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August 28, 2014
19:36 EDTGOOGGoogle has been developing delivery drones for two years, The Atlantic reports
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17:52 EDTGOOGGoogle's Megan Smith top candidate for U.S. CTO role, Bloomberg says
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17:39 EDTGOOGGoogle's Smith said to be top candidate for U.S. CTO job, Bloomberg says
13:15 EDTGOOGAndroid dominates in China, South China Morning Post says
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August 27, 2014
12:07 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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07:53 EDTGOOGFacebook LiveRail buy could set up competition with Google, says William Blair
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06:36 EDTTGTNordstrom, Target launching Instagram platform, CNBC says
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06:17 EDTGOOGGoogle to open new startup center in Seoul, WSJ reports
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August 26, 2014
13:15 EDTGOOGGoogle announces acquisition of Zync Render
Google announced in a corporate blog post that Zync Render, the visual effects cloud rendering technology behind Star Trek Into Darkness and Looper, is joining the Google Cloud Platform team. Reference Link
13:09 EDTGOOGAntitrust, breakup fee concerns hinder Google's Twitch acquisition, Forbes says
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12:04 EDTGOOGVMware, NVIDIA, Google announce graphics collaboration
VMware (VMW), NVIDIA (NVDA) and Google (GOOG) announced a collaborative effort to deliver high-performance virtual desktops and workstation-class graphics to Google Chromebooks. The joint effort is expected to expand the hardware options for high-performance virtual desktops, VMware said.
09:57 EDTIACIAmazon Twitch purchase underscores value of Vimeo, says Maxim
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07:57 EDTGOOGGoogle still has multiple positive catalysts, says Bernstein
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August 25, 2014
14:05 EDTGOOGAmazon has agreed to buy videogame site Twitch for more than $1B, WSJ reports
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13:08 EDTGOOGAmazon in late-stage talks to buy Twitch, The Information reports
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07:44 EDTGOOGMobileIron could benefit from BlackBerry replacements, says Deutsche Bank
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06:19 EDTTGTU.S. DHS warns of 'Backoff' malware, WSJ reports
The Department of Homeland Security is urging all companies to check for a "Backoff" malware infection, which targets cash registers, and said over 1,000 businesses in the U.S. have been affected by the cyberattack, the Wall Street Journal reports. The DHS said Friday that the malware has likely infected many victims who "aren't aware" that they have been compromised. Reference Link
06:14 EDTVRNGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; QCOM VRNG
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06:00 EDTGOOGMicrosoft readying Chromecast competitor, GigaOM reports
Microsoft (MSFT) is building a competitor to Chromecast (GOOG), GigaOM reports, citing documents filed last week with the FCC. The documents reveal that the streaming dongle will come with an HDMI port, Wi-Fi and a USB connection for power supply. Reference Link
August 24, 2014
21:53 EDTGOOG, TGTNational Association of Chain Drug Stores to hold an expo
2014 NACDS Total Store Expo to be held in Boston on August 23-25.
16:46 EDTGOOGChina looks to establish 'homegrown operating system,' Reuters says
China is looking to help its computer technology industry by developing its own "homegrown operating system by October," says Reuters. China's "homegrown operating system" would pose a challenge to imported rivals like Microsoft (MSFT), Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL), added Reuters. Reference Link
14:09 EDTGOOGAmazon develops ad sales program in challenge to Google and Microsoft, WSJ says
Amazon (AMZN) is developing its own software for placing ads online that may utilize the online retailer's knowledge of millions of Web shoppers, says the Wall Street Journal. Amazon's new ad platform which is called Amazon Sponsored Links may be tested this year and is a potential challenge to Google's (GOOG) and Microsoft's (MSFT) advertising business, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
August 22, 2014
15:15 EDTGOOGGoogle wins victory in German publisher complaint, Re/code says
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13:53 EDTGOOGGoogle acquires Gecko Design
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05:42 EDTVRNGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MNST VRNG
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August 21, 2014
07:24 EDTTGTTarget margins likely to remain under significant pressure, says MKM Partners
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07:08 EDTTGTTarget shares attractive, says Wells Fargo
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06:21 EDTGOOGGM product chief thinks Google might become 'threat,' Bloomberg says
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06:05 EDTGOOGGoogle unit leads $100M infusion in Thumbtack, WSJ reports
Google's Google Capital unit is leading a $100M funding round in Thumbtack, a services marketplace, the Wall Street Journal reports. The investment, which also includes Tiger Global Management and Sequoia Capital, values Thumbtack at over $800M. Reference Link
05:58 EDTVRNGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MNST VRNG
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August 20, 2014
13:46 EDTGOOGVerizon 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
12:37 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:11 EDTTGTTarget sees Q3 EBITDA to benefit from expense optimization, Q3 SSS flat to up 1%
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09:24 EDTAOL, GOOG, VRNGVringo 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.
08:04 EDTTGTTarget reports Q2 U.S. segment SSS flat
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08:03 EDTTGTTarget cuts FY14 adjusted EPS view to $3.10-$3.30 from $3.60-$3.90
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08:02 EDTTGTTarget sees Q3 adjusted EPS 40c-50c, consensus 65c
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08:01 EDTTGTTarget says better U.S. sales have continued into August
"While results from the quarter didn’t meet our expectations, we are seeing some early signs of progress as we work to improve results in the U.S. and Canada,” said John Mulligan, executive vice president and CFO of Target Corporation. “In the U.S., traffic trends continue to recover and monthly sales are improving, with July comparable sales up more than 1 percent. Better U.S. sales have continued into August, driven by early back-to-school results. In Canada, the team is making important changes to operations and the merchandise assortment with a focus on delivering improved results by this holiday season.”
08:01 EDTTGTTarget reports Q2 adjusted EPS 78c, consensus 79c
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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
05:58 EDTVRNGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; KATE VRNG
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August 19, 2014
15:16 EDTTGTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:42 EDTTGTTarget August weekly 59.5 straddle priced for 2.4% move into Q2
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13:04 EDTTGTTarget technical comments before earnings
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13:00 EDTTGTEarnings Preview: Target cuts Q2 EPS view to reflect flat U.S. segment SSS
Target (TGT) is scheduled to report second quarter results before the market open on Wednesday, August 20, with a conference call scheduled for 10:30 am ET. Target offers merchandise at discounted prices through its retail stores and online business. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 79c on revenue of $17.38B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 78c-91c on revenue of $17.28B-$17.5B. LAST QUARTER: Target reported first quarter adjusted EPS of 70c on revenue of $17.05B, against estimates for 71c and $17.01B, respectively. U.S. comparable sales decreased 0.3% in Q1, near the high end of the expected range. Target was unable to estimate future expenses related to the data breach that occurred in the fourth quarter of 2013, but said costs may have a "material adverse effect" on Q2 and FY14 results. NEWS: In July, Target named Brian Cornell as chairman and Chief Executive Officer, effective August 12. Cornell most recently served as the CEO of PepsiCo (PEP) Americas Foods. Chief Financial Officer and former interim CEO John Mulligan previously told CNBC that he would be "happy" transitioning back to CFO role. The company cut its Q2 adjusted EPS guidance to "within a range around 78c" from 85c-$1.00, which excluded approximately 2c related to the expected reduction of its beneficial interest asset, as well as any net expenses related to the data breach. The updated guidance reflects U.S. Segment essentially flat comparable sales with lower-than-expected EBITDA margin driven by promotional markdowns, as guests continue to spend cautiously and focus on value in the current environment, and Canadian segment's somewhat softer-than-expected sales combined with the impact of continued investments to clear excess inventory. The Q2 results are also expected to include gross expenses of $148M related to the December 2013 data breach. Mulligan commented that the environment in both the U.S. and Canada "continues to be challenging, and results aren’t yet where they need to be," but noted that the retailer is making progress in efforts to drive U.S. sales and traffic and improve Canadian operations. Target plans to extend the hours at over 50% of its U.S. locations in an effort to increase the number of customers who shop later in the day, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing a spokesperson. STREET RESEARCH: Goldman downgraded Target to Neutral from Buy and cut its price target to $59 from $65 to reflect estimate cuts following the Q2 pre-announcement, lack of catalysts, and e-commerce devaluation of general merchandise retailers. Baird thinks that Target may see better results later in 2014 and could restart its share buybacks at some point in the second half of the year, but sees stiff competition in Target's space. Wells Fargo wrote that the costs related to the data breach are on track to come in well below the $1B that some had initially feared. PRICE ACTION: Target shares are up almost 2% over the past three months. In intra-day trading ahead of tomorrow's earnings report, shares are up more than 1% to $59.35.
07:07 EDTTGTTarget weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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06:50 EDTGOOGImages show impending Google music subscription service, Android Police says
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06:13 EDTGOOGContinental AG hires Google's Seval Oz to lead new division, WSJ reports
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05:58 EDTVRNGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; KATE VRNG
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05:57 EDTGOOGGoogle to offer accounts to children under 13, WSJ reports
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August 18, 2014
13:12 EDTGOOGMicrosoft getting ready to launch Chromebook challengers, 9to5Google says
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11:50 EDTVRNGStocks with call strike movement; VRNG GTAT
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11:05 EDTTGTOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:21 EDTTGTTarget extends stores hours in effort to up later business, WSJ says
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August 17, 2014
20:39 EDTVRNGPatent overhaul efforts seem to have stalled before November election, WSJ says
Legal experts say that it is unlikely that a full Congress will revisit the issue of patent reform before the election in November, says the Wall Street Journal. Large technology companies like Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) are pushing Congress to reform patent laws to curb litigation from patent-holding firms, added the Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded companies in the space include Acacia Research (ACTG), Tessera (TSRA), Rambus (RMBS) InterDigital (IDCC) and Vringo (VRNG). Reference Link
14:05 EDTGOOGGoogle acquires digital photo analysis startup Jetpac
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