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July 2, 2015
14:14 EDTSSNLFFitbit shares tack on gains as analyst confidence grows
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09:14 EDTGOOGYahoo begins testing search partnership with Google, New York Times reports
Yahoo (YHOO) and Google (GOOG) are exploring a new relationship in which Yahoo would use Google for some regular search results and search ads, reports the New York Times. Yahoo and Google confirmed that Yahoo has begun testing the use of Googl search ads for a small portion of its desktop and mobile web search results. Reference Link
06:40 EDTSSNLFReport: Apple may receive OLED displays from Samsung for watch, DigiTimes says
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06:16 EDTSSNLFGlass Lewis recommends Samsung C&T holders reject merger with Cheil, WSJ says
Glass Lewis recommended that shareholders of Samsung C&T reject the proposed merger with Cheil Industries, stating that the merger had "questionable strategic merits," reports the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:05 EDTGOOGBarclays extends cheque imaging to Android users
Barclays announced the extension of its pioneering mobile cheque imaging service to nearly a million more customers, including 500,000 customers with android phones. In another UK first, the service is also now being made available to iPad users. Since the launch of cheque imaging a year ago, nearly three quarters of a million pounds have been deposited by the 30,000 Barclays customers signed up to the mobile cheque imaging tool on their iPhones. The latest roll-out will see this number rise yet higher as more customers are able to benefit from the speed and ease of this time-saving technology. Mobile cheque imaging is available through the Barclays Mobile Banking app and allows customers to pay in a Barclays cheque of up to £500 within minutes of receiving it. Customers simply need to take a photo of the cheque then complete a few quick steps before the funds are immediately available in their current account. Reference Link
July 1, 2015
13:23 EDTGOOGFacebook to offer revenue split for content creators, Re/code says
As it continues competing with Google's (GOOG) YouTube, Facebook (FB) will begin offering video content creators 55% of the revenue from ads played alongside videos, reports Re/code. In an interview, Facebook's VP of partnerships Dan Rose told Re/code that "a lot of [partners] have said this will be a big motivation to start publishing a lot more video content to Facebook." As part of the revenue-sharing move, Facebook will also be testing a "Suggested Videos" feature, a video-only news feed that uses an algorithm to personalize its content for each user. Reference Link
10:07 EDTGOOGGoogle, Apple seen benefiting from Internet of Things emergence
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09:46 EDTGOOGCriteo rises after said to add Alibaba, Target as customers
Shares of digital marketing solutions provider Criteo (CRTO) are rising in early trading after research firm Pacific Crest raised its price target on the stock. The firm also notes that it appears Criteo has recently added Alibaba (BABA) and Target (TGT) as customers. WHAT'S NEW: In a note to investors this morning, Pacific Crest analyst Evan Wilson said that the firm's checks indicate that Criteo now has cookies on 49% of the top 100 retail and travel websites in the U.S. Wilson noted that Google (GOOG) has 76% of the top 100, but suggested also that its heavy overlap with Criteo reinforces the view that the two companies' cookies serve different purposes. Wilson said Target was a notable Criteo win in the U.S. during Q2, while also saying the firm discovered that some Alibaba sites outside of China now have a Criteo cookie for the first time. Wilson raised his 2016 estimates for Criteo citing the continued strong checks and increased the firm's price target on the stock to $65 from $55. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Criteo grained $2.30, or 4.8%, to $49.97.
08:30 EDTGOOGGoogle outlook improved due to Internet of Things forecast, says JMP Securities
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06:24 EDTSSNLFCourt rejects Elliott’s motion to block Cheil-Samsung C&T merger, WSJ says
A South Korean court rejected a motion by U.S. hedge fund Elliott to block Cheil’s proposed $8B takeover of Samsung C&T, the Wall Street Journal reports. Elliott, which holds a 7.1% stake in Samsung C&T, claims that the move undervalues Samsung C&T, the report says. Reference Link
05:54 EDTSSNLFStagnant tablet demand to continue in 2H15, DigiTimes reports
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05:53 EDTSSNLFSamsung ramps up shipments of OLED panels, DRAM chips to channels, DigiTimes say
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June 30, 2015
13:37 EDTGOOGYouTube prevails in German court case regarding artists' fees, Reuters says
Google notched a legal victory over German performing rights organization Gema, which had tried to make YouTube pay each time users watched music videos by artists it represents, Reuters reports. Reference Link
10:38 EDTGOOGWells Fargo upbeat on core eBay, Bernstein bullish on PayPal
Wells Fargo issued an upbeat note on the outlook for eBay's (EBAY) core business, while another research firm, Bernstein, was bullish on the company's soon to be spun off PayPal (PYPL) unit. eBay has said that it will spin off its PayPal online payments unit through a distribution to eBay shareholders on July 17. CORE EBAY: The shares of core eBay are likely to offer a "unique value opportunity" following the spin-off, as many growth investors will probably sell their shares in eBay creating "an interesting entry point." Wells Fargo stated. eBay's business model is "arguably better" than that of most retailers, as it has no inventory risk, better margins, and more efficient capital deployments than most other companies in the sector, Wells believes. Numerous initiatives that the company is undertaking, including structured data and a simplified listing process, could enable eBay to beat expectations going forward, Wells contended. Additionally, there is little risk to fiscal 2016 estimates for eBay, since its guidance does not factor in any improvement in its business, the firm believes. Noting that "when issued" shares of eBay and PayPal are slated to start trading on July 9, Wells says that eBay's shares would provide "exceptional value" if they trade anywhere near the current $20 per share implied value of core eBay. At $25, the shares would still provide "excellent value," the firm added. PAYPAL: The growth of Internet payments is in its infancy and has "vast untapped potential," according to Bernstein analyst Carlos Kirjner. PayPal's total payments volume should have a compound annual growth rate of over 20% in the next three years, helping its revenue to jump by a CAGR of at least 17% over the period, the analyst stated. Since PayPal's position in mobile is strong, competing services from Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) will, at most, create a small headwind to PayPal's growth over the next three years, Kirjner contended. Moreover, PayPal has room to cut its costs, enabling its margins to expand and its earnings to grow faster than its revenue over the longer term, the analyst stated. He values PayPal at $43 per eBay share. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, eBay added 0.7% to $59.77.
08:37 EDTGOOGTwitter integration with Google could accelerate user growth, says Canaccord
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08:22 EDTGOOGMicrosoft deal with AOL for Bing doesn't move needle, says Citi
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07:08 EDTGOOGGoogle apps take up nearly as much user time as Facebook’s apps, WSJ says
A study released by Forrester Research suggests that U.S. smartphone users in late 2014 spent roughly 12% of their time in Google (GOOG) apps, just below the 13% spent on Facebook (FB) apps, the Wall Street Journal reports. The time spent on Google apps is likely to be “much higher” since respondents were only asked to list apps they downloaded and the time spent on them, excluding apps pre-loaded on certain Google phones, the report says. The same is true of Apple’s (AAPL) apps, amounting to 3% of users time, the report says. Reference Link
06:58 EDTSSNLFSprint to roll out $80 a month 'All-in' plan, Reuters reports
Sprint (S) will today launch an $80 a month "All-in" cellular phone plan, Reuters reports. Chief Marketing Officer Kevin Crull says the plan will offer unlimited talk, text and data at $60, plus $20 to lease phones like the iPhone 6 (AAPL) and Samsung (SSNLF) Galaxy S6. Reference Link
06:30 EDTSSNLFCheil to boost dividends if Samsung C&T merger is approved, WSJ says
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05:32 EDTGOOGNovartis launches first Apple Watch app for visually impaired people
Novartis Pharmaceuticals (NVS) announced the release of new features for its ViaOpta applications, and the extension for use with smart watches. The discreet, hands-free nature of using ViaOpta app with wearable devices, such as Apple Watch (AAPL) and Android Wear (GOOG), provides users with an experience that seamlessly fits into their existing routines allowing those with visual impairments to navigate daily life with even greater ease.
June 29, 2015
19:49 EDTSSNLFSamsung looking to supply NAND to Apple for iPhone, AppleInsider says
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11:59 EDTGOOGGoogle deadline to answer EU antitrust claim extended, WSJ says
U.S. search giant Google was granted more time to respond to European Union regulators' claims that the company skews search results in favor of its own comparison-shopping service, says the Wall Street Journal. The new deadline is August 17, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
11:03 EDTSSNLFAnalyst says sell Qualcomm ahead of predicted price cuts
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10:54 EDTGOOGGoogle denied appeal by U.S. Supreme Court in Oracle copyright case
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07:45 EDTSSNLFWidePoint enters into strategic alliance with Samsung SDS America
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07:38 EDTSSNLFSamsung Bioepis could go public on Nasdaq, Bloomberg reports
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07:13 EDTGOOGGoogle, Facebook competing heavily in video market, NY Post says
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06:31 EDTSSNLFSamsung leaves out ‘Vision 2020’ from 2015 sustainability report, WSJ says
Samsung’s 2015 sustainability report notably left out its “Vision 2020” goals for the first time since the lofty 10-year plan was announced in 2009, the Wall Street Journal reports. The “Vision 2020” plan’s main goals are to push annual revenue to $400B and to become one of the world’s five best brands, the report says. Reference Link
06:24 EDTGOOGResearch shows Google hurts users by skewing search results, WSJ reports
New research by two U.S. academics shows that Google is harming internet users and violating competition laws by skewing search results to favor its own products and services, the Wall Street Journal reports. The study may present a “significant twist” in the European Union’s antitrust investigation into Google’s supposed anticompetitive practices, the report says. The research shows that users were 45% more likely to click on results that were ranked purely by relevance as opposed to the way Google ranks them currently, the Wall Street Journal says.Reference Link
06:05 EDTSSNLFNotebook demand expected to be weaker than expected in 2H15, DigiTimes reports
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June 28, 2015
12:47 EDTGOOGTech sector earnings 'melt away' when accounting for stock comp, Barron's says
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June 26, 2015
10:00 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:58 EDTGOOGLost My Name raises $9M in funding round led by Google Ventures, TechCrunch says
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06:24 EDTSSNLFElliott lobbies Korean shareholders to block Samsung C&T, Cheil deal, WSJ says
A team from U.S. hedge fund Elliott told Samsung unit Samsung C&T’s CFO at an April 9 meeting that a merger with Cheil Industries would not be in the best interests of shareholders, including Elliott, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing a person familiar with the matter. Elliott is trying to block the deal, seeking a court injunction and telling investors to block the deal at a shareholder vote next month, the report says. South Korean shareholders in Samsung C&T have begun to voice their concerns over the deal, with “dozens” of them filing court petitions arguing the deal unfairly undervalues Samsung C&T, the report says. Reference Link
06:17 EDTGOOGGoogle Ventures, Softbank invest in Yieldify, Business Insider reports
Google Ventures Europe (GOOG) and Softbank (SFTBF) have invested $11.5M into Yieldify, an e-commerce startup that "helps online retailers convince people to buy products online," Business Insider reports. Google Ventures partner Avid Larizadeh Duggan will join Yieldify's board as part of the fundraising. Reference Link
06:11 EDTGOOGGoogle, Delphi self driving cars have near collision in Palo Alto, Reuters says
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June 25, 2015
19:34 EDTGOOGAirbus, Qualcomm, others invest $500M in OneWeb's global internet initiative
OneWeb announced it has raised $500M in funding from a number of companies, including Airbus (EADSY), Bharti, EchoStar's (SATS) Hughes, Intelsat (I), Qualcomm (QCOM), Coca-Cola (KO), Totalplay, and Virgin Group. OneWeb is engaged in developing satellite technologies to "beam" broadband internet to rural and underdeveloped locations, as well as to ships, planes, trains, and oil platforms. Bharti chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal will be joining Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders as well as Virgin's Richard Branson and Qualcomm's Paul Jacobs on the OneWeb board of directors. OneWeb also reiterated its June 15 announcement of its joint venture with Airbus to design and manufacture 900 microsatellites. "We are committed to giving our full industrial and space expertise to this mission," remarked Airbus' Tom Enders. "Intelsat has the world’s largest fleet of Ku Band geostationary satellites and our interoperability will enable pole-to-pole and urban canyon coverage with new services," said Intelsat. Note that both Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOG) are working on similar projects to facilitate global internet access. Reference Link
16:55 EDTGOOGGoogle-built self-driving cars hit the road
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16:52 EDTGOOGGoogle initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho
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10:29 EDTSSNLFBarnes & Noble says relationship with Samsung 'excellent'
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07:29 EDTSSNLFCheil, Samsung C&T deal could increase shareholder returns, Reuters reports
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06:31 EDTGOOGMicrosoft focusing on increasing smartphone sales in India, WSJ reports
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05:53 EDTSSNLFSamsung expects SUHD TV sales to reach 15K in 1H15, DigiTimes reports
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June 24, 2015
19:31 EDTGOOGGoogle exec 'very confident' in YouTube's lead over Facebook video, BI says
In a Business Insider interview at the Cannes Lions advertising festival, Torrence Boone, Google's (GOOG) VP of global agency sales and services, said the company is "very bullish and confident" that Google's YouTube will maintain its lead over Facebook's (FB) efforts in video. Boone explained that the services serve different functions, with YouTube being a more dedicated video platform. Reference Link
18:16 EDTGOOGGoogle, GE, Airbus lead in sheer number of meetings with EU officials
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12:27 EDTGOOGHBO to offer free episodes of 'Ballers', 'The Brink' on Facebook, Variety says
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09:30 EDTGOOGGoogle competing with itself after unveiling free music service, Bloomberg says
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06:00 EDTGOOGGoogle held 29 high-level meetings in Brussels in 6 months, Financial Times says
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June 23, 2015
17:50 EDTGOOGGoogle to remove Confederate flag from shopping service and ads, Reuters says
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16:02 EDTSSNLFRed Hat, Samsung form strategic alliance
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12:08 EDTGOOGPandora down 1% after Google launches free music service
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12:05 EDTGOOGGoogle launches free, ad-supported music service in U.S.
Google (GOOG) announced via a blob post that Google Play Music now has a "free, ad-supported version" in the U.S. It stated, "Our team of music experts, including the folks who created Songza, crafts each station song by song so you don’t have to. If you’re looking for something specific, you can browse our curated stations by genre, mood, decade or activity, or you can search for your favorite artist, album or song to instantly create a station of similar music." Shares of Pandora (P) ticked lower following Google's announcement.
06:25 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces the News Lab on blog
Google said on its blog that it is launching the News Lab, "a new effort at Google to empower innovation at the intersection of technology and media. Our mission is to collaborate with journalists and entrepreneurs to help build the future of media. And we’re tackling this in three ways: though ensuring our tools are made available to journalists around the world -- and that newsrooms know how to use them; by getting helpful Google data sets in the hands of journalists everywhere; and through programs designed to build on some of the biggest opportunities that exist in the media industry today. The News Lab is a global effort, with teams in the U.S., U.K., France, and Germany to start -- and we’re also powering the training and research arm of Google’s Digital News Initiative in Europe. Google has created many technologies and platforms that have engaged the media industry. As both the media landscape and technology continue to evolve, we believe we can create a more informed world if technologists and journalists work together -- and we’re excited to be part of the effort." Reference Link
06:14 EDTGOOGGetty filed a complaint against Google to EU earlier this year, WSJ reports
Getty Images complained earlier this year to European antitrust authorities that Google unfairly favors its image search service over rivals, the Wall Street Journal reports. The European Commission told Getty in early June that its concerns were valid and added Getty as an “interested third person” in its search manipulation case against the search giant, according to a document reviewed by the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:05 EDTSSNLFIntel pushing into SSD market and hope to surpass Samsung in 2016, DigiTimes says
Intel (INTC) is looking to push into the SSD market with its newest 750 series SSDs with technology able to enhance the transmission speed, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, the company is also offering price cuts on its existing products in order to narrow its gap with the largest vendor Samsung (SSNLF). Sources also expect Intel to draw near to Samsung in 2H15 and may even have a chance to surpass Samsung in 2016. Reference Link
06:05 EDTSSNLFSamsung pushing to release Galaxy S7 in 2H15, DigiTimes reports
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06:05 EDTSSNLFNo clear prospects for PC component suppliers until July, DigiTimes reports
There are no clear business prospects for PC component suppliers until July, reports DigiTimes. According to sources in the supply chain, Intel's decision to delay the launch of its Skylake platform has weakened market demand for notebooks and other PC systems. The planned release of Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 10 may also affect the production of PC makers. Reference Link
June 22, 2015
18:22 EDTGOOGGoogle offers sign-ups to test GoPro virtual reality prototype
Google (GOOG) has created a sign-up page to allow "creators" -- taken to mean video content creators -- to test its "Jump" virtual reality platform. Jump uses 16 GoPro (GPRO) cameras to create virtual reality video "that you can step inside of." Content creators selected by Google will get access to the platform beginning this summer. Reference Link
17:55 EDTSSNLFITC staff supports clearing Samsung, Qualcomm, in NVIDIA case, Bloomberg says
The U.S. International Trade Commission staff recommends that Samsung Electronics (SSNLF) and Qualcomm (QCOM) be absolved of patent-infringement accusations brought by Nvidia (NVDA), Bloomberg reports. Reference Link
14:42 EDTSSNLF, GOOGOculus potential not reflected in Facebook's stock price, Piper Jaffray says
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12:12 EDTGOOGUS Supreme Court rejects Google patent appeal over Street View, Reuters says
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08:02 EDTGOOGTransphorm announces new $70M investment led by KKR
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07:31 EDTGOOGFacebook catching up to YouTube in video ads, Reuters says
Facebook (FB) is gaining market share on Google's (GOOG) YouTube in online video advertising, reports Reuters, citing a published Ampere Analysis report. Reference Link
June 21, 2015
14:49 EDTGOOGRaven shares may rally in next couple years, Barron's says
The recent selloff in Raven (RAVN) shares "looks like an opportunity," and the company's stock could rally over the next couple years, Barron's contends in its 'Sizing Up Small Caps' column. Barron's notes that the company has partnered with Google (GOOG) to develop high-altitude balloons for the experimental Project Loon, which, if expanded into a full project, could signal a boost for Raven. Reference Link
14:44 EDTSSNLFFitbit shares likely to see 'typical IPO' subpair gains, Barron's says
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June 19, 2015
14:49 EDTGOOGEU sends charge sheet to Google, demands search changes, WSJ reports
The European Union sent a formal charge sheet to Google in April, within which it demands changes to the way Google ranks rival shopping services in its general search results that go far beyond the company's own proposal last year to settle the concerns, said The Wall Street Journal, citing three people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
12:53 EDTGOOGEU demands Google make changes in new charge sheet, DJ reports
10:32 EDTGOOGTwitter calls active on renewed takeover chatter
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10:22 EDTGOOGRumor: Twitter active on rewewed takeover chatter by Google
Shares or Twitter (TWTR) are moving higher amid renewed speculation Google (GOOG) may make a bid for the company.
07:44 EDTGOOGTamr receives $25.2M in financing from HP Ventures, Thomson Reuters, others
Tamr announced that it has raised $25.2M in Series B financing from Hewlett Packard Ventures (HPQ); Thomson Reuters (TRI); MassMutual Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company and others. Current Tamr investors NEA and Google Ventures (GOOG) also participated in the round. Tamr will use the funds to significantly grow sales as well as product engineering for Tamr’s scalable data unification platform.
07:26 EDTGOOGOxford Sciences raises GBP320M from Dunstone, Google Ventures, Telegraph says
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07:15 EDTSSNLFCourt to rule July 1 on Elliott’s bid to block Samsung deal, Reuters reports
A South Korean court said it will rule by July 1 on U.S. hedge fund Elliott’s request to block a Samsung C&T Corp, a unit of Samsung, shareholder vote on an $8B buyout offer from Cheil Industries, Reuters reports. Elliott told the court that Cheil’s offer was built to pave the way for a leadership succession in the Samsung conglomerate and did not serve the best interests of their shareholders, the report says. Reference Link
06:17 EDTGOOGEU gives Google critics one month to remark on antitrust charges, Reuters says
European Union antitrust regulators have sent copies of their charges against Google (GOOG) to critics of the company and given them a month to comment on the charges, Reuters reports, citing one of the complainants. Google has been accused by many companies of abusing its market power and cheating consumers and rivals by tweaking search results to favor its shopping service, the report says. 19 companies, including Microsoft (MSFT) and TripAdvisor (TRIP), are expected to receive the EU charge sheet, Reuters says. Reference Link
June 18, 2015
19:55 EDTSSNLFSamsung to release security update to fix Galaxy keyboard security issue
Samsung released the following statement on Samsung Tomorrow: "Samsung takes all security threats very seriously. There have been reports that there is vulnerability when keyboard updates are carried out on Galaxy devices. We are aware of this issue and are committed to providing the latest in security on all of our devices. So the likelihood of making a successful attack, exploiting this vulnerability is low. There have been no reported customer cases of Galaxy devices being compromised through these keyboard updates. But as the reports indicate, the risk does exist and Samsung will roll out a security policy update in the coming days." Reference Link
13:02 EDTGOOGWorldwide wearables market forecast to grow 173.3% in 2015, IDC says
The wearables market maintained its upward trajectory in the first quarter of 2015 as new vendors, including Apple (AAPL), prepared to enter the market. A new forecast from the International Data Corporation, IDC, Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker estimates that 72.1M wearable devices will be shipped in 2015, up a strong 173.3% from the 26.4 million units shipped in 2014. Shipment volumes are expected to experience a compound annual growth rate, CAGR, of 42.6% over the five-year forecast period, reaching 155.7M units shipped in 2019. "We expect smart wearables, those capable of running third party apps, to take the lead in 2016," added Ubrani. "Smart wearables like the Apple (AAPL) Watch and Micosoft's (MSFT) Hololens are indicative of an upcoming change in computing, and the transition from basic to smart wearables opens up a slew of opportunities for vendors, app developers, and accessory makers." Other companies that have been mentioned in the wearable tech group include Google (GOOG), GoPro (GPRO) and Fitbit (FIT). Reference Link
11:12 EDTGOOGGoogle acquired 'app streaming' startup Agawi last fall, The Information says
Google quietly acquired "app streaming" startup Agawai last fall, The Information reports. The startup's technology lets people access apps on their smartphone without downloading them. Reference Link
10:20 EDTGOOGGoogle in talks for combined Dunnhumby bid, Sky News reports
Google (GOOG) is in talks with buyout firm Permira regarding a possible combined bid for Tesco (TSCDY) unit Dunnhumb, Mark Kleinman of Sky News reports. Reference Link
08:04 EDTGOOGGoogle accelerating pace of cloud product innovation, says Baird
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06:48 EDTGOOGGoogle, Microsoft, Mozilla announce WebAssembly partnership, TechCrunch says
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06:19 EDTGOOGGoogle, Ingenico Group team up to facilitate cross-border e-commerce
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06:17 EDTSSNLFElliot Associates says Samsung merger to cost investors $7B, Financial Times say
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