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April 15, 2012
12:44 EDTMSFT, GOOGValue investors want Microsoft to exit the search business, Barron's reports
A vocal minority of Microsoft (MSFT) shareholders, many of them value investors, would love to see Microsoft exit search, Barron's reports. The idea, floated by a CNBC commentator last week, goes like this: Microsoft would turn Bing over to Facebook in exchange for shares in the social-networking service. Microsoft could receive Facebook shares, currently worth two times Bing revenues, roughly $4B, which Rick Sherlund of Nomura Securities posits as a 4% stake. Microsoft currently owns a 1.6% stake in Facebook. Barron's Plugged In columnist Mark Veverka contends that the transaction would still allow Microsoft to achieve the two primary objectives behind its current ownership of Bing: making money off its Internet traffic and preventing Google (GOOG) from monopolizing search advertising. Reference Link
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June 19, 2015
10:22 EDTGOOGRumor: Twitter active on rewewed takeover chatter by Google
Shares or Twitter (TWTR) are moving higher amid renewed speculation Google (GOOG) may make a bid for the company.
08:06 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Azure its key to the cloud, says UBS
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07:51 EDTMSFTGameStop CFO says 'blown away' by Microsoft virtual reality demonstration
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07:44 EDTGOOGTamr receives $25.2M in financing from HP Ventures, Thomson Reuters, others
Tamr announced that it has raised $25.2M in Series B financing from Hewlett Packard Ventures (HPQ); Thomson Reuters (TRI); MassMutual Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company and others. Current Tamr investors NEA and Google Ventures (GOOG) also participated in the round. Tamr will use the funds to significantly grow sales as well as product engineering for Tamrís scalable data unification platform.
07:26 EDTGOOGOxford Sciences raises GBP320M from Dunstone, Google Ventures, Telegraph says
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06:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to offer more Lumia phones through U.S. carriers, Re/code reports
Microsoft (MSFT) will be offering more of its Lumia smartphones through U.S. wireless carriers, Re/code reports. Beginning next week, the companyís Lumia 640 XL smartphone will be available through AT&T (T) for around $250, the report says. The Lumia 735 will begin selling through Verizon (VZ) at around $200, Re/code reports. Reference Link
06:17 EDTGOOG, MSFTEU gives Google critics one month to remark on antitrust charges, Reuters says
European Union antitrust regulators have sent copies of their charges against Google (GOOG) to critics of the company and given them a month to comment on the charges, Reuters reports, citing one of the complainants. Google has been accused by many companies of abusing its market power and cheating consumers and rivals by tweaking search results to favor its shopping service, the report says. 19 companies, including Microsoft (MSFT) and TripAdvisor (TRIP), are expected to receive the EU charge sheet, Reuters says. Reference Link
June 18, 2015
13:02 EDTGOOG, MSFTWorldwide 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 EDTMSFT, GOOGGoogle accelerating pace of cloud product innovation, says Baird
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06:48 EDTGOOG, MSFTGoogle, Microsoft, Mozilla announce WebAssembly partnership, TechCrunch says
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06:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's Jo Harlow leaves company in realignment, The Verge reports
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06:19 EDTGOOGGoogle, Ingenico Group team up to facilitate cross-border e-commerce
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06:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft writedown for Nokia now more likely, says Jefferies
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June 17, 2015
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.
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
10:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft aligns engineering team, Chief Insights Officer to leave
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09:46 EDTMSFTJefferies to hold company meetings at E3 Expo
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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
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