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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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November 25, 2015
08:19 EDTGOOGGoogle claims search result burying Yelp, TripAdvisor is a bug, Re/code reports
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November 24, 2015
09:09 EDTGOOGDuke Energy solar project in Rutherford to provide energy to Google data center
Google (GOOG) will benefit from Duke Energy (DUK) Carolinas' Green Source Rider program - meeting a portion of the power demand from the company's data center in Lenoir with solar energy. A 61-megawatt solar project will be constructed in Rutherford County in Duke Energy Carolinas' service territory. Under a power purchase agreement with the Rutherford Farms solar project, Duke Energy will secure power to meet new energy demand from Google's expanded data center.
08:54 EDTVRSNVeriSign says increased domain volume largely from China
VeriSign last night stated in a regulatory filing, "As noted on Verisign's third quarter earnings call on October 22, 2015, there was a higher volume of gross additions, during the third quarter, in international markets, particularly Asia. Verisign discloses the updated domain name base for the .com and .net registries at least daily on its website, This publicly available information reflects that this increased volume of domain name registrations has continued in October 2015 and in November 2015. As of November 22, 2015 Verisign's domain name base totaled 139.3 million, up 4.1 million from September 30, 2015. While there continues to be demand for domain names globally, the recent increased volume for Verisign's top level domains, as well as top level domains of other registries, during the fourth quarter is coming largely through registrars in China. In the past, Verisign has discussed many factors that affect the demand for domain names, including, but not limited to economic, social, and regulatory conditions, Internet adoption, Internet penetration, and increasing e-commerce. In addition to these factors affecting demand, Verisign is also evaluating additional potential factors unique to China that may also be responsible for the recent increased volume of new registrations in China. In no particular order, these potential factors, or combination of factors, could include, but may not be limited to, government initiatives in China to develop their online economy such as 'Internet Plus;' registry and registrar regulatory requirements; cultural influences such as the popularity of numeric domain names; increasing competition amongst Chinese registrars; potential increases in domain name investment activity; and recent capital markets volatility and access to capital in China. Verisign cannot predict if or how long this increased pace of gross additions will continue and we cannot at this time predict what the renewal rate for these domain names will be. Verisign has noted in the past that renewal rates for domain names registered in emerging markets, such as China, have historically been lower than those registered in more developed markets."
06:38 EDTGOOGAlphabet makes subsidiaries accountable for spending, WSJ says
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November 23, 2015
13:26 EDTGOOGZillow joins Google Compare for Mortgages experience
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06:15 EDTGOOGGoogle received over 66M 'URL requested to be removed' over the last month
According to new data published by Google yesterday as part of its Transparency Report, the company received 66,318,159 "URLs requested to be removed" over the last month. Google regularly receives requests from copyright owners and reporting organizations that represent them to remove search results that link to material that allegedly infringes copyrights. Each request names specific URLs to be removed, and it lists the domain portions of URLs requested to be removed under specified domains. Reference Link
05:41 EDTVRSNVeriSign shares pricing in a lot of good news, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty says shares of VeriSign are pricing in a lot of good news after rallying 28% quarter-to-date. The recent surge in .com/.net names being registered is likely coming from domain name investors in China, which is not a consistent long-term source of growth, Auty tells investors in a research note titled ".Com Growth May Not Be Sustainable." He upped his price target for VeriSign shares to $84 from $74 and keeps an Underweight rating on the name.
November 22, 2015
13:21 EDTGOOGAlphabet, Celgene, others could rise 20% over next year, Barron's says
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November 20, 2015
18:22 EDTGOOGGoogle targets China launch of Google Play app store in 2016, Reuters says
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10:38 EDTGOOGAnalyst sees 'cloud cold war' coming between Google, Microsoft, Amazon
Recent comments by Google (GOOG) indicate that the tech giant plans to make a major push in the cloud infrastructure market, Deutsche Bank analyst Ross Sandler wrote in a note to investors today. Google's initiatives in this area could significantly boost its stock price and signify the start of a "cold war" in the space, but are unlikely to negatively affect the number two player in the area, Microsoft (MSFT), Sandler believes. WHAT'S NEW: Google has not been aggressively expanding its cloud infrastructure business, but recent comments by the tech giant indicates that this situation is changing, Sandler wrote. Google executive Urs Holzle said that the tech giant plans to aggressively expand its cloud platform, and projected that the company's revenue from the cloud could surpass its ad revenue by 2020, the analyst noted. The note comes after Google acquired a small platform-as-a-service company called bebop and appointed its CEO, VmWare (VMW) co-founder Diane Greene, to lead a new cloud business. Based on Hozle's comment, Google is seeking to boost its cloud revenue to $100B by 2020, Sandler estimated. If the tech giant even "gets part of the way" to meeting the goal, the growth in its cloud business will boost its market cap by hundreds of billions of dollars, Sandler believes. Google's push in the cloud is negative for Microsoft, but it will take years for Google to build up its cloud business to the point where it's competitive with Microsoft's cloud offering, Azure, the analyst contended. Amazon (AMZN), which Google also much catch, is the runaway leader in the cloud market. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Google may look to make acquisitions in the software-as-a-service sector to build up its cloud business, and vendors like Red Hat (RHT) which sell to cloud infrastructure providers have added a major new customer, Sandler wrote. Major software-as-a-service providers include (CRM), Workday (WDAY), and Netsuite (N). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Alphabet Class A shares gained 1.5% to $771.37, Microsoft slid 1.1% to $53.33 and Amazon rose fractionally to $662.87.
November 19, 2015
16:11 EDTGOOGGoogle names VMware co-founder to lead cloud businesses
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09:46 EDTGOOGYouTube to pay legal fees for some video makers to fight battles, NY Times says
YouTube said it will begin to financial support YouTube creators fight back battles over copyright infringement, reports the New York Times. It said will pick up the legal costs of a handful of video creators that the company thinks are the targets of unfair takedowns. Reference Link
07:55 EDTGOOGGM's Reuss: Company 'deeply committed' to EVs, FT says
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06:32 EDTGOOGAkamai announces collaboration with Google Cloud Platform
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06:26 EDTGOOGGoogle's Hoelzle: Cloud could generate more revenue than ads by 2020, BI says
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November 18, 2015
16:44 EDTGOOGGoogle ad exec jumps to YouTube, Re/code says
Neal Mohan, previously Google's (GOOG) SVP for display and video advertising, has been appointed SVP of product for YouTube in a move signaling renewed efforts to combat Facebook (FB) video, reports Re/code, citing spokesperson statements. Paul Muret, currently head of analytics at Google, will succeed Mohan, and the company's analytics group will be folded into its display operations. Re/code notes that the analytics rollup may indicate Google sees measurement as "core" to its advertising business. Reference Link
11:24 EDTGOOGGoogle eyes YouTube enhancement with VR experiences, DigiTimes says
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November 17, 2015
19:11 EDTGOOGGoogle launches redesigned Google+
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11:25 EDTGOOGGoogle to fight Russia's antitrust ruling on Android platform, Reuters reports
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06:35 EDTGOOGGoogle's Project Aura working on three new wearables, the Information says
Google's revamped Google Glass project, known as Project Aura, is developing a wearable with a screen and at least one without, the Information reports. Three versions of the head-mounted device are currently in development, though three may be consolidated into two, the report says. The two without a screen rely on bone conduction, much like the original Google Glass, the report says. Reference Link
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