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May 15, 2013
05:59 EDTALL, FB, HD, KO, VCLK, NILE, DIS, MWWCorporate boards recruit newcomers with digital knowledge, WSJ reports
While most all facets of corporate life has gone digital, many public company boards remain stuck in analog mode. That has started to change as boards, concerned about their scant digital expertise, are scrambling to recruit newcomers who can advise management on strategies for mobile devices, social media and data analytics, reports the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
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June 18, 2015
08:23 EDTDISDisney cancels plans to outsource tech jobs, L.A. Times reports
Disney (DIS) is canceling plans to replace employees in 30 technology positions with workers hired from Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTSH), an agency that outsources jobs to immigrants mostly from India on temporary work visas, the L.A. Times reports. Disney employees in New York, New York and Burbank, California were first made aware of the layoffs in late May, and recently some of the employees were asked to help train their own successors, sometimes in person but mostly via teleconference, the report says. Disney has not offered many details on the reasons for its decision to reverse layoff plans, the L.A. Times says. Reference Link
07:38 EDTFBFacebook continues to take ad share, says JMP Securities
JMP Securities says its checks indicate that Facebook's share of total ad dollars continue to rise. The firm believes that Instagram's engagement and monthly average users continue to grow. It estimates that Instagram could generate about $1,4B in revenue next year, versus its 2015 estimate of about $445M. JMP Securities raised its price target on Facebook to $101 from $98 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:30 EDTFBSalesforce initiatives should help social media companies, says Brean Capital
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06:13 EDTFBFacebook testing new approach to hiring to diversify employee ranks, WSJ reports
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June 17, 2015
14:42 EDTFBOption volume leaders
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14:23 EDTFBFacebook rises after Brean hikes target on app monetization potential
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13:28 EDTDISHBO to make serious run at Bill Simmons, Hollywood Reporter says
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10:22 EDTALLAllstate announces FAA ruling clears way for company to fly drones
Allstate announced that a new FAA ruling will allow the consortium it works with to fly drones for property claims research on behalf of customers. The Property Drone Consortium has been granted an exemption by the FAA to put drones in flight for further research, which could lead to using drones in areas hit hard by catastrophe and other situations. The FAA approval paves the way for the collection and processing of intelligent images for research using drones, which can help expedite the assessment of exterior property.
09:40 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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06:20 EDTDISHulu luring content producers from Netflix, WSJ reports
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06:05 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 21 at lower end of index mean range
05:45 EDTFBBrean ups Facebook target to $108, says own for long haul
Brean Capital analyst Sarah Hindlian raised her price target for Facebook to $108 from $100 while telling investors to own the stock for the long haul. After analyzing the potential of the social networking giant's mobile applications, including Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger, Hindlian's "bear case" analyses demonstrate that Facebook may have an incremental $4.0B in revenue in FY16 from monetization efforts. Only 25%-35% of this potential revenue is included in consensus estimates, the analyst states this morning in a research note. She reiterates a Buy rating on Facebook. The stock closed yesterday up 35c to $81.06.
June 16, 2015
16:01 EDTKO, FBApple Twitter Facebook Bank of America Yahoo Netflix Alibaba WisdomTree Coca-Cola Goldman Sachs Micron General Electric
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 33c to 18.68. Option volume leaders: AAPL TWTR FB BAC YHOO NFLX BABA WETF KO GS MU GE.
14:49 EDTFBFacebook share of Mobile time remains strong at 23% in May, says JPMorgan
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14:47 EDTFBBanking sources say Twitter open to potential sale, Gasparino says
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11:11 EDTKOMonster Beverage climbs after added to Citi Focus List
Energy drink maker Monster Beverage (MNST) is advancing after Citi added the stock to its Focus List, saying that the company has many potential positive catalysts. WHAT'S NEW: Monster's stock can rise significantly from current levels, as it has many potential positive catalysts that can kick in over the next 12 months, Citi analyst Wendy Nicholson wrote in a note to investors today. Specifically, the company can enter new markets such as China and its overseas profit margins may increase, the analyst stated, adding that Monster may also sign new distribution deals in foreign markets and launch new products. Other potential catalysts include signs that the distribution of the company's drinks in the U.S. has become smoother in the wake of its transition to Coca-Cola's (KO) system and the possibility that the soda giant will increase its stake in Monster, the analyst believes. Monster could initiate large share repurchases, given the huge amount of cash it received from Coca-Cola, the analyst stated. She predicted that the company's earnings before interest and taxes would grow at an "outsized" compound annual growth rate of 12% over the next five years and kept a $155 price target and Buy rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: UBS on June 12 upgraded Monster to Buy from Neutral, saying that the short-term risks facing the company were already priced into the stock, while the beverage maker's U.S. and foreign growth outlook is strong. The analyst predicted that Coca-Cola would increase its stake in the company to 25% from its current 16.7% level. Also on June 12, Monster and Coca-Cola announced that the acquisition of the 16.7% stake in Monster by Coke had been closed. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Monster climbed 4% to $132.
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06:56 EDTFBFacebook plans to build EUR200M data center in Meath, TheJournal.ie reports
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06:31 EDTFBBelgian Privacy Commission adopts first recommendation of principle on Facebook
The Belgian Privacy Commission said in a statement that on May 13 it adopted a first recommendation of principle on Facebook. "It has observed that Facebook 'processes' the personal data of its members, users as well as of all internet users who come into contact with Facebook. Facebook does this secretively: no consent is asked for this 'tracking and tracing' and the use of cookies. No targeted information is provided. The available information is vague and authorizes just about anything. Following the introduction of new worldwide terms of use by Facebook, a number of European privacy commissions queried Facebook, which was particularly sparing with precise answers and also refused to comply with the request to postpone the entry into force of the new terms of use. Facebook did not accept that it was bound by the national privacy legislation of Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. It rejected the competence of those countries' supervisory authorities for privacy. Facebook only accepts supervision by the Irish privacy commission and the application of Irish law.After months of unsuccessful correspondence and fruitlessly exchanging ideas, the Belgian Privacy Commission has now adopted a first recommendation. This document establishes first of all that the Belgian Privacy Commission is competent and that Belgian law also applies to Facebook, simply because any national supervisory authority is obliged to ensure privacy protection for its citizens. And Belgian law also applies because the Facebook Group has an actual establishment in Brussels, Belgium. At the request of the Belgian Privacy Commission the inter-university research center EMSOC/SPION conducted a detailed study into the way in which Facebook deals with its members' personal data. And that of citizens who do not use Facebook or who explicitly opted out of its service.The research results are disconcerting. Facebook disregards European and Belgian privacy legislation in several ways. In 10 chapters an equal amount of issues have been uncovered. It is the Belgian Privacy Commission's ambition to thoroughly look into these issues. Until today, the eighth chapter - 'tracking trough social plug-ins' - has been the focus of attention, because it does not only impact Facebook users but also virtually every Internet user in Belgium and Europe. Up to this day Facebook refuses to recognize the application of Belgian legislation nor the Belgian Privacy Commission. Until now it has always contested the findings of the EMSOC/SPION research report, but it has not provided concrete facts repudiating them. To the contrary: Facebook recognizes that errors, 'BUGS' have been uncovered." Reference Link
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