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April 23, 2012
12:01 EDTMSFT, AOL, FBMicrosoft, Facebook announce patent agreement
Microsoft (MSFT) and Facebook (FB) announced a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will assign to Facebook the right to purchase a portion of the patent portfolio it recently agreed to acquire from AOL (AOL). Facebook has agreed to purchase this portion for $550M in cash. In the initial AOL auction, Microsoft secured the ability to own or assign approximately 925 U.S. patents and patent applications plus a license to AOL's remaining patent portfolio, which contains approximately 300 additional patents that were not for sale. As a result of today's agreement, Facebook will obtain ownership of approximately 650 AOL patents and patent applications, plus a license to the AOL patents and applications that Microsoft will purchase and own. Upon closing of this transaction with Facebook, Microsoft will retain ownership of approximately 275 AOL patents and applications; a license to the approximately 650 AOL patents and applications that will now be owned by Facebook; and a license to approximately 300 patents that AOL did not sell in its auction.
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February 17, 2015
09:06 EDTMSFTCitrix joins Microsoft Cloud Storage Partner Program
Citrix (CTXS) announced it is an inaugural member of the new Microsoft (MSFT) Cloud Storage Partner Program.
08:39 EDTFBMarathon Patent Group subsidiary files patent infringement suit against Facebook
Marathon Patent Group (MARA) announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary TLI Communications GmbH has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook (FB) and Facebook Ireland Limited in the Regional Court of Munich in Germany. TLI Communications is asserting infringement of the German part of European patent 0 814 611 B1 by the social media platform "Facebook" operated by the defendants, as well as the associated application software for smartphones and tablet computers.
07:22 EDTFBMitsubishi UFJ to hold a tour
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05:51 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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February 15, 2015
13:19 EDTAOLAOL announces strategic partnership with The Players’ Tribune
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February 13, 2015
17:05 EDTFBAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:35 EDTAOLS&P closes at all-time high as stocks run winning streak to second week
The major stock averages gained for the second week in a row, sending the S&P 500 to a new all-time high in the process. With the weekly advance, the major averages wiped out all their losses since the beginning of the year and moved into the green for 2015. MACRO NEWS: The U.S. economic calendar was relatively quiet during this week. Retail sales decreased 0.8% in January, versus expectations for a 0.4% decline. Initial jobless claims rose 25K to 304K in the week ended January 7. Consumer sentiment fell to 93.6 in the preliminary February release from the University of Michigan survey, versus expectations for the reading to hold at the 98.1 it achieved in January... In Europe, Russian, Ukrainian, German and French leaders came to terms on a cease-fire to begin Sunday. Eurozone GDP grew by 0.3% in the last three months of 2014, which was a bit faster than expected, largely due to strong upside in Germany. A Eurogroup meeting failed to reach a final bailout deal for Greece, but reports afterward seemed to have an optimistic tone about the continuation of talks. Sweden’s Riksbank became the latest central bank to cut interest rates and said it would undertake a program of sovereign bond buying... In China, foreign trade volume declined 10.8% year-on-year in January, with exports dropping 3.2% and imports slumping 19.7%. COMPANY NEWS: Coca-Cola (KO), PepsiCo (PEP), Zoetis (ZTS), Mondelez (MDLZ), and Groupon (GRPN) were among the companies whose stocks reacted positively to their quarterly earning reports. Conversely, the shares of Pier 1 Imports (PIR), AOL (AOL) and Zynga (ZNGA) fell after they reported their results... Dow member American Express (AXP) fell sharply after the company announced that its U.S. co-brand and merchant acceptance agreements with Costco (COST) are set to end in March of next year. Costco has been one of the few big U.S. merchants that to-date had accepted AmEx cards exclusively. Afterward, American Express said that the company now expects that overall earnings growth in 2015 will likely be "flat to down modestly" year-over-year... Another member of the blue chip index, McDonald's (MCD), dropped after reporting that its comparable sales declined 1.8% in January. As part of the overall results, U.S. same-store sales grew 0.4%, but Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa comparable sales dropped 12.6%... General Motors (GM) shares rose after the company confirmed that Harry Wilson intends to nominate himself as candidate for the GM board and bring before the annual meeting a proposal that the company commit to completing $8B of share repurchases... On the M&A front, Interxion (INXN) advanced after the company agreed to an all-share merger with U.K. peer TelecityGroup, after which Interxion shareholders will owning approximately 45% of the combined group. Rite Aid (RAD) rose after the pharmacy retail chain agreed to buy EnvisionRx from TPG for $2B and re-enter the pharmacy benefit management space it had previously exited. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 1.09% to 18,019.35, the Nasdaq gained 3.14% to 4,893.84, and the S&P rose 2% to 2,096.99.
09:25 EDTMSFTUBS software analyst to hold an analyst/industry conference call
Software Analyst Thill, along with Microsoft expert, author and blogger Mary Jo Foley, discuss Microsoft and whether the commercial slowdown is permanent, with AWS (Amazon Web Services) dropping prices and Microsoft matching, how will they make money in the cloud on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on February 13 at 11 am.
07:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility at historic lows
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06:37 EDTFBFacebook volatility at low end of historic range
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05:45 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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February 12, 2015
14:52 EDTFBRocket Fuel expands programmatic inventory sources, to integrate Facebook API
Rocket Fuel (FUEL) announced an expansion of inventory options and data sources beyond RTB exchanges. Rocket Fuel’s placement-based buying capability is designed to be additive to Rocket Fuel’s real-time bidding, or RTB, platform which accesses inventory across 20 ad exchanges for display, video, and mobile. Closer integration with social and mobile sources, app developers, direct publishers, and addressable TV properties will bring access to expanded inventory, previously unavailable or limited within exchanges, Rocket Fuel said earlier. Rocket Fuel’s first integration will be with the Facebook API (FB) and will be available to clients in March. This integration will bring clients a wider range of ad unit options to expand Rocket Fuel’s social offering, including new support for mobile and video on Facebook, which was previously not available via FBX, Rocket Fuel noted.
13:21 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces first build of Windows Phone 10 preview
Microsoft announced in a blog post that its first build of Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones is available now for Windows Insiders. "This is the earliest publicly available preview we’ve ever done for Windows on phones," Microsoft's Gabe Aul, the Data & Fundamentals Team leader, stated in the post. Reference Link
12:28 EDTMSFTBridgewater Associates cut Apple stake in half last quarter
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL TSLA WFM BIDU TWTR GILD FB AMAT EXPE TRIP
06:38 EDTMSFTGoogle gives Apple, Microsoft 90 days to fix security flaws, Bloomberg says
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06:29 EDTFBFacebook designing own network equipment, WSJ says
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06:16 EDTMSFTMicrosoft set to acquire N-trig for about $200M, Globes reports
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05:56 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
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