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April 8, 2014
11:55 EDTNOK, MSFTNokia advances after securing Chinese approval for Microsoft deal
Shares of Nokia (NOK) are higher this morning after a deal to sell substantially all of its Devices & Services business to Microsoft (MSFT) received regulatory approval in China. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Nokia won approval from China's Ministry of Commerce, the country's competition authority, to sell its mobile phone business to Microsoft for EUR5.4B, or about $7.4B. In addition to China, Nokia and Microsoft have now received regulatory approvals from the U.S. Department of Justice, the European Commission and numerous other jurisdictions. Nokia and Microsoft believe the transaction will close this month. WHAT'S NEW: Nokia said in a statement that that several competition authorities around the world reviewed Nokia's patent licensing practices in the regulatory approval process. The company said "no authority" challenged Nokia's compliance with its fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory, or FRAND, undertakings related to standard-essential patents or requested that Nokia make changes to its licensing program or royalty terms. The closing of the transaction is still subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. PRICE ACTION: Nokia shares trading in New York advanced 39c, or 5.4%, to $7.61 in late-morning trading, while Microsoft was nearly flat at $39.72.
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October 23, 2014
11:21 EDTMSFTMicrosoft technical notes before earnings, levels to watch
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09:04 EDTNOKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:47 EDTNOK, MSFTMicrosoft aims to ditch Nokia title from Lumia devices, Reuters says
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06:40 EDTMSFTMicrosoft killing Xbox Music free streaming feature
Effective December 1, Microsoft says that the free Xbox Music streaming feature currently available on Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and over the Internet will be discontinued in all countries where it is offered. The company explains, "We are focusing Xbox Music to deliver the ultimate music purchase and subscription service experience for our customers." Reference Link
06:05 EDTNOKApple defeats GPNE civil patent suit, Re/code reports
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05:19 EDTNOKNokia reports Q3 Non-IFRS EPS EUR 0.09 vs. EUR 0.06 last year
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October 22, 2014
11:25 EDTMSFTCisco sale of VCE stake to have limited impact, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo thinks Cisco's (CSCO) decision to sell a portion of its stake in VCE is unlikely to have a material near-to-intermediate-term impact on the company's top line since it will continue to sell its networking and compute solutions to the joint venture. Wells says Cisco's "budding" partnerships with NetApp (NTAP), Microsoft (MSFT) and Citrix (CTXS) should more than offset any potential impacts from lessening ties to EMC (EMC) and VMware (VMW).
10:03 EDTMSFTThe Linley Group to hold a conference
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09:07 EDTMSFTIBM and Microsoft partner for hybrid cloud services
IBM (IBM) and Microsoft (MSFT) are working to provide their respective enterprise software on Microsoft Azure and IBM Cloud. IBM and Microsoft will make key IBM middleware such as WebSphere Liberty, MQ, and DB2 available on Microsoft Azure. Windows Server and SQL Server will be offered on IBM Cloud. IBM and Microsoft are working together to deliver a Microsoft .NET runtime for IBM's Bluemix cloud development platform. The companies will enable customers to bring their own software licenses to the IBM and Microsoft clouds.
08:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft October weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:39 EDTNOK, MSFTMicrosoft Lumia to replace Nokia brand, The Verge reports
Microsoft plans to make Microsoft Lumia the new brand name that takes the place of Nokia for the software maker, reports The Verge. Nokia still exists as a separate company without its phones business, focusing on mapping and network infrastructure. Reference Link
October 21, 2014
07:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO touts cloud revenue run-rate over $4B, BI reports
At a press event yesterday, Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella provided a number of figures about the strong performance of the company's Azure cloud business, including a revenue run rate of nearly $4.4B and that Azure is adding 10,000 new customers every week to its 350M active directory user base, reported Business Insider, which noted that Amazon Web Services (AMZN) is estimated to have roughly $4B in annual sales and that Salesforce.com (CRM) had a little over $4B in revenues last year. Reference Link
October 20, 2014
15:20 EDTMSFTMicrosoft confirms availability of Cloud Platform System, powered by Dell
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12:09 EDTMSFTIBM hits 52 week low after earnings miss, 2015 profit target dropped
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08:00 EDTMSFTRBC Capital remains positive on Microsoft
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07:06 EDTMSFTNICE Systems solution qualified to support Microsoft Lync
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October 19, 2014
20:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft plans smartwatch launch within weeks, Forbes says
Microsoft (MSFT) is planning a smart watch launch within the next few weeks, Forbes says.The smart watch will passively keep track of the wearer’s heart rate and work across different mobile platforms, added Forbes. Apple (AAPL) has delayed its own smartwatch launch to early 2015 according to the report. Reference Link
October 17, 2014
11:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft October weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:30 EDTMSFTNPD: Sony PlayStation4 outsells XBox One in September, GameSpot reports
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06:26 EDTMSFTSony says PS4 September's top-selling console
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