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News For LNKD;CRM;MSFT From The Last 14 Days
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April 14, 2015
11:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires Datazen Software, terms not disclosed
Microsoft announced in a blog post the acquisition of Datazen Software, "an industry leader in mobile business intelligence and data visualization on Windows, iOS and Android devices. This acquisition accelerates our Power BI strategy to help organizations create a data culture with easy-to-use, accessible tools to extract maximum value from data from anywhere, on any device... Beyond great technology, this acquisition brings a group of talented people to Microsoft. They will help us continue to deliver a broad range of products and services that will empower organizations around the world capitalize on their data opportunities." Reference Link
05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's Surface 3 expected to see weak sales, DigiTimes Research reports
Microsoft's Surface 3 is expected to see low shipments and weak sales due to fiercer competition than those for its Surface Pro 3, reports DigiTimes Research. The Surface 3, priced over $600, is expected to only have limited impact on other branded 2-in-1 products, which are priced below $350 on average. Reference Link
05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft offers fee cut to attract vendors to pre-install apps, DigiTimes says
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April 13, 2015
12:42 EDTCRMFly Watch: Wells says ServiceNow likely to unveil upbeat revenue target
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12:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft hires Kurt DelBene to head corporate strategy and planning
Microsoft announced that Kurt DelBene has been named executive vice president of Corporate Strategy and Planning reporting to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. DelBene is returning to Microsoft, where he was most recently president of the Microsoft Office Division. After leaving Microsoft in 2013, he then served as senior advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services where he was appointed by President Obama to oversee implementation and improvement of Healthcare.gov. He most recently has been a venture partner at Madrona Venture Group, concentrating on investing and advising in early stage, technology-focused startups in the Pacific Northwest.
07:10 EDTLNKDLinkedIn opens closed pilot for sharing app Elevate, TechCrunch says
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April 12, 2015
19:01 EDTMSFTNokia maps unit HERE may be of interest to several tech firms, Re/code says
If Nokia is putting its mapping unit HERE up for sale it may draw interest from firms like Microsoft (MSFT), Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN) and Apple (AAPL), says Re/code. Reference Link
April 10, 2015
11:30 EDTMSFTStocks with call strike movement; MSFT MYL
Microsoft (MSFT) October 48 call option implied volatility increased 9% to 38, Mylan (MYL) July 85 call option implied volatility decreased 11% to 31 according to IVolatility.
07:54 EDTLNKDLinkedIn acquisition positive, says SunTrust
After LinkedIn acquired Lynda.com, SunTrust is upbeat on the move, as the firm indicates that it believes the acquisition will help LinkedIn make its members more productive. The firm keeps a $275 price target and Buy rating on LinkedIn.
07:15 EDTLNKDLinkedIn acquisition an incremental positive, says Brean Capital
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05:57 EDTCRMSalesforce.com implied volatility of 27 at lower end of index mean range
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April 9, 2015
18:11 EDTMSFTWorldwide PC shipments decline 6.7% in Q1, IDC says
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16:17 EDTLNKDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:09 EDTLNKDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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13:07 EDTLNKDLinkedIn acquisition makes a lot of sense, says Cantor
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11:40 EDTLNKDLinkedIn purchase of Lynda.com a strong fit that expands TAM, says JPMorgan
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09:55 EDTMSFTYahoo testing search pages without Bing branding, Business Insider reports
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08:18 EDTLNKDLinkedIn to acquire online learning company lynda.com for $1.5B
LinkedIn announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire lynda.com, an online learning company teaching business, technology and creative skills to help people achieve their professional goals. Based in Carpinteria, CA, lynda.com was co-founded in 1995 by Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin. The transaction is valued at approximately $1.5B, subject to adjustment, in a combination of approximately 52% cash and approximately 48% stock. Subject to the completion of customary conditions, the acquisition is expected to close during the second quarter of 2015. Following closing, most members of the lynda.com team are expected to join LinkedIn. Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn, said, "lynda.com's extensive library of premium video content helps empower people to develop the skills needed to accelerate their careers. When integrated with the hundreds of millions of members and millions of jobs on LinkedIn, lynda.com can change the way in which people connect to opportunity."
08:16 EDTLNKDLinkedIn to acquire lynda.com in deal valued at $1.5B
07:15 EDTMSFTMicrosoft May volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Microsoft April call option implied volatility is at 19, May is at 24; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large late April price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on April 29.
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