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May 26, 2015
07:39 EDTGOOGGoogle I/O conference a showcase for opportunities, said UBS
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May 22, 2015
06:55 EDTGOOGGoogle seeks Taiwan partners to promote Chromebook, DigiTimes reports
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06:40 EDTGOOGGoogle to add fingerprint authentication to Android M, Buzzfeed reports
Google's Android M is expected to include fingerprint authentication, reports Buzzfeed. The functionality will allow users to log in to all supported applications on their Android devices without entering a password. Google is expected to announce the feature next week at Google I/O. Reference Link
May 21, 2015
19:44 EDTGOOGGoogle advertising head remarks that larger phones may help mobile ads, WSJ says
In a Wall Street Journal interview at the San Francisco ad:tech conference, Google (GOOG) advertising chief Sridhar Ramaswamy commented on the conversation rate from mobile ad viewership to actual mobile sales, stating, "As phones get bigger the [screen] space issue becomes less challenging... [My six-inch phone] is essentially a tablet. People’s ability to navigate sites and fill out forms and such goes up tremendously." Ramaswamy also offered commentary on Facebook's (FB) advertising metrics, asking, "How many of Facebook’s video views are engaged views?" The Journal notes that Google's YouTube waits 30 seconds to register a video view, while Facebook counts a view "more quickly." Reference Link
17:34 EDTGOOGGoogle data shows link between mobile ads, store visits, WSJ says
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12:44 EDTGOOGGoogle developing tech to run on low-powered devices, The Information says
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10:15 EDTGOOGDISH Sling TV releases app for Android TV
DISH (DISH) confirmed that Sling TV launched its Android TV application for Google’s (GOOG) Nexus Player, available for immediate download in the Google Play Store. New customers can purchase a Nexus Player at a 50% discount when they pre-pay for three months of Sling TV or customers can choose to sample Sling TV on their Nexus Player for seven days at no cost, DISH added.
10:04 EDTGOOGDISH bringing Sling TV to Android TV platform, TechCrunch reports
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08:15 EDTGOOGSalesforce acquisition still possible, says JMP Securities
After Salesforce reported stronger than expected results, JMP Securities indicated that the results, along with statements by the company's CEO, make an acquisition seem less likely. However, the firm continues to believe that Google (GOOG), Oracle (ORCL), or Microsoft (MSFT) could buy the company. All three potential acquirers have significant cash and strong potential synergies with Salesforce, and the world is moving to the cloud, the firm explained. It raised its price target on Salesforce to $80 from $75 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
May 20, 2015
06:25 EDTGOOGGoogle seeks new partners for next-generation Nexus phones, DigiTimes reports
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May 19, 2015
16:53 EDTGOOGGoogle near to launching new web photo service, Bloomberg says
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14:54 EDTAOLRubicon Project an attractive target after AOL deal, The Deal says
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14:05 EDTGOOGGoogle bringing tweets to Google Search on mobile devices
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11:52 EDTGOOGDepartures raises concerns of Google's commitment to ecommerce, Re/code says
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11:50 EDTVRNGVringo says ZTE violated Brazilian court injunction
Vringoannounced that court-appointed experts in Brazil have issued a report stating that ZTE violated a Brazilian court injunction. Vringo received a preliminary injunction against ZTE on April 15, 2014, prohibiting ZTE from manufacturing, using, offering for sale, selling, installing, testing, or importing any 3G, 4G, or LTE infrastructure equipment in Brazil. The Federal and State Courts of Rio de Janeiro have, six times, denied ZTE's appeal of this injunction. Based on evidence of a potential violation of the injunction, the State Court of Rio de Janeiro appointed experts to investigate ZTE's activities in Brazil. Vringo now plans to file a motion for contempt with the Court requesting that punitive measures be taken against ZTE for its violation of the injunction.
10:47 EDTGOOGGoogle says 'no sacred cows' in rethink of Glass product, Financial Times says
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09:51 EDTGOOGYelp early strength attributed to talk of buyout
The early move higher in shares of Yelp is being attributed to speculation that Google (GOOG) may have interest in acquiring the online review site. The Wall Street Journal on May 7 reported that Yelp has hired banks to explore a sale. Shares of the company are up $1.05 to $47.61 in early trading.
08:20 EDTGOOGVerizon CFO sees net phone additions in Q2
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07:54 EDTAOLVerizon CFO says future of wireless around video, Internet of Things
Shammo says Verizon (VZ) mobile video "multicast" will be pay-per-view and mobile video service will be starting this summer. Shammo said buying AOL (AOL) gives the company the ad technology to make its mobile model work. Verizon CFO Fran Shammo is speaking at the JPMorgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference.
06:59 EDTGOOGYouTube Kids app receives complaints of 'inappropriate content', WSJ says
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May 18, 2015
11:47 EDTGOOGAmazon unlikely hurt by Google Buy button in next 3 years, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said he does not expect Google's (GOOG) addition of a "Buy" button for mobile e-commerce hurting Amazon.com (AMZN) over the next 1 to 3 years, but he does believe Google's plan presents a longer-term threat to "chip away" at Amazon's growth rate. However, Munster thinks it will be "next to impossible" for Google to replicate Amazon's core infrastructure and customer experience and he keeps an Overweight rating and $475 price target on Amazon shares.
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09:12 EDTVRNGVringo announces favorable ruling by Brazilian court
Vringo announced that the Brazilian Federal Court in Rio de Janeiro has denied ZTE's motion for a preliminary injunction against Vringo Infrastructure. Vringo received a preliminary injunction against ZTE on April 15, 2014. Since that time, ZTE has sought to overturn the injunction by filing numerous appeals. ZTE's most recent attempt to overturn the injunction was a lawsuit filed by ZTE's Brazilian subsidiary. In that lawsuit, ZTE requested a preliminary injunction against Vringo, seeking the Brazilian court impose a royalty rate for a temporary license between the parties. The Court denied ZTE's request for preliminary injunction based solely on the evidence presented in ZTE's own filing. Among other points, the Court found that there was no evidence that ZTE was willing to effectively negotiate a license prior to Vringo's filing an infringement lawsuit against ZTE in the Rio de Janeiro State Court. Following this ruling, the preliminary injunction against ZTE remains in place.
08:22 EDTAOL, GOOGVerizon deal has multiple positive catalysts, says Wells Fargo
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07:59 EDTGOOGGoogle Buy button a natural fit for mobile shopping listings, says Baird
Baird noted Google added a Buy button to accompany mobile product listings and believes it will improve the company's e-commerce search competitiveness. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating and $690 price target on Google shares.
07:52 EDTAOLAOL Platforms launches One by AOL: Video in Brazil
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May 17, 2015
18:56 EDTGOOGGoogle to feature 'buy' button in sponsored search results, WSJ says
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16:50 EDTGOOGWhite House wavers on backing Google, Oracle in copyright suit, Reuters says
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May 15, 2015
16:28 EDTGOOGAppaloosa Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:21 EDTAOLStocks end week little changed as data, deals offset bond yield jumps
Stocks ended the week little changed as a number of M&A deals and a few relatively strong economic data points offset worries about rising bond yields. MACRO NEWS: U.S. weekly jobless claims came in better than expected and reached the lowest four-week average level in 15 years... In Europe, the combined GDP of the 19 eurozone countries grew 0.4% in the first quarter, which was a bit weaker than the 0.5% consensus growth forecast but a pickup from the 0.3% growth pace of the final quarter of last year. Of note, all four of the euro zone's largest economies recorded growth in the same quarter for the first time since the first half of 2010... The People's Bank of China reduced its one year interest rate by 0.25%, marking the third time in the last six months that the central bank has cut benchmark rates... Bond yields surged in many of the world's largest economies, raising worries about inflation and putting pressure on stocks in the beginning of the week. COMPANY NEWS: There was a significant amount of M&A activity again this week, with the headliner being Verizon's (VZ) deal to acquire AOL (AOL) for $50 per share in a transaction valued at $4.4B. Danaher (DHR) agreed to buy purification technologies supplier Pall Corporation (PLL) for $127.20 per share in cash. Danaher also announced that it plans to split itself into two publicly traded companies. Energy infrastructure company Williams (WMB) announced a simplification deal to buy its affiliate Williams Partners (WPZ) for $13.9B in an all-stock transaction. Energy exploration company Noble Energy (NBL) agreed to acquire Rosetta Resources (ROSE) in an all-stock deal. Noble is buying Rosetta for $2.1B in stock plus the assumption of Rosetta's net debt of $1.8B... Alibaba (BABA) acquired a 9.3% stake in Zulily (ZU), an e-commerce retailer geared toward women. A person familiar with the matter reportedly told the Wall Street Journal that the Chinese e-commerce giant is not pursuing an outright acquisition of the U.S. company, however... Shares of Netflix (NFLX) jumped Friday and hit a new all-time high after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks with Wasu Media, a Chinese media company backed by Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma, about forming a partnership to bring its content to China... Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund Management lost its proxy fight with DuPont (DD) as Trian did not succeed in getting its nominees elected to the DuPont board. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 0.45% to 18,272.56, the Nasdaq gained 0.89% to 5,048.29, and the S&P 500 climbed 0.31% to 2,122.73.
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08:46 EDTAOL, GOOGMobile operators ad blocking plan sets up fight with Google, FT reports
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07:22 EDTGOOGGoogle's self-driving cars to roll out in California this summer, Re/code says
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06:24 EDTGOOGGoogle Glass team may be focusing on multiple wearable products, BI reports
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May 14, 2015
19:04 EDTGOOGMicrosoft announces mobile-friendly search result changes
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12:03 EDTGOOG, VRNGVringo seeks Supreme Court review of reversal of judgment against Google
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11:01 EDTGOOGADT Corp. announces product integration with Google's Nest
ADT (ADT) announced today a product integration with Nest (GOOG). Launching this summer, the integration will be another example of ADT’s continued desire to open up its ecosystem, paving the way for future opportunities.
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10:00 EDTAOLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:34 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading on open
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06:09 EDTGOOGGoogle's PR chief Whetstone leaves for Uber, WSJ reports
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06:07 EDTAOLAOL CEO could net almost $180M in company sale to Verizon, WSJ reports
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05:34 EDTAOLAOL downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
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May 13, 2015
15:43 EDTGOOGGoogle moves corporate applications to cloud, WSJ says
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10:01 EDTAOLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:01 EDTAOLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:49 EDTAOLAOL downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Monness Crespi
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08:00 EDTGOOGGoogle fight with EU over 'right to forget' may end up back in court, WSJ says
Google has set up a detailed process to comply with the European Union's "right to forget" rules and removed hundreds of thousands of links in search results for people's names from the European versions of its search engine, but European regulators argue that the company is undermining the decision by not applying it globally, reported The Wall Street Journal. Google says it wants to avoid seting a precedent that one region can set global rules for the Internet and the fight may end up back in court, the report added. Reference Link
07:18 EDTAOLAOL downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
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06:55 EDTAOLInsiders 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
06:11 EDTGOOGBoeing ends work on only small satellite program, WSJ reports
Boeing is no longer working on a program for HySpecIQ, a private equity-backed startup, which had ordered two Boeing 502 Phoenix satellites that were expected to be launched in 2018, The Wall Street Journal reports. Boeing has ended work on the imaging spacecraft, its only small satellite order, due to the downturn in the natural resources market, the publication adds.
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05:53 EDTAOLAOL CEO: AOL staying in content business, not selling TechCrunch, TC reports
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05:28 EDTAOLAOL upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman
Goldman Sachs upgraded AOL (AOL) to Neutral after Verizon (VZ) agreed to acquire the company for $50 per share. Goldman raised its price target for shares to $44 from $38.
May 12, 2015
19:23 EDTAOLAOL CEO says Huffington Post will 'always' be company cornerstone, HP says
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16:25 EDTAOLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks began the session deep in negative territory as bond yields in Europe and the U.S. were moving higher. The market saw its lows shortly after the open and soon began to recapture some of its losses. By noon, the losses were cut in half and the Dow made it all the way back to positive ground by the afternoon. Unable to gather any upside momentum, the rally stalled and the averages limped into the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the National Federation of Independent Business' small business optimism rose 1.7 points to 96.9 in April, versus expectations for a 96.0 reading. The JOLTs report showed job openings fell 150K to 4.99M in March, versus expectations for 5.11M openings. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield climbed at high as 2.37% earlier in the session, which was its highest intraday mark since last November, before easing back by midday. Outside of the U.S., bond yields surged on 10-year notes in Japan, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Germany. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of AOL (AOL) advanced $7.93, or 18.62%, to $50.52 after Verizon (VZ) agreed to buy the company for $50 per share in a deal valued at $4.4B. Verizon's John Stratton, speaking at the Jefferies 2015 Global TMT Conference, said the AOL deal was primarily about ad technology and Re/code reported that "one scenario" the service has heard about is that Verizon plans to spin off some or all of the content operations it is acquiring by buying AOL, such as the Huffington Post. Yahoo (YHOO) also rose 24c, or 0.55%, to $43.84, as Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali said he now views it as the "last remaining large scale digital media company of its kind." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Pall Corp. (PLL), which advanced $19.31, or 19.44%, to $118.62 after The Wall Street Journal reported that the company is near a possible sale and listed Danaher (DHR) and Thermo Fisher (TMO) as potential buyers. Also higher was Pain Therapeutics (PTIE), which gained 68c, or 35.05%, to $2.62 after announcing that a study of its lead drug candidate, that is specifically designed to discourage certain common methods of drug tampering and misuse, demonstrated with statistical significance that both intact and chewed Remoxy were less "liked" than immediate-release oxycodone on the two primary endpoints of Drug Liking and Drug High. Among the noteworthy losers was ITT Educational Services (ESI), which plunged $1.75, or 43.53%, to $2.27 after the SEC announced that it had charged the company, along with its CEO and CFO, with fraud. Also lower were shares of NewLink Genetics (NLNK), which dropped $15.59, or 29.9%, to $36.55 after stating that it would continue its flagship IMPRESS trial as planned despite disclosing the FDA did not endorse management's plan to change the statistical analysis plan as defined in the original protocol. INDEXES: The Dow fell 36.94, or 0.2%, to 18,068.23, the Nasdaq slid 17.38, or 0.35%, to 4,976.19, and the S&P 500 dropped 6.21, or 0.29%, to 2,099.12.
15:55 EDTAOLAxel Springer made unsolicited offer for AOL last year, Financial Times says
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15:04 EDTAOLInvestors should be cautious reading through from AOL deal to Yelp, WSJ says
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14:07 EDTAOLAOL downgraded to Hold from Buy at Axiom
AOL (AOL) was downgraded at Axiom after the company agreed to be acquired by Verizon (VZ) for $50 per share.
12:34 EDTAOLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:47 EDTGOOGYouTube's engineering head Panchapakesan dies, Re/code reports
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11:43 EDTVRNGIroquois Capital reports 9.99% passive stake in Vringo
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11:14 EDTAOLAOL premium low but likely best bet for AOL shareholders, Bloomberg says
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10:31 EDTAOLCantor sees higher bid for AOL unlikely, positive on Yahoo
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali downgraded AOL (AOL) two notches to Sell from Buy after Verizon (VZ) agreed to acquire the company for $50 per share. Squali finds the takeover valuation "relatively fair" and believes a higher bidder for AOL is unlikely to emerge. The analyst believes the transaction could be positive for Yahoo (YHOO), which he views as the "last remaining large scale digital Media company of its kind." Squali has a Buy rating on Yahoo with a $60 price target.
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09:20 EDTAOLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:14 EDTGOOGApps World to hold a conference
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09:04 EDTAOLVerizon said to possibly spin off some or all AOL content ops, Re/code says
AOL's (AOL) ad tech business is growing at a much faster pace than its content business, but has lower margins, noted Re/code, adding that "one scenario we’ve heard" is that Verizon (VZ) intends to spin off some or all of the content operations it is acquiring by buying AOL, possibly with a third player such as German publisher Axel Springer also involved. AOL CEO Tim Armstrong seemed to leave the door open for such a deal by saying that the company has "spoken to partners about content and scaling [and] seen a lot of interest in the content brands we have," Re/code added. Reference Link
08:18 EDTAOLVerizon says no change in financial outlook, debt position
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07:20 EDTAOLAOL's Armstrong says will stay with company 'for a long period of time'
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07:18 EDTAOLAOL CEO says Verizon deal happened 'in natural way,' no auction held
AOL (AOL) CEO Tim Armstrong continues speaking on CNBC.
07:12 EDTAOLAOL CEO expects Verizon to take 'open approach' to content
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07:09 EDTAOLAOL CEO says will 'certainly' buy Verizon stock
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07:08 EDTAOLAOL CEO says company has 'shared vision' with Verizon
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07:06 EDTAOLAOL volatility elevated into Verizon acquiring for $4.4B
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07:03 EDTAOLVerizon to acquire AOL for $50 per share, an estimated total value of $4.4B
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07:01 EDTAOLVerizon to acquire AOL for $50 per share, an estimated total value of $4.4B
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07:01 EDTAOLVerizon to acquire AOL for $50 per share, or $4.4B
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07:00 EDTGOOGPublishers contend with Facebook clout as traffic-driving power grows, WSJ says
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06:53 EDTGOOGGoogle sees India business doubling every year, Economic Times says
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06:07 EDTGOOGGoogle's Urmson: Self-driving cars not the cause of accidents, Medium reports
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06:04 EDTGOOGGoogle's self-driving cars in three collisons since September, AP reports
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