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August 20, 2014
20:03 EDTFFord planning hybrid to compete with Toyota Prius, Reuters reports
Ford (F) is planning to introduce a new hybrid gasoline-electric car in late 2018 to compete against the Toyota (TM) Prius, according to Reuters, citing two sources with knowledge of the company's plans. It will be the company's first "dedicated" hybrid, unlike the hybrid Fusion, which is a variation of an existing gasoline model. Reference Link
18:29 EDTBACBofA, JPMorgan weigh plans to raise salaries for junior bankers, Bloomberg says
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17:12 EDTBACOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 20, 2014
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14:35 EDTBACBofA reaches $17B settlement over mortgage backed securities sales, AP says
Bank of America along with federal and state authorities agreed upon a $17B settlement for the bank in connection with the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis, says AP. Reference Link
14:20 EDTBACBofA reaches $17B settlement over mortgage backed securities sales, AP says
13:46 EDTAAPL, GOOGVerizon looking to build app store, The Information says
Verizon (VZ) is looking to partner with other companies to build an app store, according to The Information. Verizon's app store would compete with Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL), which already sell smartphone software, The Information noted. Reference Link
11:15 EDTAAPLGT Advanced retreats after analyst downgrades stock
Shares of sapphire maker GT Advanced (GTAT) are falling after research firm CLSA downgraded the stock in a note to investors today. The firm cited concerns about increased costs associated with the company's deal with Apple as the main reason for the downgrade. WHAT'S NEW: GT Advanced's costs associated with its deal to supply sapphire to Apple are being impacted by low yields, CLSA analyst Mark Heller wrote after speaking with strategic consulting firm Yole Développement. Lower yields will reduce the amount of sapphire that GT Advanced can produce for Apple, and will negatively affect GT’s profit margins, explained Heller. He believes that GT Advanced's risk/reward ratio is balanced at current levels, and downgraded his rating on the shares to Underperform from Outperform. However, he raised his price target on the shares to $19 from $18. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, GT Advanced fell 2% to $18.
09:38 EDTAAPL, AAPLGT Advanced downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA
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09:36 EDTFB, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FOLD TSLA TWTR WHX FB TM NFLX X EOG
09:24 EDTGOOGVringo intends to seek en banc review of decision in I/P Engine case
Vringo (VRNG) announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary I/P Engine, Inc. intends to file a petition with the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit seeking en banc review of the split appellate decision in its case against AOL (AOL), Google (GOOG) et al. that issued on August 15 and reversed the judgment of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Under the Federal Circuit's rules, I/P Engine's petition for en banc review is due on September 15. I/P Engine has filed an unopposed motion seeking a 30-day extension, which would make its petition due October 15. Upon receiving the requested extension, I/P Engine may file the petition on or anytime prior to October 15.
08:38 EDTBACRevolution Lighting enters loan, security agreement with BofA
Revolution Lighting (RVLT) announced that it has entered into a three year loan and security agreement with Bank of America (BAC). The agreement allows Revolution Lighting to borrow up to $25M on a revolving basis. Borrowings under the agreement are determined on specified percentages of eligible receivables and inventory, and bear interest either on the base rate plus specified margins or at LIBOR plus specified margins, at the election of Revolution Lighting. The loan provides Revolution Lighting with favorable interest rates with an initial interest rate of 3%. The agreement contains customary covenants and restrictions typical of these agreements.
07:01 EDTGOOGGarmin introduces first Android-based fleet navigators
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06:36 EDTGOOGIliad speaks to Google, Microsoft regarding T-Mobile offer, NY Post says
After Iliad's (ILIAF) surprise bid for T-Mobile (TMUS) was rejected, the firm is now in contact with , personnel at Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) about working together to come up with a larger offer for the company, according to the New York Post, citing a "well-placed" source. Reference Link
06:28 EDTAAPLApple could delay iWatch until 2015, FT Alphaville reports
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August 19, 2014
17:14 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 19, 2014eBay
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 28c to 27.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL C HD PBR GILD AA NFLX TWTR TSLA EBAY according to Track Data.
14:19 EDTAAPLCarl Icahn says increased Apple position over past year
Carl Icahn tweeted in regards to Apple, "All my chips still on the table and in fact increased position over past year." Icahn added that anyone who invested in Apple last year when he recommended the stock would be up 53% including dividends.
13:54 EDTAAPLCarney a contender to take over top communications job at Apple, Re/code says
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12:40 EDTAAPLApple nears life high, levels to watch
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12:27 EDTAAPLIcahn says 'very sizable' shareholder of Apple, has not sold share
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11:57 EDTAAPLApple shares reach $100, up 84c or 1%
09:38 EDTAAPL, FBActive equity options trading on open
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06:50 EDTGOOGImages show impending Google music subscription service, Android Police says
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06:32 EDTAAPLMorgan Stanley recommends adding to Apple positions
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06:20 EDTBACBofA COO transfers, senior manager assumes role, Bloomberg says
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06:13 EDTGOOGContinental AG hires Google's Seval Oz to lead new division, WSJ reports
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05:57 EDTGOOGGoogle to offer accounts to children under 13, WSJ reports
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August 18, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 18, 2014
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13:12 EDTGOOGMicrosoft getting ready to launch Chromebook challengers, 9to5Google says
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13:01 EDTFFord, Chevrolet launching incentives earlier than usual, Autmotive News says
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09:35 EDTAAPL, FBActive equity options trading on open
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09:20 EDTFBFacebook Q3 North American revenue tracking slightly above, says ITG Research
ITG Research said Facebook's Q3 North American revenue is tracking to $1.45B vs. consensus of $1.4B.
08:30 EDTAAPLApple starts production of smartphones with sapphire screens, Guardian says
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07:58 EDTAAPLApple December quarter EPS likely to beat by 10%+, says RBC Capital
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07:37 EDTFReport says Russia may bar car imports if new sanctions enacted, Reuters says
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06:47 EDTBACU.S. banks consider Ireland fitting spot for EU divisions, FT says
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06:47 EDTFBFacebook volatility at low end of historic range
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06:42 EDTAAPLApple may call 5.5-inch iPhone '6L,' 9to5Mac reports
Apple may call its rumored 5.5-inch iPhone model the "6L," 9to5Mac reports, citing Asia-based rumor site Apple Daily. In this scenario, the 4.7-inch iPhone would be called the iPhone 6. Reference Link
05:23 EDTAAPLInvenSense downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman Sachs downgraded InvenSense (INVN) to Neutral citing valuation with shares near its $25 price target. Goldman also believes the near-term catalyst of share gains at Apple (AAPL) has passed. InvenSense closed Friday down 1c to $24.99.
August 17, 2014
18:38 EDTAAPLToo early to sell Apple, Barron's says
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14:05 EDTGOOGGoogle acquires digital photo analysis startup Jetpac
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August 15, 2014
18:25 EDTFFord announces recall of Focus, Escape due to wiring issue, Reuters says
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 15, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1c to 28.88. Option volume leaders: AAPL GILD NFLX PBR TWTR TSLA MNKD AMZN C according to Track Data.
13:35 EDTFBFacebook July metrics remain strong, says JPMorgan
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12:39 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:45 EDTGOOGVringo confirms adverse ruling in patent suit with Google, others
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11:15 EDTGOOGVringo falls after patent win against Google, AOL reversed on appeal
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that patents claims asserted by I/P Engine, a unit of Vringo (VRNG), are invalid for obviousness and reversed a lower court's ruling in the company's favor. The patents were asserted in a suit against Google (GOOG) and Aol (AOL), IAC Interactive (IACI) and Gannett (GCI). Vringo shares dropped nearly 11% following the posting of the appeal court ruling. Reference Link
11:11 EDTGOOGU.S. Court says Vringo patents in Google case are invalid, Bloomberg Reports
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10:09 EDTAAPL, GOOGSony expected to debut Smartwatch 3 next month, GigaOM reports
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10:07 EDTBACBank of America reports July default rate 3.01% vs. 3.24% last month
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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
07:25 EDTFBFacebook Messenger said to receive harsh criticism, FT reports
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06:28 EDTFFord issues recall due to potentially faulty halfshaft
Ford is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles manufactured September 2, 2010, to November 30, 2013; 2013-2014 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS vehicles manufactured August 25, 2011, to November 30, 2013; and 2013-2014 Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT vehicles manufactured September 12, 2011, to November 30, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the halfshaft retention circlip may not have been properly installed, and as a result, the halfshaft may move outward and disengage from the linkshaft while driving and without prior warning. If the halfshaft and linkshaft become disengaged while driving, power will no longer be transmitted to the wheels, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. Additionally, if the parking brake is not applied before exiting the vehicle, the vehicle may roll away despite the transmission being placed in "park'," increasing the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles to make sure that the halfshaft is properly retained. If it is not, dealers will replace the linkshaft and also replace the halfshaft if it shows evidence of spline damage, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by August 29. Reference Link
06:00 EDTFBFacebook's Sam Lessin leaving company, Business Insider reports
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August 14, 2014
19:41 EDTAAPLApple considering sapphire glass in upcoming iPhone, smartwatch, WSJ reports
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17:27 EDTFB, GOOGAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:08 EDTAAPL, GOOG, FBSoros 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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10:05 EDTFOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:36 EDTGOOG, AAPL, FBActive equity options trading on open
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08:28 EDTBACBofA, DOJ still in talks over $17B settlement, NY Post says
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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
07:25 EDTFBCLSA to hold meetings
Silicon Valley Meetings consisting of meeting with various companies in the Silicon Valley area will be held on August 14-15.
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
06:09 EDTGOOGGoogle, HP in talks to collaborate on 'virtual assistant,' The Information says
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August 13, 2014
16:16 EDTFFord initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse
Target $18.15.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 13, 2014
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14:15 EDTFBFacebook launches cross-device reporting for ads
Facebook announced a way to track performance of advertising across devices. The company said in a blog post: "Today we’re launching cross-device reporting for Facebook ads, enabling advertisers to see for the first time how people are moving between devices — across mobile apps and the web — before they convert." Facebook continued, "Imagine seeing an ad for a product on your mobile phone while in line at the bank. Do you immediately make a purchase on your phone? Probably not. But perhaps you go back to your office later that day and buy on your desktop computer. Such cross-device conversions are becoming increasingly common as people move between their phones, tablets and desktop computers to interact with businesses." Reference Link
12:00 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; YHOO FB
Yahoo (YHOO) January 42 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 39, Facebook (FB) December 82.5 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 35 according to IVolatility.
11:41 EDTGOOG, AAPLAmazon 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.
11:04 EDTFBInstagram names James Quarles as new ad chief, Re/code reports
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09:37 EDTAAPL, GOOGActive equity options trading on open
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08:16 EDTFFord upgraded at Stifel
As previously reported, Stifel upgraded Ford to Buy from Hold. Thea analyst upgraded shares based on better than expected year-to-date trends, commentary that indicate the F-150 launch is on track, higher than expected Q2 North American margins, and a portfolio refresh cycle. Price target is $22.
07:19 EDTAAPLSiri creators working on new advanced AI system, Wired reports
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06:59 EDTFFord upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
06:34 EDTGOOGGoogle coverage resumed with a Buy at Stifel
Target $700.
06:33 EDTFBFacebook coverage resumed with a Buy at Stifel
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06:13 EDTGOOGGartner: Google Chromebooks to reach 5.2M units in 2014, DigiTimes says
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August 12, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 12, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 31.65. Option volume leaders: AAPL MNKD TWTR TSLA KMI KATE MGM NFLX KO according to Track Data.
09:35 EDTGOOG, AAPL, BACActive equity options trading on open
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09:19 EDTFGeneral Motors shares washed out, says Sterne Agee
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07:48 EDTBACBanks posted second-highest profit in 23 years in second quarter, WSJ says
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06:24 EDTAAPLApple readies Healthkit launch despite complicated regulations, Reuters says
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06:19 EDTAAPLApple suppliers begin production of next-generation iPads, Bloomberg says
Apple suppliers began production of next-generation iPads as the tech firm looks to reignite the popularity of tablet computers after it experienced two consecutive quarters of sales declines, according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Reference Link
05:47 EDTAAPLApple December quarter margins likely down sequentially, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says it’s likely that Apple's December quarter margins decline quarter-over-quarter due to the impact of the updated iPhone 6. Piper does not view the potential margin decline as a long-term negative, however, noting that Apple showed with the iPhone 5S that margins can expand as the company moves away from new design launches. Piper says it remains a buyer of Apple shares with an Overweight rating and $105 price target.
August 11, 2014
18:00 EDTGOOGSix-company consortium to build new trans-pacific cable system
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 11, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.33 to 31.90. Option volume leaders: AAPL KMI MNKD PBR AMZN SCTY TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
15:36 EDTFBFacebook unique desktop visitor growth turns positive, says Goldman
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10:07 EDTAAPLVirnetX says court denies Apple motion in patent suit
VirnetX (VHC) announced that on August 8 the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division, issued its patent claim construction, or "Markman" Order and ruled on a VirnetX motion in the ongoing patent infringement action between VirnetX and Apple (AAPL). Both parties had presented arguments on the disputed terms along with various other motions at a Markman hearing on May 20. In the Markman order, the court denied Apple's Motion for Summary Judgment of Indefiniteness, in which Apple alleged that some of the disputed claims terms in the patents asserted by VirnetX were invalid for indefiniteness. In a separate order, the court granted in part and denied in part VirnetX's Motion for Partial Summary Judgment on Apple's Invalidity Counterclaims. The court's order precludes Apple from asserting invalidity as a defense against infringement of the claims that were tried before a jury in VirnetX's prior litigation against Apple. Apple is not precluded from asserting invalidity as a defense against infringement of the claims that were not tried before a jury in the Apple I case. "We are extremely pleased with the court's rulings and we remain confident in the merits of our complaint against Apple," said Kendall Larsen, VirnetX CEO and President. "We believe the court's Markman Order and motion ruling represents another significant step towards the successful resolution of this litigation."
09:36 EDTGOOG, FB, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:19 EDTGOOGGoogle settles suit over drug ads, to spend $250M on changes, Re/code says
Google has agreed to spend at least $50M a year for at least five years on an internal effort to make content about prescription drug abuse more visible and work with legitimate pharmacies to counter marketing by non-U.S. drug sellers as part of settlement to end shareholder lawsuits over accusations the company improperly allowed certain drug ads, reported Re/code, citing legal documents. Reference Link
06:23 EDTAAPL, GOOGGoogle testing "Listen Now" music ads, WSJ reports
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06:12 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 31 at lower end of index mean range
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August 10, 2014
16:51 EDTGOOG, AAPLCourt rejects $324M settlement in tech hiring conspiracy, NYT says
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August 8, 2014
16:16 EDTAAPL, GOOGU.S. judge rejects Apple, Google antitrust hiring accord, Bloomberg reports
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 8, 2014
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12:08 EDTGOOGUpcoming Google tablet may feature 8 MP rear camera, PhoneArena says
Google's upcoming Nexus 8 tablet will feature an 8 MP rear camera, a 64 bit Tegra processor, 4 GB of memory, and the Android L operating system, without any HTC Sense overlay, according to PhoneArena, which cited various leaks and comments from an IHS analyst. Reference Link U
11:13 EDTFFord China reports July sales up 25% to 90,775 vehicles sold
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09:37 EDTBAC, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:31 EDTAAPLChina refutes report of Apple product procurement ban, Re/code reports
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07:18 EDTBACRegulators direct banks to steer mortgage aid to hard-hit areas, FT says
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06:37 EDTGOOGMotorola to be sales arm for Lenovo to increase global shipments, DigiTimes says
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06:01 EDTGOOGYahoo to strengthen email encryption for users, Mashable reports
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August 7, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 7, 2014
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15:33 EDTFBFacebook in talks with studios on content for Oculus Rift, The Information says
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10:37 EDTFBPrivateCore to join Facebook
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10:24 EDTFBFacebook acquires security startup PrivateCore, VentureBeat reports
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:23 EDTBACL.A. suit against JPMorgan over mortgage lending dismissed, Reuters reports
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06:43 EDTAAPLApple poaches YSL's Catherine Monier, 9to5Mac reports
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06:36 EDTGOOGGoogle, Barnes & Noble launching same-day book delivery service, NY Times says
Google (GOOG) and Barnes & Noble (BKS) today will begin allowing consumers in three cities to order books carried by Barnes & Noble stores and have them delivered to their homes on the same day, according to The New York Times. Users will order the books on Google Shopping Express, and the service will compete with Amazon, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
06:19 EDTAAPLMicrosoft in talks to open Fifth Avenue store, Daily News reports
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06:13 EDTGOOGGoogle to boost encrypted websites in rankings
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06:12 EDTFFord reports Class A and C motorhome sales up 12% and 14% year-to-date
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06:02 EDTFBFacebook hires former BBM head Bocking to run Internet.org app, Re/code says
Facebook (FB) has hired Andrew Bocking to run its new Internet.org mobile app, reports Re/code. Bocking was previously head of BlackBerry Messenger (BBRY). Reference Link
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