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May 29, 2015
06:00 EDTGOOGGoogle discusses Identity Platform on developer blog
On its Developer Blog, Google discusses its new Identity Platform, a suite of developer tools hat let others build "frictionless" entry to name-brand sites via the Smart Lock password manager. Google comments, "With Smart Lock for Passwords, you get frictionless sign-in and sign-up into apps on Android and sites in Chrome with any account. Users will get automatically signed-in across devices. In turn, you reduce the risk of forgotten user passwords and missed conversion opportunities when users get frustrated trying to sign in or move on to another activity. Identity Toolkit gives you a robust, secure authentication system in a box that helps you do sign-in the right way, no matter what account your users want to use. The toolkit gives you password authentication, in addition to federated sign-in with major identity providers." Reference Link
05:57 EDTGOOGAndroid TV to display video apps as traditional channels, Variety reports
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05:52 EDTGOOG, MSFT, AAPLGlobal smartphone shipments to reach 1.37B in 2015, DigiTimes reports
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05:52 EDTAAPL, INTC, GOOG, MSFTIDC: PC shipments to decline for fourth straight year in 2015, DigiTimes says
The IDC said PC shipments will decline by 6.2% in 2015 and will be the fourth consecutive year of falling volume, reports DigiTimes. The market almost saw stable shipments in mid-2014 as the end of support for Windows XP boosted demand, but that cycle passed and was replaced by a reduction in inventory on the supply side as the market awaits the arrival of Windows 10. Reference Link
05:52 EDTGOOG, MSFT, AAPL, INTCIDC: Worldwide tablet growth to decline 3.8% in 2015, DigiTimes says
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05:38 EDTINTCIntel close to buying Altera for up to $54/share, NY Post reports
Intel (INTC) is near a deal to buy rival Altera (ALTR) for about $15B or up to $54 per share, Josh Kosman of the New York Post reports, citing a source close to the situation. Altera reportedly rejected an earlier buyout price from Intel of $54 per share, but that was before it reported disappointing earnings results, Kosman points out. Intel has no interest in competing with Avago (AVGO) to acquire Broadcom (BRCM), a source told the reporter. Shares of Altera are trading up $4.52 to $51.49 in the pre-market. Reference Link
May 28, 2015
19:13 EDTAAPL, GOOGGoogle to launch free unlimited photo, video storage, AP says
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18:33 EDTAAPLApple acquires augmented reality startup Metaio, TechCrunch says
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16:03 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 28, 2015
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14:54 EDTGOOGGoogle teams up with GoPro on virtual reality camera, video, Re/code says
Google (GOOG) product management VP Clay Bavor announced that YouTube will host 3D videos filmed with GoPro's (GPRO) 360-degree camera known as "Array," reports Re/code, citing statements made at the I/O conference Thursday. The GoPro-built device uses Google rendering technology and is part of Google's new virtual reality platform known as Jump. Re/code notes that the device will be sent to popular YouTube content creators beginning in July, and video captured with the device can be viewed with Google's "Cardboard" virtual-reality headset, which is priced near $20. Reference Link
13:52 EDTGOOGVisa says Google first partner to participate in Digital Enablement Program
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13:16 EDTGOOGGoogle says developers have built 4,000+ apps for Android Wear
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13:14 EDTAAPL, GOOGGoogle introduces Android Pay
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13:04 EDTAAPL, GOOGGoogle introduces Android Pay at developer conference, Business Insider reports
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12:53 EDTGOOGGoogle says Android M to succeed Lollipop this year, The Verge reports
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12:02 EDTAAPLApple's efforts to remove corporate monitor rejected by appeals court, WSJ says
Apple's moves to efforts remove Michael Bromwich, a corporate monitor appointed in the wake of a judge's finding the company liable for conspiring to raise the price of e-books, has been rejected by a federal appeals court, The Wall Street Journal reports. Apple argued that Bromwich, a former DOJ inspector general, prematurely began work and that his fees were exorbitant. The appeals court ruled that Bromwich's role was "appropriately constrained." Reference Link
11:27 EDTBBYBest Buy management to meet with Oppenheimer
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11:17 EDTMSFTBofA/Merrill software analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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10:55 EDTGOOG, AAPLGoPro rises after confirming plans to enter drone, VR markets
Shares of GoPro (GPRO) are rising after the action camera maker confirmed it is developing a camera array for virtual reality filming and is also making its own drone for consumers. WHAT'S NEW: GoPro is developing a product that can create video which can be viewed on virtual reality headsets, GoPro CEO Nick Woodman said at the Code Conference, according to Re/code. Called a Six-Camera Spherical Array, the device uses six of GoPro's Hero4 cameras and a product from Kolor, a virtual reality software company GoPro acquired in April. GoPro is also building its own drone geared to consumers, Woodman said, according to Re/code. However, the company will continue to provide cameras to other drone makers, the website noted. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Piper Jaffray analyst Erinn Murphy said that GoPro's virtual reality product should be available in the second half of this year and cost $500-$1,500. The drone is expected to be available in the first half of next year and is likely to be sold for $500-$2,500, the analyst stated. GoPro's expansion into the drone and virtual reality markets could undermine bears' contention that GoPro's total available market is low, according to Murphy. Drones and virtual reality should have total available markets of over $5B by 2020 and over $65B by 2025, respectively, estimated the analyst, who kept a $68 price target and Overweight rating on GoPro. Meanwhile, Stifel analyst Jim Duffy wrote that the virtual reality product will have only a minimal impact on GoPro's results in 2015 and 2016. However, the drone offering could increase its 2016 earnings per share by 20c-30c if it is launched in the beginning of the year, according to Duffy, who kept a Hold rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a note to investors yesterday, well-known Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster called virtual reality and augmented reality "the next mega tech themes through 2030." Users will be able to enjoy gaming, live sports, concerts, "immersive cinema," and social experiences using virtual reality, he predicted. Facebook (FB), Google (GOOG,GOOGL) and Apple (AAPL) are likely to benefit from this trend, Munster believes. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, GoPro climbed nearly 8% to $57.43.
10:51 EDTGOOGRumor: Tesla moves higher on renewed Google speculation
Shares of Tesla (TSLA) are moving higher on renewed speculation Google (GOOGL) may have accumulated a stake in the company.
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