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July 18, 2014
12:21 EDTTWX, GOOG, GM, PG, AMCX, CMCSA, VIAB, DISCA, CBS, DIS, FOXA, FBCable ad upfront volumes may drop 4% or more, WSJ says
Two of the U.S.'s biggest marketers, Procter & Gamble (PG) and General Motors (GM), have pulled back on their TV network advertising commitments in advance of the "upfront" selling season for cable networks, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The overall volume of ad dollars committed to cable networks during the upfront, which is still under way, could be down 4% or more from last year, people familiar with the situation said. Notable owners of cable television stations include 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Time Warner (TWX), Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Discovery (DISCA), Viacom (VIAB), and AMC Networks (AMCX). The report added that cutbacks partly reflect a shift of tv ad budgets to digital media, including online video. Google (GOOG) has a large presence in online video with YouTube and Facebook (FB) is taking steps to grow in the area. Reference Link
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September 18, 2014
07:26 EDTGOOGGartner: Smartwatch market ready to expand, poised for takeoff, DigiTimes says
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07:18 EDTGOOGSupply chains expect component orders from Motorola through 2014, DigiTimes says
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07:06 EDTFBFacebook volatility low into Alibaba IPO
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06:37 EDTCBSCBS head looks to reduce radio assets within 12 months, Reuters says
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06:36 EDTTWXWarner Bros. could cut up to 1,000 jobs, Variety reports
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September 17, 2014
17:48 EDTGOOGNews Corp opposed Google EC settlement offer
Early last week, in a letter to European Commissioner for Competition Joaquín Almunia, News Corp (NWS, NWSA) CEO Robert Thomson opposed Google’s (GOOG) settlement offer with the European Commission, or EC, saying the internet giant is “willing to exploit its dominant market position to stifle competition.” Thomson said News Corp also opposed the proposed five year term of a settlement, noting that “five years is an eternity in internet time.” Citing Google’s “egregious aggregation” of content, Mr. Thomson said that, along with serious commercial damage, there is a “profound social cost” to Google’s actions. “The internet should be a canvas for freedom of expression and for high quality content of enduring value. Undermining the basic business model of professional content creators will lead to a less informed, more vexatious level of dialogue in our society.” "Your decision to reconsider Google's settlement offer comes at a crucial moment in the history of the free flow of information and of a healthy media in Europe and beyond," Mr. Thomson wrote.
17:19 EDTCBSCBS CEO says online ads not cannibalizing broadcast TV ads
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16:58 EDTCBSCBS CEO says Ray Rice scandal may have increased ratings
16:51 EDTCBSCBS CEO says could offer similar product to HBO Go in Europe
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15:03 EDTDISCADiscovery near deal with Hasbro for control of 'The Hub' jv, WSJ says
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14:29 EDTDISCADiscovery near deal with Hasbro for control of 'The Hub' jv, DJ says
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13:57 EDTTWXTNT obtains network television premiere rights to five upcoming Marvel films
Turner Network Television, or TNT, a subsidiary of Time Warner, has obtained the network television premiere rights to five upcoming Marvel Studios films, including "Avengers: Age of Ultron," and "Captain America 3." Each of the five films is tentatively scheduled to premiere on TNT a little over two years after its theatrical release. Reference Link
13:08 EDTDISDisney sees digital ownership up 37% year to date
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10:04 EDTGOOG, FBDiscover rumored to be eyed as target by Apple, Bank Innovation says
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09:40 EDTFBFacebook polishing micro-sharing app 'Moments', TechCrunch reports
Facebook is polishing a new app codenamed "Moments" for micro-sharing for a select group of friends, reports TechCrunch. According to multiple sources, including who has seen a live internal version of the app, the design features a grid with a few tiles, each representing a set of close family or friends. The goal is to make selective sharing much faster than the main Facebook app. Reference Link
09:04 EDTTWX, VIAB, DISCAAmericas Media ad growth estimates lowered at Nomura
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07:37 EDTGMEU car registrations up 2.1% in August, up 5.6% in July
The European Automobile Manufacturers Association reported new passenger car registrations were up by 5.6% in July and by 2.1% in August. Eight months into the year, demand for new cars amounted to 8,336,159 units, or 6.0% more than in the same period last year, the group noted. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY).
07:26 EDTGMGM to cut supply, but not prices, as it seeks to revive Cadillac, WSJ says
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06:19 EDTGOOGGoogle picks former Qualcomm exec to head Google Fiber, WSJ reports
Google (GOOG) has hired Dennis Kish, a former Qualcomm (QCOM) executive, to head Google Fiber, replacing Milo Medin, the Wall Street Journal reports. A Google spokeswoman confirms that Medin remains a VP for access services and adviser to the Google Fiber team. Reference Link
06:13 EDTFOXASky Deutschland tells investors to reject BSkyB offer
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