiTimes Research reports
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05:46 EDTGRPNGroupon Q4 shows progress being made, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray views Groupon's Q4 results as evidence the company is making progress on its goal to be a real time local commerce marketplace with now almost 1M merchants. Piper keeps an Overweight rating on the stock with a $10 price target.
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