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May 15, 2014
06:18 EDTSNE, VIVHYSony, Universal take stakes in Shazam music app, WSJ reports
Sony Music Entertainment (SNE), Vivendi's (VIVHY) Universal Music Group and Access Industries, the owner of Warner Music Group, will each take $3M stakes in music-identification app Shazam, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources familiar with the matter. The shares were purchased from a single third-party investor, the sources add. Reference Link
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March 31, 2015
13:29 EDTSNEAcacia subsidiaries enter into patent license agreements with Sony Mobile
Acacia Research (ACTG) announced that its Saint Lawrence Communications LLC and Saint Lawrence Communications GmbH subsidiaries have entered into patent license agreements with Sony (SNE) Mobile Communications.
11:49 EDTSNEFTC approves orders settling charges of false advertising by Sony for PS Vita
The FTC has approved two final orders settling charges that Sony Computer Entertainment America and its advertising agency at the time falsely advertised certain capabilities of the company’s PlayStation Vita handheld gaming console. According to the complaints, announced jointly in November 2014, Sony deceived consumers with false advertising claims about several “game changing” technological features of the PS Vita in late 2011 and early 2012. The Commission alleged that Deutsch LA, Sony’s advertising agency for the PS Vita launch, knew or should have known that the advertisements it produced contained misleading claims about the console’s capabilities. The FTC also alleged that Deutsch LA misled consumers by urging its employees to create awareness and excitement about the PS Vita on Twitter, without instructing them to disclose their connection to the advertising agency or its then-client Sony. Under the order, Sony will provide consumers who bought a PS Vita gaming console before June 1, 2012, either a $25 cash or credit refund, or a $50 merchandise voucher for select video games, and/or services. The FTC’s order with Deutsch LA bars it from making similar misrepresentations as Sony, and bars misrepresentations that an endorser of any game console product or video game product is an independent user or ordinary consumer of the product. It also requires the agency to disclose a material connection, where one exists, between any endorser of a game console product or video game product and Deutsch LA or other entity involved in the manufacture or marketing of the product. Reference Link
06:00 EDTSNESony Mobile to ship 38M smartphones in FY15, DigiTimes reports
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March 30, 2015
07:53 EDTSNEAlibaba signs digital music distribution deal for China with BMG, WSJ reports
Alibaba (BABA) will become an exclusive online distributor of BMG’s music and artists in China under a new digital music distribution deal, The Wall Street Journal reports. The partnership with BMG follows similar deals in China last year between Tencent (TCEHY) and music companies like Sony's (SNE) Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group. Reference Link
06:28 EDTVIVHYVivendi, activist investor battling over payout call, Reuters says
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March 27, 2015
10:03 EDTVIVHYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AEGON (AEG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Alkermes (ALKS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... ArcelorMittal (MT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Black Diamond (BDE) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Feltl... Diodes (DIOD) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... EMC (EMC) downgraded at Pacific Crest... Epizyme (EPZM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... FutureFuel (FF) downgraded Neutral at Roth Capital... GameStop (GME) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... MSC Industrial (MSM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Pioneer Energy (PES) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Power Integrations (POWI) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Precision Drilling (PDS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... SanDisk (SNDK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Semtech (SMTC) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Swiss Re (SSREY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Vantiv (VNTV) downgraded at SunTrust... Vivendi (VIVHY) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... WESCO (WCC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... World Acceptance (WRLD) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Zurich Insurance (ZURVY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman.
05:42 EDTVIVHYVivendi downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas
March 26, 2015
06:32 EDTSNEGameStop pre-owned sales may see boost in Thursday earnings release, WSJ says
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March 25, 2015
05:52 EDTSNEFoxconn to set up India production lines to respond to Sony demand, DigiTimes says
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March 23, 2015
15:31 EDTVIVHYPSAM calls for EUR9B distribution to Vivendi shareholders
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07:56 EDTVIVHYVivendi rejects calls from hedge fund to sell Universal Music Group, FT reports
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06:00 EDTSNESony to reduce TV, smartphone orders to Taiwan partners, DigiTimes reports
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March 20, 2015
06:36 EDTSNEWeb TV companies ask internet providers for special treatment, WSJ says
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06:06 EDTSNESony Mobile expected to reach revised smartphone shipment target, DigiTimes says
Sony Mobile said its Q4 smartphone shipments increased 20.2% sequentially to 11.9M units, reports DigiTimes. According to Taiwan-based hanset component suppliers, Sony Mobile is expected ship over 8M smartphones in the first calendar quarter of 2015, allowing the vendor to reach its revised target of 39.2M units for FY14. Reference Link
March 18, 2015
12:09 EDTSNESony announces launch of PlayStation Vue in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia
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