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April 11, 2013
10:28 EDTGOOG, DELL, LNKD, STX, HPQ, FB, WDC, MSFTWall Street sours on Microsoft following weak PC data
Microsoft (MSFT) is sinking after two research firms slashed their ratings on the stock following an industry report that said PC shipments had tumbled 13.9% in the first quarter. WHAT'S NEW: In a note to investors earlier today, Goldman Sachs downgraded Microsoft's shares to Sell from Neutral. The company will be hurt by accelerating market share losses for PCs, along with its lack of gains in the tablet and smartphone market, Goldman believes. The firm set a $27 price target on the shares. Also today, Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund downgraded the software maker to Neutral from Buy, citing declining PC sales last quarter. "Sluggish" sales of Microsoft's new Windows 8 operating system and its lack of "compelling" new hardware products are disappointing, the analyst added. He set a $30 price target on the shares, which he believes remain attractive for value-oriented investors. Both analysts cited research from International Data Corporation as a reason for the downgrade. The firm reported last night that shipments of PCs had tumbled 13.9% in the first quarter of the year versus the same period in 2012. The decline was the largest drop since IDC began collecting data in 1994. TODAY'S PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Microsoft dropped $1.40, or 4.6%, to $28.90. PC makers also fell on the PC sales data, with Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) sinking 5.5% to $21.10 and Dell losing 0.5% to $14.14. OTHERS TO WATCH: Western Digital (WDC), which makes hard disk drives, declined 2.6% to $51.83 and its competitor, Seagate (STX), gave back 2.75% to $36.70.
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January 21, 2015
10:06 EDTMSFTMicrosoft set to test key support, levels to watch
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08:09 EDTMSFTDTS to enhance Starz audio technology on Microsoft's Xbox One
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08:07 EDTGOOGUSPTO Examiner reconfirms patentability of Netlist's LRDIMM patent claims
Netlist (NLST) announced that the Examiner in the consolidated reexamination of U.S. Pat. No. 7,619,912 issued an Answer maintaining the patentability of 92 claims related to LRDIMM. The reexaminations were brought in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Google (GOOG), Inphi Corporation, and SMART Modular Technologies. The 92 patentable claims are generally directed to the fundamental concept of rank multiplication which is integral to the design of the LRDIMM. The Examiner issued the Answer on January 14, 2015, in response to voluminous appeal briefs filed by Google, Inphi, and SMART Modular. The Examiner considered arguments from all parties and ultimately maintained his conclusions as to the patentability of these claims, while maintaining the rejection of 11 other claims. The parties will now have the opportunity to file rebuttal briefs before the reexamination proceeds to the Patent Trial and Appeals Board for oral arguments, likely later this year or early next. The '912 Patent is also the subject of litigation between Netlist and Google in the Northern District of California and Netlist and Inphi in the Central District of California. Both sets of litigation have been stayed pending the outcome of this and other reexamination proceedings.
08:03 EDTHPQHP PC market share, sales seem to have risen, says Argus
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January 20, 2015
18:45 EDTGOOGSpaceX raises $1B, Google, Fidelity to own slightly under 10%, Bloomberg says
Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp. has sold an approximately 10% stake to Google (GOOG) and Fidelity for $1B, Bloomberg reports. Reference Link
16:34 EDTGOOGSpacex has raised $1B, Google and Fidelity to own slightly under 10%
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12:55 EDTHPQThousands of HP employees protest new China head, China Daily says
About 2,500 employees of HP's (HPQ) China based subsidiary, H3C Technologies, have signed a petition against HP's new China chairman, Mao Yu'nan, according to China Daily. The employees fear that Mao will endanger H#C's autonomy and torpedo an employee stock option plan that has been in the works for some time, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
11:25 EDTGOOGGoogle partners with Cloudera to bring Cloud Dataflow to Spark
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11:21 EDTGOOGYouTube plans launch of original content initiative by end of 2015, Variety says
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11:13 EDTHPQHP looks to boost sales with specific tablets for professionals, Bloomberg says
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11:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires Equivio, terms not disclosed
Rajesh Jha, Microsoft's Corporate VP, Outlook and Office 365, announced on the company's blog that Microsoft has acquired Equivio, a provider of machine learning technologies for eDiscovery and information governance. Jha explains, "We are making this acquisition to help our customers tackle the legal and compliance challenges inherent in managing large quantities of email and documents." Reference Link
09:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Outlook in China hacked by government censorship department, CNBC says
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07:00 EDTGOOGEU official calls on Google to make more concessions, NY Times says
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06:57 EDTFBFacebook to upgrade Messenger app, experiment with revenue generation, WSJ says
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06:02 EDTFBFacebook acquires boutique firm Teehan+Lax, terms not disclosed
Toronto-based boutique firm Teehan+Lax announced in a blog post on Friday that the company will join Facebook's design team in California. T+L said "In a few weeks we will be moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. This will mean saying goodbye to family, friends, Toronto, and Teehan+Lax." Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Reference Link
January 19, 2015
17:57 EDTGOOGGoogle near $1B investment in SpaceX, WSJ reports
Google is near an agreement to invest $1B in Elon Musk's SpaceX, Wall Street Journal reports, citing a person familiar with the matter. The investment would value SpaceX at more than $10B, the Journal adds. The Information earlier today reported Google was near an investment in SpaceX, but did not specify the amount. Reference Link
12:56 EDTHPQHP-Autonomy investigation closed by U.K.'s Serious Fraud Office
The Director of the Serious Fraud Office has closed the SFO's investigation into the sale of Autonomy to the Hewlett-Packard company in 2011. This investigation was commenced in early 2013, following a referral from HP.In respect of some aspects of the allegations, the SFO has concluded that, on the information available to it, there is insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction.In respect of other aspects and on the application of well-established principles, jurisdiction over the investigation has been ceded to the US authorities whose investigation is ongoing. Reference Link
12:29 EDTGOOGGoogle near investment in Musk's SpaceX, The Information reports
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January 18, 2015
16:34 EDTFBFacebook job listings hint at push into virtual reality, Reuters says
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13:45 EDTGOOGGoogle in talks to acquire mobile-pay platform Softcard, WSJ says
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