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April 1, 2015
09:04 EDTGOOGMarketo integrates with Google for personal digital advertising
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08:04 EDTYHOOInuvo renews agreement with Yahoo
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07:43 EDTGOOGGoogle Q1 trends look to be decelerating, says Wedbush
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07:11 EDTYHOOYahoo launches 'Yahoo Autos' digital magazine
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March 31, 2015
06:16 EDTGOOGAT&T rolls out high-speed internet in Cupertino, WSJ says
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March 30, 2015
15:21 EDTYHOOYahoo volatility at low end historic range
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14:38 EDTGOOGGoDaddy IPO has many red flags, PandoDaily says
GoDaddy (GDDY) is expected to launch its IPO this week, with a range of $17-$19 per share, valuing the company at $2.7B assuming the midpoint of that range. However, PandoDaily sees a number of red flags for the IPO, including competition with Google (GOOG), a "dying market with low margins," a history of losses, heavy debt, and awkward timing for the IPO. Reference Link
12:52 EDTGOOGGoogle says aware of problem with Gmail for 'significant' number of users
Google (GOOG, GOOGL) stated in a service notice update: "We're aware of a problem with Gmail affecting a significant subset of users. The affected users are able to access Gmail, but are seeing error messages and/or other unexpected behavior. We will provide an update by 3/30/15, 1:15 PM detailing when we expect to resolve the problem. Please note that this resolution time is an estimate and may change. This is only affecting IMAP connections to Gmail." Reference Link
11:27 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; BABA YHOO
Alibaba (BABA) July 95 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 30, Yahoo (YHOO) July 50 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 30 according to IVolatility.
09:40 EDTGOOGWeb.com may see larger threat from GoDaddy than Google, says BWS Financial
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07:38 EDTGOOGSenate to investigate FTC decision to not sue Google, NY Post says
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06:03 EDTGOOGU.K. court to allow privacy lawsuit against Google, FT says
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March 29, 2015
20:05 EDTYHOOYahoo 's Mayer may look to 'shuffle' executive suite, NY Post says
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March 27, 2015
19:00 EDTGOOG, YHOOMicrosoft, Yahoo extend search partnership discussions for 30 days
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15:14 EDTGOOGJohnson & Johnson not likely to buy Intuitive Surgical, says BofA/Merrill
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10:03 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:59 EDTGOOGJohnson & Johnson to collaborate with Google to advance surgical robots
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08:06 EDTYHOOFollow-up: Yahoo initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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08:03 EDTGOOGYouTube experiments with ultra-high-def video, TechCrunch says
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06:43 EDTYHOOJon McCormack returns to Amazon two months after leaving for Yahoo, BI says
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05:57 EDTGOOGMicrosoft to push 2 inexpensive notebooks in mid-2015, DigiTimes says
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March 26, 2015
19:16 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:24 EDTYHOOMorgan Stanley says Yahoo attractive way to buy Alibaba
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17:22 EDTYHOOYahoo approves additional share repurchase program of $2B
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17:19 EDTYHOOYahoo approves additional share repurchase program of $2B
16:33 EDTYHOOYahoo initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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13:51 EDTYHOOYahoo updates transparency report
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12:17 EDTGOOGEarnings Preview: Analyst sees BlackBerry's revenue bottoming in Q4
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11:37 EDTGOOGAnalyst says preliminary Google click data looks negative
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11:30 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; HAL YHOO
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10:36 EDTGOOGGoogle paid clicks growth slowed in Q1, says Axiom
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09:27 EDTGOOGGoogle expands product ratings in search results to U.K., France, Germany
In a blog post, Google reported it is expanding its "product ratings" advertisement feature to the U.K., France, and Germany. The feature appends customer reviews to product ads that appear in search results. Reference Link
08:40 EDTGOOGFTC responds to recent Google reports, calls claims of impropriety factless
In a statement released yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission responded to recent news regarding its 2012 antitrust investigation of Google. The Commission stated the inadvertently disclosed memo is "only a fraction [of the total documents that were reviewed.] As we stated when the investigation was closed, the Commission concluded that Google’s search practices were not, 'on balance, demonstrably anticompetitive.' Contrary to recent press reports, the Commission’s decision on the search allegations was in accord with the recommendations of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, Bureau of Economics, and Office of General Counsel. Some of the FTC’s staff attorneys on the investigation raised concerns about several other Google practices. In response, the Commission obtained commitments from Google regarding certain of those practices. Over the last two years, Google has abided by those commitments... On the same day that it closed the search investigation, the Commission settled a complaint alleging that Google’s conduct with regard to certain standard essential patents constituted unfair methods of competition under the FTC Act. The Wall Street Journal article 'Google Makes Most of Close Ties to White House' makes a number of misleading inferences and suggestions about the integrity of the FTC’s investigation. The article suggests that a series of disparate and unrelated meetings involving FTC officials and executive branch officials or Google representatives somehow affected the Commission’s decision to close the search investigation in early 2013. Not a single fact is offered to substantiate this misleading narrative. Finally, we regret the inadvertent disclosure of confidential documents and information in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. We are taking additional steps to ensure that such a disclosure does not occur in the future."
07:25 EDTGOOGThe Economist to hold a forum
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06:59 EDTGOOGFacebook video outpaces YouTube in recent metrics, BI says
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06:41 EDTYHOO, GOOGTwitter to outpace Yahoo in display ad revenue, WSJ says
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06:05 EDTGOOGIntel to partner with notebook makers for Chromebook 2-in-1s, DigiTimes says
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March 25, 2015
06:54 EDTGOOGPotential YouTube competitor launches, Variety says
Digital subscription video start-up Vessel, which is looking to compete with Google's (GOOG) YouTube, launched yesterday, according to Variety. Vessel was founded by Jason Kilar, the founding CEO of Hulu, the magazine stated. Disney (DIS), 20th Century Fox (FOX, FOXA), and Comcast (CMCSA) own stakes in Hulu. Reference Link
06:46 EDTGOOGGoogle visited White House 230 times during Obama administration, WSJ
Google employees have visited the White House to meet with senior officials roughly 230 times -- averaging once per week -- since President Obama took office, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing visitor logs and emails. CEO Larry Page met with FTC officials and Chairman Eric Schmidt met with a senior presidential adviser during the 2012 Google antitrust investigation, which was closed soon after the meetings. The Journal notes that on November 6, 2012, Schmidt personally oversaw a voter-turnout platform for Obama -- by the end of the month, the FTC had closed their investigation into the company. Reference Link
06:02 EDTGOOGYouTube to relaunch livestreaming platform, Daily Dot says
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March 24, 2015
16:20 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTGOOGOptions Update; March 24, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 10c to 25.14 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD FB AMAT GOOG C MRK GILD according to Track Data.
15:33 EDTGOOGGoogle working on project to add bill pay function to Gmail, Re/code reports
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09:38 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading on open
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09:09 EDTGOOGMorgan Stanley CFO Porat to join Google as new CFO
Google (GOOG, GOOGL) and Morgan Stanley (MS) this morning announced that current Morgan Stanley Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat will leave the firm and take on the same role at Google. WHAT'S NEW: Morgan Stanley said in a filing that Porat, who joined the firm in 1987, will leave the company, effective April 30. At Morgan Stanley, Porat was previously vice chairman of Investment Banking, global head of the Financial Institutions Group and and co-head of Technology Investment Banking. Google said in a separate statement that Porat will join the company as CFO on May 26. At Google, Porat will report to Google Chief Executive Officer and co-founder, Larry Page. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Jonathan Pruzan, currently co-head of the Global Financial Institutions Group in Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley, will succeed Porat as the bank's CFO upon Porat's departure. PRICE ACTION: Morgan Stanley is down 0.14% in pre-market trading and Google is up 1.09%.
08:59 EDTGOOGMorgan Stanley confirms Jonathan Pruzan will succeed Ruth Porat as CFO
Morgan Stanley (MS) announced in a filing that Ruth Porat, executive VP and CFO, would leave the company on April 30. In a memo, CEO James Gorman says, "After a 28-year career at Morgan Stanley, Ruth Porat has decided to leave the Firm to take on a new role in Silicon Valley and return to her California roots. It is with a heavy heart that we see her go. Ruth joined Morgan Stanley in 1987 and has played a number of key roles at the Firm, from her time leading the tech banking franchise during the Internet boom, to leading the FIG banking team during the financial crisis, then as CFO partnering with the senior team to transform Morgan Stanley for the new regulatory environment. She has been a mentor and sponsor to many colleagues, and a role model for even more. Her tremendous energy, diligence and insight have been an enormous asset to the Firm... Jonathan Pruzan, currently Co-Head of the Global Financial Institutions Group in Investment Banking, will be appointed CFO upon Ruth’s departure. Jon joined Morgan Stanley in 1994 and has spent more than 20 years at the Firm working with financial institution clients. He understands the current regulatory environment, having shepherded clients through the Fed’s stress test and CCAR processes. He brings both great technical skill and proven leadership to this new role. Jon has served on the Morgan Stanley/MUFG steering committee since 2013 and will continue to do so. He will join the Firm’s Operating Committee and Management Committee."
08:57 EDTGOOGGoogle confirms that Morgan Stanley's Ruth Porat to join company as CFO
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08:55 EDTGOOGGoogle to name Ruth Porat as CFO, Bloombeg reports
Dow Jones previously reported that Porat is leaving Morgan Stanley (MS).
06:42 EDTGOOGGoogle to start showing TV ads to Google Fiber customers, NY Times says
Google said it would soon begin showing local, targeted TV ads to customers of its Google Fiber service in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri, according to The New York Times, which cited a letter that Google sent to its customers in those cities. Reference Link
05:58 EDTGOOGGoogle partners with Taiwan banks to nurture marketing talent, DigiTimes reports
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March 23, 2015
10:32 EDTGOOGApple positioned to reach $1 trillion market cap, Cantor says
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09:29 EDTGOOGGoogle's Eric Schmidt says Google Glass is long-term project, WSJ reports
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said Google Glass is too important of a technology to scrap, reports the Wall Street Journal. Although Google stopped selling the first version of Glass, shut down its Explorer program, and made personnel changes, Schmidt said Google Glass remains a "big and very fundamental platform" for the company and will be a long-term project. Reference Link
08:29 EDTYHOOYahoo's Tumblr to contribute revenues in 2015, says BofA/Merrill
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08:13 EDTGOOGPendrell unit: Court rejects attempts to limit scope of DRM patents
ContentGuard Holdings, a subsidiary of Pendrell Corporation (PCO), announced that on Friday, March 20, Judge J. Rodney Gilstrap of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a 144 page Claim Construction Order in lawsuits ContentGuard filed against several companies who continue to use its patented Digital Rights Management solutions without a license, including Apple (AAPL), Amazon.com (AMZN), DirecTV (DTV), Google (GOOG), HTC, Huawei, Motorola Mobility and Samsung Electronics (SSNLF). In his order, Judge Gilstrap interpreted the language in ContentGuard’s patents in a manner that fully preserves the breadth of ContentGuard’s patented Digital Rights Management technologies. These technologies were developed to enable the distribution of digital media over the Internet and other networks, including cellular and satellite networks, and provide innovative solutions to problems that were once thought to be unsolvable. “We are very pleased with the Court’s ruling,” commented James Baker, ContentGuard’s Vice President for Licensing and Strategic Development. “We believe these claim constructions demonstrate that the online stores defendants provide for buying and renting DRM-protected movies, videos, books, and music and devices that play, run, display or print this DRM-protected content infringe ContentGuard’s pioneering DRM patents.”
07:53 EDTYHOOYahoo volatility at low end historic range
Yahoo March weekly call option implied volatility is at 27, April is at 24, May and July is at 27; compared to its 26-week average of 35 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
07:44 EDTYHOOYahoo price target lowered to $61 from $66 at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill lowered Buy rated Yahoo's (YHOO) price target to $61 to reflect a lower valuation for the Alibaba (BABA) stake.
06:47 EDTGOOGFTC staffers' position on Google may affect EU outlook, WSJ says
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06:00 EDTGOOGGoogle dives deeper into health data gathering, Financial Times reports
Google is diving deeper into the health sector, placing a series of bets that include Google Genomics and an investment in 23AndMe, reports the Financial Times. This comes after the company closed its Google Health division a few years ago and CEO Larry Page said regulations about the use of personal health data was holding back medical research. Reference Link
March 22, 2015
17:07 EDTGOOGFTC disclosures embolden potential EU Google probe, WSJ says
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March 20, 2015
06:16 EDTGOOG2012 antitrust report calls Google harmful to market, WSJ says
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06:04 EDTGOOGGlobal smartphone shipments to reach 1.4B units in 2015, DigiTimes Research says
Global smartphone shipments in 2015 is expected to increase 16.4% to reach 1.40B units, reports DigiTimes Research. The shipment growth is due to higher growth in demand in emerging markets including India, Southeast Asia and Latin America. Android (GOOG) will account for 78.5% of 2015 global smartphone shipments, Apple's (AAPL) iOS 16.6%, Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 4% and BlackBerry (BBRY) 0.6%.Reference Link
March 19, 2015
15:35 EDTGOOGKey FTC staff wanted to sue Google on antitrust charges, WSJ says
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11:18 EDTGOOGeBay cut to sell by noted analyst on mounting PayPal competition
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09:02 EDTGOOGIntel, Google, TAG Heuer announce Swiss smartwatch collaboration
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06:55 EDTGOOGCertain news agencies form advertising alliance to rival Google, others, BI says
The Guardian, CNN International, The Financial Times , Reuters (TRI) and The Economist are forming an advertising alliance, called Pangaea, in hopes of rivaling Google (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR), and LinkedIn (LNKD), reports Business Insider UK. The Financial Times is owned by Pearson (PSO), The Economist Group is 50% owned by Pearson via The Financial Times, and CNN is owned by Time Warner (TWX). Reference Link
06:42 EDTGOOGSafety standards for self-driving cars remain in flux, WSJ says
A 2012 California proposal to create safety standards for self-driving cars has yet to materialize because lawmakers, regulators, researchers, and government agencies do not know how to fully assess the technology, reports the Wall Street Journal. Google and other auto makers want to verify safety themselves, but law firm TroyGould and advocacy group Auto Reliability and Safety say third party testing is necessary, while a UC Berkeley transportation expert called the issue an "open question." The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plans to test the technology "as it emerges... to inform future federal regulation," while the California DMV stated last week it's working quickly but doesn't want to release a premature ruling. Reference Link
05:42 EDTGOOGeBay downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster downgraded eBay (EBAY) to Underweight, the firm's sell-equivalent rating, saying competition from Google Wallet (GOOG), Apple Pay (AAPL), Facebook (FB) and Samsung will weigh on PayPal's valuation and market share over the next three years. Munster notes shares of eBay are up 12% since the beginning of February due to optimism around the PayPal spin-out. He cut his price target for shares to $49 from $55. The online marketplace and PayPal owner closed yesterday down $1.07 to $58.42.
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