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September 15, 2014
17:53 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sends out invitation for September 30 event about Windows, WSJ says
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17:09 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed to begin the week, as the Dow managed to register mild gains but the Nasdaq was weighed down by slides in a number of so-called "momentum stocks" like Tesla (TSLA). Investors may remain cautious in the next two sessions ahead of the Fed's much anticipated rate decision and accompanying statement, which is due Wednesday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., New York Fed's Empire state survey for September rose to a five-year high of 27.54. Industrial production unexpectedly dipped 0.1% in August from a downwardly revised 0.2% July gain, missing the forecast for a rise of 0.3%. Capacity utilization dropped to 78.8% last month from 79.1% previously. In China, industrial output increased 6.9% in August versus the same period a year earlier, which was its weakest advance, excluding months that fell during New Year holidays, since December 2008. Chinese retail sales growth for August came in at 11.9%, missing the consensus estimate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple (AAPL) edged down 3c, or 0.03%, to $101.63 despite the company's announcement that a record 4M iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders were placed in the first 24 hours that ordering was available. Demand for the new phones exceeds the initial pre-order supply, the company added, stating that delivery of "many" iPhone pre-orders have been pushed out to October... Microsoft (MSFT) slid 45c, or 0.97%, to $46.24 after the company confirmed an agreement to acquire Mojang, the developer for the "Minecraft" video game franchise, for $2.5B... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Avanir Pharmaceuticals (AVNR), which surged $5.75, or 85.31%, to $12.49 and was upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies after the company announced results from its phase II clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of its treatment of agitation in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Also higher was SABMiller (SBMRY), which jumped $4.72, or 8.5%, to $60.26 after the Wall Street Journal said that ABInBev (BUD) was looking to obtain financing for an acquisition of the U.K.-based brewer and Heineken (HEINY) confirmed that it rebuffed SABMiller's approach regarding a potential transaction. The news of potential consolidation in the space also drove other beer makers highers, with Molson Coors (TAP) rising $4.20, or 5.85%, to $76.00 and Boston Beer (SAM) gaining 71c, or 0.33%, to $218.47. Among the noteworthy losers was Tesla (TSLA), which dropped $25.34, or 9.08%, to $253.86 after Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jones wrote that he agrees with the assertion of Tesla's CEO Elon Musk that the company's stock may have gotten ahead of itself. Also lower were shares of NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), which fell $5.42, or 16.56%, to $27.28 after Oppennheimer and Jefferies stated that approval of its Natpara drug for hypoparathyroidism could be delayed after concerns were raised during an FDA panel meeting, even though the advisors were in favor of approving the drug. INDEXES: The Dow rose 43.63, or 0.26%, to 17,031.14, the Nasdaq dropped 48.70, or 1.07%, to 4,518.90, and the S&P 500 declined 1.41, or 0.07%, to 1,984.13.
16:34 EDTMSFTMicrosoft assumed with an Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
RBC Capital upgraded Microsoft to Outperform after assuming coverage of the stock and raised its price target for shares to $54 from $47. RBC views Microsoft's shift toward cloud/mobile as a fundamental positive.
16:15 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
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15:46 EDTHPQCenturyLink said to have lined up financing for Rackspace, says Betaville blog
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12:31 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft slips after confirming purchase of Minecraft maker
Shares of software giant Microsoft (MSFT) are lower after the company reached an agreement to acquire Mojang, the developer for the "Minecraft" video game franchise. WHAT'S NEW: Microsoft announced this morning that it agreed to acquire Mojang for $2.5B. The company expects the acquisition to be break-even in FY15 on a GAAP basis. The acquisition is expected to close in late 2014. Microsoft plans to continue to make "Minecraft" available across all the platforms on which it is available today, which include its own Xbox platform, as well as on PCs, iOS, Android, and Sony's (SNE) PlayStation. "Minecraft" has had more than 100M downloads on PC alone since its launch in 2009, the company stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The announcement confirms a Wall Street Journal report from September 9 that said Microsoft was nearing a deal to buy the game maker for more than $2B. The report noted a Mojang acquisition would be the first multi-billion dollar acquisition by CEO Satya Nadella and it may be an unexpected push after Nadella had signaled a focus on its enterprise business rather than its consumer ones. Ahead of the acquisition, Reuters reported on September 13 that the impending purchase is aimed at pulling users onto Microsoft's Windows Phone platform. In the report, Tap Lab CEO Dave Bisceglia said, "If Microsoft could on Windows phones give players a unique and compelling experience that you can't get on the other platforms, that could be a driver to sell devices to existing Minecraft fans.” ANALYST OPINION: The Reuters report also cited Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund, who said "We don't view this acquisition as a signal of Microsoft's intent to double down on Xbox but consider it an attempt to better address mobile on a cross-platform basis." Also commenting on Microsoft this morning was Morgan Stanley, which expects the company to have a durable 12%-14% total return profile from full-year 2015 to full-year 2017. The firm increased its price target on the stock to $51 from $43, but with Microsoft trading at a 13% premium to the S&P, Morgan Stanley said investors should wait for better entry points before getting more aggressive in buying the shares. The firm added that Microsoft's solid enterprise business, stabilizing consumer business, and a shift towards more attractive cloud assets puts its on a more solid footing than it has ever seen, pointing towards sustained EPS growth. PRICE ACTION : In late-morning trading, Microsoft fell $0.42, or 0.9%, to $46.28.
10:34 EDTQCOMQualcomm acquires image recognition start-up Euvision
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10:22 EDTHPQHP management to meet with Oppenheimer
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09:10 EDTMSFTMorgan Stanley says to wait for better entry points in Microsoft
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09:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft agrees to acquire Mojang, the developer of Minecraft, for $2.5B
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08:27 EDTSTXSeagate revenue upside guidance reinforces bullish stance, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital noted Seagate's raised revenue guidance, citing good strength across all drives segments. The firm said they now see new upside to its September quarter and that Seagate could see an incrementally strong December quarter versus the company's original flat forecast, given its current cloud momentum. Brean has a Buy rating with a $70 price target on the stock.
07:24 EDTMSFTTech leaders concede need to address privacy, security concerns, FT says
Prominent start-up investor and Facebook (FB) director Peter Thiel said a "crescendo of concern is building up in Europe" about the U.S. tech industry's record on online privacy and security, which Silicon Valley is underestimating "badly,” though Google (GOOG) chairman Eric Schmidt tech companies "are way sensitive" to the concerns, reported Financial Times. The same report noted that Brad Smith, general counsel of Microsoft (MSFT), said some in the industry have "underestimated the degree to which people care about privacy,” while Salesforce.com (CRM) CEO Marc Benioff said consumer Internet companies have “paid a terrible price” for imposing a U.S.-centric view of their technology. Reference Link
07:19 EDTINTC, HPQ, MSFT, EMC, STXSNIA to hold a conference
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07:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft could announce Mojang acquisition today, Reuters reports
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September 13, 2014
18:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft looks to Minecraft to aid its mobile platform, Reuters says
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September 12, 2014
15:29 EDTHPQHP exploring sale of Snapfish photo service, Reuters reports
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15:26 EDTHPQHP exploring sale of Snapfish photo service, Reuters reports
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12:59 EDTSTXSeagate price target raised to $65 at FBN Securities after FY17 guidance issued
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10:10 EDTSTXSeagate raises September quarter view at analyst day, says Brean Capital
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08:05 EDTMSFTRockstar Games says Grand Theft Auto V to launch Nov. 18 for PS4, Xbox One
Rockstar Games (TTWO) announced that Grand Theft Auto V will arrive on the PlayStation 4 (SNE) computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft (MSFT) on November 18, with the PC version to follow on January 27, 2015.
07:19 EDTMSFTConsoles lead video game sales up 8% in August, Bloomberg reports
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05:45 EDTSTXSeagate to host conference call
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September 11, 2014
18:30 EDTHPQHP, Russia plead guilty, sentenced for bribing Russian government officials
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16:10 EDTHPQHP acquires open source cloud software maker Eucalyptus
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13:51 EDTINTCIntel tablet AP shipments could reach 7M units in 2H14, Digitimes reports
In the first half of 2014, Intel shipped approximately 1.5M tablet application processors, but Digitimes Research expects the company's shipments to total 7M units in the second half due to China brand vendors' and white-box players' full support, Digitimes reports. Reference Link
13:37 EDTEMCEMC not considering VMware stake sale, Reuters says
EMC (EMC) is not exploring a sale of its majority stake in VMware (VMW), a source familiar with the parent company's thinking told Reuters, refuting an earlier New York Post report that EMC had relented to pressure from Paul Singer's Elliott Management and was weighing an exit from its VMware stake. Reference Link
13:36 EDTEMCEMC sale of VMware stake would be sub-optimal, says Wells Fargo
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13:20 EDTEMCEMC not considering selling VMware stake, Reuters reports
11:17 EDTEMC, HPQEMC seen as potential target after said to mull VMware stake sale
EMC (EMC) is considering selling its 80% stake in cloud computing infrastructure provider VMware (VMW), The New York Post reported today, citing unnamed sources. Calling The New York Post "surprisingly accurate" on M&A news, UBS said the likelihood of change at EMC has increased and it has become a potential takeover target. WHAT'S NEW: EMC is exploring the possibility of selling its stake in VMware, which could be acquired by HP (HPQ), according to one source, The Post reported. EMC could also look to sell other assets, the newspaper quoted a second unnamed source as saying. ANALYST REACTION: UBS analyst Steven Milunovich wrote that he is more convinced in the wake of the Post story that "something is up" at EMC. Although EMC has denied in the past that it would consider selling or spinning off VMware, the company could change its tune, the analyst stated. HP could buy VMware or all of EMC, while Oracle (ORCL) and Cisco (CSCO) are also potential buyers of EMC, Milunovich believes.The analyst kept a $33 price target and Buy rating on shares of EMC. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Activist investor Elliott Management, a hedge fund, has taken a $1B stake in EMC and wants the company to spin off VMware, The Wall Street Journal reported in July. Early last month, research firm FBR Capital wrote that an EMC spin-off of VMware could enhance shareholder value for both companies and make VMware a top acquisition candidate by a larger technology company. The firm kept an Outperform rating on EMC at that time. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, EMC was little changed at $29.50, down from its earlier high of $29.89. VMware fell 0.7% to $96.75, down from its earlier daily high of $97.86.
10:41 EDTEMCEMC volatility at low end of historic range
EMC September call option implied volatility is at 18, October is at 20, November is at 21, April is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 21 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement on UBS sees increasing likelihood of change at EMC.
10:30 EDTEMC, HPQUBS sees increasing likelihood of change at EMC
UBS calls the New York Post "surprisingly accurate on M&A" after the paper reported that EMC (EMC) is considering the sale of its stake in VMware (VMW). The firm believes the likelihood for change at the company is rising. In addition, UBS says the industry should consolidate, and it views EMC as a potential target. UBS thinks Cisco (CSCO), Oracle (ORCL) and HP (HPQ) might be interested parties in owning part or all of EMC. The firm believes an HP, EMC merger would make sense. UBS has a Buy rating on EMC with a $33 price target.
07:35 EDTINTCAntitrust suit over tech giants' hiring pushed back, WSJ reports
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07:07 EDTHPQ, EMCEMC to explore selling VMware stake, NY Post reports
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September 10, 2014
16:00 EDTINTCIntel acquires Powerwave patent portfolio
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14:30 EDTMSFTVirnetX rises after court denies Microsoft motion to stay patent suit
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14:06 EDTQCOMQualcomm could be hit with $1.6B fine, WantChinaTimes says
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13:15 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to replace Nokia, Windows Phone brands, GeekOnGadgets.com says
Microsoft plans to stop using the "Nokia" and Windows Phone brands from their devices this holiday season, reports GeekOnGadgets.com. Citing a confidential internal Microsoft document, the branding will be replaced by the standard Windows logo alongside the phones. Reference Link
08:31 EDTHPQRiverbed names Mike Nefkens, Steffan Tomlinson to board of directors
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08:02 EDTSTXSeagate says has shipped 10 millionth solid state hybrid hard drive
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07:37 EDTINTCIntel products look strong, says Wells Fargo
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07:23 EDTMSFTMicrosoft coverage assumed with a Buy at MKM Partners
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September 9, 2014
18:38 EDTMSFTMicrosoft in serious talks to acquire Mojang AB for more than $2B, WSJ says
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14:12 EDTINTCApple confirms wireless charging for Apple Watch
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14:04 EDTHPQHP price target raised to $43 from $40 at Argus
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13:03 EDTINTCIntel head feels expensive tablet chip plan beneficial, Reuters says
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09:45 EDTQCOMBofA/Merrill wireless equipment analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
Wireless Equipment Analyst Liani discusses a recently published report, "Wireless Equipment: A Deep Dive into Qualcomm's Royalties, Semis and Cash" on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on September 9 at 11 am.
08:51 EDTINTCIntegrated Device says 'working closely' with Intel on wireless charging
Integrated Device Technology (IDTI) announced earlier at the Intel Developer Forum that it is working closely with Intel (INTC) on the development of wireless charging solutions to accelerate the delivery and adoption of the technology. The two companies, both board members of the Alliance for Wireless Power, will define, design and manufacture solutions that comply with the A4WP magnetic resonance standard. The new technology will offer the ability to charge both lower and higher power devices, from wearables and phones to tablets and PCs. The companies expect to have their technology in products in 2015, IDT stated.
07:29 EDTINTCUBM Canon to hold a summit
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07:28 EDTMSFT, INTCThe Money Event, Inc to hold a conference
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07:17 EDTINTC, HPQ, QCOMThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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07:13 EDTINTCIntel to hold a forum
Annual Developers Forum: IDF 2014 to be held in San Francisco on September 9-11.
07:11 EDTINTC, QCOMUBM Tech to hold a conference
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07:05 EDTEMCEMC Corporation to hold a summit
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06:54 EDTMSFT, QCOMChamber of Commerce says China antitrust efforts may be illegal, NY Times says
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06:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft begins rolling out 'Delve' to Office 365 business customers
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05:36 EDTEMCVMware, Capgemini announce strategic partnership
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September 8, 2014
14:30 EDTSTXSeagate volatility low into strategic update
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13:18 EDTINTCIntel 'Grantley' line could drive server processor unit growth, says Wells Fargo
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13:15 EDTINTCIntel introduces Xeon processors for servers
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10:04 EDTQCOMAlcatel-Lucent sees commercial release of Enterprise Small Cells in early 2015
Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) has announced that it will introduce its new Enterprise Small Cell device at the beginning of 2015. In collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm (QCOM), Alcatel-Lucent is developing a small cell solution that will allow operators to extend superior 3G, 4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity and coverage into the office for in-building customers. The rapid development of the solution has led the company to extend its plans to include LTE and multi-standard residential cells, Alcatel said.
09:40 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL TWTR TSLA YHOO BAC FB MSFT NFLX GILD MCD
08:45 EDTEMCNimble Storage, Arista, CommVault recommnded on M&A at Pacific Crest
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07:34 EDTMSFT, QCOMU.S. claims China breaks commitments amid Qualcomm, Microsoft probes, WSJ says
As Microsoft (MSFT) and Qualcomm (QCOM) are being investigated for potential monopolistic activity by Chinese regulators and lawmakers there recently alleged price manipulation by foreign automakers including Toyota (TM), Honda (HMC) and Daimler (DDAIF), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce alleged that China's use of its antimonopoly law has been subjective and its implementation skewed to favor China's local companies, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:37 EDTMSFTBaidu hires Microsoft's Zhang Yaqin, WSJ reports
Baidu (BIDU) has hired Zhang Yaqin, a top Microsoft (MSFT) executive in China, to become its president for new business,t he Wall Street Journal reports. Zhang was Microsoft's VP and chairman of its Asian-Pacific research and development group. Reference Link
06:21 EDTMSFTSmartwatch market to reach $10B by 2018, says Citigroup
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06:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft gives MSN.com a facelift, Re/code reports
Microsoft has given MSN.com a major facelift a year after MSN was merged with Bing Apps, Re/code reports. The updated MSN will still feature news, sports and cars, but will also include interactive content involving food and fitness. MSN is expected to be fully rolled out by the end of the month, and optimized MSN apps for iOS and Android could be released by the end of hte year. Reference Link
September 5, 2014
16:12 EDTINTCFossil, Intel announce collaboration to develop innovation in wearable tech
Fossil Group (FOSL) and Intel Corporation (INTC) announced that they will be collaborating to further develop wearable technology for the fashion industry. Fossil Group will partner with Intel to identify, support and develop emerging trends in the wearable technology space. The companies will work together on emerging products and technologies that will be developed for the fashion-oriented consumer. In addition, Fossil Group will work closely with Intel Capital, Intel’s global investment organization, to identify and evaluate co-investments in emerging technologies to accelerate industry innovation and stay at the forefront of the wearable consumer trend.
11:39 EDTHPQ, INTCIntel launches Core M processor, available Holiday 2014
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11:32 EDTINTCApple, Google, Adobe appeal court's rejection of hiring settlement, Reuters says
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08:22 EDTINTC, QCOMNVIDIA lawsuits likely to have positive outcome, says JMP Securities
After NVIDIA (NVDA) filed lawsuits against Qualcomm (QCOM) and Samsung, JMP Securities thinks there is a good chance that NVIDIA will obtain a favorable ruling or settlement that is equal or greater to the $1.5B deal it cut with Intel (INTC),. The firm thinks that other companies, most notably Apple (AAPL), will launch talks with NVIDIA in the wake of the lawsuit. JMP Securities recommends buying NVIDIA ahead of upcoming Apple product refreshes and what it sees as accelerating growth trends for NVIDIA. The firm is upbeat about NVIDIA's new products and reiterates an Outperform rating.
07:31 EDTQCOMNVIDIA lawsuit positive, says Stifel
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06:43 EDTHPQHP considered pulling out of Autonomy deal, FT reports
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06:33 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, competitors aim to halt Google EU agreement, Reuters says
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September 4, 2014
16:28 EDTHPQPMC-Sierra licenses HP Smart Array intellectual property
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16:13 EDTQCOMNVIDIA files patent infringement complaint against Qualcomm, Samsung
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13:56 EDTMSFTGetty Images files lawsuit against Microsoft over photo tool, Reuters reports
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09:06 EDTHPQ, INTCHP, Intel, Dell announce creation of Redfish industry standard
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07:31 EDTINTCIntel management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meeting to be held in Frankfurt on September 4 hosted by Deutsche Bank
06:40 EDTINTCApple, others restart discussions with tech staff in hiring suit, Reuters says
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06:30 EDTMSFTIDC: Phablet shipments to pass PCs in 2014, tablets in 2015, DigiTimes reports
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September 3, 2014
08:34 EDTINTCIntel volatility increases as shares near 10-year high
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07:44 EDTINTCIntel management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meetings to be held in Amsterdam/Milan on September 3 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
07:00 EDTEMCCredit Suisse recommends buying EMC, Nokia into 2H
Credit Suisse recommends buying EMC (EMC) and Nokia (NOK) into 2H. The firm believes EMC remains undervalued and sees different paths of value creation that include cash returns and a spin-off of VMware (VMW) and that Nokia will see 2H revenue growth following recent divestitures and recent contract momentum. Both are Outperform rated.
September 2, 2014
12:42 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to launch Xbox One in 28 more countries this month
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07:07 EDTINTCIntel management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meeting to be held in Edinburgh, Scotland on September 2 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
06:34 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reduces Surface chassis suppliers, DigiTimes reports
Microsoft has reduced the number of chassis suppliers for its Surface tablets and outsourcing all the orders to Ju Teng, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, Microsoft stopped placing chassis orders with its China-based supplier in August and may adopt a similar strategy for other components. Reference Link
September 1, 2014
12:25 EDTMSFTMicrosoft given deadline to answer antitrust questions in China, WSJ says
China officials have given Microsoft 20 days to answer questions on compatibility and bundling issues with its Windows and Office software, says the Wall Street Journal. Microsoft is currently facing an antitrust probe into its business practices in China, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
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