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News For SSNLF;GOOG;SNE;AAPL From The Last 14 Days
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September 1, 2015
13:06 EDTAAPLNetflix dives as Apple reportedly explores original programming
Shares of streaming video giant Netflix (NFLX) are underperforming a down market today after a Variety report that said Apple (AAPL) is exploring an entry into the original programming business. Amazon (AMZN) also said it expanded Prime Video downloads to the iOS and Android platforms. WHAT'S NEW: According to the Variety report, Apple recently held preliminary discussions with Hollywood executives to measure their interest in "spearheading" a move into entertainment content. Exclusive content has been an integral part of Netflix's success with programming such as House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black. Amazon and Time Warner's (TWX) HBO, which recently launched a streaming-only version of its service, are also counting on exclusive content. According to Variety, the extent of Apple's ambitions vary, according to sources, with some saying the plan is to create long-form content and compete directly with Netflix while other sources say that Apple's efforts are more of a "flirtation." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Netflix announced this week that it will not renew its agreement with Epix, which allowed Netflix to stream movies released on the cable movie channel. Netflix noted that the Epix movies are widely available on cable and other subscription platforms at the same time as they are on Netflix. The streaming video giant said in a blog post that it knows some subscribers will be disappointed by the end of Epix movies but added that its goal "is to provide great movies and TV series for all tastes, that are only available on Netflix." Also noteworthy was the announcement by Amazon today that it will now allow Prime members to download movies and TV episodes, including Amazon Original Series, to iPhones, iPads and Android phones and tablets for offline viewing, at no additional charge. The company noted that Amazon Video is the only online subscription streaming video service that enables downloads of titles, meaning unlike other subscription streaming services such as Netflix, Prime members can enjoy movies and TV shows as part of their membership even when they don't have an internet connection. ANALYST TAKE: In a note to investors this morning, BofA/Merrill analyst Nat Schindler raised his price target on Netflix shares to $133 from $121 following reports the company will officially launch in Japan on September 2 and recently raised prices in Europe. The analyst, which maintains his Buy rating on shares, also pointed out that Netflix is in an agreement with Softbank (SFTBF), a leader in Japan's telecom and internet space. The Softbank partnership will bolster subscriber growth through pre-installed Netflix apps on Softbank phones, automatic subscription payments through Softbank's payment system, and in-store signups and marketing. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Netflix are underperforming a weak market and are down 8.15% to $105.65, while Apple and Amazon are both down over 2%.
11:48 EDTGOOGGoogle unveils new logo, identity family on blog
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09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:01 EDTAAPL, GOOGAmazon expands Prime Video downloads to iOS, Android platforms
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08:45 EDTAAPLLVMH appoints Ian Rogers as Chief Digital Officer, effective in October
LVMH (LVMUY) announces the appointment of Ian Rogers as Chief Digital Officer of the LVMH Group, effective October 2015. Ian contributed to the recent launch of Apple Music (AAPL) including Beats1, their digital streaming channel.
08:30 EDTSSNLFParkerVision comments on IPR petitions filed by Qualcomm
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06:23 EDTAAPL, SSNLFSamsung to launch Gear S2 smartwatch this week, WSJ reports
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06:17 EDTAAPLApple exploring producing original programming, Variety reports
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06:14 EDTGOOGTwo Euro companies launch platform for users to take legal action against Google
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05:49 EDTSSNLFReports: Samsung holds meetings to introduce 18-inch tablet, DigiTimes says
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05:49 EDTSNESony Mobile Taiwan look to acquire 20% market share of wearables, DigiTimes says
Sony Mobile Taiwan is looking to acquire 20% market share for new wearable devices, reports DigiTimes. Sony Mobile Taiwan general manager Jonathan Lin said the company will treat Internet of Things and smart wearable device as the future development focus. Reference Link
August 31, 2015
20:04 EDTAAPL, SNENext Apple TV device to feature deep support for gaming, 9to5Mac says
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19:32 EDTGOOGRussian regulator delays new data policy for tech giants, WSJ says
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18:41 EDTGOOGGoogle web browser to start limiting Adobe Flash on September 1
Google's (GOOG) "Chrome" web browser is set to start pausing Adobe (ADBE) Flash ads on September 1, preventing affected ads from playing unless a user manually clicks on the advertisment. Reference Link
18:10 EDTGOOGGoogle brings self-driving car project to Texas
In a blog post regarding its self-driving car project, Google said, "We'll be bringing a few of our prototypes to [Austin, Texas] for testing. In the next few weeks, they'll be out navigating the same area north and northeast of downtown where our Lexus vehicles have been self-driving for the last couple of months." The company noted that the vehicles will continue to have test drivers aboard. Reference Link
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 31, 2015
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14:05 EDTAAPLApple, Cisco announce partnership for 'fast lane' for iOS enterprise users
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13:29 EDTGOOGSunTrust sees catalysts coming for Twitter, ups to buy
Shares of Twitter (TWTR) have seen healthy gains in afternoon trading after being upgraded to Buy by longtime Twitter analyst Robert Peck ahead of what he identifies as numerous potential near-term catalysts. BUY: SunTrust's Robert Peck upgraded Twitter to Buy from Neutral in advance of what he called a "series" of positive near-term catalysts for the stock, including the Google (GOOG) partnership to feature Tweets in search results as well as Twitter's curated live events initiative known as "Project Lightning." Additionally, a fourth quarter ad campaign and a push to capitalize on the roughly 500M logged-out users could lift the microblog site given proper execution. Importantly, the analyst said the upgrade is predicated on a quick clarification regarding the current management situation at Twitter, with more information "likely" to come around Labor Day according to Peck. User metrics appear to have "at least stabilized," noted Peck, adding that monetization efforts like video ads and Buy buttons could yield a roughly 15% boost to 2017 revenue. CEO SHUFFLE: On August 14, Peck predicted that Twitter could announce a permanent CEO as soon as the week of August 17. At the time, Peck said he expected a leadership "triumvirate," with founder and interim CEO Jack Dorsey moving into a permanent Chief Executive role and Adam Bain becoming COO under a possible chairmanship role for Ev Williams. Though no leadership announcement was made that week, Peck clarified in a CNBC interview today that the company is likely doing significant due diligence rather than making a hasty CEO appointment. M&A POTENTIAL: In Monday's CNBC interview, Peck was pressed on whether Twitter could become an M&A candidate. The analyst mentioned Google as a potential buyer and commented that "if the products don't work, it's an M&A target," alluding to the numerous product catalysts mentioned in today's optimistic research note. Note that on August 5, Re/code quoted sources as saying the last truly meaningful merger conversation between the two companies took place about two years ago. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Twitter are up roughly 5% to $28.21 in intraday trading, adding almost $1.50 to Friday's $26.84 closing price.
13:01 EDTAAPL, GOOGGoogle rolls out Android Wear for iOS
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11:43 EDTAAPLApple added to Focus List at Citi
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