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April 23, 2014
16:08 EDTMSFTZynga hires Microsoft's Garden, Pinkus to leave Chief Product Officer role
Zynga (ZNGA) announced that it has hired Alex Garden as President of Zynga Studios, reporting directly to CEO Don Mattrick. Garden joins Zynga from Microsoft (MSFT), where he held the positions of General Manager for Xbox LIVE and Xbox Music, Video and Reading. Additionally, Zynga has hired Academy Award nominated visual artist, Henry LaBounta as its first Chief Visual Officer and Jennifer Nuckles as its Chief Marketing Officer. Zynga also announced that Founder Mark Pincus has decided to move on from his operational role as Chief Product Officer at Zynga to focus on serving in his role as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
15:33 EDTMSFTMicrosoft April volatility elevated at 56 into Q3
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13:42 EDTSNESony, Mattel announce partnership for live-action Barbie film
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SNE) and Mattel (MAT) announced a partnership on a live-action comedy featuring Mattel's Barbie character. The studio said the live-action comedy is set to begin production by the end of the year.
13:23 EDTSNESony to diversify into real estate, Nikkei reports
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April 22, 2014
12:18 EDTMSFTBofA/Merrill's software analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Software Analysts, along with Ray Wang, Principal Analyst & CEO at Constellation Research, provide their perspectives on pertinent topics in the software industry and how disruptive technologies impact cross channel commerce and technology optimization on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on April 25 at 11 am.
10:59 EDTMSFTValueAct's Ubben says fund owns more than $2.5B of Microsoft shares
ValueAct's Jeffrey Ubben was speaking on CNBC.
10:37 EDTSNETime Warner says Joseph Ripp will become chairman of Time Inc
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April 21, 2014
12:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Motorola sign licensing agreement
Microsoft (MSFT) announced a patent licensing agreement with Motorola Solution (MSI). The license provides worldwide coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for Motorola Solutions' devices running the Android platform and Chrome OS operating system.
10:07 EDTMSFTNokia sees sale of Devices & Services business to Microsoft closing on April 25
Nokia (NOK) announced that it expects the transaction whereby the company will sell substantially all of its Devices & Services business to Microsoft (MSFT) to close on April 25. The transaction is now subject only to certain customary closing conditions. The transaction was originally announced on September 3, 2013.
07:26 EDTSNEPandora sued in NY over older songs, NY Times reports
Sony (SNE), Universal Music (VIVHY) and Warner Music, along with an independent label, filed a lawsuit in New York that accuses Pandora (P) of violating the state’s common-law copyright protections by using recordings of songs made before Feb. 15, 1972, without permission, reported The New York Times on Thursday. Reference Link
07:16 EDTMSFT, SNE, NTDOYElectronic Arts' Titanfall leads March game software sales, Joystiq reports
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06:48 EDTMSFTMicrosoft faces internal & external conflicts in three segments, DigiTimes says
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April 17, 2014
18:48 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sold 311,000 Xbox One units in March
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06:08 EDTSNESony says PlayStation 4 sales surpass 7M units worldwide
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April 16, 2014
07:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces new products, CEO describes vision for 'data culture'
In a blog post from yesterday entitled "A data culture for everyone," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella laid out his vision for the way his company can help other corporations develop a "data culture" and provided highlights of the company's launch of SQL Server 2014, Analytics Platform System, and Azure Intelligent Systems Service. In the blog, Nadella states, "We believe that with the right tools, insights can come from anyone, anywhere, at any time...We are all experiencing the explosion of data driven by ubiquitous computing. We all crave easier and faster ways to turn that data into fuel for insight, and to realize the potential of ambient intelligence for every individual and every organization. Today marks a big step toward, and we’re going to keep moving quickly." Reference Link
07:30 EDTMSFTVMware, Citrix may be threatened as OpenStack momentum builds, WSJ says
OpenStack supporters say the open-source operating system can bring the ease of use and agility offered by cloud-service vendors, while using a company's own server systems, and if it continues to be adopted OpenStack could pose a threat to companies to offer data center software and services including VMware (VMW), Citrix Systems (CTXS), Amazon.com (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT) and others, said The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:07 EDTMSFTAmazon, Google, Microsoft cut prices for cloud computing products, WSJ says
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06:58 EDTSNEFormer Sony chairman to take place on Time Inc's board, NY Post says
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06:20 EDTSNESamsung, Sony Mobile, HTC to release mini smartphone models, DigiTimes says
Samsung (SSNLF), Sony (SNE) Mobile and HTC are expected to launch mini versions of their flagship smartphones by end of Q2, reports DigiTimes. According to sources at Taiwan's handset supply chain, Samsung will release a Galaxy S5, Sony Mobile will release the Xperia Z2 Compact and HTC will release a HTC One mini. Reference Link
06:10 EDTSNESony, Hydro-Quebec form JV for large-scale energy storage system for power grids
Sony Corporation and Hydro-Québec announced that they have agreed to establish a joint venture to research and develop a large-scale energy storage system for power grids. Sony and Hydro-Québec plan to establish the new company in June. The new company will utilize Sony's control technologies for highly safe, reliable, olivine-type lithium-ion iron phosphate rechargeable batteries and highly scalable module systems, together with Hydro-Québec's operation and control technologies for electric power supplies as well as its lithium-ion battery material technology. By combining these strengths, the new company intends to research and develop a highly safe and reliable system for large-scale applications, as well as battery material technology suitable for use within electric power systems, and explore their use in a wide variety of applications, such as meeting excess demand during peak times, and the integrating renewable energy sources into power grids.
April 15, 2014
18:22 EDTSNESony looks to revive TV business with 4K technology, Nikkei reports
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15:53 EDTMSFTFord's new My Touch with BlackBerry software slated for year end, WSJ says
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08:34 EDTSNEHighpower subsidiary selected by Sony as battery supplier
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08:07 EDTMSFT21Vianet announces general availability of Microsoft Office 365 in China
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April 14, 2014
11:11 EDTSNEVevo and Yahoo expand music video distribution partnership
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10:02 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:06 EDTSNESony expects Ultra HD TV sales to increase to four times in 2014, DigiTimes says
Sony expects Ultra HD TV sales to increase by four times in 2014 as it targets a 10% global share in LCD TV shipments, reports DigiTimes. The company is targeting 20M LCD TV shipments in 2014 with Ultra HD TV sales in the China market increasing six-fold. Reference Link
05:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank downgraded its rating on Microsoft (MSFT) to Hold from Buy citing valuation and concerns over the closing of the Nokia unit acquisition. The firm has a $42 price target for shares.
April 11, 2014
06:52 EDTSNESony warns customers of Vaio PCs battery fire risk, Reuters says
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06:12 EDTSNEDreamWorks Animation may look to take a piece of Vevo, Re/code reports
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April 10, 2014
08:44 EDTMSFTCLSA technology analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:00 EDTMSFT, SNESony PS4 grants Hirai profit potential as risk decreases, Bloomberg says
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06:23 EDTMSFTIDC says worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4M units in Q1, down 4.4% y/y
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4 million units in 1Q14, a decline of -4.4% year on year, according to the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Although still in decline and with continuing weakness in consumer and emerging market segments, the preliminary results are slightly better than a projected decline of -5.3%. The U.S. market continued to stabilize with growth near zero – in line with forecasts. With shipments totaling 14.3 million PCs in 1Q14, the U.S. market contracted by -0.6% from the same quarter a year ago. Desktop shipments were slightly stronger, posting 3.5% growth, while portables remained in negative territory. Lenovo (LNVGY) preserved its lead in total worldwide PC shipments despite a seasonal drop due to the Chinese New Year. Growth in other regions continued at a solid pace although Latin America slowed after a dramatic expansion over the past year. HP (HPQ) remained in the number 2 position, with growth rising nicely to nearly 5% year on year. Dell grew over 9% in the first quarter.
06:14 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may release server orders to Taiwan ODMs, DigiTimes reports
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April 9, 2014
17:26 EDTMSFTGartner says worldwide PC shipments in Q1 fell 1.7%
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13:23 EDTMSFTEnd of Windows XP support could spur adoption of Chinese OS, WantChinaTimes says
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13:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft continues Windows XP support for select customers, Re/code reports
For most customers, support for Windows XP ended yesterday. However, for select customers and governments, Microsoft is providing paid custom support, Re/code reports. Reference Link
12:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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