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December 23, 2013
11:02 EDTSNE, MSFTSony PS4 beats out Microsoft XBox One in holiday race, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray said its checks with retailers confirm that Sony's (SNE) PS4 is the "clear winner" over Microsoft's (MSFT) Xbox One in terms U.S. sell-through, though added that Xbox One is still selling well itself. Piper continues to think its estimates for each console to sell 3M units by the end of this year and 5M by the end of March are potentially conservative.
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April 16, 2014
07:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces new products, CEO describes vision for 'data culture'
In a blog post from yesterday entitled "A data culture for everyone," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella laid out his vision for the way his company can help other corporations develop a "data culture" and provided highlights of the company's launch of SQL Server 2014, Analytics Platform System, and Azure Intelligent Systems Service. In the blog, Nadella states, "We believe that with the right tools, insights can come from anyone, anywhere, at any time...We are all experiencing the explosion of data driven by ubiquitous computing. We all crave easier and faster ways to turn that data into fuel for insight, and to realize the potential of ambient intelligence for every individual and every organization. Today marks a big step toward, and we’re going to keep moving quickly." Reference Link
07:30 EDTMSFTVMware, Citrix may be threatened as OpenStack momentum builds, WSJ says
OpenStack supporters say the open-source operating system can bring the ease of use and agility offered by cloud-service vendors, while using a company's own server systems, and if it continues to be adopted OpenStack could pose a threat to companies to offer data center software and services including VMware (VMW), Citrix Systems (CTXS), Amazon.com (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT) and others, said The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:07 EDTMSFTAmazon, Google, Microsoft cut prices for cloud computing products, WSJ says
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06:58 EDTSNEFormer Sony chairman to take place on Time Inc's board, NY Post says
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06:20 EDTSNESamsung, Sony Mobile, HTC to release mini smartphone models, DigiTimes says
Samsung (SSNLF), Sony (SNE) Mobile and HTC are expected to launch mini versions of their flagship smartphones by end of Q2, reports DigiTimes. According to sources at Taiwan's handset supply chain, Samsung will release a Galaxy S5, Sony Mobile will release the Xperia Z2 Compact and HTC will release a HTC One mini. Reference Link
06:10 EDTSNESony, Hydro-Quebec form JV for large-scale energy storage system for power grids
Sony Corporation and Hydro-Québec announced that they have agreed to establish a joint venture to research and develop a large-scale energy storage system for power grids. Sony and Hydro-Québec plan to establish the new company in June. The new company will utilize Sony's control technologies for highly safe, reliable, olivine-type lithium-ion iron phosphate rechargeable batteries and highly scalable module systems, together with Hydro-Québec's operation and control technologies for electric power supplies as well as its lithium-ion battery material technology. By combining these strengths, the new company intends to research and develop a highly safe and reliable system for large-scale applications, as well as battery material technology suitable for use within electric power systems, and explore their use in a wide variety of applications, such as meeting excess demand during peak times, and the integrating renewable energy sources into power grids.
April 15, 2014
18:22 EDTSNESony looks to revive TV business with 4K technology, Nikkei reports
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15:53 EDTMSFTFord's new My Touch with BlackBerry software slated for year end, WSJ says
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08:34 EDTSNEHighpower subsidiary selected by Sony as battery supplier
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08:07 EDTMSFT21Vianet announces general availability of Microsoft Office 365 in China
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April 14, 2014
11:11 EDTSNEVevo and Yahoo expand music video distribution partnership
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10:02 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:06 EDTSNESony expects Ultra HD TV sales to increase to four times in 2014, DigiTimes says
Sony expects Ultra HD TV sales to increase by four times in 2014 as it targets a 10% global share in LCD TV shipments, reports DigiTimes. The company is targeting 20M LCD TV shipments in 2014 with Ultra HD TV sales in the China market increasing six-fold. Reference Link
05:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank downgraded its rating on Microsoft (MSFT) to Hold from Buy citing valuation and concerns over the closing of the Nokia unit acquisition. The firm has a $42 price target for shares.
April 11, 2014
06:52 EDTSNESony warns customers of Vaio PCs battery fire risk, Reuters says
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06:12 EDTSNEDreamWorks Animation may look to take a piece of Vevo, Re/code reports
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April 10, 2014
08:44 EDTMSFTCLSA technology analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:00 EDTSNE, MSFTSony PS4 grants Hirai profit potential as risk decreases, Bloomberg says
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06:23 EDTMSFTIDC says worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4M units in Q1, down 4.4% y/y
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4 million units in 1Q14, a decline of -4.4% year on year, according to the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Although still in decline and with continuing weakness in consumer and emerging market segments, the preliminary results are slightly better than a projected decline of -5.3%. The U.S. market continued to stabilize with growth near zero – in line with forecasts. With shipments totaling 14.3 million PCs in 1Q14, the U.S. market contracted by -0.6% from the same quarter a year ago. Desktop shipments were slightly stronger, posting 3.5% growth, while portables remained in negative territory. Lenovo (LNVGY) preserved its lead in total worldwide PC shipments despite a seasonal drop due to the Chinese New Year. Growth in other regions continued at a solid pace although Latin America slowed after a dramatic expansion over the past year. HP (HPQ) remained in the number 2 position, with growth rising nicely to nearly 5% year on year. Dell grew over 9% in the first quarter.
06:14 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may release server orders to Taiwan ODMs, DigiTimes reports
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