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June 6, 2014
06:20 EDTMSFT, YHOO, YELP, GOOGeMarketer: Google's share of U.S. mobile search-ad dollars is declining
Mobile advertising in the U.S. will total $17.73B in 2014, with mobile search spending accounting for more than half of that total, or $9.02B, according to new figures from eMarketer. "By 2018, we estimate, mobile search spending will reach $28.41B or 85.9% of the U.S. digital search advertising market. Google’s (GOOG) declining share of mobile search dollars is notable in context with the market’s fragmentation. Google owned 82.8% of the $2.24B mobile search market in 2012, and while the company’s mobile search revenues continue to increase, other players have ramped up their efforts to become the entry portal for mobile information. Google still dominates browser-based searches on mobile devices, but niche search apps are also becoming much more prevalent...We estimate that Yelp’s (YELP) mobile search revenues will grow 136.0% to reach $119.4M this year, accounting for just over 40% the company’s overall search intake." Reference Link
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November 18, 2015
11:24 EDTGOOGGoogle eyes YouTube enhancement with VR experiences, DigiTimes says
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09:48 EDTYELPYelp rises on unconfirmed takeover speculation
The shares were last at $28.60, up over 3.7% on the session. At that price next resistance is at $28.83 and then at $29.26. The stock is in a shallow rounding bottom pattern, which is bullish for price and has begun to fill the bearish gap down from July of this year. Support is at $27.70.
09:41 EDTYELPYelp November call activity attributed to takeover speculation
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09:40 EDTYELPRumor: Yelp strength attributed to takeover speculation
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07:28 EDTYHOOYahoo taxes could amount to more than value of Alibaba stake, says SunTrust
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06:15 EDTYHOOYahoo included in New York's daily fantasy sports investigation, Reuters says
An investigation by the New York attorney general into the daily fantasy sports industry will no include Yahoo, Reuters reports, citing a person familiar with the matter. Yahoo operates its own daily fantasy site and received a subpoena by New York AG Eric Schneiderman, the report says. Reference Link
November 17, 2015
19:11 EDTGOOGGoogle launches redesigned Google+
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18:58 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO says building new cyber defense center, NBC reports
Speaking at the Microsoft Government Cloud Forum on Tuesday, CEO Satya Nadella revealed plans to open a Cyber Defense Operations Center, gathering security experts from across the company's suite of products in order to respond to security threats in real-time, reports NBC. Reference Link
11:25 EDTGOOGGoogle to fight Russia's antitrust ruling on Android platform, Reuters reports
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09:02 EDTMSFTAnalyst pans competing products, says buy Fitbit
Shares of previous high-flier Fitbit (FIT) have dropped about 30% in the last two weeks following the company's third quarter earnings report, but an analyst at Bank of America upgraded his view of the fitness tracker maker this morning, saying that now is the time to buy ahead of fourth quarter results that may be boosted by the "underwhelming" new products being launched by its competitors. UNDERWHELMING COMPETITION: Fitbit's sales guidance for this holiday quarter looks conservative, contends Bank of America analyst Nat Schindler, who notes that the company only had the launch of one new product last December but will have the Charge, Charge HR and Surge to drive sales this season. Schindler also notes that the company's international advertising has expanded into more countries ahead of the holidays this year. Key, however, may be the "underwhelming" lineup of new or updated fitness trackers launched by competitors, such as the Microsoft's (MSFT) Band 2, Jawbone's UP4 and Sony's (SNE) Smartband 2, many of which have only minor improvements and no "must have" features to pull consumers away from Fitbit, Schindler told investors in his research note. PLATFORM PICKING UP STEAM: The analyst also pointed out that Fitbit now has more than 20 companies signed onto its health and wellness platform, including big names like Target (TGT) and Barclays (BCS), which he believes should help drive revenue beats in the upcoming fiscal year due to increased device sales. Also, the additional dashboard data should help Fitbit maintain long-term user engagement, said Schindler. APPLE WATCH: Apple's (AAPL) Apple Watch is largely viewed as the biggest potential competitive threat to Fitbit's offerings, but on the fitness tracker maker's last earnings call CEO James Park said Fitbit's products differ from those of its competitors in several key aspects, including pricing, cross-platform compatibility, brand awareness and product line breadth. Other wearables makers include Garmin (GRMN) and Samsung. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after Fitbit's last earnings report after the market close on November 2, its shares have fallen about 29.5% to close yesterday at $28.80. In pre-market trading this morning, Fitbit shares rose 2% to $29.40.
08:50 EDTYHOOCheetah Mobile reports strategic partnership with Yahoo
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07:56 EDTMSFTUBS to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on November 16-18 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 17 at 10:45 am.; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:35 EDTGOOGGoogle's Project Aura working on three new wearables, the Information says
Google's revamped Google Glass project, known as Project Aura, is developing a wearable with a screen and at least one without, the Information reports. Three versions of the head-mounted device are currently in development, though three may be consolidated into two, the report says. The two without a screen rely on bone conduction, much like the original Google Glass, the report says. Reference Link
06:16 EDTMSFTMicrosoft turns around flawed security technology, NY Times says
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November 16, 2015
17:02 EDTMSFTPoint72 added to lululemon position, subtracted from Netflix position
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16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; November 16, 2015
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10:36 EDTYELPYelp management to meet with Sterne Agee CRT
Meeting to be held in San Francisco on November 16 hosted by Sterne Agee CRT.
09:33 EDTGOOGeBay second week of November SSS up 0.4%, ChannelAdvisor says
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06:27 EDTGOOGYandex extends Google antitrust battle to EU, Bloomberg reports
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November 15, 2015
19:29 EDTMSFTMicrosoft delays, possibly kills tool to translate Android apps, Re/code says
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