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December 10, 2012
06:05 EDTLNCGY, GM, GOOGOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: U.S. consumer spending is showing signs of weakening as a number of factors, from high unemployment to the prospect of increased taxes, are threatening to sap consumers' spending power at a time when other sectors of the economy are likely too weak help, the Wall Street Journal reports...The euro interbank offered rate is facing mounting attacks, and the EU is expected to soon accuse multiple banks of attempted collusion in the setting of Euribor, sources say, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: Legend Holdings, parent company of PC Lenovo Group (LNVGY), plans to list in China's A-share market sometime between 2014 and 2016, the firm's chairman says, according to China Business, Reuters reports...With talk of the U.S. economy going over the "fiscal cliff," investors' collective shrug marks a stark change from how they had behaved in the two weeks after the presidential election, when the looming budget crisis caused wild swings in stock prices. The S&P 500 index has nearly retraced the 5.3% slide it suffered in the first seven sessions after the vote. Some of the rebound reflects market confidence that a short-term deal will be reached, or that investors realize they are looking at a gentle slope instead, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: Google (GOOG) avoided about $2B in worldwide income taxes in 2011 by shifting $9.8 in revenues into a Bermuda shell company, nearly double the total from three years before, filings show, Bloomberg reports...GMís (GM) Opel division will stop making cars at its plant in Bochum, Germany in 2016 when the current version of the Zafira minivan is replaced, Bloomberg reports.
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June 18, 2015
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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June 17, 2015
17:37 EDTGMGM hires advisers as Fiat Chrysler tries to force merger talks, Reuters says
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14:34 EDTGOOGGoogle's Nest announces redesigned, refreshed product line
Google's Nest Labs announced refreshes and redesigns across the companyís entire product portfolio, including the introduction of Nest Cam, the second generation Nest Protect, new features for the Nest Learning Thermostat, and a new app. Nest Cam is a 1080p camera featuring a stand as well as improved motion alerts and night vision, offering live video streaming to a phone or computer to keep an eye on the home while the Nest user is away. Cam users can also subscribe to Nest Aware with Video History for an additional monthly fee to gain access to video history, alert summaries, advanced motion sensing, and more. Also, Nest is piloting the ability for YouTube creators to stream directly to YouTube Live from Nest Cam. Nest Protect is the company's second generation smoke and carbon monoxide alarm, offering a custom, split-spectrum sensor that uses two wavelengths of light to look for different types of fires. Building on Nestís energy partner program, Nest is partnering with home insurance companies to help Nest Protect users save money on home insurance policies. Through Nest Safety Rewards, a participating Nest insurance partner may offer a discount on a Nest user's annual premiums. American Family and Liberty Mutual Insurance are the first insurance partners to provide offers as part of Nest Safety Rewards. Separately, the updated Nest Learning Thermostat has the capability to notify customers when temperatures drop to help avoid frozen pipes, and it also adds new integrations with other Nest products. Finally, the redesigned Nest app 5.0 brings together all three Nest products across multiple platforms. Nest Cam is available for immediate purchase with a suggested retail price of $199. It will begin shipping this month. The camera is set to launch next month in Belgium, France, Ireland, Netherlands, and the U.K. Nest Aware with Video History can be purchased as a 10-day or 30-day subscription for $10 or $30 per month, respectively. Nest Protect is available for immediate purchase for a suggested retail price of $99, and will begin shipping next month. Nest app 5.0 is available in the Google Play Store and iOS App Store. Nest Learning Thermostat software 4.5 will begin rolling out immediately and will take up to two weeks to reach all Nest customers.
13:05 EDTGMJ.D. Power: Japanese auto brands struggle to keep up with pace of improvement
With a significant year-over-year improvement, Korean brands continue to widen the quality gap with other automakers, while Japanese makes collectively fall below industry average for the first time in 29 years, according to the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM released today. Korean brands lead the industry in initial quality by the widest margin ever, averaging 90 PP100, which is an 11 PP100 improvement from 2014. For the first time in the study, European brands surpass Japanese brands, while domestic makes equal the Japanese for only a second time. Porsche (POAHY) ranks highest in initial quality for a third consecutive year, posting a score of 80 PP100. With a 20 PP100 improvement from 2014, Kia follows Porsche in the rankings at 86 PP100. This marks the first time in the history of the study that Kia has led all non-premium makes in initial quality. Jaguar (TTM), Hyundai (HYMLF) and Infiniti (NSANY) round out the top five nameplates. Infiniti is one of the most improved brands in the study, lowering its problem score by 31 PP100 from 2014. Reference Link
10:58 EDTGOOGGoogle announces cross-device measurement for all DoubleClick products
Google announced that cross-device measurement is coming to all of its DoubleClick advertiser products, so marketers can measure conversions that start as a click on one device and end with a conversion on another for all their campaigns across the web, not just with the ads they buy from Google. Reference Link
06:34 EDTGOOGGoogle's former head of Maps to join Uber, Re/code reports
Brian McClendon, the former head of Google Maps and a 10-year company veteran, will join Uber to oversee the company's new Advanced Technologies Center out of Pittsburgh, Re/code reports. McClendon will help guide Uberís mapping, self-driving car and vehicle safety initiatives, the report says. Reference Link
06:09 EDTGMGeneral Motors uses old Chevrolet Volt batteries to power IT building
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June 16, 2015
19:38 EDTGOOGNext Google Nexus may have 3D camera, BGR says
Google is working on two Nexus handsets and LG's is testing a 3D camera for its model, reports the Boy Genius Report. Reference Link
14:47 EDTGOOGBanking sources say Twitter open to potential sale, Gasparino says
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13:56 EDTGOOGTwitter hits 52-week low after MKM downgrades on user growth concerns
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07:51 EDTGOOGTwitter downgraded to Neutral at MKM Partners on stalled user growth
As previously reported, MKM Partners analyst Rob Sanderson downgraded Twitter (TWTR) to Neutral from Buy, noting that growth in its user base is stalling out and he sees no catalyst for sentiment to improve in the next two quarters, besides a possible bid from Google (GOOG). Sanderson thinks the company's CEO search brings with it some uncertainty and likely delays user experience improvements, unless Jack Dorsey takes over full-time, but that would require him to give up his CEO post at Square. The firm lowered its estimates on Twitter and cut its price target on the shares to $39 from $57.
07:21 EDTGMDana Holding could win key GM deal, says RBC Capital
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06:01 EDTGOOGNeal Mohan not leaving Google for Dropbox, Re/code reports
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05:52 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility movement; GOOG VXX
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05:29 EDTGMAlly Financial upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman Sachs upgraded Ally Financial (ALLY) to Buy saying the company's balance sheet restructuring is being undervalued at current share levels. Goldman believes the loss of the General Motors (GM) business is being overly discounted in the valuation and raised its price target for shares to $27 from $24.50. The firm calls Ally one of the most attractive value investments in financials.
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