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April 27, 2015
07:17 EDTYHOOAOL CEO says idea of merger with Yahoo a 'dead notion'
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07:13 EDTMSFTUBM Tech to hold a conference
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April 24, 2015
16:31 EDTMSFTStocks finish week higher following strong tech earnings
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16:19 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
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16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; April 24, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 21c to 20.89. Option volume leaders: AAPL AMZN PBR RIG GOOG TWTR TSLA MSFT ALTR according to Track Data.
12:51 EDTAMPAmeriprise files automatic mixed securities shelf
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12:49 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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10:00 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AT&T (T) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Alaska Air (ALK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded at Raymond James... American Electric (AEP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Broadridge (BR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Cablevision (CVC) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Brean Capital... Cisco (CSCO) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Core Laboratories (CLB) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Iberia... Crown Castle (CCI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Encore Wire (WIRE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... Gigamon (GIMO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Juniper (JNPR) upgraded on improved outlook at RBC Capital... KPN (KKPNY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Knight Transportation (KNX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale... Mattel (MAT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Microsoft (MSFT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Premiere Global (PGI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Quintiles (Q) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... TE Connectivity (TEL) upgraded on positive catalysts at SunTrust... Target (TGT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... TriState Capital (TSC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... United Continental (UAL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Vipshop (VIPS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Vocera (VCRA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum.
09:37 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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09:20 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: eHealth (EHTH), up 24.7%... Starbucks (SBUX), up 4.2%... Microsoft (MSFT), up 5.2%... Google (GOOG, GOOGL), up 3.2% and up 3.7%, respectively... Amazon (AMZN), up 12% after reporting quarterly results and announcing shopping app for Apple Watch... Gigamon (GIMO), up 16.5%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), up 6.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Molycorp (MCP), up 10.2% following a Bloomberg report that China's export tax decision may boost rare earth demand... Mattel (MAT), up 4.4% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Innocoll (INNL), up 13.1% after 3.3M share Secondary priced at $9.00... Cytosorbents (CTSO), up 9.7% after CEO comments on CytoSorb in letter to shareholders. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Biogen (BIIB), down 4.7%... Altera (ALTR), down 1.7%... Pandora (P), down 4%... ResMed (RMD), down 8.7%... Xerox (XRX), down 4.7%... HomeAway (AWAY), down 3.6% after reporting quarterly results and departure of officers. ALSO LOWER: Ubiquiti (UBNT), down 14.4% following CFO resignation and preliminary third quarter results... 3D Systems (DDD), down 10.4% after reporting preliminary first quarter results... StemCells (STEM), down 23.2% after filing to sell common stock... Aerie Pharmaceuticals (AERI), down 54.7% after Rhopressa Phase 3 trial did not meet primary endpoint.
07:33 EDTMSFTNomura's Shurland upgrades Microsoft to Buy citing expected 2016 acceleration
Nomura's Richard Shurland upgraded Microsoft to Buy from Neutral with a $50 price target. Shurland said Microsoft's Q3 results reflected difficult comps and core business weakness due to the transition to cloud, but results were better than guidance. The analyst said there is emerging evidence that Azure has turned positive on gross margins and Office 365 margins have expanded sharply. Shurland believes Microsoft will begin to show low single digit revenue growth in 2016, with about 10% EPS growth from share repurchase leverage and with a 2.9% dividend yield. He also said he views valuation as reasonable.
07:26 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target raised to $50 from $47 at RBC Capital
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07:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura
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06:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft estimates more likely to go down than up, says Citigroup
Citigroup attributes the majority of Microsoft's earnings beat to "significantly" lower than expected operating expenses and it no longer expects next week's analyst day to be a negative catalyst as the company said FY16 guidance won't be given. Citi, however, still believes estimates are too high and are more likely to go down than up. It expects Microsoft shares to underperform and reiterates a Sell rating on the stock. It raised its price target for shares to $37 from $36.
06:30 EDTMSFTAmazon facing tough competition in cloud computing, NY Times says
Amazon (AMZN) remains dominant in cloud computing services, but other huge tech players, some of whom have many more resources than the e-commerce company, have entered the fray, according to The New York times. Microsoft (MSFT), the distant number two in the space, is especially committed to cloud computing services and its business is growing quickly, although analysts believe that tt may have difficulty signing up smaller companies, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
06:16 EDTMSFT, YHOOEU considers new regulator to oversee internet companies, WSJ reports
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April 23, 2015
19:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sees Q4 devices, consumer licensing revenue 3.2B-$3.4B
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19:16 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:57 EDTMSFTMicrosoft up 3% after reporting better-than-expected Q3 earnings
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16:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q3 Commercial revenue grew 5% to $12.8B
Commercial revenue grew 5%, up 7% in constant currency, to $12.8B. Commercial cloud revenue grew 106%, up 111% in constant currency, driven by Office 365, Azure and Dynamics CRM Online, and is now on an annualized revenue run rate of $6.3B. Server products and services revenue grew 12%, up 16% in constant currency, with premium versions of Windows Server, System Center Server and SQL Server together growing 25%.
16:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Devices and Consumer revenue grew 8% to $9B
Devices and Consumer revenue grew 8%, up 11% in constant currency, to $9B. Office 365 Consumer subscribers increased to over 12.4M, up 35% sequentially. Windows OEM Pro revenue declined 19%, as Pro mix returned to pre-Windows XP end-of-support levels and the business PC market declined. Windows OEM non-Pro revenue declined 26%, primarily due to channel inventory drawdown and ongoing mix shift to opening price point devices. Search advertising revenue grew 21%, up 24% in constant currency, with Bing U.S. market share at 20.1%, up 150 basis points over prior year.
16:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says stronger U.S. dollar had 'significant' impact on Q3 results
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16:07 EDTMSFTMicrosoft results include $190M of integration, restructuring expenses
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16:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q3 EPS ex-items 62c, consensus 51c
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15:38 EDTYHOO, MSFTEarnings Watch: Citi says sell Microsoft shares, Wells Fargo sees outperformance
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12:58 EDTMSFTMicrosoft April weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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12:47 EDTMSFTMicrosoft technical notes before earnings
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April 22, 2015
16:28 EDTAMPAmeriprise raises quarterly dividend 16% to 67c per share
The company increased its regular quarterly dividend 16% to 67c per share payable on May 15, 2015 to shareholders of record as of May 4, 2015.
16:26 EDTAMPAmeriprise reports Q1 EPS $2.18, consensus $2.33
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15:30 EDTAMPNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include eBay (EBAY), consensus 70c... Facebook (FB), consensus 40c... Texas Instruments (TXN), consensus 62c... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), consensus 72c... Qualcomm (QCOM), consensus $1.33... AT&T (T), consensus 62c... F5 Networks (FFIV), consensus $1.50... Plexus (PLXS), consensus 69c... Skechers (SKX), consensus $1.01... Select Comfort (SCSS), consensus 41c... Tractor Supply (TSCO), consensus 41c... Covanta (CVA), consensus (8c)... Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.09... Torchmark (TMK), consensus $1.05... Ameriprise (AMP), consensus $2.33... Polycom (PLCM), consensus 21c... Citrix (CTXS), consensus 65c... Core Laboratories (CLB), consensus 85c... Graco (GGG), consensus 78c... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), consensus 48c... Equifax (EFX), consensus $1.02... SLM (SLM), consensus 7c... Xilinx (XLNX), consensus 50c... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), consensus $1.94... Susquehanna (SUSQ), consensus 18c... Raymond James (RJF), consensus 83c... SL Green Realty (SLG), consensus $1.49... CoreLogic (CLGX), consensus 31c... Oceaneering (OII), consensus 62c... Valmont (VMI), consensus $1.49... Brandywine Realty (BDN), consensus 32c... Weatherford (WFT), consensus 1c.
12:43 EDTYHOOYahoo may face difficulties in Japan exit, WSJ says
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11:51 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; CSX YHOO
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11:33 EDTYHOOYahoo should seek go-private offer after spins, says BGC Financial
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10:01 EDTMSFTEY and Microsoft form strategic business relationship
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09:01 EDTYHOOYahoo launches new video ad formats for advertisers and developers
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08:16 EDTMSFTSeveral companies to benefit from hybrid cloud growth, says Pacific Crest
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06:32 EDTYHOOYahoo price target lowered to $48 from $56 at Barclays
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06:08 EDTYHOOYahoo price target lowered to $54 from $60 at Piper Jaffray
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April 21, 2015
19:06 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:48 EDTYHOOYahoo reverses losses in after-hours, now up 1.3%
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17:44 EDTYHOOYahoo retained advisors to determine strategy for Yahoo Japan
Commnent made on company Q1 earnings conference call.
16:45 EDTYHOOYahoo sees Q2 revenue ex-TAC $1.01B-$1.05B, consensus $1.04B
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16:39 EDTYHOOYahoo reports Q1 mobile revenue $234M vs. $145M last year
Mobile revenue represented 14% of traffic-driven revenue in the Q1 of 2014, and increased to 21% in Q1 of 2015, Yahoo said. Gross mobile revenue for the first quarter of 2014 and 2015 was approximately $231M and $391M, respectively.
16:18 EDTYHOOYahoo slips lower after results
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16:11 EDTYHOOYahoo drops 2% to $43.75 after Q1 results miss expectations
16:10 EDTYHOOYahoo CEO says 'amidst a multi-year transformation'
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16:09 EDTYHOOYahoo reports Q1 number of Ads Sold up 29%
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16:08 EDTYHOOYahoo reports Q1 Paid Clicks up 21%, Price-per-Click up 3%
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16:06 EDTYHOOYahoo reports Q1 EPS 15c, consensus 18c
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15:28 EDTYHOONotable companies reporting after market close
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13:34 EDTYHOO, MSFTEarnings Watch: Yahoo shares dropped more than 6.5% since last earnings report
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07:37 EDTMSFTMad Catz Interactive extends agreement with Harmonix for Rock Band 4
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07:30 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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06:04 EDTYHOO, MSFTYahoo, Microsoft add termination clause to search deal
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April 20, 2015
11:10 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; TWC YAHOO
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09:04 EDTYHOOYahoo names Sharon Carty as editor-in-chief of Yahoo Autos digital magazine
Yahoo (YHOO) announced that Sharon Carty is the new Editor-in-Chief of the recently launched digital magazine, Yahoo Autos. Sharon will lead a talented group of automotive experts including Managing Editor Justin Hyde, Editor-at-Large Alex Lloyd and Road Test Editor Aki Sugawara. Sharon joins Yahoo Autos from AOL’s (AOL) Autoblog where she was the Editor-in-Chief overseeing a staff of reporters and videographers.
05:51 EDTMSFTEU calls for 'level playing field' in telecoms market, Financial Times reports
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April 19, 2015
16:51 EDTMSFTFireEye labs detected limited APT campaign
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April 17, 2015
13:39 EDTMSFTElectronic Arts says Star Wars Battlefront begins shipping November 17
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12:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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11:20 EDTYHOO, MSFTGoogle deal possible after Yahoo amends search pact with Microsoft, analyst says
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10:19 EDTMSFTAnalyst says AMD driving close to cliff after Q1 miss
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07:15 EDTMSFT, YHOOYahoo search deal with Google could add $10/share, says Jefferies
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06:33 EDTMSFTChina suspends new bank technology policy, NY Times reports
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April 16, 2015
12:26 EDTYHOOYahoo announces four apps for Apple Watch
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12:18 EDTYHOOAlibaba reconsidering bid for Yahoo seems logical, AsianSweeper says
Alibaba (BABA) could bid to buy Yahoo (YHOO) and such a purchase "certainly seems like a logical choice," contends AsianSweeper, without indicating it has any sources saying that such a deal is being planned or considered. Reference Link
11:54 EDTMSFT, YHOOYahoo gets more flexibility with new Microsoft agreement, says Cantor
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09:05 EDTYHOOYahoo April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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09:01 EDTMSFT, YHOOMicrosoft, Yahoo agree to amend search partnership
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09:00 EDTYHOO, MSFTMicrosoft, Yahoo agree to amend search partnership
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06:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft counceled EC in Google antitrust probe, NY Post says
Microsoft (MSFT) "complained a lot" and "definitely counseled" the European Commission in its antitrust investigation of Google (GOOG), reports the New York Post, citing a source with direct knowledge of the situation. Reference Link
April 15, 2015
19:38 EDTYHOOYahoo to reveal new messaging app later this quarter, The Information says
Yahoo plans to unveil a messaging app later this quarter that features both live and pre-recorded video and text, reports The Information, citing two sources familiar with the product. The app will be Yahoo's first home-grown product under CEO Marissa Mayer, notes the report. Reference Link
11:25 EDTYHOOYahoo not in talks to buy Foursquare, Re/code reports
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10:54 EDTYHOORumor of Yahoo talks to buy FourSquare have 'no truth,' CNBC's Faber says
David Faber of CNBC said his contacts tell him that the rumor of Yahoo working on a deal to buy Foursquare has "no truth" to it. Faber noted an earlier report from TechCrunch that said Yahoo was said to be in talks to acquire Foursquare.
10:03 EDTAMPHigh option volume stocks
High option volume stocks: SKS NSAM AMP CTXS KS WUBA CIT OC ASML SLM
10:00 EDTAMPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Tower (AMT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Ameriprise (AMP) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Builders FirstSource (BLDR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... China Telecom (CHA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... China Unicom (CHU) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Bernstein... Discover (DFS) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... EV Energy (EVEP) upgraded on asset sale at RBC Capital... GoPro (GPRO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Intel (INTC) upgraded on valuation at RBC Capital... Nike (NKE) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Nokia (NOK) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Bernstein... Rice Energy (RICE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Staples (SPLS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Team (TISI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Ulta Salon (ULTA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray.
09:34 EDTYHOOYahoo in talks to buy local search app maker Foursquare, TechCrunch says
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09:29 EDTYHOOYahoo in talks to acquire Foursquare, TechCrunch reports
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08:07 EDTAMPAmeriprise upgraded at Morgan Stanley
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08:03 EDTAMPCiti sees DOL rules as 'exceptionally bullish' for RCS Capital
The Department of Labor yesterday released the proposed rules on fiduciary standards in an attempt to reduce conflicts of interest between brokers/advisors and clients, Citigroup points out. Citi views the rules as a "manageable outcome" that is less onerous than the scenario built into select Broker Dealer stocks. The firm believes the development is "exceptionally bullish" for RCS Capital (RCAP) and favorable for LPL Financial (LPLA) and Ameriprise (AMP).
06:44 EDTAMPAmeriprise upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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06:17 EDTMSFTCiti cuts Microsoft estimates, price target ahead of Q3 results
Ahead of the tech giant's Q3 results on April 23 and analyst day on April 29, Citigroup cut its below consensus estimates for Microsoft to reflect currency headwinds, lower PC units and reductions in commercial licensing. Citi's FY15, FY16 and FY17 earnings estimates now stand at $2.59, $2.71 and $2.90. The firm believes further contraction to Microsoft’s valuation multiple is possible given downside risk to consensus numbers and "medium-term uncertainty on multiple fronts." It believes the tech giant's strategic issues, including Windows challenges and the cloud transition, have no easy answers. Citi cut its price target for Microsoft shares to $36 from $38 and keeps a Sell rating on the name.
April 14, 2015
11:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires Datazen Software, terms not disclosed
Microsoft announced in a blog post the acquisition of Datazen Software, "an industry leader in mobile business intelligence and data visualization on Windows, iOS and Android devices. This acquisition accelerates our Power BI strategy to help organizations create a data culture with easy-to-use, accessible tools to extract maximum value from data – from anywhere, on any device... Beyond great technology, this acquisition brings a group of talented people to Microsoft. They will help us continue to deliver a broad range of products and services that will empower organizations around the world capitalize on their data opportunities." Reference Link
05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's Surface 3 expected to see weak sales, DigiTimes Research reports
Microsoft's Surface 3 is expected to see low shipments and weak sales due to fiercer competition than those for its Surface Pro 3, reports DigiTimes Research. The Surface 3, priced over $600, is expected to only have limited impact on other branded 2-in-1 products, which are priced below $350 on average. Reference Link
05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft offers fee cut to attract vendors to pre-install apps, DigiTimes says
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April 13, 2015
12:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft hires Kurt DelBene to head corporate strategy and planning
Microsoft announced that Kurt DelBene has been named executive vice president of Corporate Strategy and Planning reporting to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. DelBene is returning to Microsoft, where he was most recently president of the Microsoft Office Division. After leaving Microsoft in 2013, he then served as senior advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services where he was appointed by President Obama to oversee implementation and improvement of Healthcare.gov. He most recently has been a venture partner at Madrona Venture Group, concentrating on investing and advising in early stage, technology-focused startups in the Pacific Northwest.
11:25 EDTYHOOStarboard CEO says Yahoo parts worth more than whole
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