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November 6, 2012
14:34 EDTTGT, AOL, GCI, GOOG, IACI, VRNGVringo confirms jury finds patents infringed by Google, AOL et al.
Vringo (VRNG) announced a verdict in its wholly-owned subsidiary I/P Engine's case against AOL (AOL), Google (GOOG), IAC Search & Media (IACI), Gannett (GCI), and Target (TGT) with respect to the Defendants' infringement of the asserted claims of Vringo's "'420 Patent" and the "'664 Patent." After finding that the asserted claims of the Patents were both valid and infringed by Google, the jury found that reasonable royalty damages should be based on a "running royalty", and that the running royalty rate should be 3.5%. After finding that the asserted claims of the Patents were both valid and infringed by the Defendants, the jury found that the following sums of money, if paid now in cash, would reasonably compensate I/P Engine for the Defendants past infringement as follows: Google: $15,800,000; AOL: $7,943,000; IAC: $6,650,000; Gannett: $4,322; and Target: $98,833.
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December 5, 2014
12:50 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:20 EDTGOOGYahoo rises, Google falls after BofA changes ratings on both
Shares of Yahoo (YHOO) are rising and Google's (GOOG, GOOGL) stock is falling after Bank of America Merrill Lynch upgraded Yahoo and downgraded Google. WHAT'S NEW: Bank of America analyst Justin Post upgraded his rating on Yahoo to Buy from Neutral. Post said he had previously not expected to obtain information about Yahoo's strategy for avoiding taxes on the sale of its stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA) at least until well into 2015. However, Yahoo's CFO recently stated that the company continued to be optimistic that it would be able to cut its tax bill and added that the company would divulge its plans for doing so during its next earnings conference call. Yahoo's next earnings conference call is expected to take place by the end of next month, Post noted. He set a $62 price target on Yahoo shares. Meanwhile, Post downgraded Google to Neutral from Buy. The analyst thinks the company is facing several headwinds, including the maturity of its search business, a lack of products that can provide catalysts, and margin pressures as it invests in competitive businesses. As a result of these headwinds, Google's results are likely to be below expectations, Post believes. Meanwhile, the company is also facing increased regulatory risk, particularly in the EU, and increased competition from Facebook (FB) and other social networks. He trimmed his price target on Google to $580 from $600. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Yahoo climbed 1% to $50.94, while Google class A shares declined 1.5% to $534.33.
10:00 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:55 EDTGOOGYahoo seen overtaking Twitter in U.S. mobile ad market share, WSJ reports
Research firm eMarketer predicts Google (GOOG, GOOGL) and Facebook (FB) will account for about 35% and 17%, respectively, of the U.S. mobile ad market in 2015, but the firm also expects Yahoo (YHOO) will edge past Twitter (TWTR) in terms of mobile ad revenue, with projected market shares of 3.74% and 3.69%, respectively, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
08:14 EDTGOOGGoogle volatility low into being downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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07:38 EDTGOOGFollow-up: Google downgraded at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merrill downgraded Google to Neutral from Buy. The firm lowered estimates slightly below the Street due to lack of product catalysts, search maturity, and margin pressure from investments. BofA/Merrill is also cautious on online advertising growth given increased regulatory risk in the EU, potential Facebook (FB) competition, share loss from social growth, and a strong Apple (AAPL) product cycle. Price target lowered to $580 from $600.
07:28 EDTGOOGGoogle downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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06:15 EDTGOOGGoogle revamps incentive program for firms that sell productivity apps, services
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06:03 EDTGOOGiOS mobile traffic shows iPhone 6 launch strong, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says that according to Quantcast data, Apple's (AAPL) iOS mobile traffic share increased from 60.6% at iPhone 6 launch to 61.4% nine weeks after launch, while Google's (GOOG) Android decreased from 38.4% to 37.5% in the same period. Piper views the iOS mobile traffic share as further evidence that the iPhone 6 launch in the U.S. is off to a strong start. It keeps an Overweight rating on Apple shares with a $135 price target.
December 4, 2014
13:39 EDTTGTTarget executive says tough to choose between TV, Facebook, BI reports
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11:10 EDTGOOGNetwork-1 Technologies initiates 2nd patent litigation against Google, YouTube
Network-1 Technologies (NTIP) announced it has initiated its second patent litigation against Google (GOOG) and YouTube in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York for infringement of its newly issued patent relating to the identification and tagging of media content. The patent being asserted is U.S. Patent No. 8,904,464. The lawsuit alleges that Google and YouTube have infringed and continue to infringe by making, using, selling and offering to sell unlicensed systems and products and services related thereto, which include YouTube's Content ID system.
06:41 EDTGOOGProposed U.K. tax hike would hit tech companies, NY Times says
The British government has proposed a 25% tax on the U.K. profits of international companies, according to The New York Times. The tax would hit tech giants like Google (GOOG) which use complex loopholes to reduce their taxes, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
December 3, 2014
19:41 EDTGOOGGoogle to challenge Microsoft in workplace software, WSJ reports
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16:11 EDTGOOGChannelAdvisor customers SSS up 20.6% over Thanksgiving weekend
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10:33 EDTTGTTarget calls active on speculation of an overseas investor stake
Target December 73, 73.5 and 74 calls are active on total call volume of 12,500 contracts (500 puts) on speculation of an overseas investor stake. December weekly call option implied volatility is at 27, December is at 22, January is at 23; compared to its 26-week average of 19 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests trades taking positions for large near term upside price movement.
10:16 EDTTGTRumor: Target moves up on speculation of an overseas investor stake
09:35 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading
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07:17 EDTTGTFederal judge rejected Target's bid to dismiss data breach lawsuit, Reuters says
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07:14 EDTTGTBusiness Insider to hold a conference
Business Insider IGNITION 2014 Conference is being held in New York on December 1-3 with webcasted company presentations to begin on December 3 at 8 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
05:28 EDTGOOG, TGTTarget announces partnership with Google
Target (TGT) announced it is partnering with Google (GOOG) on the latest Art, Copy & Code project – an interactive, in-store mobile experience designed to delight Target guests of all ages this holiday season. Bullseye’s Playground is a mobile game experience that features Target’s bull terrier mascot Bullseye and other characters. In select Target stores, guests will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Bullseye’s Playground using Google’s new Project Tango Development Tablet that will transform the store into a 3D winter playground.
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