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February 20, 2014
06:21 EDTSPEX, AAPL, MSFT, SNE, ERIC, BBRYSpherix issued U.S. 'Notice of Allowance and Fees Due' by USPTO
Spherix (SPEX) announced that a "Notice of Allowance and Fees Due" was issued by the USPTO for an important new data network patent. Spherix acquired the patent application from Rockstar Consortium, which holds a multitude of patents obtained from the bankruptcy of Nortel and is owned by Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), Sony (SNE), Ericsson (ERIC) and Blackberry (BBRY). The patent application covers a method for supporting existing data network infrastructure related to the transmittal of data from several nodes. The issuance of the application further enhances the existing portfolio and coverage of technology related to how data moves across a network.
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August 15, 2014
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:29 EDTAAPLChina Telecom now hosting Apple iCloud data in China, Marbridge Daily says
Apple (AAPL), which had previously been storing iCloud data for its Chinese users on servers in the U.S., in reportedly using China Telecom (CHA) as its sole cloud storage services provider in China, according to online Chinese media reports, said Marbridge Daily, citing Sina Tech. Apple and China Telecom have not commented, the report noted. Reference Link
August 14, 2014
19:41 EDTAAPLApple considering sapphire glass in upcoming iPhone, smartwatch, WSJ reports
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18:04 EDTMSFTInterDigital loses patent case against Nokia, ZTE, Bloomberg reports
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17:08 EDTAAPLSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: CONSOL Energy (CNX), Google (GOOG), Level 3 (LVLT), Time Warner (TWC), and New Oriental (EDU). INCREASED STAKES: YPF SA (YPF), Apple (AAPL), Facebook (FB), AIG (AIG), and American Airlines (AAL). DECREASED STAKES: Teva (TEVA), Liberty Global (LBTYK), Barrick Gold (ABX), EQT (EQT), and Comcast (CMCSA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: FedEx (FDX), Monster Beverage (MNST), Google (GOOGL), Devon Energy (DVN), Marathon Petroleum (MPC).
17:00 EDTAAPLGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 14, 2014
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14:13 EDTAAPLOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
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13:25 EDTSNESony enters into car sensor industry, Nikkei says
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:12 EDTSNESony Pictures Entertainment, T3Media announce partnership
T3Media announced an expanded agreement with Sony Pictures Entertainment, a unit of Sony, to allow T3Media to manage the licensing and distribution of the entire SPE stock footage archive. In addition, T3Media will expand its technology services offering to include enhanced automated metadata creation, additional storage capacity, digital distribution, and use of T3Media's industry leading temporal metadata toolsets. Starting in September, more than 140K clips SPE's stock footage archive will be available for the production community to license via T3Licensing.com. With a direct sales team and a global network of sub distributors, T3Media is ideally positioned to provide access and value for the SPE stock footage archive.
07:55 EDTAAPLApple bans two chemicals from iPhone, iPad final stages, AP says
Apple said its investigation at 22 factories found no evidence that two potentially hazardous chemicals, benzene and n-hexane, endangered the plants' workers, but the company is banning the use of those chemicals in the final assembly of iPhones and iPads, reported Associated Press, citing statements from the company. Apple is still allowing use of the two chemicals during the early production phases, but is lowering the maximum amount of benzene and n-hexane that can be present in the materials used during those phases. Reference Link
06:19 EDTAAPLLenovo sees opportunities outside of China for smartphone business, WSJ reports
Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing tells the Wall Street Journal that although that China is still the most important market for its smartphone business, the company sees additional opportunities outside China. Reference Link
August 13, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 13, 2014
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14:54 EDTMSFTEarnings Preview: Cisco reports following Deutsche upgrade, Pac Crest downgrade
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report fourth quarter results after the market close on Wednesday, August 13, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Cisco, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells Internet protocol-based networking and other products related to the communications and IT industry and provides related services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 53c on revenue of $12.14B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 51c-54c on revenue of $11.8B-$12.25B. Along with its last quarterly report, Cisco guided to Q4 adjusted EPS of 51c-53c and said it expects its revenue to be down 1% to 3% in the quarter compared to the prior year. At that time, the company also said it sees its FY14 adjusted EPS to come in at the higher end of its previously communicated $1.95-$2.05 range. LAST QUARTER: On May 14, Cisco reported third quarter adjusted EPS of 51c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 48c. It's revenue came in at $11.5B, topping the $11.38B consensus forecast. Cisco reported a Q3 adjusted gross margin of about 62.7%. NEWS: On June 17, Cisco announced its intent to acquire privately held Tail-f Systems, whose products help service providers and enterprise IT organizations easily and cost-effectively implement applications, network services and solutions across networking devices. Upon completion of the acquisition, which is expected to be complete in Q4, Tail-f employees will join Cisco's Cloud and Virtualization Group. About two weeks later, tech blog Gigaom reported that Cisco has acquired British firm Assemblage for technology that uses real-time collaboration that does not require the user to download programs or plug-ins. On July 15, Cisco announced a multi-year sales and go-to-market agreement with Microsoft (MSFT) designed to modernize data centers through the delivery and acceleration of integrated solutions. Cisco and Microsoft will both invest in sales, marketing and engineering resources to drive global alignment, while delivering deeper technology integration across cloud and data center markets, the companies stated. STREET RESEARCH: On May 21, Northland said that after speaking with Cisco's management and attending Cisco Live, the firm believed that the company is taking share form Arista Networks (ANET), which has since come public. The firm added that it did not believe that Juniper (JNPR) has gained traction in data center switching and it recommended Cisco as a cyclical recovery play and a relative bargain to peers. About a week later, Deutsche Bank upgraded its rating on Cisco shares to Buy from Hold, citing expectations that the company's new product ramps in FY15 and FY16 will be stronger than expected. Deutsche said then that it saw upside to consensus estimates and raised its price target for Cisco shares to $30 from $25. On July 28, Pacific Crest downgraded its rating on Cisco shares to Sector Perform from Outperform, citing valuation and concern that the company's margin expansion could moderate in 2015. The firm believes Cisco shares are fairly valued at $26. Less than a week ago, Morgan Stanley said its checks indicate the enterprise market is improving. The firm said it expects Cisco's outlook to be conservative and said concerns over rapid software-defined networking adoption and margin impact are overblown. Morgan Stanley has an Overweight rating with a $30 price target on Cisco. PRICE ACTION: In the last three months, Cisco has advanced about 9.5%. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Cisco shares are down 0.5% to $25.01.
11:41 EDTAAPLAmazon payment move complements e-commerce platform, says RW Baird
Baird said Amazon's (AMZN) launch of the "Local Register" payment and card reader system is not a surprise after the company's acquisition of assets from GoPago and that the move is complementary to Amazon's e-commerce platform. Baird said Amazon's system will compete with Square and eBay's (EBAY) payment product "Here" and added that it expects Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL) to expand their existing payment initiatives. The firm maintains its Outperform rating and $400 price target on Amazon.com.
10:37 EDTSPEXSpherix to host business news update conference call
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:19 EDTAAPLSiri creators working on new advanced AI system, Wired reports
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06:07 EDTERICEricsson selected by MTV for broadcast and media services
Ericsson will provide media and broadcast services such as media management, playout and studio facilities management for Finnish media company MTV as a result of a new five-year agreement. Ericsson will provide these services to both MTV and other local and international customers from a purpose-built media hub in Helsinki, Finland. Under the terms of the agreement, 45 highly skilled broadcast services professionals will be transferred from MTV to Ericsson
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