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September 29, 2014
13:30 EDTGOOGGoogle Capital invests in InnoLight Technology, WSJ reports
Google Capital has made an investment in InnoLight Technology, a Chinese manufacturer of high-speed optical transceivers that are used by computer servers, the Wall Street Journal reports. Google co-led a Series C round totaling $38M with Lightspeed China Partners, the publication says, marking Google Capital's first investment in China. Reference Link
13:15 EDTGOOGGoogle, Adobe announce Creative Cloud for Chromebooks
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09:38 EDTGOOGGoogle unveils new mobile-focused display ad formats
Google says on its blog that "We’re excited to announce that over the coming months we will launch several mobile display ad formats and tools across the Google Display Network, the AdMob Network and DoubleClick that will make it easier for advertisers to build successful ads that work across screens." Reference Link
09:08 EDTGOOGTremor Video partners with programmatic demand partners
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09:00 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $730 from $650 at RBC Capital
RBC Capital increased its price target on Google, as the firm expects the company's core search growth to "remain highly consistent" in the near-term, and it thinks the company has developed three material medium-term growth drivers. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:37 EDTAOLAOL, Publicis to expand global adveritising partnership
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07:24 EDTAOLAOL CEO says haven't focused on Starboard, Yahoo developments
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07:20 EDTAOLAOL CEO say no comment on Yahoo speculation
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06:29 EDTGOOGYouTube's Tom Pickett to leave company, WSJ reports
Tom Pickett, Google’s VP for YouTube content, is set to leave the company, the Wall Street Journal reports. Pickett, who was responsible for policy and other initiatives including "YouTube Spaces," will reportedly become the CEO at another company. Reference Link
06:29 EDTGOOGFacebook to challenge Google with ad platform, NY Times says
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September 26, 2014
16:55 EDTAOLMarket ends week lower after inversion crackdown, mixed data
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16:15 EDTAOLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher, regaining much of their losses from yesterday, after GDP data showed the U.S. economy grew at its fastest pace in more than 2 years during the second quarter. Also helping improve sentiment was the significant earnings beat from Dow member Nike (NKE). ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., second quarter real GDP growth was revised up to 4.6% in the government's third estimate. This was raised from the prior 4.2% growth estimate, though the upward revision had been expected by analysts. The final University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for September came in at 84.6, which was unchanged from the preliminary print but up from the final August reading of 82.5. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Nike climbed $9.75, or 12.23%, to $89.50 after the company reported stronger than expected results and provided better than expected profit guidance. Following last night's report, a number of analysts reacted positively in notes this morning, including Janney Capital, which upgraded the stock to Buy from Neutral. Meanwhile, Deutsche Bank upgraded Under Armour (UA) to Buy, citing continued sector strength evidenced in Nike's results. Under Armour gained $2.27, or 3.36%, to $69.82 following the report from the industry leader and Deutsche's ratings action. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Janus Capital (JNS), which surged $4.60, or 41.43%, to $15.72 after the company unexpectedly announced that "Bond King" Bill Gross, formerly of PIMCO, will join as a fund manager this Monday. Afterward, Citigroup upgraded Janus to Neutral from Sell, citing Gross' hiring. Also higher was Yahoo (YHOO), which jumped $1.71, or 4.39%, to $40.66 after activist investor Starboard Value announced it has acquired a significant ownership stake in the company and urged it to explore a strategic combination with AOL (AOL). Shares of AOL also rose $1.58, or 3.68%, to $44.55 following Starboard's public disclosure of its recommendation to Yahoo. Among the noteworthy losers was Finish Line (FINL), which was left out of the Nike-fueled rally in the sneaker sector and fell $4.30, or 14.62%, to $25.11 after the company reported second quarter earnings and revenue that missed expectations. Following Finish Line's Q2 report, the stock and peer Foot Locker (FL) were both downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Also lower were shares of AcelRx (ACRX), which fell $1.31, or 19.49%, to $5.41 and was downgraded to Neutral at Roth Capital after the company said it has to resubmit for FDA approval of its Zalviso drug. INDEXES: The Dow advanced 167.35, or 0.99%, to 17,113.15, the Nasdaq gained 45.45, or 1.02%, to 4,512.19, and the S&P 500 rose 16.86, or 0.86%, to 1,982.85.
12:49 EDTAOLAOL climbs after activist says Yahoo should pursue merger
Shares of AOL (AOL) are rising after activist investor Starboard Value urged Yahoo (YHOO) to consider a takeover of the company. WHAT'S NEW: Starboard said in a press release that Yahoo should "explore a strategic combination" with AOL. Merging with AOL could improve Yahoo's competitive position and deliver cost synergies of up to $1B, stated Starboard, which said that it had obtained a "significant stake" in Yahoo. Combining with AOL could also help Yahoo reduce the taxes it would owe after monetizing its stakes in Alibaba (BABA) and Yahoo Japan, Starboard stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Other steps that Yahoo should take include reducing its costs, curtailing its "aggressive acquisition strategy," and unlocking the value from its stakes in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan, the activist investor added. If all the steps recommended by Starboard are carried out, "tremendous value" for Yahoo shareholders will be unlocked, the hedge fund stated. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, AOL rose 3.5% to $44.50, while Yahoo gained 3% to $40.
12:31 EDTAOLReuters corrects tweet on Yahoo to attribute to Starboard, not company
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12:22 EDTAOLAOL calls active, activist believes combination with Yahoo could offer synergies
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12:20 EDTAOLAOL spikes higher after Starboard encourages combination with Yahoo
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12:17 EDTAOLAOL up 8.45%, Yahoo up 4% after talk of Yahoo-AOL combination
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12:15 EDTAOLStarboard believes Yahoo-AOL combination could offer synergies of up to $1B
In a letter to Yahoo, Starboard said, "Based on our analysis, we believe that a combination of Yahoo and AOL could offer synergies of up to $1 billion by significantly reducing the cost overlaps in their Display advertising businesses as well as synergies in corporate overhead. Importantly, we believe the combined entity would be able to more successfully navigate the ongoing industry changes, such as the growth of programmatic advertising and migration to mobile. In addition, we believe a combination could also lead to revenue growth opportunities given the broader user base, higher quality content, better technology assets, and enhanced relationships with advertising agencies. Interestingly, based on our research and the legal advice we have received on how to unlock the value of Yahoo's equity holdings, we believe a merger of AOL and Yahoo's core business may be one of the best ways to both fully seize the cost reduction opportunity and also to tax efficiently monetize Yahoo's non-core equity holdings. We trust the Board and management will do the right thing for shareholders, even if this may mean accepting AOL as the surviving entity in a combination, should that be the best and most tax efficient structure."
12:14 EDTAOLYahoo says exploring strategic combination with AOL, Reuters says
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12:13 EDTAOLStarboard urges Yahoo to explore combination with AOL
Starboard Value LP announced it has acquired a significant ownership stake in Yahoo!, and that it has delivered a letter to Marissa Mayer, President and CEO of Yahoo, and to Yahoo's Board of Directors. In the letter, Starboard said, "The purpose of this letter is to highlight several opportunities to unlock tremendous value for the benefit of all Yahoo shareholders. These opportunities include: 1) Unlocking the substantial value from Yahoo's non-core minority equity stakes in Alibaba (BABA) and Yahoo Japan in a structure that delivers value directly to Yahoo shareholders in a tax-efficient manner; 2) Realizing substantial cost efficiencies by reducing expenses throughout the Company, specifically with a goal of reducing losses in the Display business by between $250M-$500M; 3) Halting Yahoo's aggressive acquisition strategy which has resulted in $1.3 billion of capital spent since Q2 2012 while consolidated revenues have remained stagnant and EBITDA has materially decreased; and 4) Exploring a strategic combination with AOL (AOL) – a company we know well – which could improve Yahoo's competitive position, deliver cost synergies of up to $1B, and potentially facilitate the realization of value from Yahoo's non-core equity stakes with minimal tax leakage. We believe that the execution of these initiatives would produce tremendous value for shareholders, and are squarely within the control of the Company's management and board of directors. We look forward to engaging directly with you to discuss the details of how these actions can be implemented in a timely manner.
12:12 EDTAOLYahoo, AOL jump after Starboard recommends exploration of tie-up
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12:10 EDTAOLYahoo urged by Starboard Value to explore strategic combination with AOL
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11:19 EDTGOOGGoogle adds requirements for Android manufacturers, The Informatoin reports
Google (GOOG) may be adding requirements for dozens of manufacturers including Samsung (SSNLF), Huawei and HTC that want to build devices powered by Android, reports The Information. According to obtained confidential documents, the new requirements may include increasing the number of Google apps that must be pre-installed to as many as 20, placing more Google apps on the home screen and making Google Search more prominent. Reference Link
06:47 EDTGOOGFAA drone decision could be milestone, NY Times says
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06:39 EDTGOOGMost connected devices have security flaw, NY Times says
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06:13 EDTGOOGGoogle checks show accelerating search spend, says Citigroup
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September 25, 2014
09:00 EDTGOOGGoogle responds to News Corp. criticism in blog post
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07:31 EDTGOOGBrookings Institution to hold a discussion
The Governance Studies at Brookings hosts an event on the challenges facing cross-border data flows in the digital economy. A panel of experts discuss the possible ramifications on communication, trade and commerce of a fractioned internet to be held in Washington, D.C. on September 25 at 10 am.
06:07 EDTGOOGGlobal tablet sales momentum to slow down in 2015, DigiTimes reports
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September 24, 2014
13:33 EDTVRNGVringo issues statement on forthcoming patent trial against ZTE
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08:55 EDTGOOGEndurance and Google partner for web presence solutions in Africa and Asia
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07:28 EDTGOOGAmazon expanding hardware unit, working on smart home devices, Reuters says
Amazon.com (AMZN) plans to boost its full-time payroll at Lab126, the hardware unit that developed the Kindle and other consumer electronics devices, by at least 27% over the next five years, reported Reuters, citing a government document and people familiar with the matter. The expansion comes as Amazon tests connected-home devices that could compete with those available from or being developed by Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL), two people familiar with the Lab's activities said, Reuters noted. Reference Link
07:18 EDTGOOGEU antitrust head says Google must improve search settlement terms, WSJ reports
Joaquín Almunia, the outgoing head of the EU competition department, told European Parliament lawmakers that Google must improve its proposal to settle concerns over its search practices or that it will face formal antitrust charges, even though the commissioner has already acknowledged that a final decision on the case will now fall to his successor, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
September 23, 2014
07:23 EDTAOLYahoo could be buyer or target after Alibaba IPO, Re/code says
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07:07 EDTGOOGGoogle planning to build data center in Netherlands, Bloomberg reports
Google will spend over EUR 600M over the next four years to build a data center in the Netherlands, Bloomberg reports. Google will employ about 150 permanent workers at the Eemshaven hub once the job is completed. Reference Linkp
06:56 EDTGOOGGoogle exec to manage Snapchat PR, policy, Re/code says
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06:20 EDTGOOGAlmunia: Google must improve EU settlement or will face charges, WSJ says
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06:00 EDTGOOGFacebook expected to launch new advertising platform, WSJ reports
This week, Facebook (FB) will introduce Atlas, a new advertising platform to improve effectiveness of online ads, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Atlas is a re-engineered version of the Atlas Advertiser Suite Facebook acquired in 2013 from Microsoft (MSFT). Facebook is looking to challenge Google (GOOG) in the online ad space. Reference Link
September 22, 2014
12:14 EDTGOOGTel Aviv in negotiations with Waze to relieve traffic jams, Globes reports
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06:35 EDTGOOGGoogle hurt by new Chinese Internet cracckdown, NY Times says
New restrictions that China has placed on the Internet is making it more difficult for the country's citizens to use the search giant's services, according to The New York Times. Reference Link
06:34 EDTGOOGGoogle selects HTC to make 9-inch Nexus tablet, WSJ reports
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September 19, 2014
10:12 EDTGOOGSony expected to launch SmartEyeglass by end of March, The Verge reports
Sony (SNE) is expected to launch SmartEyeglass, a competitor to Google Glass (GOOG), by the end of March, according to The Verge. Reference Link
06:43 EDTGOOGYouTube spending more money on original content, Re/code reports
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06:22 EDTGOOGGoogle planning to encrypt phone data in Android, Washington Post reports
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September 18, 2014
15:47 EDTGOOGHimax may be back in with Google, buy shares, says Northland
Northland said Google (GOOG) has finished testing the Samsung OLED displays and have determined they are not bright enough. The analyst believes Google will go back to Himax (HIMX). Google has the option to invest in HIMX by October 21, which the firm believes they will do if they go back to them for displays. Norhtland recommends buying shares aggressively into an expected strong September quarter.
15:44 EDTGOOGHimax may be back in with Google, says Northland
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15:10 EDTAOLAOL spikes higher in late session trading, levels to watch
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14:16 EDTAOLRumor: AOL moves up on renewed takeover chatter
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13:57 EDTGOOGGoogle mulls new R&D unit focused on longer term projects, The Information says
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08:58 EDTGOOGGoogle October volatility flat on tight three-month price range
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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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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.
10:04 EDTGOOGDiscover rumored to be eyed as target by Apple, Bank Innovation 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
September 16, 2014
10:52 EDTGOOGGoogle's Nexus 9 tablet may arrive on October 8, PhoneArena.com says
Google's Nexus 9 tablet may be unveiled on October 8, reports PhoneArena.com, citing a Portuguese report from 4G News. According to the source, the Nexus 9 will feature a Tegra K1 processor and may come equipped with 3GB of RAM rather than the previously rumored 4GB. Reference Link
08:18 EDTAOLFCC to hold a roundtable
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06:16 EDTGOOGGoogle called on by Berlin to disclose search engine formula, FT reports
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