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June 4, 2014
11:41 EDTMSFT, FB, YHOO, CSCO, GOOGChina state media says U.S. tech giants pose threat
Chinese state media, led by the English-language China Daily, named U.S. companies including Google (GOOG), Apple (AAPL), Yahoo (YHOO), Cisco (CSCO), Microsoft (MSFT) and Facebook (FB), as "cyber security threats to Chinese users," citing security analysts. In a blog post, the People's Daily called on the nation's government to "punish severely the pawns" of the U.S. government for monitoring China and stealing secrets, reported Reuters. Reference Link
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December 4, 2014
10:08 EDTMSFTBarnes & Noble says Pearson continues to have 5% interest in Nook Media LLC
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08:46 EDTMSFTBarnes & Noble to pay $62.4M, 2.74M shares for Microsoft Nook stake
08:44 EDTMSFTBarnes & Noble to acquire preferred interest in NOOK Media from Microsoft
Barnes & Noble (BKS) filed a Form 8-K with the SEC stating that Barnes & Noble and Microsoft (MSFT) have agreed to terminate their commercial agreement including any associated obligations for international content acquisition and sale. Such termination will allow the company to continue its rationalization of the NOOK Digital business and enhances Barnes & Noble’s operational and strategic flexibility. The termination also relieves Microsoft of any obligation to continue to fund support and other payments set forth in the commercial agreement between the partners. Additionally, the company stated that it had entered into an agreement with Microsoft to acquire its entire preferred interest in NOOK Media, LLC. As a result of today’s announcement, Barnes & Noble expects that the completion of the potential separation of the company's businesses could occur by the end of August 2015, although there can be no assurances regarding the timing of such potential separation or that such separation will be completed.
08:03 EDTCSCOCisco and IBM announce availability of integrated solution
Cisco (CSCO) and IBM (IBM) announced the availability of an integrated solution that combines the innovation of Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure with the efficiency of the IBM Storwize storage system. The VersaStack solution is designed to deliver high levels of ease, efficiency and versatility for cloud, big data and analytics, and mobility deployments. Over time, the platform will be optimized for IBM business applications, while integrating Cisco innovations such as Cisco® Application Centric Infrastructure and Cisco Intercloud Fabric. According to IDC1, total worldwide spending on integrated systems is growing at 32.8% annually and will reach approximately $14.37B in 2017.
07:25 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target raised to $56 from $50 at Nomura
Nomura raised Microsoft's price target to $56 to reflect the new Board's potential return of cash to shareholders. The analyst believes the Board is looking at several scenarios that include a leveraged recapitalization to buy back half its stock over a multi-year period, to a more likely, 5%-10% repurchase of shares. The firm rates shares a Buy.
07:17 EDTCSCOFBR Capital to hold a bus tour
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06:43 EDTFBFacebook and ESET announce partnership to fight malware
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06:41 EDTGOOGProposed U.K. tax hike would hit tech companies, NY Times says
The British government has proposed a 25% tax on the U.K. profits of international companies, according to The New York Times. The tax would hit tech giants like Google (GOOG) which use complex loopholes to reduce their taxes, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
December 3, 2014
19:41 EDTGOOG, MSFTGoogle to challenge Microsoft in workplace software, WSJ reports
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16:11 EDTMSFT, GOOGChannelAdvisor customers SSS up 20.6% over Thanksgiving weekend
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; December 3, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 45c to 26.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX C GILD RIG ABX according to Track Data.
11:35 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; ANF FB
Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) May 35 call option implied volatility decreased 13% to 34, Facebook (FB) March 82.5 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 32 according to IVolatility.
11:29 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO says gaming business is 'thriving'
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11:07 EDTCSCOARRIS edges out Cisco on NBN HFC deal, Business Spectator says
ARRIS Group (ARRS) is said to have edged out Cisco (CSCO) on NBN HFC deal, says Business Spectator, citing sources. ARRIS is said to be delivering the cable modem termination systems or CMTS to NBN Co for the HFC component of the National Broadband Network, added the Business Spectator. Reference Link
09:35 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading
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07:20 EDTCSCOThe Economist to hold a summit
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07:14 EDTFBBusiness Insider to hold a conference
Business Insider IGNITION 2014 Conference is being held in New York on December 1-3 with webcasted company presentations to begin on December 3 at 8 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:12 EDTCSCOMerge Healthcare partners with Cisco in Kingdom of Jordan
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06:20 EDTMSFT2015 PS4, Xbox One shipments estimated at 14M, 11M respectively, DigiTimes says
Sony (SNE) is expected to ship 14M PlayStation 4 consoles to reach cumulative shipments of 31.5M units and Microsoft (MSFT) is expected to ship 11M Xbox One consoles to reach cumulative shipments of 23.7M units in 2015, reports DigiTimes Research. Nintendo's (NTDOY) Wii U shipments in 2015 will be 2M units to reach cumulative shipments of 10.29M. Reference Link
05:28 EDTGOOGTarget announces partnership with Google
Target (TGT) announced it is partnering with Google (GOOG) on the latest Art, Copy & Code project – an interactive, in-store mobile experience designed to delight Target guests of all ages this holiday season. Bullseye’s Playground is a mobile game experience that features Target’s bull terrier mascot Bullseye and other characters. In select Target stores, guests will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Bullseye’s Playground using Google’s new Project Tango Development Tablet that will transform the store into a 3D winter playground.
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