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December 19, 2014
14:05 EDTSNEPresident Obama says Sony made 'mistake' in pulling movie
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14:02 EDTSNEPresident Obama says Sony decision to pull movie a 'mistake'
12:00 EDTSNEFBI says North Korea responsible for Sony Pictures hack
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10:58 EDTSNEU.S. places blame on N. Korea for Sony hack, Reuters reports
According to an unnamed U.S. official, North Korea was primarily responsible for the Sony hack, with a possible Chinese link, Reuters reports. The link may be either through collaboration with Chinese actors, or using China based servers to hide digital footprints, the report said. Reference Link
06:41 EDTSNESony unable to find outlet for film as relationships damaged, NY Times reports
Sony has been unable to find any outlet interested in disseminating its film, "The Interview," as any company that shows the film could be exposed to hacking, according to The New York Times. Meanwhile, the leaking of the e-mails of Sony's executives, and the cancellation of the movie's release, is damaging the company's relationship with movie stars, journalists, and other film companies, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
06:40 EDTSNESony loss on 'Interview' may not be covered by insurance, NY Post says
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December 18, 2014
18:00 EDTSNESony shares could climb 50%, Barron's says
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14:00 EDTSSNLFEarnings Preview: BlackBerry upped at BGC, Goldman says short squeeze possible
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10:19 EDTSNESony hack fallout highlights value of IT security spending, analyst says
The hacking of Sony's (SNE) Sony Pictures unit shows that spending more on IT security is worthwhile for companies, Wells Fargo analyst Gray Powell wrote in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Sony has decided not release the film "The Interview" as planned on December 25, due several theater chains' plans to not show the movie amid threats, CNBC reported. The New York Times said American intelligence officials have determined that the North Korean government was “centrally involved” in the cyber attacks on Sony Pictures. Sony's experience shows that being hacked is much more costly than spending on IT security, Powell stated. After being hacked, Sony has had to cancel the release of its film "The Interview," which it spent $ 42M to make, and it will have to spend more money on fixing the security breach and defending itself against lawsuits triggered by the incident, the analyst stated. Additionally, the company's brand has been damaged, Powell believes. By contrast, Sony spends just $20M per year on IT security, the analyst roughly estimated. Incidents like the hacking of Sony will cause companies to spend a higher percentage of their budgets on IT security next year, according to Powell. He kept Outperform ratings on IT security companies Check Point (CHKP), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Palo Alto (PANW), and Proofpoint (PFPT). WHAT'S NOTABLE: Analysts at B. Riley said IMAX (IMAX) and RealD (RLD) could benefit from Sony's cancellation of "The Interview" due to the demand shift towards their respective film slates. The analyst believes both IMAX and RealD could generate an incremental 1c in EPS during the period. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, FireEye jumped 5% to $30, Palo Alto advanced 3.2% to $123.87, Proofpoint gained 2% to $47.87 and Check Point climbed 1.4% to $78.16.
07:23 EDTSNEIMAX and RealD could benefit from The Interview cancellation, says B. Riley
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December 17, 2014
18:26 EDTSNEU.S. connects North Korea to Sony cyber attack, NY Times says
American intelligence officials have determined that the North Korean government was “centrally involved” in the cyber attacks on Sony Pictures, NY Times reports. Reference Link
18:08 EDTSNEInvestigators confirm North Korea behind Sony cyber attack, CNN reports
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17:37 EDTSNECarmike Cinemas delays exhibition of "The Interview" due to Sony cyber-attack
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17:19 EDTSNESony cancels release of 'The Interview' CNBC reports
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17:00 EDTSNESony cancels release of 'The Interview' CNBC reports
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06:52 EDTSNELions Gate wanted to talk to Sony about M&A, Reuters says
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06:47 EDTSNETheater cancels Sony movie debut after threat, NY Times says
A New York movie theater canceled the New York premier of Sony's film, "The Interview," after a terrorist threat was made against theaters that show the film, according to The New York Times. North Korea has harshly criticized the movie. Reference Link
06:44 EDTSNEGoogle opponents lobbying state attorneys general, NY Times says
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06:40 EDTSNEAU Optronics should see increased orders for Ultra HD TV panels, DigiTimes says
AU Optronics (AUO) and Innolux should see increased orders for Ultra HD LCD TV panels as a result of active promotions for the TVs by Sony (SNE) and Panasonic (PCRFY), industry sources tell DigiTimes. Reference Link
06:07 EDTSNECarmike Cinemas pulls screenings of Sony's "The Interview," AP reports
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December 16, 2014
17:53 EDTSNESony hackers threaten 'The Interview' attendees, WSJ says
People claiming to be the Sony hackers said that there would be attacks like those of Sept. 11, 2001 at theaters showing the studio’s movie “The Interview,” according to The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
13:17 EDTSNETencent, Sony make music rights deal, Re/code says
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12:51 EDTSNESony sued by former employees over data protection, Reuters says
Two former Sony employees are suing the company for failing to adequately protect their data, according to Reuters. Sony's Sony Pictures unit suffered a massive hacking attack last month. Reference Link
10:10 EDTSSNLFSamsung in talks with LoopPay to launch Apple Pay rival in 2015, Re/code reports
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06:32 EDTSSNLFApple, Samsung offer price cuts for tablet products, DigiTimes reports
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06:14 EDTSNESony says film studio's business remains strong, WSJ reports
Sony Pictures executives apologized in a staff meeting Monday for leaked emails and sensitive documents, The Wall Street Journal reports. Despite damage from the November hacking attack, executives said the film studio’s business remains strong. Reference Link
05:44 EDTSNESony Pictures confirms extent of cyber attack
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December 15, 2014
08:40 EDTSSNLFCLSA technology analysts hold a luncheon meeting
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06:45 EDTSNESony tells media outlets to stop reporting leaked information, Reuters says
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06:03 EDTSNEAlleged Sony hackers offer to selectively withhold stolen data, Re/code reports
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06:00 EDTSNESony Pictures not shutting down film production because of hack, Deadline says
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December 12, 2014
06:16 EDTTOSBF, SNEGlobal demand for e-paper on the decline, DigiTimes reports
Global demand for e-paper from e-book vendors is decreasing due to competition from tablets, reports DigiTimes, according to sources with Taiwan's supply chain. Due to the decline, Toshiba (TOSBF), Sony (SNE), and Panasonic (PCRFY) have withdrawn from the e-book reader market. According to the sources, Amazon is still look at growth in the China market, but the e-book reader market is not showing any signs of a rebound. Reference Link
06:12 EDTSNESony considered selling stake in Crackle, Bloomberg reports
Sony Pictures Television had weighed the sale of a majority stake in Crackle, reports Bloomberg. Citing e-mails made public by hackers, executives at Sony discussed a deal with Evolution Media Capital. An outside investment in Crackle would free up cash the website could spend on original series and marketing, Berger wrote in an e-mail to Steve Mosko, president of Sony Pictures Television. Reference Link
06:09 EDTSSNLFSamsung Galaxy S6 Edge curved variant may not be in works, SamMobile says
There may not be an Edge variant with a curved screen for Samsung's Galaxy S6, reports SamMobile.com. There may be a separate variant of Galaxy S6 in the works, but at the moment, the prototype device does not have an Edge screen. Reference Link
December 11, 2014
19:34 EDTSNEMicrosoft Xbox One outsells Sony PS4, Engadget reports
Microsoft's (MSFT) Xbox One was the best selling console for November, beating Sony's (SNE) PlayStation 4, according to Microsoft, citing data from NPD Group. Prior to November, the PlayStation 4 had been the best selling console for almost a year. According to the NPD data, console sales are up in general, with hardware unit-sales increasing by 3% over last November. Reference Link
06:32 EDTSSNLFGlobalfoundries hope to win orders from Qualcomm and Apple, DigiTimes reports
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December 10, 2014
07:52 EDTSSNLFSamsung combining U.S. electronics, mobile units, WSJ reports
Samsung Electronics is merging Samsung Electronics America, its subsidiary that oversees consumer electronics distribution in the U.S., and Samsung Telecommunications America, which focuses on mobile devices, into one unit, reported The Wall Street Journal, citing a statement from the company. Reference Link
06:22 EDTSSNLFChina touch panel makers suffer as smartphone inventory rises, DigiTimes reports
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December 9, 2014
08:35 EDTSSNLFCorning Gorilla Glass 4 chosen for Samsung Galaxy ALPHA
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06:27 EDTSSNLFSamsung, white-box makers to benefit from Microsoft Mobile exit, DigiTimes says
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December 8, 2014
18:19 EDTSNESony hacker releases additional private data, issues threat, Re/code says
Guardians of Peace, the hacker group claiming responsibility for the attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, released an additional trove of private data and issued threats against the studio, according to Re/code. Reference Link
09:21 EDTSNESony Pictures called the cyberattack 'unprecedented in nature', Re/code reports
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06:24 EDTSNENorth Korea denies role in recent Sony hacking, WSJ reports
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06:17 EDTSNESony PlayStation store may have suffered possible cyberattack, AP reports
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06:15 EDTSSNLFLenovo shipments expected to lead Samsung by 9M in 2015, DigiTimes reports
Lenovo (LNVGY) is estimated to beat Samsung (SSNLF) in mobile device shipments in 2015 by about 9M units, reports DigiTimes Research. Lenovo is set to beat Samsung by about 1M units in 2014 and become the second largest mobile computing device brand vendor worldwide behind Apple (AAPL). DigiTimes Research says Lenovo and Samsung plan to focus on maintaining tablet shipments as demand weakens in 2015. Reference Link
06:06 EDTSHCAYSharp could sell U.S. solar unit to Canadian Solar, Nikkei reports
Sharp (SHCAY) will reportedly sell its U.S.-based solar energy development unit Recurrent Energy to Canadian Solar (CSIQ) for about $250M, The Nikkei said yesterday. Sharp aims to reach a basic agreement Canadian Solar by the end of the month and complete the sale by spring, the report indicated. Reference Link
December 5, 2014
06:44 EDTSNESony likely to reduce employee pay in 2015, Reuters reports
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06:21 EDTSSNLFDRAMeXchange: DRAM spot prices hit 7-month low, DigiTimes says
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06:19 EDTSNESony security breach exposed personal data of Hollywood employees, WSJ reports
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05:58 EDTSNESymantec: Malware in Sony attack linked to South Korean incidents
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