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September 23, 2014
12:19 EDTTAT&T, Vodafone 'laying groundwork' for deal, BSN reports
Vodafone (VOD) and AT&T (T) are "laying the groundwork" for a possible acquisition, merger or partnership deal, according to Bright Side of News, citing sources close to both companies. Shares of Vodafone have moved out of negative territory and are up 0.5% following the report. Reference Link
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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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
10:01 EDTTGernin Group and AT&T's Otter Media to acquire majority stake in Fullscreen
Otter Media, a venture between The Chernin Group and AT&T, agreed to purchase a majority stake in Fullscreen, a global online media company. As part of the deal, Fullscreen CEO and Founder George Strompolos will continue as CEO and maintain a material ownership stake in the company. Otter Media was established by AT&T and The Chernin Group to invest in, acquire and launch over-the-top video services. Fullscreen's management team will all continue in their roles in the company. The transaction is expected to close within the next month, subject to regulatory approval. WPP, which had invested in Fullscreen in a round of Series A funding led by The Chernin Group in 2013, will continue as a strategic shareholder in the company.
09:15 EDTMSFTAmazon's Iain Kennedy leaves company for Microsoft, Re/code reports
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07:14 EDTTGSM Association to hold a conference
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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
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
07:23 EDTNOKFCC to hold a roundtable
Open Internet Roundtable: Technological Aspects will consider the technical aspects of ensuring an Open Internet, including questions of scope, transparency, blocking, mobile networks, and reasonable network management and is being held at FCC Washington, D.C. offices on September 19 at 1:30 pm. Webcast Link
September 18, 2014
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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12:23 EDTTAT&T ex-partners look to FCC to hinder DirecTV offer, Reuters says
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09:34 EDTTAT&T extends NetBond security services to IBM SoftLayer platform
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05:34 EDTMSFTInfosys expands partnership with Microsoft
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September 17, 2014
15:06 EDTTAT&T met with Mexican telecommunications regulators, Bloomberg says
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13:34 EDTTAT&T could need significant debt to pursue America Movil assets, WSJ says
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11:39 EDTTVerizon says tower sales options more favorable in current market
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06:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft planning new wave of layoffs for this week, ZDNet reports
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September 16, 2014
19:18 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to add Kraft CFO Teri List-Stoll, Visa CEO Charles Scharf to board
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19:16 EDTMSFTMicrosoft raises dividend 11% to 31c per share
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18:59 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to add Kraft CFO List-Stoll, Visa CEO Scharf to board, Bloomberg says
Microsoft board members Marquardt and Dublon are retiring from the board, according to Bloomberg, citing an emailed press release from the company.
18:54 EDTMSFTMicrosoft raises dividend 11% to 31c per share, Bloomberg says
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17:41 EDTTAT&T indicates interest in Mexico market, WSJ says
AT&T's (T) Chief Strategy Officer, John Stankey, speaking at an investor conference, said that Mexico, a fast growing market, is of interest to AT&T and the company has the balance sheet to do a deal if an opportunity arises, says the Wall Street Journal. América Móvil (AMX,AMOV) recently said it will sell off assets in Mexico to comply with regulatory issues there, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
17:32 EDTTAT&T signs agreement with Shell to upgrade unified communications platform
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14:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility flat, shares near fresh 14-year high
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10:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft weighs German-only cloud platform, Datacenter Dynamics reports
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09:59 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:07 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to launch Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 in Q4
Microsoft on Tuesday announced that Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015, as well as updates to its Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online and Microsoft Dynamics Marketing services, will be generally available in the Q4.
07:57 EDTMSFTFBN Securities to hold a tour
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07:27 EDTTBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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07:19 EDTMSFTCompanies' share buybacks at fasttest clip since 2007, WSJ reports
Companies are buying back their own shares at its fastest pace since the financial crisis to fuel a stock rally, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to Birinyi Associates, companies have bought back $338.3B of stock in 1H14, the most since 2007. Citing an analysis by Barclays, companies with the largest buyback programs by dollar value have outperformed the broader market by 20% since 2008. Reference Link
September 15, 2014
17:53 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sends out invitation for September 30 event about Windows, WSJ says
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17:09 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed to begin the week, as the Dow managed to register mild gains but the Nasdaq was weighed down by slides in a number of so-called "momentum stocks" like Tesla (TSLA). Investors may remain cautious in the next two sessions ahead of the Fed's much anticipated rate decision and accompanying statement, which is due Wednesday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., New York Fed's Empire state survey for September rose to a five-year high of 27.54. Industrial production unexpectedly dipped 0.1% in August from a downwardly revised 0.2% July gain, missing the forecast for a rise of 0.3%. Capacity utilization dropped to 78.8% last month from 79.1% previously. In China, industrial output increased 6.9% in August versus the same period a year earlier, which was its weakest advance, excluding months that fell during New Year holidays, since December 2008. Chinese retail sales growth for August came in at 11.9%, missing the consensus estimate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple (AAPL) edged down 3c, or 0.03%, to $101.63 despite the company's announcement that a record 4M iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders were placed in the first 24 hours that ordering was available. Demand for the new phones exceeds the initial pre-order supply, the company added, stating that delivery of "many" iPhone pre-orders have been pushed out to October... Microsoft (MSFT) slid 45c, or 0.97%, to $46.24 after the company confirmed an agreement to acquire Mojang, the developer for the "Minecraft" video game franchise, for $2.5B... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Avanir Pharmaceuticals (AVNR), which surged $5.75, or 85.31%, to $12.49 and was upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies after the company announced results from its phase II clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of its treatment of agitation in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Also higher was SABMiller (SBMRY), which jumped $4.72, or 8.5%, to $60.26 after the Wall Street Journal said that ABInBev (BUD) was looking to obtain financing for an acquisition of the U.K.-based brewer and Heineken (HEINY) confirmed that it rebuffed SABMiller's approach regarding a potential transaction. The news of potential consolidation in the space also drove other beer makers highers, with Molson Coors (TAP) rising $4.20, or 5.85%, to $76.00 and Boston Beer (SAM) gaining 71c, or 0.33%, to $218.47. Among the noteworthy losers was Tesla (TSLA), which dropped $25.34, or 9.08%, to $253.86 after Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jones wrote that he agrees with the assertion of Tesla's CEO Elon Musk that the company's stock may have gotten ahead of itself. Also lower were shares of NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), which fell $5.42, or 16.56%, to $27.28 after Oppennheimer and Jefferies stated that approval of its Natpara drug for hypoparathyroidism could be delayed after concerns were raised during an FDA panel meeting, even though the advisors were in favor of approving the drug. INDEXES: The Dow rose 43.63, or 0.26%, to 17,031.14, the Nasdaq dropped 48.70, or 1.07%, to 4,518.90, and the S&P 500 declined 1.41, or 0.07%, to 1,984.13.
16:34 EDTMSFTMicrosoft assumed with an Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
RBC Capital upgraded Microsoft to Outperform after assuming coverage of the stock and raised its price target for shares to $54 from $47. RBC views Microsoft's shift toward cloud/mobile as a fundamental positive.
16:15 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
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14:28 EDTTAmerica Movil shopping $17.5B of assets to AT&T, others, Bloomberg says
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13:58 EDTTAmerica Movil solicits bid from AT&T for assets in Mexico, Bloomberg says
America Movil (AMX, AMOV) has also pitched the assets to Softbank (SFTBF) and BCE (BCE), according to Bloomberg.
12:31 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft slips after confirming purchase of Minecraft maker
Shares of software giant Microsoft (MSFT) are lower after the company reached an agreement to acquire Mojang, the developer for the "Minecraft" video game franchise. WHAT'S NEW: Microsoft announced this morning that it agreed to acquire Mojang for $2.5B. The company expects the acquisition to be break-even in FY15 on a GAAP basis. The acquisition is expected to close in late 2014. Microsoft plans to continue to make "Minecraft" available across all the platforms on which it is available today, which include its own Xbox platform, as well as on PCs, iOS, Android, and Sony's (SNE) PlayStation. "Minecraft" has had more than 100M downloads on PC alone since its launch in 2009, the company stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The announcement confirms a Wall Street Journal report from September 9 that said Microsoft was nearing a deal to buy the game maker for more than $2B. The report noted a Mojang acquisition would be the first multi-billion dollar acquisition by CEO Satya Nadella and it may be an unexpected push after Nadella had signaled a focus on its enterprise business rather than its consumer ones. Ahead of the acquisition, Reuters reported on September 13 that the impending purchase is aimed at pulling users onto Microsoft's Windows Phone platform. In the report, Tap Lab CEO Dave Bisceglia said, "If Microsoft could on Windows phones give players a unique and compelling experience that you can't get on the other platforms, that could be a driver to sell devices to existing Minecraft fans.” ANALYST OPINION: The Reuters report also cited Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund, who said "We don't view this acquisition as a signal of Microsoft's intent to double down on Xbox but consider it an attempt to better address mobile on a cross-platform basis." Also commenting on Microsoft this morning was Morgan Stanley, which expects the company to have a durable 12%-14% total return profile from full-year 2015 to full-year 2017. The firm increased its price target on the stock to $51 from $43, but with Microsoft trading at a 13% premium to the S&P, Morgan Stanley said investors should wait for better entry points before getting more aggressive in buying the shares. The firm added that Microsoft's solid enterprise business, stabilizing consumer business, and a shift towards more attractive cloud assets puts its on a more solid footing than it has ever seen, pointing towards sustained EPS growth. PRICE ACTION : In late-morning trading, Microsoft fell $0.42, or 0.9%, to $46.28.
10:04 EDTTAT&T to particularly benefit from strong Apple iPhone 6 demand, says Wells Fargo
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09:59 EDTNOKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:10 EDTMSFTMorgan Stanley says to wait for better entry points in Microsoft
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09:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft agrees to acquire Mojang, the developer of Minecraft, for $2.5B
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08:32 EDTTApple says pre-orders for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus topped 4M in first 24 hours
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08:09 EDTTUSA Technologies can benefit as Apple Pay drives interest, says H.C. Wainwright
H.C. Wainwright expects Apple's (AAPL) payment entry to validate the mobile wallet concept, which can shift the balance in the industry and benefit USA Technologies (USAT). The firm noted that USA Tech provides the backbone of the operation behind Softcard, the mobile wallet joint venture owned by AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), and T-Mobile (TMUS), and the firm believes that this system may "somehow" be absorbed into Apple Pay (AAPL) in the future. H.C. Wainwright reiterates its Buy rating on USA Technologies.
07:45 EDTNOKNokia upgraded at Oppenheimer
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07:24 EDTMSFTTech leaders concede need to address privacy, security concerns, FT says
Prominent start-up investor and Facebook (FB) director Peter Thiel said a "crescendo of concern is building up in Europe" about the U.S. tech industry's record on online privacy and security, which Silicon Valley is underestimating "badly,” though Google (GOOG) chairman Eric Schmidt tech companies "are way sensitive" to the concerns, reported Financial Times. The same report noted that Brad Smith, general counsel of Microsoft (MSFT), said some in the industry have "underestimated the degree to which people care about privacy,” while Salesforce.com (CRM) CEO Marc Benioff said consumer Internet companies have “paid a terrible price” for imposing a U.S.-centric view of their technology. Reference Link
07:19 EDTMSFTSNIA to hold a conference
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07:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft could announce Mojang acquisition today, Reuters reports
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07:07 EDTNOKNokia upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
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September 14, 2014
16:06 EDTTAT&T says has 'biggest iPhone, pre-order launch day ever'
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September 13, 2014
18:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft looks to Minecraft to aid its mobile platform, Reuters says
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September 12, 2014
10:09 EDTTApple, carriers seeing very strong demand for new iPhone models, Re/code reports
Demand for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is greater than that seen in either of the past two years, a spokesperson for AT&T (T) tells Re/code. Re/code notes that Apple and the major carriers, including Verizon (VZ) and T-Mobile (TMUS), appear to have sold through their pre-order supplies of the iPhone 6 Plus. Reference Link
09:31 EDTTDirecTV aiming for AT&T deal to close late 1Q15, early 2Q15
In regards to DirectTV's (DTV) merger with AT&T (T), the company says its next big milestone is the completion of the formal shareholder vote. Says confident in having "overwhelming support" from shareholders. Says in terms of the merger's regulatory process, its going how the company expected. Says optimistic about closing the deal during 1H15. Ideally, says would like to see the deal close in late Q1 or early Q2, specifically "early April." Says highly confident in completing "Sunday Ticket" deal with the NFL before the end of the year. Says digital economy becoming increasingly important to consumers. Says merger with AT&T "unlocks" opportunities in Latin America. Says content costs could run "too high" for some customers. Says company needs to find a $25-$50 TV package for low spenders. Says looking for niche entertainment content. Aims to have capabilities for streaming next year. Comments made during the company's presentation at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference.
08:05 EDTMSFTRockstar Games says Grand Theft Auto V to launch Nov. 18 for PS4, Xbox One
Rockstar Games (TTWO) announced that Grand Theft Auto V will arrive on the PlayStation 4 (SNE) computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft (MSFT) on November 18, with the PC version to follow on January 27, 2015.
07:19 EDTMSFTConsoles lead video game sales up 8% in August, Bloomberg reports
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September 11, 2014
13:06 EDTTDeal probe expanded to AT&T, DirecTV agreement, Reuters says
The state attorneys general who are collaborating with the U.S. Justice Department to figure out if Comcast's (CMCSA) purchase of Time Warner Cable (TWC) is permissible have broadened their probe to also incorporate AT&T's (T) potential acquisition of DirecTV (DTV), according to Reuters, citing sources close to the merger investigation. Reference Link
06:04 EDTTGeneral Motors to roll out OnStar in Europe, Re/code reports
General Motors (GM) is planning to roll out its OnStar service beyond the U.S. and Canada to parts of Europe, Re/code reports. The service is powered by AT&T (T). Reference Link
September 10, 2014
14:30 EDTMSFTVirnetX rises after court denies Microsoft motion to stay patent suit
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13:15 EDTNOK, MSFTMicrosoft to replace Nokia, Windows Phone brands, GeekOnGadgets.com says
Microsoft plans to stop using the "Nokia" and Windows Phone brands from their devices this holiday season, reports GeekOnGadgets.com. Citing a confidential internal Microsoft document, the branding will be replaced by the standard Windows logo alongside the phones. Reference Link
07:33 EDTNOKW.P. Carey completes sale-leaseback with Nokia in Poland for $13M
W. P. Carey's (WPC) managed non-traded REIT CPA:17 – Global has completed a sale-leaseback with Nokia Solutions and Networks, a subsidiary of Nokia (NOK). The office/R&D facility is located in Krakow, Poland and was acquired for approximately $13M.
07:23 EDTMSFTMicrosoft coverage assumed with a Buy at MKM Partners
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September 9, 2014
18:38 EDTMSFTMicrosoft in serious talks to acquire Mojang AB for more than $2B, WSJ says
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14:51 EDTTApple announces iPhone 6, 6 Plus with Retina HD, Apple Pay
Apple announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, featuring two new models with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays. The new iPhones feature a unibody enclosure of anodized aluminum that conforms with the shaped glass of the display. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus include the Apple-designed A8 chip with second generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture for fast performance and power efficiency. Both models include the M8 motion coprocessor that gathers motion data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and the new barometer. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus introduce Apple Pay, a new way to securely pay for physical goods and services in stores or apps. Users can pay securely in stores by holding the phone near the contactless reader while keeping a finger on Touch ID. The iSight camera gets better with a new sensor featuring Focus Pixels for faster autofocus and iPhone 6 Plus users will also benefit from optical image stabilization technology that compensates for hand shake in low light and works with iOS 8 to reduce subject motion. With faster LTE download speeds of up to 150 Mbps, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users can browse, download and stream content faster. The new iPhones also support voice calls over LTE, or VoLTE, as well as Wi-Fi calling. iPhone 6 comes in gold, silver or space gray, and will be available in the U.S. for a suggested retail price of $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 64GB model and 128GB model for $399 with a two-year contract. iPhone 6 Plus comes in gold, silver or space gray, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $299 for the 16GB model, $399 for the 64GB model and $499 for the new 128GB model with a two-year contract. Both models will be available from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), Verizon Wireless (VZ), additional carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK beginning on Friday, September 19, and customers can pre-order both models beginning on Friday, September 12.
07:29 EDTTUBM Canon to hold a summit
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07:28 EDTMSFTThe Money Event, Inc to hold a conference
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07:17 EDTNOK, TThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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07:11 EDTTUBM Tech to hold a conference
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06:54 EDTMSFTChamber of Commerce says China antitrust efforts may be illegal, NY Times says
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06:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft begins rolling out 'Delve' to Office 365 business customers
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06:03 EDTTTelefonica to trial AT&T's connected home technology in Europe
AT&T (T) and Telefonica (TEF) last night announced plans for a limited trial of AT&T's home security and automation service in Europe. By licensing the AT&T Digital Life platform, Telefonica can offer trial users a wireless home automation platform all managed through an easy-to-use, web-based user interface. AT&T independently owns its platform, allowing for others to license a turnkey solution. AT&T Digital Life is an IP-based, all wireless, home security, smart automation and energy management solution, all contained in an easy-to-use mobile app. Telefonica is the first company to license AT&T's Digital Life platform.
05:16 EDTTSprint announces improved phone-trade in program, price match guarantee
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