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April 8, 2014
15:02 EDTROVI, AMZNRovi issues statement in response to court ruling in Amazon case
The U.S. Court of Appeals issued its decision in Rovi’s (ROVI) patent infringement litigation against Amazon (AMZN). Rovi had sued Amazon for infringing the two patents at issue in the decision. The appeals court sided with Amazon and found that the District Court’s interpretation of the claims of the patents was correct and therefore Amazon did not infringe these patents. "We are disappointed by this decision," said Rovi executive VP Samir Armaly, worldwide intellectual property and licensing. "It should be noted that this decision relates to only two patents in our extensive portfolio. We believe that our portfolio is even more relevant to Amazon today and going-forward than when the present litigation began in early 2011. Since that time, Amazon has continued to expand its video and over-the-top offerings through new products like the recently announced Fire TV. As illustrated by various recent agreements, Rovi’s patent portfolio continues to be recognized by leading companies looking to deliver compelling video experiences across multiple screens. We plan to continue to pursue Amazon going-forward to take the necessary licenses under our patent portfolio, not only to protect our rights but also the rights of our existing licensees in this space."
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March 23, 2015
08:13 EDTAMZNPendrell unit: Court rejects attempts to limit scope of DRM patents
ContentGuard Holdings, a subsidiary of Pendrell Corporation (PCO), announced that on Friday, March 20, Judge J. Rodney Gilstrap of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a 144 page Claim Construction Order in lawsuits ContentGuard filed against several companies who continue to use its patented Digital Rights Management solutions without a license, including Apple (AAPL), Amazon.com (AMZN), DirecTV (DTV), Google (GOOG), HTC, Huawei, Motorola Mobility and Samsung Electronics (SSNLF). In his order, Judge Gilstrap interpreted the language in ContentGuard’s patents in a manner that fully preserves the breadth of ContentGuard’s patented Digital Rights Management technologies. These technologies were developed to enable the distribution of digital media over the Internet and other networks, including cellular and satellite networks, and provide innovative solutions to problems that were once thought to be unsolvable. “We are very pleased with the Court’s ruling,” commented James Baker, ContentGuard’s Vice President for Licensing and Strategic Development. “We believe these claim constructions demonstrate that the online stores defendants provide for buying and renting DRM-protected movies, videos, books, and music and devices that play, run, display or print this DRM-protected content infringe ContentGuard’s pioneering DRM patents.”
05:55 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility movement; AMZN CELG
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March 20, 2015
09:45 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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March 19, 2015
16:31 EDTAMZNAmazon Logistics UAS gets experimental airworthiness certificate
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10:23 EDTROVIHigh option volume stocks
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05:53 EDTAMZNAmazon plans to shut down Shopify rival Amazon Webstore, Re/code reports
Amazon is planning to shut down Amazon Webstore, its competitor to Shopify and Bigcommerce, Re/code reports, citing sources. The company will allow its Webstore customers over a year to find a new vendor before the service is fully shut down, the sources say. Reference Link
05:30 EDTAMZNAmazon.com expands Prime Now delivery to Baltimore and Miami
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March 18, 2015
06:42 EDTROVIPiper sees 'material appreciation' in Rovi shares over next year
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March 17, 2015
14:55 EDTAMZNVMware 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 EDTAMZNVMware 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
12:24 EDTROVIRovi management to meet with Piper Jaffray
Meeting to be held in the Mid-Atlantic area on March 17 hosted by Piper Jaffray.
11:23 EDTAMZNApple willing to share TV data to attract programming partners, NY Post reports
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09:07 EDTAMZNDISH's Sling TV launches on Xbox One
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09:05 EDTAMZNMicrosoft Band now available at Best Buy, Target, Amazon, Re/code reports
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08:57 EDTROVIRovi management to meet with JPMorgan
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07:42 EDTAMZNBoeing may produce satellite for tech giants, Reuters says
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05:14 EDTROVIRovi extends product, patent license agreement with Sharp
Rovi (ROVI) announced that Rovi has renewed its interactive program guide, or IPG, product and patent portfolio license agreement with Sharp (SHCAY). The license provides Sharp with access to Rovi’s entertainment discovery capabilities worldwide and Rovi’s G-Guide HTML in Japanese markets for its popular AQUOS brand. The new G-Guide HTML features advanced discovery capabilities such as rich metadata, search functionality, and a browser-based interface to help drive a robust consumer entertainment experience across Sharp TVs and DVRs. G-Guide HTML also boasts a sleek TV listing grid designed to showcase rich images including cast photos, as well as Rovi’s “six-degrees” discovery capability, to help consumers quickly find relevant content that interests them.
March 16, 2015
16:21 EDTROVIRovi appoints Dave Longaker as Chief Revenue Officer
Rovi (ROVI) announced that Dave Longaker has joined the company as Chief Revenue Officer. Prior to joining Rovi, Longaker served as the senior vice president of sales at Alcatel-Lucent (ALU).
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; March 16, 2015
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10:44 EDTAMZNNetflix retreats after cut to sell on competition, cost concerns
The shares of Netflix (NFLX) are falling after research firm Evercore ISI downgraded the stock to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to increase its investments and the return from those investments is uncertain, the firm contends. WHAT'S NEW: In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors, Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. The analyst noted that Apple (AAPL) recently obtained a three month exclusive deal to stream content form Time Warner's (TWX) HBO Now, while Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN), and Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, NWSA) are all reportedly interested in obtaining streaming rights to "Seinfeld." Netflix's international expansion will not be sufficient to offset the increased competition, especially because foreign viewers are likely to watch less TV and be less interested in paying for TV content, the analyst believes. Furthermore, Netflix will face more competition from other Internet TV services overseas than in the U.S., according to Sena, who cut his 2015 consolidated operating income estimate for the company by 26% to $381M from $517M previously. In addition to cutting his rating, Sena lowered his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Netflix sank $16, or 3.7%, to $422.
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