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July 2, 2014
10:44 EDTIBM, VMW, GOOG, HPQ, EMC, CSCO, RAX, AMZNRackspace 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.
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05:59 EDTGOOGGoogle sees self-driving car on market within five years, Re/code says
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05:55 EDTGOOGApple has small team working on augmented reality, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says that following talks with industry contacts, he believes Apple (AAPL) has a small team working and exploring the augmented reality space. Munster believes augmented reality has the potential to "be as profound a technology platform as the smartphone today," but admits broader consumer adoption is likely 10 years away. He views Apple's involvement in the space as an indication the company is preparing for the next evolution of computing. Munster has an Overweight rating on Apple with a $160 price target. He describes augmented reality as the "overlay of digital information on the physical world," with Google (GOOG) Glass given as an example.
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05:35 EDTCSCODeutsche Telekom and Cisco launch intercloud services on OpenStack
Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) and Cisco (CSCO) are announcing a newly developed Intercloud-based services for small- and medium-sized businesses and enterprise customers. The two companies announced their Intercloud collaboration in September 2014. Deutsche Telekom and Cisco are currently setting up the necessary infrastructure for a redundant Intercloud node in Deutsche Telekom's high-performance data centers in Magdeburg and Biere near Berlin, Germany. Deutsche Telekom will deliver sovereign and highly secure services that meet Germany's strict data protection standards to business customers throughout the European region.
March 17, 2015
14:55 EDTVMW, AMZNVMware to face more competitive process for DOD contract, says Stifel
After government websites indicated that Citrix (CTXS), Amazon (AMZN) and others succeeded in getting the DoD to reconsider its awarding of a $1.6B, five-year contract to VMware (VMW), Stifel said it doesn't think VMware has necessarily lost the opportunity, but that the company will now likely face a more competitive bidding process to win the deal. The firm view this example as supporting its concerns that VMware's steps to become a more strategic vendor have the potential to be as much of a threat as an opportunity and Stifel maintains its Hold rating on the stock.
14:43 EDTVMW, AMZNVMware award from DISA canceled after protest, siliconANGLE reports
On March 12, the Defense Information Security Agency, or DISA, reversed a decision to award VMware (VMW) with a $1.6B contract following protests by Amazon Web Services (AMZN), Citrix Systems (CTXS), and others, reported siliconANGLE. A government posting noted that "Amendment 0002 is issued to cancel the request for proposal to further analyze the government's needs." Reference Link
14:13 EDTGOOGMorgan Stanley questions GM capital allocation plan
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11:23 EDTAMZNApple willing to share TV data to attract programming partners, NY Post reports
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09:27 EDTGOOGApple plans to allow trade-ins of Android, BlackBerry devices, Bloomberg says
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09:07 EDTAMZN, GOOGDISH's Sling TV launches on Xbox One
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09:05 EDTGOOG, AMZNMicrosoft Band now available at Best Buy, Target, Amazon, Re/code reports
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07:42 EDTAMZN, GOOGBoeing may produce satellite for tech giants, Reuters says
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07:12 EDTIBM, VMW, HPQDeutsche Messe to hold a conference
CeBIT 2015 is being held in Hannover, Germany on March 15-20.
06:50 EDTRAXRackspace volatility at low end of historic range
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06:37 EDTGOOGAfter losing marketshare, Google now asks Firefox users to switch, BI says
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05:57 EDTGOOGChina vendors to ship 50M Androids with fingerprint sensors, DigiTimes reports
China vendors is expected to ship 50M Android (GOOG) smartphones with fingerprint sensors in 2015, reports DigiTimes. According to sources at Taiwan-based IC backend service companies, Android smartphone vendors have adopted sliding-type fingerprint sensors, which are more competitive in pricing compared to press-type sensors used by Apple (AAPL). Reference Link
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