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February 10, 2014
13:39 EDTGOOG, NOK, MSFTNokia to release first Android phone, WSJ says
Nokia (NOK) is set to release its first Android (GOOG) smartphone later this month as the company concludes the sale of its handset business to Microsoft (MSFT), reports The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
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June 18, 2015
06:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft writedown for Nokia now more likely, says Jefferies
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June 17, 2015
18:39 EDTNOKNokia looks to German carmakers as it seeks $4B for map unit, Bloomberg says
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14:34 EDTGOOGGoogle's Nest announces redesigned, refreshed product line
Google's Nest Labs announced refreshes and redesigns across the company’s entire product portfolio, including the introduction of Nest Cam, the second generation Nest Protect, new features for the Nest Learning Thermostat, and a new app. Nest Cam is a 1080p camera featuring a stand as well as improved motion alerts and night vision, offering live video streaming to a phone or computer to keep an eye on the home while the Nest user is away. Cam users can also subscribe to Nest Aware with Video History for an additional monthly fee to gain access to video history, alert summaries, advanced motion sensing, and more. Also, Nest is piloting the ability for YouTube creators to stream directly to YouTube Live from Nest Cam. Nest Protect is the company's second generation smoke and carbon monoxide alarm, offering a custom, split-spectrum sensor that uses two wavelengths of light to look for different types of fires. Building on Nest’s energy partner program, Nest is partnering with home insurance companies to help Nest Protect users save money on home insurance policies. Through Nest Safety Rewards, a participating Nest insurance partner may offer a discount on a Nest user's annual premiums. American Family and Liberty Mutual Insurance are the first insurance partners to provide offers as part of Nest Safety Rewards. Separately, the updated Nest Learning Thermostat has the capability to notify customers when temperatures drop to help avoid frozen pipes, and it also adds new integrations with other Nest products. Finally, the redesigned Nest app 5.0 brings together all three Nest products across multiple platforms. Nest Cam is available for immediate purchase with a suggested retail price of $199. It will begin shipping this month. The camera is set to launch next month in Belgium, France, Ireland, Netherlands, and the U.K. Nest Aware with Video History can be purchased as a 10-day or 30-day subscription for $10 or $30 per month, respectively. Nest Protect is available for immediate purchase for a suggested retail price of $99, and will begin shipping next month. Nest app 5.0 is available in the Google Play Store and iOS App Store. Nest Learning Thermostat software 4.5 will begin rolling out immediately and will take up to two weeks to reach all Nest customers.
11:03 EDTNOKNokia, Alcatel-Lucent say DOJ permits companies to proceed with combination
Nokia (NOK) and Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) announced that the U.S. Department of Justice has granted early termination of the U.S. antitrust waiting period for the combination of Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent, permitting the transaction to proceed. The parties said they continue to make good progress with the regulatory approval processes in the remaining relevant jurisdictions, with the parties having already obtained antitrust clearances in Brazil and Serbia. The transaction remains subject to approval by Nokia shareholders, Nokia holding over 50% of the share capital of Alcatel-Lucent on a fully diluted basis upon completion of the public exchange offer, receipt of other regulatory approvals and other customary conditions. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2016.
10:58 EDTGOOGGoogle announces cross-device measurement for all DoubleClick products
Google announced that cross-device measurement is coming to all of its DoubleClick advertiser products, so marketers can measure conversions that start as a click on one device and end with a conversion on another for all their campaigns across the web, not just with the ads they buy from Google. Reference Link
10:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft aligns engineering team, Chief Insights Officer to leave
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09:46 EDTMSFTJefferies to hold company meetings at E3 Expo
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06:34 EDTGOOGGoogle's former head of Maps to join Uber, Re/code reports
Brian McClendon, the former head of Google Maps and a 10-year company veteran, will join Uber to oversee the company's new Advanced Technologies Center out of Pittsburgh, Re/code reports. McClendon will help guide Uber’s mapping, self-driving car and vehicle safety initiatives, the report says. Reference Link
June 16, 2015
19:47 EDTMSFTXbox chief says digital game sales 'really strong,' WSJ reports
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19:38 EDTGOOGNext Google Nexus may have 3D camera, BGR says
Google is working on two Nexus handsets and LG's is testing a 3D camera for its model, reports the Boy Genius Report. Reference Link
14:47 EDTGOOGBanking sources say Twitter open to potential sale, Gasparino says
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13:56 EDTGOOGTwitter hits 52-week low after MKM downgrades on user growth concerns
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13:48 EDTNOKNokia CEO says may decide not to sell HERE maps unit, Bloomberg says
Says the strategic analysis of HERE unit is still going on and no decision has been made, added Bloomberg.
12:04 EDTMSFTBox enhances integration with Microsoft Office Online
Box (BOX) announced a deep integration with Microsoft (MSFT) Office Online that will transform collaboration for joint customers. The company added, "Today’s update extends the reach of Box’s powerful integrations with Office 365 for the desktop, Office on iOS and Outlook, and demonstrates Box’s commitment to the Office 365 Cloud Storage Partner Program." “Box and Microsoft are working together to help businesses and individuals be more productive, collaborative and successful,” said Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for Office at Microsoft. “We're thrilled about this latest offering to give our joint customers more choice and simplicity for how they work together with documents and digital content.” The Box integration with Office Online will enable users to easily browse, open and edit Office Online files directly from Box, as well as automatically save all changes made in Office Online back to Box in real-time. Together, these enhancements eliminate the need to upload or download files or move back-and-forth between applications, simplifying workflows and mitigating the security risks that come with locally stored content.
09:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to encrypt all search traffic by default
Microsoft's Bing has announced that it will encrypt its search traffic by default. Bing has already been offering users the option to encrypt search traffic for about a year and a half now. Beginning this summer, Bing will begin the process of encrypting search traffic by default. With the move to encrypted search by default Bing will continue to pass along a referrer string so that marketers and webmasters will be able to identify traffic as coming from Bing. However, to further protect users’ privacy, Bing will not include the used query terms. Reference Link
07:51 EDTGOOGTwitter downgraded to Neutral at MKM Partners on stalled user growth
As previously reported, MKM Partners analyst Rob Sanderson downgraded Twitter (TWTR) to Neutral from Buy, noting that growth in its user base is stalling out and he sees no catalyst for sentiment to improve in the next two quarters, besides a possible bid from Google (GOOG). Sanderson thinks the company's CEO search brings with it some uncertainty and likely delays user experience improvements, unless Jack Dorsey takes over full-time, but that would require him to give up his CEO post at Square. The firm lowered its estimates on Twitter and cut its price target on the shares to $39 from $57.
06:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft opens branded store on Indian e-commerce platform Snapdeal
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06:01 EDTGOOGNeal Mohan not leaving Google for Dropbox, Re/code reports
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05:52 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility movement; GOOG VXX
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05:51 EDTNOKNokia, LG Electronics agree on smartphone patent license
LG Electronics has agreed to take a royalty-bearing smartphone patent license from Nokia Technologies (NOK). The Korean company is the latest of more than 60 licensees for Nokia's 2G, 3G and 4G mobile communication technologies and the first major smartphone manufacturer to join the licensing program since Nokia divested its Devices & Services business to Microsoft (MSFT) in 2014. The detailed royalty payment obligations will be subject to commercial arbitration, expected to conclude within a 1-2 year timeframe. Other terms of the agreement remain confidential between the two companies.
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