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December 24, 2012
06:13 EDTSSNLF, GOOGMotorola poaches Samsung executive Brian Wallace, AllThingsD reports
Google's (GOOG) Motorola has hired Brian Wallace, the VP of strategic marketing at Samsung's (SSNLF) U.S. phone unit, to fill a similar role at Motorola, AllThingsD reported on Friday. Reference Link
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November 26, 2014
12:34 EDTGOOGApple Pay competitor to reportedly launch in China, WantChinaTimes says
China UnionPay, the largest issuer of credit and debit cards in China, is promoting a mobile payment system for smartphones that use Google's (GOOG) Android operating system, China Business News reported, according to WantChinaTimes. The service will use NFC technology like Apple;'s (AAPL) Apple Pay, and launch in the third quarter of 2015, WantChina Times quoted the China Business News article as saying. NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) and Broadcom (BRCM) manufacture NFC chips. Reference Link
06:32 EDTSSNLFTSMC expected to grab 40%-50% of Apple A9 chip orders, DigiTimes reports
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05:30 EDTSSNLFSamsung board approves KRW 2.2T share repurchase
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05:25 EDTSSNLFSamsung acquires 11.5M treasury shares in Cheil Worldwide for KRW 220.8B
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05:21 EDTSSNLFSamsung sells stake in Samsung Techwin to Hanwha for KRW 661B
The board of Samsung Electronics authorized the sales of equity assets in Samsung Techwin to Hanwha Corporation. Samsung Techwin is an affiliate company in Samsung Group. Samsung Electronics plans to sale a total of 13.53M shares for KRW 661B. The effective date of asset transfer is November 26, 2014. The asset transfer will be executed sequentially and closed-out by June 2015. The purpose of asset sale is secure capital resources for investments in new businesses and to strengthen the company’s core competency. Reference Link
05:18 EDTSSNLFSamsung to sell stake in Samsung General Chemicals to Hanwha for KRW 100B
The board of Samsung Electronics authorized the sales of equity assets in Samsung General Chemicals to Hanwha Chemical Corporation and Hanwha Energy Corporation. Samsung General Chemicals is an affiliate company in Samsung Group. Samsung Electronics plans to sale a total of 3.02M shares for KRW 100B. The effective date of asset transfer is 26 November 2014. The asset transfer will be executed sequentially and closed-out by June 2015. The purpose of asset sale is to secure capital resources for investments in new businesses and to strengthen the Company’s core competency. Reference Link
November 25, 2014
19:17 EDTSSNLFSamsung to sell chemical, defense units to Hanwha for 1.9T Won, Bloomberg says
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14:29 EDTGOOGGoogle volatility at low end of historic range
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13:16 EDTGOOGAngie's List retreats after Amazon reportedly launches local services site
Shares of Angie's List (ANGI) are sinking after The Wall Street Journal reported this morning that Amazon.com (AMZN) had launched a website that will connect consumers to local service providers. Angie's List connects users to local contractors and publishes consumers' reviews of contractors. WHAT'S NEW: Amazon.com launched its website featuring information about local contractors in New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle, The Journal reported, citing an unnamed source who was briefed on the company's plan. Called Amazon Local Services, the website is part of the e-commerce giant's attempt to compete with traditional stores, The Journal said. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Reuters reported last June that Amazon planned to launch a local services website. Last month, research firm Wunderlich said that Angie's List could be a logical takeover target for Amazon or eBay (EBAY). Wunderlich issued its note after The Financial Times reported that Angie's List had hired bankers to help it explore strategic options, including a possible sale of the company. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian wrote that Amazon's service should be appealing to users searching for local services or shopping for products that have to be serviced. Moreover, service providers should also find value in Amazon's website, Sebastian stated. Service providers will only have to pay Amazon a share of the revenue they receive from customers they obtain from the website, the analyst wrote. Also, Amazon's popularity will enable it to bring meaningful amounts of business to the service providers, Sebastian wrote. He kept a $340 price target and Outperform rating on Amazon shares. Sebastian also noted that the market is increasingly competitive, with Groupon (GRPN) and Yelp (YELP) among the other public companies in the space, and he said he expects Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOG) to build more local services over time. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Angie's List fell 4% to $6 and Amazon slid 1% to $332.50.
11:10 EDTSSNLF, GOOGWorldwide tablet growth expected to slow to 7.2% in 2014, IDC says
The worldwide tablet market is expected to see a massive deceleration in 2014 with year-over-year growth slowing to 7.2%, down from 52.5% in 2013, according to a new forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC). At the core of this slowdown is the expectation that 2014 will represent the first full year of decline in Apple iPad shipments. Both the iPad and the overall market slowdown do not come as a surprise as device lifecycles for tablets have continued to lengthen, increasingly resembling those of PCs more than smartphones. "The tablet market continues to be impacted by a few major trends happening in relevant markets," said Ryan Reith, Program Director with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers. "In the early stages of the tablet market, device lifecycles were expected to resemble those of smartphones, with replacement occurring every 2-3 years. What has played out instead is that many tablet owners are holding onto their devices for more than 3 years and in some instances more than 4 years. We believe the two major drivers for longer than expected tablet lifecycles are legacy software support for older products, especially within iOS, and the increased use of smartphones for a variety of computing tasks." Publicly traded companies in the space include Samsung (SSNLF), Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG), Amazon.com (AMZN) and Barnes & Noble (BKS). Reference Link
10:16 EDTGOOGYahoo seeks to replace Google when Apple deal ends next year, Information says
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06:21 EDTSSNLFPanel makers look to secure orders from Motorola in 2015, DigiTimes reports
Motorola is assessing new panel makers going into 2015 as it prepares for stronger shipments, reports DigiTimes. Samsung (SSNLF), LG Display (LPL), Taiwan Display and Innolux are all aiming to secure orders from Motorola in 2015. The company is also continuing to focus on emerging markets with an emphasis on promoting entry-level handsets in India and Brazil. Reference Link
06:19 EDTSSNLFSamsung sued by Milk Studios for patent infringement, WSJ reports
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November 24, 2014
13:53 EDTGOOGCCS Insight predicts Google will buy GoPro in 2015, Wareable reports
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08:53 EDTGOOGEU lawmakers to vote Thursday on motion proposing Google breakup, Reuters says
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06:38 EDTGOOGGoogle may plan to shut down Glass Basecamps, 9to5Google reports
Google may plan to shut down its Glass Basecamps, reports 9to5Google. Citing a post on Google+ by Glass Exporer Spencer Kleyweg, the company is no longer accepting scheduled appointments to Glass support hubs. The shudown apparently affects all four of its basecamps, located in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and London. Reference Link
06:28 EDTSSNLFSamsung may reshuffle its leadership organization next week, WSJ says
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06:12 EDTSSNLFSamsung, Apple, LG rank as top 3 smartphone vendors in 2014, DigiTimes says
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November 23, 2014
18:34 EDTSSNLFSamsung contemplates management shake-up, WSJ says
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17:02 EDTSSNLFSamsung files complaint aimed at blocking Nvidia chips, Bloomberg says
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