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February 24, 2014
12:05 EDTT, ERIC, ALU, CSCOAT&T plans network rebuild that will cut capital costs, WSJ says
AT&T (T) is planning to rebuild its network with commoditized equipment controlled by software, says the Wall Street Journal. The rebuild, which will take time to roll out, will make AT&T less reliant on specialized equipment from vendors like Ericsson (ERIC), Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) and Cisco Systems (CSCO), added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
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September 15, 2014
08:09 EDTTUSA Technologies can benefit as Apple Pay drives interest, says H.C. Wainwright
H.C. Wainwright expects Apple's (AAPL) payment entry to validate the mobile wallet concept, which can shift the balance in the industry and benefit USA Technologies (USAT). The firm noted that USA Tech provides the backbone of the operation behind Softcard, the mobile wallet joint venture owned by AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), and T-Mobile (TMUS), and the firm believes that this system may "somehow" be absorbed into Apple Pay (AAPL) in the future. H.C. Wainwright reiterates its Buy rating on USA Technologies.
06:23 EDTCSCOCisco says Salesforce.com CEO Benioff to step down from board
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September 14, 2014
16:06 EDTTAT&T says has 'biggest iPhone, pre-order launch day ever'
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September 12, 2014
10:09 EDTTApple, carriers seeing very strong demand for new iPhone models, Re/code reports
Demand for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is greater than that seen in either of the past two years, a spokesperson for AT&T (T) tells Re/code. Re/code notes that Apple and the major carriers, including Verizon (VZ) and T-Mobile (TMUS), appear to have sold through their pre-order supplies of the iPhone 6 Plus. Reference Link
09:31 EDTTDirecTV aiming for AT&T deal to close late 1Q15, early 2Q15
In regards to DirectTV's (DTV) merger with AT&T (T), the company says its next big milestone is the completion of the formal shareholder vote. Says confident in having "overwhelming support" from shareholders. Says in terms of the merger's regulatory process, its going how the company expected. Says optimistic about closing the deal during 1H15. Ideally, says would like to see the deal close in late Q1 or early Q2, specifically "early April." Says highly confident in completing "Sunday Ticket" deal with the NFL before the end of the year. Says digital economy becoming increasingly important to consumers. Says merger with AT&T "unlocks" opportunities in Latin America. Says content costs could run "too high" for some customers. Says company needs to find a $25-$50 TV package for low spenders. Says looking for niche entertainment content. Aims to have capabilities for streaming next year. Comments made during the company's presentation at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference.
07:05 EDTERICEricsson agrees to acquire Fabrix Systems for $95M
Ericsson announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Fabrix Systems, a leading provider of cloud storage, computing and network delivery for video applications that today power some of the most advanced cable and telecom cloud DVR deployments. Fabrix Systems further extends Ericsson's leading TV and media portfolio with a cloud based scale out storage and computing platform focused on providing a simple, tightly integrated solution optimized for media storage, processing and delivery applications such as cloud DVR and video-on-demand expansion. Fabrix Systems was founded in 2006 with offices in the US and Israel and brings a team of highly skilled cloud computing software engineers. The company has 103 employees. The purchase price for 100% of the shares in Fabrix Systems is $95M. The acquisition is expected to close in the Q4, subject to customary closing conditions. Fabrix Systems will be incorporated into Business Unit Support Solutions.
07:01 EDTERICIDT Corp to sell Fabrix Systems to Ericsson
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06:05 EDTCSCOCisco implied volatility of 14 at lower end of index mean range
September 11, 2014
13:06 EDTTDeal probe expanded to AT&T, DirecTV agreement, Reuters says
The state attorneys general who are collaborating with the U.S. Justice Department to figure out if Comcast's (CMCSA) purchase of Time Warner Cable (TWC) is permissible have broadened their probe to also incorporate AT&T's (T) potential acquisition of DirecTV (DTV), according to Reuters, citing sources close to the merger investigation. Reference Link
11:17 EDTCSCOEMC seen as potential target after said to mull VMware stake sale
EMC (EMC) is considering selling its 80% stake in cloud computing infrastructure provider VMware (VMW), The New York Post reported today, citing unnamed sources. Calling The New York Post "surprisingly accurate" on M&A news, UBS said the likelihood of change at EMC has increased and it has become a potential takeover target. WHAT'S NEW: EMC is exploring the possibility of selling its stake in VMware, which could be acquired by HP (HPQ), according to one source, The Post reported. EMC could also look to sell other assets, the newspaper quoted a second unnamed source as saying. ANALYST REACTION: UBS analyst Steven Milunovich wrote that he is more convinced in the wake of the Post story that "something is up" at EMC. Although EMC has denied in the past that it would consider selling or spinning off VMware, the company could change its tune, the analyst stated. HP could buy VMware or all of EMC, while Oracle (ORCL) and Cisco (CSCO) are also potential buyers of EMC, Milunovich believes.The analyst kept a $33 price target and Buy rating on shares of EMC. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Activist investor Elliott Management, a hedge fund, has taken a $1B stake in EMC and wants the company to spin off VMware, The Wall Street Journal reported in July. Early last month, research firm FBR Capital wrote that an EMC spin-off of VMware could enhance shareholder value for both companies and make VMware a top acquisition candidate by a larger technology company. The firm kept an Outperform rating on EMC at that time. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, EMC was little changed at $29.50, down from its earlier high of $29.89. VMware fell 0.7% to $96.75, down from its earlier daily high of $97.86.
06:04 EDTTGeneral Motors to roll out OnStar in Europe, Re/code reports
General Motors (GM) is planning to roll out its OnStar service beyond the U.S. and Canada to parts of Europe, Re/code reports. The service is powered by AT&T (T). Reference Link
September 10, 2014
12:06 EDTERICEricsson, SAP announce solution for enterprise mobility management
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07:41 EDTALUBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
European High Yield & Loans Conference 2014 to be held in London, England on September 10.
September 9, 2014
14:51 EDTTApple announces iPhone 6, 6 Plus with Retina HD, Apple Pay
Apple announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, featuring two new models with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays. The new iPhones feature a unibody enclosure of anodized aluminum that conforms with the shaped glass of the display. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus include the Apple-designed A8 chip with second generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture for fast performance and power efficiency. Both models include the M8 motion coprocessor that gathers motion data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and the new barometer. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus introduce Apple Pay, a new way to securely pay for physical goods and services in stores or apps. Users can pay securely in stores by holding the phone near the contactless reader while keeping a finger on Touch ID. The iSight camera gets better with a new sensor featuring Focus Pixels for faster autofocus and iPhone 6 Plus users will also benefit from optical image stabilization technology that compensates for hand shake in low light and works with iOS 8 to reduce subject motion. With faster LTE download speeds of up to 150 Mbps, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users can browse, download and stream content faster. The new iPhones also support voice calls over LTE, or VoLTE, as well as Wi-Fi calling. iPhone 6 comes in gold, silver or space gray, and will be available in the U.S. for a suggested retail price of $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 64GB model and 128GB model for $399 with a two-year contract. iPhone 6 Plus comes in gold, silver or space gray, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $299 for the 16GB model, $399 for the 64GB model and $499 for the new 128GB model with a two-year contract. Both models will be available from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), Verizon Wireless (VZ), additional carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK beginning on Friday, September 19, and customers can pre-order both models beginning on Friday, September 12.
07:29 EDTALU, ERIC, TUBM Canon to hold a summit
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07:28 EDTALU, ERICThe Money Event, Inc to hold a conference
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07:17 EDTT, CSCO, ERICThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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07:11 EDTT, ERIC, ALUUBM Tech to hold a conference
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06:03 EDTTTelefonica to trial AT&T's connected home technology in Europe
AT&T (T) and Telefonica (TEF) last night announced plans for a limited trial of AT&T's home security and automation service in Europe. By licensing the AT&T Digital Life platform, Telefonica can offer trial users a wireless home automation platform all managed through an easy-to-use, web-based user interface. AT&T independently owns its platform, allowing for others to license a turnkey solution. AT&T Digital Life is an IP-based, all wireless, home security, smart automation and energy management solution, all contained in an easy-to-use mobile app. Telefonica is the first company to license AT&T's Digital Life platform.
05:16 EDTTSprint announces improved phone-trade in program, price match guarantee
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