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News For MSFT;GOOG From The Last 14 Days
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April 13, 2015
06:44 EDTGOOGEU could announce formal charges against Google, NY Times says
The EU's new antitrust commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, is making her first trip to Washington, causing some to speculate that she could announce formal charges against Google, according to The New York Times. Such an announcement could increase pressure on Google to settle the case, but Vestager could also recommend further study of the case or give the company a last opportunity to settle before filing formal charges, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
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
15:44 EDTGOOGGoogle X lab working on battery research, WSJ reports
A small part of Google's (GOOG, GOOGL) Google X research lab, made up of just four team members, had been testing batteries developed by others for use in Google devices but has since moved on to investigating battery technologies that Google might develop itself, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The small team is being led by a former Apple (AAPL) battery expert, the report noted. Reference Link
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.
10:45 EDTGOOGNokia exploring sale of HERE maps unit, Bloomberg says
Nokia is exploring the sale of its maps business, known as HERE, and is attracting buyout interest for the unit from companies and private-equity firms, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. Nokia has valued the unit at $2.1B in a recent financial report and bids are expected soon, the report added. HERE competes with maps products from Google (GOOG, GOOGL), among others. Nokia shares trading in New York are up a bit over 3% to near $8 following the report. Reference Link
April 9, 2015
18:11 EDTMSFTWorldwide PC shipments decline 6.7% in Q1, IDC says
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14:08 EDTGOOGGoogle close to making Android Wear compatible with iPhones, The Verge says
Google (GOOG) is close to getting its Android Wear smartwatch platform to function on Apple's (AAPL) iPhone, reports The Verge, citing a source near the development team. The Verge notes that even if a solution is reached, Apple may still reject an Android Wear app from its App Store. Reference Link
10:02 EDTGOOGDunkin' Donuts adds Google Wallet as new mobile payment option
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09:55 EDTGOOG, MSFTYahoo testing search pages without Bing branding, Business Insider reports
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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.
06:23 EDTGOOGGoogle said to be developing GMeet video conferencing tool, 9to5Mac reports
Google is reportedly developing a video conferencing tool called GMeet, which is currently being tested by Google employees, 9to5Google reports. Reference Link
April 8, 2015
20:17 EDTMSFT, GOOGAppeals court questions Google in patent dispute with Microsoft, Reuters says
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19:17 EDTGOOGGermany mandates transparency for Google data collection, VentureBeat says
The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information has ordered Google to limit its use of customer data, VentureBeat reported earlier, citing statements from the commissioner. The stipulations apply to Google's operations across Germany, and call for "a transparent mechanism for consent to process user data." Reference Link
15:01 EDTGOOGTwitter may see little impact from Google deal, says Stifel
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14:50 EDTGOOGGoogle plans ad-free YouTube subscription service, Bloomberg says
Google (GOOG) is planning to launch a YouTube subscription service as early as this year, reports Bloomberg, citing a person with knowledge of the matter and a YouTube letter sent to certain content creators on the site. The new paid version of the site will be free of ads and may include a type of offline access to YouTube. Bloomberg notes that the move will put the streaming site into closer competition with Netflix (NFLX), Time Warner's (TWX) HBO Now, and similar paid streaming services. Reference Link
12:36 EDTGOOGGoogle, Facebook not discussing Twitter buyout, Re/code reports
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12:26 EDTGOOGThe Street's Eric Jackson says Google not buying Twitter
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11:12 EDTGOOGCLA technology analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Analysts discuss Google Algorithm change for mobile on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on April 9 at 10 am.
06:47 EDTGOOGGoogle could benefit from losing Safari default status, Business Insider says
Google's (GOOG) revenue could actually rise if Apple (AAPL) decides to drop Google as the default search engine on its Safari web browser, according to Business Insider, which cited a note from Goldman Sachs. If Apple drops Google, 48% of Safari users polled by Goldman said they would utilize Google's search engine anyway, Business Insider quoted Goldman as saying. If Google is able to retain 50%-70% of the ad revenue generated by Safari users after being removed as Safari's default search engine, Google's profits will rise about 5%-10%, since Google pays Apple for its default status, Business Insider quoted Goldman as saying. Reference Link
06:02 EDTGOOGGoogle plans service to connect users with home-service providers, BuzzFeed says
Google (GOOG) is planning a service to connect users with plumbers, electricians, roofers and other home-service providers, BuzzFeed reported yesterday, citing sources close tot he company. The new service is expected to be announced at an advertising conference later this spring. Amazon (AMZN) last week launched its new Home Services site. Reference Link
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