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January 27, 2015
19:26 EDTGOOGApple Pay service gaining in market share, Bloomberg reports
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14:08 EDTSSNLFApple leader of smartphone market in China, Reuters reports
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13:16 EDTGOOGGoogle confirms Google Fiber coming to Atlanta, Charlotte, two other cities
Google said in a blog post, "It’s been nearly five years since we offered to build a fiber-optic network in one U.S. city as an experiment — and were met with overwhelming enthusiasm. Now, Google Fiber is live in Kansas City, Provo and Austin, and we've started to see how gigabit Internet, with speeds up to 100 times faster than today’s basic broadband, can transform cities. It can give them new platforms for economic development and new ways of using technology to improve life for their citizens. And, around the country, it seems to be catching on... Today, we’re happy to announce that Google Fiber is coming to 18 cities across four new metro areas: Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, and Raleigh-Durham. We can’t wait to see what people and businesses across the Southeast U.S. do with gigabit speeds." Google adds, "We’re also continuing to explore bringing fiber to five additional metro areas—Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Antonio and San Jose, and will have updates on these potential Fiber cities later this year." Reference Link
08:44 EDTGOOGGoogle January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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05:53 EDTGOOGGoogle expected to offer Fiber in Atlanta, Nasvhille, two other cities, WSJ says
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05:47 EDTSSNLFReport: Samsung begins smartphone production lines in Indonesia, DigiTimes says
Samsung begins smartphone production lines in Indonesia, reports DigiTimes. According to a Korean-language Edaily report that cited sources familiar with Samsung's operatives, the production lines will be able to roll out 900K smartphones a month and will be made specifically for the Indonesia market. Reference Link
January 26, 2015
18:30 EDTSSNLFApple closing in on Samsung in smartphone sales, WSJ reports
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13:05 EDTSSNLFEarnings Preview: Corning sees year-over-year sales, earnings growth in Q4
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12:56 EDTGOOGGoogle shares should be bought ahead of earnings, says BGC Financial
BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis expects Google (GOOG, GOOGL) to report Q4 Paid Click growth of 17% and a Cost Per Click decline of 2%, resulting in revenue of $18.9B and adjusted EPS of $7.22, both of which are above the consensus forecasts. Gillis recommends investors buy Google shares ahead of Thursday's earnings report and maintains a Buy rating and $650 price target on the stock.
10:51 EDTGOOGNFL highlights content coming to YouTube, Google Search results
Earlier today, The National Football League and YouTube announced a partnership that will deliver NFL content to fans around the world, combining the world’s most popular sports league with the world’s largest video platform. Through a newly launched official NFL channel on YouTube, and video directly viewable for Google Search users, this partnership will enable fans to engage with NFL video content on PCs, tablets, and mobile phones. This deal represents the latest in a series of partnerships that the NFL has struck with leading digital platforms to continue to increase the accessibility and consumption of some of the most "valuable" content in the entertainment business. Reference Link
06:46 EDTSSNLFSamsung to supply processors for next iPhone, Reuters says
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06:21 EDTGOOGGoogle's Ludwig comments on vulnerabilities in versions of Webkit
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January 25, 2015
20:32 EDTGOOGTwitter still has problems, Barron's says
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January 23, 2015
16:55 EDTSSNLFMarket ends week higher after ECB announces bond purchase plan
Stocks finished higher for the week after the European Central Bank unveiled a larger than expected bond buying plan and earnings season in the U.S. picked up steam. MACRO NEWS: The European Central Bank announced that it would buy EUR 60B of government and private bonds per month through September 2016. Reports before the ECB's official announcement had suggested that the central bank would buy EUR 50B of bonds per month... On a negative note, the International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 global growth outlook to 3.5% from 3.8%... U.S. economic data was mixed, as weekly jobless claims and sales of existing homes in December were worse than expected, but the index of leading economic indicators and new housing permits for December came in above the consensus outlook. COMPANY NEWS: Netflix (NFLX), Starbucks (SBUX), firearm maker Smith & Wesson (SWHC), and Southwest Airlines (LUV) were among the companies whose stocks rose following their results and guidance. On the other side of the ledger, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), IT management solution provider CA Technologies (CA), UPS (UPS), and application delivery networking products maker F5 Networks (FFIV) were among the companies that fell after they reported their earnings or updated their financial outlooks... M&A reports moved a number of stocks this week. The Financial Post reported that Samsung (SSNLF) had hired investment bank Evercore (EVR) to evaluate a purchase of the troubled Canadian company. Samsung is still considering purchasing BlackBerry (BBRY), the newspaper added. However, Canada's BNN reported that Evercore said that Samsung has not been a recent client of theirs and that they prepare ideas "routinely" on their "own accord." Avon (AVP) has held talks about a potential sale to private equity firm TPG Capital, dealReporter stated. Bloomberg reported that online travel agency Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) is working with an adviser to contact potential buyers and has drawn interest from private-equity funds and other Internet companies... DreamWorks Animation (DWA) tumbled after announcing a new strategic plan that will see it cut its feature production from three films per year down to two and axe about 500 jobs. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow dipped 0.37% to 17,672.60, the Nasdaq rose 1.14% to 4,757.88, and the S&P gained 0.34% to 2,051.82.
12:42 EDTGOOGGoogle January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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09:36 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading
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08:07 EDTGOOGU.S. tech giants nervous about backlash in Europe, WSJ says
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06:22 EDTSSNLFApple sees strong growth in Asian smartphone sales, CNBC says
Apple (AAPL) captured 33% of South Korea's smartphone market share in November, reports CNBC, citing Counterpoint Research. South Korean Samsung's (SSNLF) market share fell from 60% six months earlier to 46%. Apple also captured over 50% market share in Japan and saw a rise to 12% in China behind Lenovo (LNVGY) and Xiaomi. Reference Link
05:52 EDTSSNLFSamsung OLED handset pricing to reach parity with TFT LCD in 2015, DigiTimes say
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05:52 EDTSSNLFGartner: Samsung, Apple remain top semiconductor buyers in 2014, Digitimes says
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January 22, 2015
19:40 EDTGOOGGoogle's entrance into telecommunications may not be beneficial, Re/code says
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14:57 EDTGOOGRKG data read through for Google a positive, says Morgan Stanley
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14:56 EDTSSNLFBlackBerry off highs after Evercore said to deny prepping Samsung report
Shares of BlackBerry (BBRY) remain up 8% near $10.74 in afternoon trading, but are off their earlier session high of $11.11, after BNN's Amber Kanwar reported that Evercore (EVR) tells BNN that Samsung (SSNLF) has not been a recent client of theirs and that they prepare ideas "routinely" on their "own accord." The BNN report follows an earlier story from Canada's Financial Post that claimed that Evercore Partners produced a 40 page analysis of the advantages and disadvantages to Samsung of acquiring all or part of BlackBerry on behalf of the Korean smartphone maker.
14:45 EDTSSNLFQualcomm seen giving Samsung redesigned Snapdragon, WSJ says
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13:57 EDTGOOGGoogle initiated with a Buy at Societe Generale
Target $615.
10:42 EDTSSNLFBlackBerry jumps after report says Samsung analyzed takeover
An investment bank hired by Samsung prepared a detailed analysis of a potential acquisition of all or part of BlackBerry (BBRY) by the South Korean company, The Financial Post reported. WHAT'S NEW: In the fourth quarter of last year, Evercore Partners produced a 40 page analysis of the advantages and disadvantages to Samsung of acquiring all or part of BlackBerry, according to The Financial Post. The document also laid out various strategies that Samsung could use to make such a deal, and obstacles that could prevent the deal from occurring, the newspaper stated. Acquiring a minority stake would have many advantages for Samsung, the newspaper quotes the document as saying. However, it questions whether Samsung could achieve its key objectives if it only holds a minority stake in BlackBerry. The Canadian company's software appears to be complementary to that of Samsung, but further analysis must be conducted on that issue, Evercore stated, according to The Financial Post. The document suggested that Evercore could ask Fairfax Financial (FRFHF), a major BlackBerry shareholder, to help facilitate a deal. WHAT'S NOTABLE: After attending meetings with BlackBerry CFO James Yersh, Wells Fargo estimated that BlackBerry's QNX subsidiary, which develops software for automobiles, is already generating about 40% of the $500M of total annual software revenue that BlackBerry has targeted. Many analysts have questioned whether BlackBerry could meet this target. The firm also stated that BlackBerry will unveil "an iconic device" in early March. However, Yersh acknowledged that Q4 would be a transition quarter, while many investors remain cautious about BlackBerry, Wells stated. The firm has a neutral rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, BlackBerry surged 8.5% to $10.80.
10:29 EDTGOOGRumor: Twitter strength attributed to takeover speculation
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08:28 EDTSSNLFBank document shows Samsung still pursuing BlackBerry, Financial Post says
Samsung (SSNLF) continues to pursue acquisition of BlackBerry (BBRY), reports the Financial Post, citing an investment bank document and a source with knowledge of the plan. Prepared by Evercore Partners in 4Q14, the document hints at only a partial takeover, notes that Lenovo (LNVGY) may compete with Samsung for the company, cites BlackBerry's operating system and Messenger as potential divestitures, adds that Samsung could offset $50M in taxable income, and suggests Samsung start by approaching Fairfax Financial about acquiring a minority stake. Reference Link
08:11 EDTGOOGGoogle January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and capital allocation outlook
Google January weekly call option implied volatility is at 37, February is at 23, March is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 29.
January 21, 2015
18:10 EDTGOOGGoogle, Viacom win dismissal of suit on children's web privacy, Re/code reports
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16:28 EDTGOOGGoogle to launch phone service with Sprint, T-Mobile, The Information says
Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is expected to reach deals to buy wholesale access to Sprint (S) and T-Mobile’s (TMUS) voice and data networks in order to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers, according to The Information, citing three people with knowledge of the plans. Google, which may put itself into competition with carrier leaders Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) with the new service, "seems likely" to launch the offering this year, according to the report. Reference Link
14:39 EDTSSNLFSamsung Galaxy S6 likely to have wireless charging, BGR says
Among the expected features for Samsung's (SSNLF) upcoming new flagship Galaxy S6 phone, BGR said it expects the device to feature built-in wireless charging. The Fly notes that Integrated Device (IDTI) is a supplier for wireless charging components. Reference Link
11:34 EDTGOOGAmazon pulling plug on Amazon Wallet app beta, CNet reports
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09:46 EDTSSNLFSamsung unlikely to switch from Qualcomm in all Galaxy S6, says Cowen
Cowen doubts that Samsung (SSNLF) is ready to switch away from Qualcomm (QCOM) components to a whole new chip system for its Galaxy S6 phone, as implied by a Bloomberg report, and believes instead that the phone maker will launch the Galaxy S6 in Korea with its own chips and slightly delay the phone elsewhere while Qualcomm works through its issues. The firm, which also thinks Qualcomm has already solved the reported heating problem with the Snapdragon 810, maintains its Outperform rating and $79 price target on Qualcomm.
08:13 EDTSSNLFQualcomm slides after reportedly being dropped from Galaxy phone
Samsung Electronics (SSNLF), which is trying to become more self-sufficient and give a boost to its own processor-making unit, will reportedly drop Qualcomm’s (QCOM) Snapdragon chip in favor of its own microprocessors in the next Galaxy S smartphone, according to a report from Bloomberg that cited people with direct knowledge of the matter. Shares of Qualcomm are down 2.7% to $70.50 in pre-market trading following the Bloomberg report.
08:07 EDTGOOGUSPTO Examiner reconfirms patentability of Netlist's LRDIMM patent claims
Netlist (NLST) announced that the Examiner in the consolidated reexamination of U.S. Pat. No. 7,619,912 issued an Answer maintaining the patentability of 92 claims related to LRDIMM. The reexaminations were brought in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Google (GOOG), Inphi Corporation, and SMART Modular Technologies. The 92 patentable claims are generally directed to the fundamental concept of rank multiplication which is integral to the design of the LRDIMM. The Examiner issued the Answer on January 14, 2015, in response to voluminous appeal briefs filed by Google, Inphi, and SMART Modular. The Examiner considered arguments from all parties and ultimately maintained his conclusions as to the patentability of these claims, while maintaining the rejection of 11 other claims. The parties will now have the opportunity to file rebuttal briefs before the reexamination proceeds to the Patent Trial and Appeals Board for oral arguments, likely later this year or early next. The '912 Patent is also the subject of litigation between Netlist and Google in the Northern District of California and Netlist and Inphi in the Central District of California. Both sets of litigation have been stayed pending the outcome of this and other reexamination proceedings.
05:53 EDTSSNLFSamsung drops Qualcomm chip from next Galaxy smartphone, Bloomberg reports
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05:53 EDTSSNLFTrendForce: Global smartphone shipments grew 26% in 2014, DigiTimes reports
Global smartphone shipments grew about 25.9% to 1.17B units, reports DigiTimes, according to TrendForce. Samsuing amanged to retain to the number one position, although its global market share dropped to 28% from 32.5% while Apple shipments grew to 24.5% market share compared to 16.6% last year. Reference Link
January 20, 2015
18:45 EDTGOOGSpaceX raises $1B, Google, Fidelity to own slightly under 10%, Bloomberg says
Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp. has sold an approximately 10% stake to Google (GOOG) and Fidelity for $1B, Bloomberg reports. Reference Link
16:34 EDTGOOGSpacex has raised $1B, Google and Fidelity to own slightly under 10%
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13:56 EDTSSNLFSamsung reports 3.4% passive stake in SunEdison
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11:25 EDTGOOGGoogle partners with Cloudera to bring Cloud Dataflow to Spark
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11:21 EDTGOOGYouTube plans launch of original content initiative by end of 2015, Variety says
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07:00 EDTGOOGEU official calls on Google to make more concessions, NY Times says
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06:27 EDTSSNLFSamsung considering stock split, WSJ says
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January 19, 2015
17:57 EDTGOOGGoogle near $1B investment in SpaceX, WSJ reports
Google is near an agreement to invest $1B in Elon Musk's SpaceX, Wall Street Journal reports, citing a person familiar with the matter. The investment would value SpaceX at more than $10B, the Journal adds. The Information earlier today reported Google was near an investment in SpaceX, but did not specify the amount. Reference Link
12:29 EDTGOOGGoogle near investment in Musk's SpaceX, The Information reports
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07:45 EDTSSNLFSamsung wants BlackBerry partnership, not takeover, WSJ reports
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January 18, 2015
17:09 EDTSSNLFSamsung shares could rise 30%, Barron's says
Samsung shares could rise 30% and investors who can acquire shares could be rewarded, Barron's argues in a follow up article. Reference Link
13:45 EDTGOOGGoogle in talks to acquire mobile-pay platform Softcard, WSJ says
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January 16, 2015
12:26 EDTSSNLFBlackBerry CFO again denies rumor, but Oppenheimer says company may be in play
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09:09 EDTGOOGYouTube to host Super Bowl halftime show
YouTube will host a Halftime Show produced in collaboration with Collective Digital Studio that will be live streamed on the AdBlitz Channel, the Google (GOOG, GOOGL) property announced in a blog post. The show will feature more than 20 YouTube creators and musicians with over 60M combined subscribers, YouTube stated. The Super Bowl is being broadcast on Sunday, Feb. 1 on Comcast's (CMCSA) NBC Network. Reference Link
07:33 EDTGOOGAlign Technology near-term risk/reward less favorable, says Credit Suisse
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06:27 EDTSSNLFSamsung names Lee Don-tae as global design team leader, Korea Joongang says
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06:12 EDTSSNLFSamsung, Globalfoundries secures majority of A9 orders, DigiTimes reports
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06:10 EDTSSNLFGlobal notebook shipments to reach 46M units in Q4, DigiTimes Research says
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January 15, 2015
14:52 EDTGOOGGoogle investment Magic Leap files new patent, Business Insider says
The startup Magic Leap, which raised $542M in an October 2014 funding led by Google, filed a new patent that indicates a device that is "head worn component" and according to Business Insider "looks like an intense version of Google Glass that works with a belt pack." Business Insider added, "All we really know for sure so far is that Magic Leap is creating some sort of augmented reality — which it calls 'cinematic reality' — that the company believes will provide a more realistic 3D experience than anything else that's out there today." Reference Link
13:06 EDTGOOGGoogle to stop selling Glass to individuals on January 19, WSJ reports
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09:08 EDTGOOGLendingClub and Google partner for new business financing program
Lending Club (LC) announced a new pilot program in partnership with Google (GOOG) to facilitate low-interest financing to eligible Google partners. The program allows Google to purchase the loans, thus investing its own capital in its partner network to drive business growth. Lending Club will service the loans.
09:05 EDTGOOGGoogle and PricewaterhouseCoopers partner to bid for DoD healthcare program
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06:33 EDTSSNLFSamsung says BlackBerry rumors 'not true,' Yonhap News reports
In response to media reports that Samsung (SSNLF) is in talks to buy BlackBerry (BBRY) for up to $7.5B, a Samsung spokesperson says "It is not true," Yonhap News reports. BlackBerry also denied rumors of a potential deal. Reference Link
06:30 EDTGOOGGoogle in talks with major automakers on driverless cars, Reuters reports
Google (GOOG) is in talks with many of the top automakers in the world, including Toyota (TM), GM (GM) and Ford (F), about developing driveless vehicles, the director of Google's self-driving car project said yesterday, according to Reuters. The tech giant has also hired a group of "traditional and nontraditional suppliers" to bolster its efforts, with Nvidia (NVDA) one of the latter group, the news service quoted the executive as saying. Google aims to bring driverless vehicles to the market by 2020, the executive said, Reuters reported. Reference Link
06:14 EDTSSNLFSamsung may dump Qualcomm chip in Galaxy S6 for own processor, DigiTimes says
Samsung (SSNLF) may dump Qualcomm's (QCOM) Snapdragon 810 processor for use in its next-generation Galaxy S smartphone in favor of its own Exynos-series chip, reports DigiTimes. According to other industry sources, Samsung's Galaxy S6 may have two versions using either Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors or Samsung's own Exynos chips. Reference Link
06:04 EDTSSNLFBlackBerry turned down multiple takeover offers, Globe and Mail reports
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January 14, 2015
17:50 EDTSSNLFBlackBerry down 15% following denial of discussions with Samsung
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17:36 EDTSSNLFBlackBerry issues response to Samsung takeover bid, denies discussions
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16:33 EDTSSNLFOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:06 EDTSSNLFBlackBerry approached by Samsung about potential takeover, Reuters says
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15:58 EDTSSNLFBlackBerry continues rise, up 28% after report on Samsung approach
Shares of smartphone maker BlackBerry (BBRY) surged in late day trading following a Reuters report that said rival Samsung (SSNLF) had approached the Canadian company to discuss a potential takeover offer. Reuters said that Samsung executives discussed a potential bid in a range of $13.35 to $15.49 per share with BlackBerry. Heading into the close, BlackBerry shares are up 28.5% to $12.48.
15:47 EDTSSNLFBlackBerry jumps 16% following report of Samsung takeover approach
15:46 EDTSSNLFSamsung discussed bid of $13.35-$15.49 per share with BlackBerry, Reuters says
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15:44 EDTSSNLFBlackBerry received takeover offer from Samsung, Reuters reports
12:21 EDTGOOGGoogle to launch smartphone in test market of Puerto Rico, Tech Crunch says
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10:27 EDTGOOGFacebook, Google seen at front of 'multi-year' positive run for Internet stocks
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09:46 EDTGOOGGoogle initiated with a Buy at Rosenblatt
Target $575.
09:36 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading
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08:15 EDTGOOGGoogle sentiment may be overly negative, says RW Baird
Baird believes investor sentiment for Google may be overly negative, exacerbated by the accelerating shift to mobile. The firm believes that 50%-60% of Google's revenues are already coming from Mobile, Video, Local Enterprise and other segments, which removes worries about desktop dependence. Baird also noted the company's valuation is at the low end of comparable multiples, suggesting a favorable risk/reward scenario. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating and $680 price target on Google shares.
07:58 EDTSSNLFQuantum Dot bumps OLED at cutting edge of TV tech, WSJ says
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07:41 EDTGOOGGoogle risk/reward compelling, says SunTrust
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06:29 EDTGOOGCompanies reach new deal on worker hiring issue, Reuters says
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06:20 EDTSSNLFSamsung to start selling Z1 Tizen smartphone in India today, WSJ reports
Samsung's Z1 smartphone, which is based on its homegrown Tizen mobile operating system, will go on sale today in India, The Wall Street Journal reports. The company first said it would launch a Tizen smartphone in 2H12. Reference Link
06:14 EDTGOOG, SSNLFMediaTek: Worldwide tablet shipments rise at slower pace, DigiTimes says
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