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News For VRNG;GOOG;AOL;IACI;GCI;TGT From The Last 14 Days
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August 24, 2015
19:10 EDTGOOGEU requests additional comments on Google anti-trust practices, Register says
After sending questionnaires to Google's competitors and customers earlier in the year, the European Commission has again sent out questionnaires asking for input on the company's potentially anti-competitive practices, reports the Register, citing a source close the Commission investigation. Reference Link
18:19 EDTGOOGAmazon hardware executive takes job at Google, Re/code says
Jon McCormack, CTO of Amazon's (AMZN) Devices unit, has left the company for the second time in one year to work in Google's (GOOG) Advanced Technologies and Products, or ATAP, arm, Re/code reported earlier. The report adds that one of ATAP's projects is the modular smartphone concept "Ara," which recently targeted a 2016 U.S. launch. Reference Link
15:01 EDTTGTWyndham slips after FTC given go-ahead for data breach lawsuit
Shares of Wyndham (WYN) have slipped in afternoon trading after an appeals court ruled that the FTC can sue the company over its allegedly poor cybersecurity practices. WHAT'S NEW: According to a Reuters report of court proceedings, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia has ruled that the FTC may proceed with its lawsuit against Wyndham over data breaches in 2008 and 2009, saying the hotel company failed to take reasonable steps to protect customer information. Wyndham's allegedly lackluster data protection policies constitute "unfair and deceptive trade practices," granting the Federal Trade Commission authority to step in, said Judge Thomas Ambro. FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez commented, "It is not only appropriate, but critical, that the FTC has the ability to take action on behalf of consumers when companies fail to take reasonable steps to secure sensitive consumer information," according to the report. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Today's ruling comes in the wake of numerous high-profile "hack attacks," with American Airlines (AAL), Anthem (ANTM), United Airlines (UAL) and Target (TGT) all reporting digital security breaches in recent years. Though no final verdict has been reached in the case between the FTC and Wyndham, Judge Ambro may have established the beginnings of a legal precedent potentially allowing the Commission to sue companies for not going far enough to protect consumer data and Chairwoman Ramirez appeared to share that broader tone. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Wyndham are down about 4% in intraday trading. Cybersecurity firms FireEye (FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) are down roughly 2% and 2.7% for the afternoon.
13:17 EDTTGTTarget to pay $2.8M to resolve EEOC discrimination finding
Target has agreed to pay $2.8M to resolve a Commissioner's charge of discrimination which was investigated in the Minneapolis Area Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC. Based on the investigation, EEOC found reasonable cause to believe that three employment assessments formerly used by Target disproportionately screened out applicants for exempt-level professional positions based on race and sex. The tests were not sufficiently job-related and consistent with business necessity, and thus violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, EEOC found. In addition, EEOC found that one of the assessments Target formerly used in its hiring process also violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. The EEOC determined that this particular assessment performed by psychologists on behalf of Target was a pre-employment medical examination. Employers are prohibited by the ADA from subjecting applicants to medical examinations prior to an offer of employment. EEOC found that Target also committed record-keeping violations by failing to maintain records sufficient to assess the impact of its hiring procedures. EEOC's investigation revealed that thousands were adversely affected when Target used these assessments in its hiring process. The monetary settlement will be divided among these individuals as appropriate. Target will pay for a claims administrator to distribute the funds.
10:54 EDTGOOGGoogle volatility increases on wide price movement
Google August weekly call option implied volatility is at 52, September is at 36; compared to its 52-week range of 16 to 39 suggesting larger near term price movement.
09:04 EDTGCIAncestry.com collaborates with Gannet to digitally archive newspapers
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06:45 EDTGOOGMost of Google Now dev team left company before I/O conference, Re/code says
Most of the original team that built Google Now have departed, many of them before the I/O developer conference, Re/code reports, citing multiple sources. Many had grown frustrated with that the products was shuttered into search inside of Google, the report says. Reference Link
06:34 EDTGOOGIntel leads $100M funding round for Mirantis, WSJ reports
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06:27 EDTGOOGRoku tops Google in streaming media device sales, Parks Associates says
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05:57 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; BIDU GOOG
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Baidu (BIDU) 41, Google (GOOG) 31 according to iVolatility.
August 23, 2015
16:57 EDTGOOGGoogle Express workers join Teamsters union in face of 'constant harassment'
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August 21, 2015
17:40 EDTGOOGEU intensifies Google antitrust investigation, WSJ reports
The European Union is deepening its probe into allegations that Google abuses its dominance in advertising contracts with website operators and copies content from its competitors, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
13:50 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Weekly technical notes, Gold, S&P 500, Germany, China, Energy
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13:38 EDTGOOGGoogle says brings tweets to mobile Google search app, desktop
In May, Google announced that it was bringing Tweets to Google Search on mobile devices. The company today updated the blog entry to say that it has "extended this to the desktop now, too, and in English everywhere." Reference Link
11:12 EDTGOOGQualcomm reportedly to enter consumer drone market
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10:34 EDTGOOGSamsung working on Android tablet with 18.4-inch display, Sam Mobile reports
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08:11 EDTGOOGDaimler AG could collaborate with Google, Apple, Reuters says
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06:18 EDTGOOGGoogle's Brin says life sciences group to become standalone company
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06:01 EDTGOOGABI Research: Portable PC sales to remain flat in 2015, DigiTimes says
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05:55 EDTGOOGGoogle building EUR150M data center in West Dublin, Independent.ie reports
Google is investing EUR150M to build a new data center in West Dublin, Ireland, Independent.ie reports. The first construction phase, which will create 400 jobs, is expected to be completed later this year. Reference Link
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