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August 1, 2014
16:35 EDTMSFT, SSNLFMicrosoft files legal action against Samsung for breach of contract
Microsoft (MSFT) has filed legal action against Samsung (SSNLF) in U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, to enforce its 2011 cross-licensing contract with Samsung. Microsoft alleges Samsung decided late last year to stop complying with its agreement with Microsoft. In September 2013, after Microsoft announced it was acquiring the Nokia (NOK) devices and services business, Samsung began using the acquisition as an excuse to breach its contract. Samsung did not ask the court to decide whether the Nokia acquisition invalidated its contract with Microsoft. Microsoft expects its partnership with Samsung to continue and is asking the Court to settle its disagreement with Samsung. The announcement was made in a Microsoft blog post. Reference Link
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April 16, 2015
11:54 EDTMSFTYahoo gets more flexibility with new Microsoft agreement, says Cantor
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09:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Yahoo agree to amend search partnership
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09:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Yahoo agree to amend search partnership
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07:44 EDTSSNLFApple calls audible to award 30% of A9 chip orders to TSM, Apple Insider says
Apple (AAPL) has made a "last minute decision" to recruit TSMC (TSM) for 30% of A9 chip orders for its next iPhone after GlobalFoundries continued to experience poor yield rates on production of the next-generation CPU, reports AppleInsider. According to a note from KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo, Globalfoundries A9 chip yield rate was at about 30% iyeld rate, well below the "basic requirement" of 50%. Kuo adds that Apple is concerned that Samsung's (SSNLF) chipmaking business may not be able to supply enough of its 14-nanometer design. Reference Link
06:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft counceled EC in Google antitrust probe, NY Post says
Microsoft (MSFT) "complained a lot" and "definitely counseled" the European Commission in its antitrust investigation of Google (GOOG), reports the New York Post, citing a source with direct knowledge of the situation. Reference Link
05:55 EDTSSNLFGalaxy S6 expected to reach 70M in sales during 2015, DigiTimes reports
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April 15, 2015
15:05 EDTSSNLFEarnings Watch: SanDisk to report Q1 results after lowering revenue guidance
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10:06 EDTSSNLFSamsung creates team to work exclusively on Apple devices, Bloomberg reports
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06:17 EDTMSFTCiti cuts Microsoft estimates, price target ahead of Q3 results
Ahead of the tech giant's Q3 results on April 23 and analyst day on April 29, Citigroup cut its below consensus estimates for Microsoft to reflect currency headwinds, lower PC units and reductions in commercial licensing. Citi's FY15, FY16 and FY17 earnings estimates now stand at $2.59, $2.71 and $2.90. The firm believes further contraction to Microsoft’s valuation multiple is possible given downside risk to consensus numbers and "medium-term uncertainty on multiple fronts." It believes the tech giant's strategic issues, including Windows challenges and the cloud transition, have no easy answers. Citi cut its price target for Microsoft shares to $36 from $38 and keeps a Sell rating on the name.
06:14 EDTSSNLFSamsung may be borrowing from Apple profit margin strategy, WSJ reports
Samsung (SSNLF) could be borrowing from Apple's (AAPL) profit margin strategy by charging customers $100 more for each incremental gain in storage capacity, reports the Wall Street Journal. IHS senior director of research and analytics Andrew Rassweiler said it costs Samsung makes an extra $87 in profit each time it sells a 64-gigabyte Galaxy S6 and an extra $160 each time it sells a 128-gigabye device. Rassweiler adds that Apple has been structuring its iPhone offerings like this for years to improve margins. Reference Link
05:55 EDTSSNLFSamsung Taiwan mobile business general manager to resign, DigiTimes reports
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April 14, 2015
12:40 EDTSSNLFPCTEL lowers FY15 revenue to $124M-$130M from $133M-$138M, two estimates $130M
Following its March 5 acquisition of Nexgen Wireless, PCTEL (PCTI) reported in a regulatory filing earlier that on April 7, Samsung Electronics America, a Samsung (SSNLF) subsidiary, provided Nexgen and PCTEL with a notice of Samsung’s election to terminate, effective April 30, the contractor services agreement between Samsung and Nexgen. Nexgen furnishes services to Samsung under the CSA including Meridian software-based services and contract personnel. The termination applies to the CSA only and will have no effect on other agreements between Samsung and Nexgen or PCTEL. The company continues to forecast 15%-18% revenue growth over FY14 and views the Nexgen acquisition as accretive to earnings in FY15. The company has revised its overall revenue forecast for FY15 in light of reduced business with Samsung, the reduction in capital spending by AT&T (T), and a decline in new network infrastructure investment in the oil and gas market. The company has revised revenue guidance from $133M-$138M to $124M-$130M. Finally, the company and Nexgen have signed a term sheet calling for a material reduction of the total consideration paid or payable by PCTEL for the Nexgen assets, and a material reduction of the equity compensation for which John Thakkar, the founder and president of Nexgen, will be eligible. These reductions seek to align the asset acquisition costs with the revised revenue and EBITDA estimates.
11:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires Datazen Software, terms not disclosed
Microsoft announced in a blog post the acquisition of Datazen Software, "an industry leader in mobile business intelligence and data visualization on Windows, iOS and Android devices. This acquisition accelerates our Power BI strategy to help organizations create a data culture with easy-to-use, accessible tools to extract maximum value from data – from anywhere, on any device... Beyond great technology, this acquisition brings a group of talented people to Microsoft. They will help us continue to deliver a broad range of products and services that will empower organizations around the world capitalize on their data opportunities." Reference Link
10:27 EDTSSNLFSamsung's Galaxy S6 Edge costliest phone to build, Re/code reports
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05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's Surface 3 expected to see weak sales, DigiTimes Research reports
Microsoft's Surface 3 is expected to see low shipments and weak sales due to fiercer competition than those for its Surface Pro 3, reports DigiTimes Research. The Surface 3, priced over $600, is expected to only have limited impact on other branded 2-in-1 products, which are priced below $350 on average. Reference Link
05:46 EDTSSNLFReport: Samsung to hold off release of flexible tablets in 2015, DigiTimes says
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05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft offers fee cut to attract vendors to pre-install apps, DigiTimes says
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April 13, 2015
12:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft hires Kurt DelBene to head corporate strategy and planning
Microsoft announced that Kurt DelBene has been named executive vice president of Corporate Strategy and Planning reporting to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. DelBene is returning to Microsoft, where he was most recently president of the Microsoft Office Division. After leaving Microsoft in 2013, he then served as senior advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services where he was appointed by President Obama to oversee implementation and improvement of Healthcare.gov. He most recently has been a venture partner at Madrona Venture Group, concentrating on investing and advising in early stage, technology-focused startups in the Pacific Northwest.
06:09 EDTSSNLFSamsung semiconductor CapEx to reach $15B in 2015, DigiTimes reports
Samsung's semiconductor capital spending is expected to reach a record $15B in 2015, reports DigiTimes Research. The company's CapEx for system ICs is expected to reach $4B, mainly to finance the commencement of its Line-17 fab in Hwasong and a buildup of its plant in Austin, Texas. 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
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