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June 27, 2014
12:24 EDTVRSN, GOOGVeriSign slumps after Wells Fargo cuts rating
Shares of Internet infrastructure service provider VeriSign (VRSN) are sliding after Wells Fargo downgraded the stock in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: VeriSign's domain name growth appears to be falling a bit lower than the midpoint of second quarter expectations and competition from new gTLDs could be influencing overall growth to some degree, Wells Fargo analyst Gray Powell wrote. Generic top-level domains, or gTLDs, are one of the categories of top-level domains maintained by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority for use in the Domain Name System of the Internet. The company is tracking toward about 400K domain name additions in the upcoming quarter, which is lower than the 550K guidance midpoint, said the analyst, citing ICANN zone files. The analyst also noted that other domain names that will possibly be more popular haven't yet been launched. He downgraded the stock to Market Perform from Outperform and lowered his price target range on the shares to $51-$55 from $56-$60. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Powell noted that Google's (GOOG) recently announced domain program could be a good thing for VeriSign, as small businesses buy more .com and .net web domains. However, the analyst said that if Google sells higher profile domains at larger discounts or gives them away for free, it could result in more competition to VeriSign's .com and .net domains starting late next year. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, VeriSign fell $1.53 or 3%, to $49.20.
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October 24, 2014
06:08 EDTGOOGGoogle won't make additional investments in Himax Display, DigiTimes says
Himax announced that Google has decided not to exercise its purchase options to make additional investments in Himax Display, reports DigiTimes. Himax stated that Google will continue to work closely as a strategic partner on future technologies and products and will remain a board observer. Reference Link
October 23, 2014
16:47 EDTVRSNVeriSign sees 2014 revenue $1.006B-$1.011B, consensus $1.01B
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16:07 EDTVRSNVeriSign reports Q3 EPS 70c, consensus 69c
Reports Q3 revenue $255M, consensus $253.6M. Verisign Registry Services added 1.15M net new names during Q3, ending with 130M active domain names in the zone for .com and .net, which represents a 3.3% increase over the zone at the end of Q3 in 2013. In Q3, Verisign processed 8.7M new domain name registrations for .com and .net as compared to 8.3M for the same period in 2013.
15:30 EDTVRSNNotable companies reporting after market close
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07:45 EDTGOOGGoogle's DeepMind acqui-hires two AI teams in the U.K.
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October 22, 2014
13:14 EDTGOOGMarathon Patent Group files patent fringement lawsuits against Apple, Amazon
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13:11 EDTGOOGFirm says Chromebook shipments surged 67% in Q2
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13:06 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces Inbox on blog
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09:21 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Dow Chemical (DOW), up 3.7%... iRobot (IRBT), up 12%... Six Flags (SIX), up 13%... GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), up 2%... Broadcom (BRCM), up 7%... Boston Scientific (BSX), up 4.3%... Abbott (ABT), up 1.8%... Yahoo! (YHOO), up 6%. ALSO HIGHER: Blue Earth (BBLU), up 26.4% after CEO says statements in Seeking Alpha blog are "false and misleading."... GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH), up 5.4% after Epidiolex receives orphan designation from EMA. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: 3D Systems (DDD), down 15%... Biogen (BIIB), down 7%... Lumber Liquidators (LL), down 13.4%... Norfolk Southern (NSC), down 3%... Angie's List (ANGI), down 8.8%. ALSO LOWER: Nanosphere (NSPH), down 33% after filing secondary, reporting preliminary Q3 revenue... Himax Technologies (HIMX), down 16% after announcing that Google (GOOG) will not exercise an additional investment option in the company... Cree (CREE), down 10.5%, downgraded at DA Davidson and Canaccord following the company's Q1 earnings results... Ocwen Financial (OCN), down 7% after downgraded to Hold at Evercore, downgraded to Neutral at BofA Merrill Lynch... VMware (VMW), down 7.8%, downgraded at Nomura and Raymond James following the company's Q3 results.
06:24 EDTGOOGGoogle announces continued progress on fighting piracy
Google is refining its search algorithm designed to demote links to sites featuring content that allegedly infringes on copyrights, the company said in a blog post. Google says "We’ve now refined the signal in ways we expect to visibly affect the rankings of some of the most notorious sites. This update will roll out globally starting next week." Reference Link
October 21, 2014
17:38 EDTGOOGHimax announces Google will not exercise additional investment option in company
Himax Technologies (HIMX) announced that Google (GOOG) has decided not to exercise its previously issued purchase option to make an additional investment into Himax's subsidiary, Himax Display. Himax has been authorized by Google to make the following statement: "Google continues to work closely with Himax as a strategic partner on future technologies and products and will remain a board observer." Shares of Himax are down 13.7% following the report.
13:52 EDTGOOGGoogle acquires Firebase, terms not disclosed
Google announced on its Google Cloud Platform blog that it has acquired Firebase, which "makes it very easy for developers to build mobile and web apps that store and sync data in realtime." Google comments, "By combining Firebase with Google Cloud Platform, we’ll be able to build the best end-to-end platform for mobile application development. If you’re already a Firebase developer, you’ll start seeing improvements right away and if you’re a Google Cloud Platform customer, you’ll find it even easier to create great mobile and web apps. The entire Firebase team is joining Google and, under the leadership of Firebase co-founders James Tamplin and Andrew Lee, will be working hard to bring you great new features. Not only will the products you already love continue to get better, but you’ll also gain access to the full power of Google Cloud Platform. At Google Cloud Platform Live on November 4, we’ll be demonstrating new Firebase features and integrations with Cloud Platform." Reference Link
11:20 EDTGOOGData says open-source Android OS could threaten revenue, Information says
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07:26 EDTGOOGGoogle invests in enhanced reality visual-display start-up, WSJ reports
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07:07 EDTGOOGMecklerMedia to hold a conference
Inside 3D Printing Conference is being held in Santa Clara, California on October 21-23.
October 20, 2014
13:40 EDTGOOGVringo says Court of Appeals invites Google to respond to en banc petition
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09:36 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading on open
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09:31 EDTGOOGRobinhood.org to hold conference
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06:22 EDTGOOGYouTube's Robert Kyncl considering leaving company, NY Post reports
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06:01 EDTGOOGGoogle's Hiroshi Lockheimer overseeing Android, Chrome engineering, WSJ says
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