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News For MSFT;NYT;AOL From The Last 14 Days
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October 2, 2014
10:17 EDTMSFTReport: Microsoft not satisfied with Xbox One sales in Japan, Kotaku says
Microsoft Xbox Japan chief Takashi Sensui said the company is not satisfied with the current state of the Xbox One in Japan, reports Kotaku, citing an interview Sensui had with Japanese game magazine Famitsu. In the interview, Sensui said "It's not as though we're satisfied with the current sales state... The current console generation has become very long. We hope to lay out a long-term vision and to focus on publicity for our console." Reference Link
10:05 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities
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October 1, 2014
16:23 EDTNYTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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09:23 EDTNYTNew York Times reducing cost base to safeguard long-term profitability
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09:21 EDTNYTNew York Times says to sunset NY Opinion app
Says "NYT Now is a terrific app and has struck a chord with younger users, many of them entirely new to The Times. However our effort to define and market a lower-priced subscription offer on the web and core apps has proven much less successful. So we’ve decided to split those two efforts. We will continue to back NYT Now as a smartphone-only product, aimed at new and younger audiences and we’ve already begun to test other, more intuitive lower-priced subscription offers. NYT Opinion attracted early passionate loyalists and it too broke new ground for The Times in the curation of the rest of the Web. We’ve learned some important editorial and design lessons from it that will be invaluable as we grapple with the continued challenges and opportunities of mobile. But, four months after the launch of the app, it hasn’t attracted the kind of new audience it would need to be truly scalable. So we’ve decided to sunset the app, though we will continue to sell access to the Opinion section of the Web site as a separate subscription offer. "
09:21 EDTNYTNew York Times says committed to core stratgy
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09:20 EDTNYTNew York Times sees digital advertising to show approx. 16% growth in Q3
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09:19 EDTNYTNew York Times stays to begin round of buyouts, layoffs
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08:35 EDTMSFTMicrosoft struck right balance with Windows 10, says Cowen
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06:13 EDTMSFTHackers admit stealing data from Army, Microsoft, DOJ says
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September 30, 2014
14:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft unveils Windows 10, technical preview available Oct. 1
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13:42 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says Windows 10 shipping 'later in the year' in 2015
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13:33 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says Windows 10 to support Windows 8 users with touch machines
This comment was taken from Microsoft's Windows event.
13:17 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Windows 10 restores the Start Menu
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13:16 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says Windows 10 to separate corporate, personal data
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13:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says Windows 10 to run on smart phones, tablets, laptops and PCs
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13:07 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces new operating system, Windows 10
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09:01 EDTAOL, MSFTAOL to program MSN experience with premium video and news
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08:32 EDTMSFTIron Mountain names Ted MacLean as Chief Marketing Officer
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06:34 EDTMSFTAnalyst says Xbox One hurt by high price in China, China Daily says
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September 29, 2014
09:28 EDTMSFTMicrosoft expected to reveal Windows 9 at Tuesday's press event, BI reports
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07:37 EDTAOLAOL, Publicis to expand global adveritising partnership
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07:24 EDTAOLAOL CEO says haven't focused on Starboard, Yahoo developments
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07:20 EDTAOLAOL CEO say no comment on Yahoo speculation
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06:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to open flagship store on Fifth Avenue in NYC, WSJ reports
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06:23 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to release inexpensive notebook solution in 2015, DigiTimes reports
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September 28, 2014
19:53 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's CEO vows to fully cooperate in China's antitrust probe, Reuters says
Satya Nadella, the Microsoft CEO, has vowed to fully cooperate with Chinese regulators in their antitrust probe of the company, Reuters says. Reference Link
September 26, 2014
16:55 EDTAOLMarket ends week lower after inversion crackdown, mixed data
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16:15 EDTAOLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher, regaining much of their losses from yesterday, after GDP data showed the U.S. economy grew at its fastest pace in more than 2 years during the second quarter. Also helping improve sentiment was the significant earnings beat from Dow member Nike (NKE). ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., second quarter real GDP growth was revised up to 4.6% in the government's third estimate. This was raised from the prior 4.2% growth estimate, though the upward revision had been expected by analysts. The final University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for September came in at 84.6, which was unchanged from the preliminary print but up from the final August reading of 82.5. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Nike climbed $9.75, or 12.23%, to $89.50 after the company reported stronger than expected results and provided better than expected profit guidance. Following last night's report, a number of analysts reacted positively in notes this morning, including Janney Capital, which upgraded the stock to Buy from Neutral. Meanwhile, Deutsche Bank upgraded Under Armour (UA) to Buy, citing continued sector strength evidenced in Nike's results. Under Armour gained $2.27, or 3.36%, to $69.82 following the report from the industry leader and Deutsche's ratings action. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Janus Capital (JNS), which surged $4.60, or 41.43%, to $15.72 after the company unexpectedly announced that "Bond King" Bill Gross, formerly of PIMCO, will join as a fund manager this Monday. Afterward, Citigroup upgraded Janus to Neutral from Sell, citing Gross' hiring. Also higher was Yahoo (YHOO), which jumped $1.71, or 4.39%, to $40.66 after activist investor Starboard Value announced it has acquired a significant ownership stake in the company and urged it to explore a strategic combination with AOL (AOL). Shares of AOL also rose $1.58, or 3.68%, to $44.55 following Starboard's public disclosure of its recommendation to Yahoo. Among the noteworthy losers was Finish Line (FINL), which was left out of the Nike-fueled rally in the sneaker sector and fell $4.30, or 14.62%, to $25.11 after the company reported second quarter earnings and revenue that missed expectations. Following Finish Line's Q2 report, the stock and peer Foot Locker (FL) were both downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Also lower were shares of AcelRx (ACRX), which fell $1.31, or 19.49%, to $5.41 and was downgraded to Neutral at Roth Capital after the company said it has to resubmit for FDA approval of its Zalviso drug. INDEXES: The Dow advanced 167.35, or 0.99%, to 17,113.15, the Nasdaq gained 45.45, or 1.02%, to 4,512.19, and the S&P 500 rose 16.86, or 0.86%, to 1,982.85.
12:49 EDTAOLAOL climbs after activist says Yahoo should pursue merger
Shares of AOL (AOL) are rising after activist investor Starboard Value urged Yahoo (YHOO) to consider a takeover of the company. WHAT'S NEW: Starboard said in a press release that Yahoo should "explore a strategic combination" with AOL. Merging with AOL could improve Yahoo's competitive position and deliver cost synergies of up to $1B, stated Starboard, which said that it had obtained a "significant stake" in Yahoo. Combining with AOL could also help Yahoo reduce the taxes it would owe after monetizing its stakes in Alibaba (BABA) and Yahoo Japan, Starboard stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Other steps that Yahoo should take include reducing its costs, curtailing its "aggressive acquisition strategy," and unlocking the value from its stakes in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan, the activist investor added. If all the steps recommended by Starboard are carried out, "tremendous value" for Yahoo shareholders will be unlocked, the hedge fund stated. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, AOL rose 3.5% to $44.50, while Yahoo gained 3% to $40.
12:31 EDTAOLReuters corrects tweet on Yahoo to attribute to Starboard, not company
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12:22 EDTAOLAOL calls active, activist believes combination with Yahoo could offer synergies
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12:20 EDTAOLAOL spikes higher after Starboard encourages combination with Yahoo
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12:17 EDTAOLAOL up 8.45%, Yahoo up 4% after talk of Yahoo-AOL combination
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12:15 EDTAOLStarboard believes Yahoo-AOL combination could offer synergies of up to $1B
In a letter to Yahoo, Starboard said, "Based on our analysis, we believe that a combination of Yahoo and AOL could offer synergies of up to $1 billion by significantly reducing the cost overlaps in their Display advertising businesses as well as synergies in corporate overhead. Importantly, we believe the combined entity would be able to more successfully navigate the ongoing industry changes, such as the growth of programmatic advertising and migration to mobile. In addition, we believe a combination could also lead to revenue growth opportunities given the broader user base, higher quality content, better technology assets, and enhanced relationships with advertising agencies. Interestingly, based on our research and the legal advice we have received on how to unlock the value of Yahoo's equity holdings, we believe a merger of AOL and Yahoo's core business may be one of the best ways to both fully seize the cost reduction opportunity and also to tax efficiently monetize Yahoo's non-core equity holdings. We trust the Board and management will do the right thing for shareholders, even if this may mean accepting AOL as the surviving entity in a combination, should that be the best and most tax efficient structure."
12:14 EDTAOLYahoo says exploring strategic combination with AOL, Reuters says
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12:13 EDTAOLStarboard urges Yahoo to explore combination with AOL
Starboard Value LP announced it has acquired a significant ownership stake in Yahoo!, and that it has delivered a letter to Marissa Mayer, President and CEO of Yahoo, and to Yahoo's Board of Directors. In the letter, Starboard said, "The purpose of this letter is to highlight several opportunities to unlock tremendous value for the benefit of all Yahoo shareholders. These opportunities include: 1) Unlocking the substantial value from Yahoo's non-core minority equity stakes in Alibaba (BABA) and Yahoo Japan in a structure that delivers value directly to Yahoo shareholders in a tax-efficient manner; 2) Realizing substantial cost efficiencies by reducing expenses throughout the Company, specifically with a goal of reducing losses in the Display business by between $250M-$500M; 3) Halting Yahoo's aggressive acquisition strategy which has resulted in $1.3 billion of capital spent since Q2 2012 while consolidated revenues have remained stagnant and EBITDA has materially decreased; and 4) Exploring a strategic combination with AOL (AOL) – a company we know well – which could improve Yahoo's competitive position, deliver cost synergies of up to $1B, and potentially facilitate the realization of value from Yahoo's non-core equity stakes with minimal tax leakage. We believe that the execution of these initiatives would produce tremendous value for shareholders, and are squarely within the control of the Company's management and board of directors. We look forward to engaging directly with you to discuss the details of how these actions can be implemented in a timely manner.
12:12 EDTAOLYahoo, AOL jump after Starboard recommends exploration of tie-up
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12:10 EDTAOLYahoo urged by Starboard Value to explore strategic combination with AOL
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08:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, 21Vianet announce Windows Azure services WebDirect payment in China
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September 25, 2014
06:07 EDTMSFTGlobal tablet sales momentum to slow down in 2015, DigiTimes reports
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September 24, 2014
13:29 EDTNYTNew York Times announces executive changes
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September 23, 2014
08:38 EDTMSFTePlus becomes authorized Surface reseller in Microsoft Devices Program
ePlus (PLUS) announced that its subsidiary, ePlus Technology, has joined an exclusive group of partners in the Microsoft Devices Program (MSFT), which allows customers to purchase Surface through authorized resellers. In addition to offering Microsoft's extended warranty and accidental damage, ePlus brings a variety of value-added services to the Surface family, including asset tagging, custom imaging, kitting, onsite service and support, device recycling, and data protection.
07:49 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to launch Xbox One console in China on September 29, Reuters says
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07:23 EDTAOLYahoo could be buyer or target after Alibaba IPO, Re/code says
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06:00 EDTMSFTFacebook expected to launch new advertising platform, WSJ reports
This week, Facebook (FB) will introduce Atlas, a new advertising platform to improve effectiveness of online ads, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Atlas is a re-engineered version of the Atlas Advertiser Suite Facebook acquired in 2013 from Microsoft (MSFT). Facebook is looking to challenge Google (GOOG) in the online ad space. Reference Link
September 22, 2014
09:15 EDTMSFTAmazon's Iain Kennedy leaves company for Microsoft, Re/code reports
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September 21, 2014
12:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft delays China launch of its Xbox One console, Reuters says
Microsoft announced that it has delayed the launch of its Xbox One game console in China, says Reuters. Microsoft, which has recently faced setbacks in China related to anti-trust probe involving its Windows operating system and Microsoft Office, said that it will launch the Xbox One game console in China by the end of the year, added Reuters. Reference Link
September 19, 2014
14:40 EDTNYTNew York Times considering more employee buyouts, Politico says
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11:51 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Intel look to partner with Chinese mobile device makers, Nikkei says
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11:34 EDTMSFTRed Hat falls after Q3 outlook trails consensus
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10:48 EDTMSFTOracle tumbles after Q1 earnings miss estimates, Ellison steps aside as CEO
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08:53 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO to visit China, China Daily says
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is set to visit Beijing next week, according to China Daily. Nadella's visit comes as China conducts an anti-trust probe of the tech giant. The CEO is likely to visit high-ranking Chinese officials during his time in the country ,the newspaper added. Reference Link
September 18, 2014
15:10 EDTAOLAOL spikes higher in late session trading, levels to watch
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14:16 EDTAOLRumor: AOL moves up on renewed takeover chatter
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12:44 EDTMSFTMicrosoft laying off 2,100 employees today, company tells CNBC
12:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft lays off 2,100 employees, Seattle Times reports
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05:34 EDTMSFTInfosys expands partnership with Microsoft
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