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May 6, 2014
06:40 EDTTWC, T, TMUS, CMCSA, S, DTVTelecom deals could offer avenues of options or pitfalls in future, WSJ says
The potentially large deals with AT&T (T) and DirecTV (DTV), Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC), and Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS) could offer new solutions where wireless service, video and the Internet are offered in one package, reports the Wall Street Journal. But according to former FCC chief of staff Blair Levin, the future could either offer large companies who compete aggressively one another or the mergers could give the companies more pricing power than ever. Reference Link
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May 13, 2015
15:27 EDTSStandard General acquires rights to RadioShack brand, data, WSJ says
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12:01 EDTCMCSA, TAT&T to offer Hulu subscription streaming service to customers
AT&T (T) and Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, FOXA) have signed a deal that will bring the Hulu subscription streaming service to AT&T customers through AT&T's websites and mobile applications. AT&T customers will be able to browse Hulu programs and select the shows they want to watch through an AT&T app for mobile device viewing or an AT&T website for Internet viewing. Combined with a leading TV Everywhere catalog, AT&T customers subscribing to Hulu will have one of the best selections available of current and past season full episodes. AT&T and Hulu also are exploring the possibility of bringing a Hulu app to TV. This offering will become available to AT&T customers later this year. The expanded relationship with Hulu complements AT&T's other over-the-top initiatives, including Otter Media.
11:58 EDTTAT&T, Communications Workers of America reach tentative contract agreements
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11:18 EDTCMCSAComcast sees giving away 6M voice remotes, Hollywood Reporter says
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09:33 EDTCMCSAComcast CEO says 'probably did more licensing than anybody' since buying NBC
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09:24 EDTCMCSA, TWCComcast CEO says does not 'feel need to rush' to pursue other merger deals
Comcast (CMCSA) CEO Brian Roberts is speaking at the MoffettNathanson Research conference regarding the company's scrapped deal to buy Time Warner Cable (TWC).
07:16 EDTTMUS, TWC, CMCSAMoffett Nathanson to hold a summit
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06:55 EDTCMCSA, TInsiders speculate bidding war to erupt over AOL, Business Insider reports
The consensus speculation from investment bankers, hedge fund traders and people close to AOL (AOL) is that another company will emerge and offer a price for AOL that is higher than $50 per share, reports Business Insider. The potential suitors include Time Warner (TWX), Comcast (CMCSA), Yahoo (YHOO), Alibaba (BABA), Softbank (SFTBF), AT&T (T), Netflix (NFLX) and Apple (AAPL). Reference Link
06:22 EDTCMCSAFacebook introduces Instant Articles, says working with nine launch partners
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May 12, 2015
17:16 EDTCMCSACenturyLink tests 'Prism' TV in Seattle, Puget Sound Journal says
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12:59 EDTT, DTVRegulators unlikely to block AT&T-DirecTV deal, WSJ says
The FCC and U.S. Justice Department are nearly finished reviewing AT&T's (T) acquisition of DirecTV (DTV), and are unlikely to block the deal, reports The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Sources said the Justice Department hasn't raised issues, and though the FCC may seek to impose conditions, they are expected to be acceptable to AT&T. Reference Link
12:32 EDTT, DTVDirecTV up 1% after report says regulators unlikely to block AT&T deal
Dow Jones, citing sources, said the U.S. review of the deal is nearing its end and that regulators are unlikely to step in to block the merger.
12:30 EDTT, DTVU.S. unlikely to block AT&T, DirecTV deal, Dow Jones reports
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12:02 EDTSVerizon, Sprint settle illegal billing investigations for $158M
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11:59 EDTTWCCharter still in active talks about Bright House acquisition, Bloomberg reports
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11:38 EDTTLivePerson sinks to 52-week low after cutting fiscal 2015 outlook
Shares of LivePerson (LPSN), a provider of cloud-based digital engagement solutions, are sinking after the firm lowered its outlook for fiscal 2015. WHAT'S NEW: LivePerson yesterday reported first quarter adjusted earnings per share of 4c, in line with analysts' consensus estimates, on revenue of $59.8M, slightly below analysts' consensus estimates of $60.79M. LivePerson said it signed 147 deals in the quarter, including the addition of 30 new customers. Looking ahead to the second quarter, LivePerson forecast adjusted EPS of 0c-2c and revenue of $58.5M-$59.5M, well below the analysts' consensus estimates of 6c and $63.88M, respectively. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company lowered its fiscal year 2015 adjusted EPS view to 10c-15c from 27c-32c, significantly trailing analysts' consensus estimates of 28c. LivePerson also cut its FY15 revenue outlook to $243M-$247M from $263M-$269M, also well below analysts' estimates of $264.36M. The company reduced reduced FY15 revenue guidance by $21M when comparing the midpoint of its updated guidance range to the midpoint of its previous guidance range. The adjustment reflects the impact of one large customer contract that ended, an increase in foreign exchange headwinds and a slightly slower start to the year than expected as the company intensified its focus on bringing LiveEngage to the market, the company said. LivePerson said it expects to record a $2.5M charge in Q2 related to cost-cutting move, which it described as "reprioritizing on areas showing the highest potential growth." The company believes its cost-savings initiatives will generate approximately $13M of expense savings in 2015. ANALYST REACTION: Credit Suisse this morning downgraded LivePerson to Neutral from Outperform and lowered its price target to $8 from $19. The firm said LivePerson was "forced" to lower revenue guidance for FY15 primarily due to the loss of AT&T (T) as a pay-for-performance chat customer, as well as from a slow sales start and FX. The firm said the ability of LivePerson to transition its large customer base to LiveEngage 2.0 will take longer than previously estimated. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, LivePerson fell $1.16, or 12.26%, to $8.30 on more than five times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $8.10. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 15% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies offering cloud-based digital engagement solutions include eGain (EGAN), down 1.2%, Zendesk (ZEN), down 4.05%, and Salesforce.com (CRM), up 0.2%.
11:14 EDTDTV, TAOL premium low but likely best bet for AOL shareholders, Bloomberg says
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10:32 EDTTAcacia Research enters settlement, license agreement with AT&T Mobility
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08:31 EDTCMCSA, DTVApple likely to launch TV video service this year, says Pacific Crest
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06:41 EDTCMCSATV networks touting digital, targeting technologies to marketers, NY Times says
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