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July 2, 2014
10:44 EDTAMZN, IBM, VMW, GOOG, HPQ, EMC, CSCO, RAXRackspace surges after report on 'going private' talks
Shares of open cloud company Rackspace (RAX) are rising after a technology focused blog said the firm is in talks with a private equity company to figure out a deal that would take it private. WHAT'S NEW: TechCrunch reported that Rackspace has been involved in negotiations with a private equity company for an agreement that would take the company private. A source within Rackspace is quoted as saying that the pressures of being a public firm could be "too much," while another source told the blog that an official announcement regarding the deal could occur as soon as this week. The TechCrunch article added that Rackspace has received bids from both HP (HPQ), which was said to be offering up to $43 per share, and IBM (IBM), though the source added that IBM's offer "fell through." WHAT'S NOTABLE: On May 15, Rackspace announced that it had been approached by a number of other companies that expressed interest in exploring strategic relationships, including partnerships and acquisitions. Rackspace disclosed it had hired Morgan Stanley (MS) to evaluate the proposals and explore other alternatives. Afterwards, analysts from Credit Suisse, Piper Jaffray and JMP Securities gave their opinions regarding potential acquirers of Rackspace, listing HP, Cisco (CSCO), Google (GOOG), Amazon (AMZN), EMC (EMC), VMWare (VMW) and Red Hat (RHT) as among the many potentially interested or suitable matches. ANALYST REACTION: Wells Fargo analyst Gray Powell feels that Rackspace could be "seriously" contemplating a motion to go private. Due to the company's strong balance sheet, Powell notes that the move is possible, but he thinks it is more likely that the company is trying to pressure possible acquirers. Wells continues to maintain an Outperform rating on Raxspace shares. PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, Rackspace jumped $2.23 or 6.6%, to $35.98.
News For RAX;HPQ;IBM;CSCO;GOOG;AMZN;EMC;VMW From The Last 14 Days
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June 23, 2015
08:20 EDTAMZNCLSA IT outsourcing analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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08:04 EDTCSCONRG Renew to develop 20MW solar energy facility for Cisco
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07:46 EDTAMZNPiper Jaffray to hold a field trip
Seattle Field Trip travels throughout Seattle visiting with Costco, Starbucks and Amazon on June 23-24.
07:41 EDTIBM, CSCORed Hat to hold a summit
Red Hat Summit 2015 is being held in Boston on June 23-26 with webcasted company presentations to begin on June 23 at 4 pm; not all presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:33 EDTCSCOBlackBerry, Cisco sign broad patent cross-licensing agreement
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06:25 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces the News Lab on blog
Google said on its blog that it is launching the News Lab, "a new effort at Google to empower innovation at the intersection of technology and media. Our mission is to collaborate with journalists and entrepreneurs to help build the future of media. And we’re tackling this in three ways: though ensuring our tools are made available to journalists around the world -- and that newsrooms know how to use them; by getting helpful Google data sets in the hands of journalists everywhere; and through programs designed to build on some of the biggest opportunities that exist in the media industry today. The News Lab is a global effort, with teams in the U.S., U.K., France, and Germany to start -- and we’re also powering the training and research arm of Google’s Digital News Initiative in Europe. Google has created many technologies and platforms that have engaged the media industry. As both the media landscape and technology continue to evolve, we believe we can create a more informed world if technologists and journalists work together -- and we’re excited to be part of the effort." Reference Link
06:14 EDTGOOGGetty filed a complaint against Google to EU earlier this year, WSJ reports
Getty Images complained earlier this year to European antitrust authorities that Google unfairly favors its image search service over rivals, the Wall Street Journal reports. The European Commission told Getty in early June that its concerns were valid and added Getty as an “interested third person” in its search manipulation case against the search giant, according to a document reviewed by the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:05 EDTHPQNo clear prospects for PC component suppliers until July, DigiTimes reports
There are no clear business prospects for PC component suppliers until July, reports DigiTimes. According to sources in the supply chain, Intel's decision to delay the launch of its Skylake platform has weakened market demand for notebooks and other PC systems. The planned release of Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 10 may also affect the production of PC makers. Reference Link
06:04 EDTIBM, AMZNOracle says extending enterprise cloud portfolio
At a live event yesterday, Oracle (ORCL) Executive Chairman of the Board and CTO Larry Ellison announced new additions to the Oracle Cloud Platform, a comprehensive, integrated suite of services that make it easier for developers, IT professionals, business users and analysts to build, extend and integrate cloud applications. With more than 24 new cloud services, the Oracle Cloud Platform "extends Oracle's leadership with the world's broadest and deepest portfolio" of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. Newly available Oracle Cloud services include, Oracle Database Cloud - Exadata, Oracle Archive Storage Cloud, Oracle Big Data Cloud, Oracle Integration Cloud, Oracle Mobile Cloud, and Oracle Process Cloud. The Oracle Cloud Platform helps customers build new applications, extend existing ones, and easily move existing on-premises workloads to the cloud with no application changes. The services are designed to maximize end user experience and productivity; enable developers to manage and analyze data, rapidly develop, test and deploy applications; enable architects to quickly integrate across on-premises and cloud applications; and enable business users to drive rich business insights and enterprise collaboration. With the Oracle Cloud Platform, customers and partners are able to take advantage of the industry-leading Oracle middleware and database software that thousands of global organizations already use to run their own businesses, all delivered via cloud. The extensive level of automation that has been engineered into the Oracle Cloud, results in faster time-to-value, greater innovation, and lower cost for customers. "Oracle is growing really fast. We sold $426M worth of business in SaaS and PaaS last quarter, a 200 percent increase over the same quarter last year. That's an industry record, no company has ever sold that much in just one quarter," said Ellison. "Oracle is the only company on the planet that can deliver a complete, integrated, standards-based suite of services at every layer of the cloud. Those technology advantages enable us to be much more cost-effective than our competitors. Our new Archive Storage service goes head-to-head with Amazon Glacier (AMZN) and it's one-tenth their price."
05:56 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility movement; AMZN AMBA
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June 22, 2015
18:22 EDTGOOGGoogle offers sign-ups to test GoPro virtual reality prototype
Google (GOOG) has created a sign-up page to allow "creators" -- taken to mean video content creators -- to test its "Jump" virtual reality platform. Jump uses 16 GoPro (GPRO) cameras to create virtual reality video "that you can step inside of." Content creators selected by Google will get access to the platform beginning this summer. Reference Link
17:43 EDTAMZNAmazon to pay independent authors by number of pages read, Reuters says
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14:42 EDTGOOGOculus potential not reflected in Facebook's stock price, Piper Jaffray says
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12:12 EDTGOOGUS Supreme Court rejects Google patent appeal over Street View, Reuters says
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08:08 EDTCSCORed Hat names Frank Calderoni as EVP, operations, CFO
Red Hat (RHT) announced that Frank Calderoni will join the company as EVP, operations and CFO. Calderoni will be responsible for leading the company’s global finance organization and the leadership and management of IT and operations teams, reporting to Red Hat president and CEO, Jim Whitehurst. Calderoni served as EVP and CFO at Cisco Systems (CSCO) for seven years and most recently served as an executive advisor. Calderoni succeeds Red Hat executive vice president and CFO Charlie Peters, whose planned retirement was announced in December 2014, and who will remain with Red Hat until July 31. Calderoni joins Red Hat on June 22, 2015, and will succeed Peters as CFO effective July 13, 2015.
08:02 EDTGOOGTransphorm announces new $70M investment led by KKR
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07:31 EDTGOOGFacebook catching up to YouTube in video ads, Reuters says
Facebook (FB) is gaining market share on Google's (GOOG) YouTube in online video advertising, reports Reuters, citing a published Ampere Analysis report. Reference Link
06:23 EDTAMZNAmazon updates customer reviews system with machine learning, CNet says
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05:39 EDTIBMNidec, IBM Japan to jointly develop IoT Technology
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June 21, 2015
14:49 EDTGOOGRaven shares may rally in next couple years, Barron's says
The recent selloff in Raven (RAVN) shares "looks like an opportunity," and the company's stock could rally over the next couple years, Barron's contends in its 'Sizing Up Small Caps' column. Barron's notes that the company has partnered with Google (GOOG) to develop high-altitude balloons for the experimental Project Loon, which, if expanded into a full project, could signal a boost for Raven. Reference Link
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