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March 6, 2015
08:21 EDTSSNLFSamsung Chief Marketing Officer to depart in April, CNet says
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06:57 EDTGOOGGoogle pursues commercialization rather than DARPA contract for robot, WSJ says
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06:25 EDTGOOGGoogle cell service may initially be restricted to Nexus phones, WSJ says
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06:15 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $682 from $629 at Citigroup
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06:08 EDTSSNLFSamsung considering third factory in India, WSJ says
Samsung is "in talks with the state governments" about potentially building a third manufacturing plant in India, reports the Wall Street Journal's Digits blog, citing spokesperson statements. Samsung's current factories in India produce a variety of electronics including cellphones, TVs, and refrigerators, and the spokesperson declined to comment on what type of product the new plant might manufacture. Reference Link
March 5, 2015
14:40 EDTGOOGGoogle launches car insurance comparison service
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09:43 EDTSSNLFOculus to launch smartphone virtual reality device by end of 2015, CNet says
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09:24 EDTGOOGGoogle rumored to collaborate with Huawei on Nexus phone, CNet says
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05:59 EDTSSNLFSamsung acquires YESCO Electronics, terms not disclosed
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March 4, 2015
13:48 EDTGOOGJudge issues prelim approval for $415M anti-poaching settlement, Reuters says
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09:22 EDTSSNLFU.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit hears Apple vs Samsung
The Court hears arguments over damages where Apple asks that Samsung remove certain features (slide unlock, auto-correct) from its phones for patent infringement but Samsung argues doing so is too onerous andn how much in damages Samsung owes Apple for failure to remove the specified features in a hearing being held at the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. on March 4 at 10 am.
08:57 EDTGOOGNvidia to release $199 video game console in May, CNet says
Nvidia (NVDA) is developing a video game console called "Shield," reports CNet, citing a company presentation at the Game Developer's Conference. The console will include Google (GOOG) Android software to allow content streaming from Android smartphone and tablets, and will also include Nvidia's Grid service to allow streaming of videogames directly to the console. Nvidia plans a May launch for the console in the U.S., with pricing set at $199. Reference Link
06:50 EDTGOOGPiper sees two catalysts for Google shares in 2015
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says near-term investor concerns with regards to Google (GOOG) shares are overblown. Munster thinks investors are concerned that Google will lose its search deal with Apple’s (AAPL) Safari and that the search giant’s investments have pressured margins. He believes, however, that if Google were to lose Safari, the company will likely gain back that lost share within a year. Further, Munster believes Google's investments in robotics, self-driving cars, fiber, wireless and augmented reality will yield longer term revenue growth. The analyst views the resolution of the Safari deal and the possibility for cost-per-clicks turning positive for the first time since September 2011 as catalysts for the stock in 2015. Munster reiterates an Overweight rating on Google with a $630 price target. The stock closed Tuesday up $3.77 to $578.79.
06:31 EDTSSNLF, GOOGGartner: Apple sold more smartphones than Samsung in Q4
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06:30 EDTGOOGGoogle looking to expand wireless service, WSJ says
Google is looking into expanding wireless services by launching a conventional wireless offering and freeing a large amount of inexpensive airways for public use, reports the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:16 EDTGOOGApple, Google develop fix for 'Freak' cybersecurity flaw, Reuters says
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06:05 EDTSSNLFReport: Samsung purchases LED display maker Yesco, DigiTimes says
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March 3, 2015
13:47 EDTGOOGTwitter CFO says Google integration underway
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11:55 EDTGOOGUBS, BofA get more positive on Google outlook
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10:07 EDTGOOGGoogle CEO meets with EU anti-trust chief, WSJ says
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09:35 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading on open
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08:30 EDTGOOGVisa should benefit from proliferation of token services, says Pacific Crest
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07:50 EDTGOOGGoogle much better positioned than many believe, says UBS
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07:21 EDTGOOGOculus hires away Google executive Mary Lou Jepsen, Re/code says
Facebook's (FB) Oculus has hired away Google (GOOG) executive Mary Lou Jepsen, reports Re/code, citing sources familiar with the move and a Facebook spokesperson. Jepsen was the head of Google X's display division. Reference Link
06:24 EDTGOOGApple-Google proposed $415M settlement headed towards approval, Reuters says
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06:16 EDTGOOGJudge pauses attorney general piracy probe against Google, AP says
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05:54 EDTSSNLFSamsung, Sony and LG to purchase 42% of TV panel supply in 2015, DigiTimes says
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March 2, 2015
16:02 EDTGOOGOptions Update; March 2, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 91c to 26.70. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MBI MCD NFLX AMZN GOOG BAC C according to Track Data.
14:23 EDTGOOGGoogle upgraded to Buy with $650 price target at BofA/Merrill
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14:03 EDTGOOGGoogle upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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13:07 EDTGOOGPayPal reveals new physical card reader, Venture Beat says
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13:05 EDTGOOGGoogle confirms intent to launch U.S. wireless service, WSJ says
Speaking at an industry conference in Barcelona, Sundar Pichai, who oversees Google’s (GOOG) mobile operating system Android, said the search giant will launch a small scale U.S. wireless service with details to be unveiled in the months ahead, says the Wall Street Journal. Other companies in the space include Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS). Reference Link
11:39 EDTGOOGFidelity Contrafund cuts Google stake to 5.2% of net assets, Reuters reports
Fidelity Contrafund, one of Google's largest investors, has cut its stake in the search giant to 5.2% of net assets at January 31 from 7.3% of net assets as of June 30, Reuters reports. Fidelity Investments portfolio manager Will Danoff explains that "The firm continued to do phenomenally innovative things, but it is fighting a shift away from desktop search to less-expensive searches on mobile phones." Reference Link
10:00 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:14 EDTGOOGApple, Google employees asking for $415M poaching settlement, Reuters says
Silicon Valley workers alleging that Apple (APPL), Google (GOOG), Intel (INTC), and Adobe (ADBE) colluded to limit poaching will attempt on Monday to win court approval for a $415M claim, reports Reuters. A judge had rejected the previous settlement offer of $324.5M as too low, saying the settlement would need to reach at least $380M. Reference Link
09:10 EDTGOOGGoogle initiated with a Hold at Axiom
09:08 EDTGOOGGoogle+ splits Photos and Streams, Horowitz to lead both
Bradley Horowitz, a Google VP, confirmed in a Google+ post that "the rumors are true -- I’m excited to be running Google’s Photos and Streams products! It’s important to me that these changes are properly understood to be positive improvements to both our products and how they reach users." Reference Link
09:03 EDTSSNLFU.S. Bancorp announces working with Samsung mobile payment service
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08:47 EDTGOOGGoogle says mobile network developments coming soon, TechCrunch says
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08:29 EDTGOOGMicrosoft reportedly to buy news app for $30M, TechCrunch says
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07:56 EDTGOOGGoogle appoints new head of Google+, hints at changes, TechCrunch says
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06:23 EDTSSNLFSamsung expects Galaxy S6 to become company's best-selling model, DigiTimes says
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06:00 EDTGOOGMarvell announces partnership with Google;s ATAP Group
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05:59 EDTGOOG, SSNLFSamsung announces Samsung Pay mobile payment system
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05:59 EDTSSNLFFireEye introduces ne mobile security integration for Samsung
FireEye announced a new product integration with Samsung to enhance enterprise risk management on Samsung KNOX-enabled devices. The integrated solution intercepts apps before they are installed on the device and uses FireEye Mobile Threat Prevention to determine risk status, analyze, detect and block high-risk apps, as well as notify users of behaviors consistent with malware activity.
05:51 EDTSSNLFIntel Security selected by Samsung for Galaxy S6 smartphones
Intel Security announced that Samsung will be providing Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphone users with a security solution to help keep them safe from a growing number of mobile threats. For the first time, Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be pre-installed with VirusScan Mobile technology. With this agreement, customers’ Galaxy S6 devices will be protected by anti-malware technology that provides users with a more secure online mobile experience.
05:50 EDTSSNLFIntegrated Device power transmitter adopted by Samsung
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05:39 EDTSSNLFCheetah Mobile announces partnership with Samsung
Cheetah Mobile (CMCM) announced a partnership with Samsung (SSNLF) to enable a best-in-class mobile experience. As the first step in their cooperation, innovative features from Cheetah Mobile's security application Clean Master have been embedded in Samsung's new flagship Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones to provide custom "Powered by Clean Master" junk-file cleanup.
March 1, 2015
18:44 EDTSSNLFSynchrony Financial enables credit card benefits through Samsung Pay
Synchrony Financial (SYF) announced that the benefits and features available on Synchrony Bank-issued private label credit cards will be easily accessed by cardholders through the Samsung Pay (SSNLF) mobile wallet. Joining Samsung for the announcement at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Synchrony Financial is pleased to be a leader in preserving the value proposition of private label credit cards in this secure mobile wallet environment. Leveraging both Magnetic Secure Transmission, MST, and Near Field Communication, NFC, technologies, Samsung Pay is accepted at 90% of retail merchants and allows Synchrony Financial’s partners and customers to access the unique features and benefits that Synchrony Bank private label credit cards offer while using the mobile payment technology they desire. “This fits perfectly into our mobile wallet strategy to build, partner and invest in the latest technologies to benefit our customers and our partners,” said Margaret Keane, President and CEO of Synchrony Financial. “We continue to make our cards valuable to consumers, retailers and merchants and are pleased to expand our capabilities to securely offer private label credit card benefits through this mobile payment solution.”
18:28 EDTGOOGBlackBerry expands cross platform strategy
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17:20 EDTGOOGGoogle shares could rise 5%-10% with a dividend, Barron's says
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16:46 EDTSSNLFVisa to support consumer payments with Samsung Pay
Visa (V) announced it is supporting consumer payments with the new Samsung (SSNLF) Galaxy S6. Eligible consumers in the U.S. will be able to make secure Visa payments with Samsung Pay, Samsung’s new payment service scheduled to launch this summer.
16:42 EDTSSNLFSamsung says wireless charging built into Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge
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16:40 EDTSSNLFAT&T will carry the Samsung Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge
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16:37 EDTSSNLFSamsung Pay will enable MasterCard
Samsung Electronics (SSNLF) has unveiled Samsung Pay, a mobile payment service that will enable MasterCard (MA) cardholders to use their Samsung Galaxy S6 for everyday in-store purchases. The company added, "MasterCard built the foundation for secure digital transactions, so consumers can use their cards when, where and how they want. Samsung Pay delivers a seamless and secure mobile payment experience that will work at both contactless-enabled and most traditional point of sale terminals. For consumers and merchants alike, that means that every purchase made with a MasterCard using a Samsung Galaxy S6 will offer the enhanced security, benefits and guarantees of a digital MasterCard transaction including the latest tokenization technology. Owners of the new device will be able to use their MasterCard credit and debit cards from participating banks directly through Samsung Pay."
16:19 EDTSSNLFSamsung says Samsung Pay will launch on Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge in 2H
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15:36 EDTSSNLFSamsung unveils Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge
Samsung Electronics announced its entirely redefined smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. "Creating a new standard for design, craftsmanship and performance, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge seamlessly blend premium materials with the most advanced Samsung technology to offer consumers an unmatched mobile experience." “With the all new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, Samsung is offering what’s next in mobility, along with a new standard to drive the global mobile agenda,” said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “By listening to our customers, and learning from both our success and missteps, we continuously push forward new technologies and ideas. With a reimagined design, robust partner network and novel services, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge offer users the ultimate experience in smartphone options.” Reference Link
13:38 EDTSSNLFBlackBerry, Samsung bring enterprise services to KNOX and Samsung Galaxy S6
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February 27, 2015
09:35 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL MCD GOOG MNST BAC TSLA NFLX SINA AMZN WYNN
08:13 EDTGOOGGoogle pays $25M for .app web domain, BI says
Google has paid $25M for rights to the ".app" web domain, reports Business Insider, citing ICANN auction results. Reference Link
06:03 EDTGOOGGoogle Ventures' European arm takes stake in Kobalt, FT reports
Google Ventures' European unit has led a $60M investment round in Kobalt, a music technology company that helps songwriters collect fees from outlets like YouTube and Spotify, The Financial Times reports. Reference Link
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
11:03 EDTSSNLFSamsung ranks first in 2014 EU patent applications
The European Patent Office reports that Samsung (SSNLF) was ranked first in number of European patent applications for 2014 with 2,541 applications filed. Philips (PHG) took second place with 2,317, Siemens (SIEGY) took third with 2,133, BASF (BASFY) took sixth with 1,530, Qualcomm (QCOM) took seventh with 1,459, Ericsson (ERIC) took ninth with 1,347, and Intel (INTC) took 10th with 1,054 applications filed.
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
09:28 EDTGOOGSolarCity creates fund to finance $750M solar projects, Google invests $300M
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07:58 EDTSSNLFPrivacy group asks FTC to investigate Samsung TVs, CNet says
The Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission Tuesday asking the commission to investigate Samsung over whether its Smart TVs are intercepting voice communications in households, reports CNet, citing the privacy group's filing. Reference Link
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
06:29 EDTSSNLFSamsung Galaxy S6 shipments expected to exceed 50M units, DigiTimes says
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06:28 EDTSSNLFSamsung to freeze 2015 salaries, WSJ says
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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
19:46 EDTSSNLFFacebook's Oculus a significant long term opportunity, says Piper Jaffray
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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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10:01 EDTSSNLFIDC reports Samsung retains 22% smartphone marketshare in India
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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 EDTGOOG, SSNLFGlobal tablet shipments forecast at 221.4M units in 2015, DigiTimes says
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February 24, 2015
10:43 EDTSSNLFMicron drop on Apple speculation presents buying opportunity, says Stifel
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10:14 EDTSSNLFSamsung reportedly reaches deal with LG, Apple to supply DRAM, Korea Times says
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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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12:12 EDTSSNLFReport: Apple may be targeting next-gen experts from Samsung, Apple Insider 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
08:57 EDTSSNLFT-Mobile releases teaser image of Samsung Galaxy S6, The Verge says
T-Mobile (TMUS) CEO John Legere released a teaser image of Samsung's (SSNLF) upcoming Galaxy S6 smartphone and also confirmed the carrier will offer the S6, reports The Verge, citing tweets and a T-Mobile website. The teaser image suggest a metal backing and curved screen edges on both sides of the phone. An official reveal is expected March 1. Reference Link
08:24 EDTGOOGGoogle Vietnam site disrupted by hackers, WSJ says
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07:00 EDTSSNLFUnconfirmed price leak shows Samsung SUHD TVs starting at $2,499, CNet says
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06:31 EDTGOOGGoogle reaches preliminary agreement with Italian regulators, WSJ says
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February 20, 2015
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
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