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June 30, 2015
17:34 EDTAAPLEricsson asks for documents that may be relevant in Apple case, Re/code says
Ericsson (ERIC) has asked a a Taiwanese company, Simplo Technology, thought to be an Apple (AAPL) supplier to hand over documents that may be relevant to its patent dispute case with Apple, says Re/code. Earlier this year, Ericsson filed complaints with the International Trade Commission as well the U.S. District Court in Texas claiming that Apple’s iPhones and iPads violate patents used in setting the 2G and 4G LTE wireless communications standards, added Re/code. Reference Link
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; June 30, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 18c to 20.14. Option volume leaders: AAPL AMD TWTR BAC JPM
13:37 EDTGOOGYouTube prevails in German court case regarding artists' fees, Reuters says
Google notched a legal victory over German performing rights organization Gema, which had tried to make YouTube pay each time users watched music videos by artists it represents, Reuters reports. Reference Link
12:32 EDTFBFacebook increases options to video ads payment structure, WSJ says
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11:53 EDTFBFacebook at test of support, levels to watch
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10:38 EDTGOOG, AAPLWells Fargo upbeat on core eBay, Bernstein bullish on PayPal
Wells Fargo issued an upbeat note on the outlook for eBay's (EBAY) core business, while another research firm, Bernstein, was bullish on the company's soon to be spun off PayPal (PYPL) unit. eBay has said that it will spin off its PayPal online payments unit through a distribution to eBay shareholders on July 17. CORE EBAY: The shares of core eBay are likely to offer a "unique value opportunity" following the spin-off, as many growth investors will probably sell their shares in eBay creating "an interesting entry point." Wells Fargo stated. eBay's business model is "arguably better" than that of most retailers, as it has no inventory risk, better margins, and more efficient capital deployments than most other companies in the sector, Wells believes. Numerous initiatives that the company is undertaking, including structured data and a simplified listing process, could enable eBay to beat expectations going forward, Wells contended. Additionally, there is little risk to fiscal 2016 estimates for eBay, since its guidance does not factor in any improvement in its business, the firm believes. Noting that "when issued" shares of eBay and PayPal are slated to start trading on July 9, Wells says that eBay's shares would provide "exceptional value" if they trade anywhere near the current $20 per share implied value of core eBay. At $25, the shares would still provide "excellent value," the firm added. PAYPAL: The growth of Internet payments is in its infancy and has "vast untapped potential," according to Bernstein analyst Carlos Kirjner. PayPal's total payments volume should have a compound annual growth rate of over 20% in the next three years, helping its revenue to jump by a CAGR of at least 17% over the period, the analyst stated. Since PayPal's position in mobile is strong, competing services from Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) will, at most, create a small headwind to PayPal's growth over the next three years, Kirjner contended. Moreover, PayPal has room to cut its costs, enabling its margins to expand and its earnings to grow faster than its revenue over the longer term, the analyst stated. He values PayPal at $43 per eBay share. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, eBay added 0.7% to $59.77.
10:36 EDTAAPLAppeals court says Apple conspired to fix e-book prices, Reuters reports
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09:35 EDTAAPL, FBActive equity options trading on open
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08:37 EDTGOOGTwitter integration with Google could accelerate user growth, says Canaccord
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08:22 EDTGOOGMicrosoft deal with AOL for Bing doesn't move needle, says Citi
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07:08 EDTFB, AAPL, GOOGGoogle apps take up nearly as much user time as Facebook’s apps, WSJ says
A study released by Forrester Research suggests that U.S. smartphone users in late 2014 spent roughly 12% of their time in Google (GOOG) apps, just below the 13% spent on Facebook (FB) apps, the Wall Street Journal reports. The time spent on Google apps is likely to be “much higher” since respondents were only asked to list apps they downloaded and the time spent on them, excluding apps pre-loaded on certain Google phones, the report says. The same is true of Apple’s (AAPL) apps, amounting to 3% of users time, the report says. Reference Link
06:58 EDTAAPLSprint to roll out $80 a month 'All-in' plan, Reuters reports
Sprint (S) will today launch an $80 a month "All-in" cellular phone plan, Reuters reports. Chief Marketing Officer Kevin Crull says the plan will offer unlimited talk, text and data at $60, plus $20 to lease phones like the iPhone 6 (AAPL) and Samsung (SSNLF) Galaxy S6. Reference Link
05:59 EDTAAPLGartner: Worldwide IT spending on pace to decline 5.5% in 2015
Worldwide IT spending is on pace to total $3.5T in 2015, a 5.5% decline from 2014, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc. Analysts attribute the decline to the rising U.S. dollar. In constant-currency terms, the market is projected to grow 2.5%. In Gartner's previous forecast in April, it had forecast IT spending to decline 1.3% in U.S. dollars and grow 3.1% in constant currency. "We want to stress that this is not a market crash. Such are the illusions that large swings in the value of the U.S. dollar versus other currencies can create," said John-David Lovelock, research vice president at Gartner. "However, there are secondary effects to the rising U.S. dollar. Vendors do have to raise prices to protect costs and margins of their products, and enterprises and consumers will have to make new purchase decisions in light of the new prices." Communications services will continue to be the largest IT spending segment in 2015 with spending at nearly $1.5T. However, this segment is also experiencing the strongest decline among the five IT sectors. In the device market, mobile phones continue to be the leading segment, with growth in Apple phones, especially in China, keeping overall phone spending consistent. However, overall smartphone unit growth will start to flatten. The PC and tablet market continues to weaken. The expected 10 percent increase in average PC pricing in currency-impacted countries is going ahead, delaying purchases even more than expected. Excessive PC inventory levels, especially in Western Europe, need to be cleared, which will delay Windows 10 inventory in the second half of the year. Within the data center systems segment, storage and network markets are both expected to see weaker growth in U.S. dollar terms as a result of the appreciation of the U.S. dollar. Reference Link
05:32 EDTGOOG, AAPLNovartis launches first Apple Watch app for visually impaired people
Novartis Pharmaceuticals (NVS) announced the release of new features for its ViaOpta applications, and the extension for use with smart watches. The discreet, hands-free nature of using ViaOpta app with wearable devices, such as Apple Watch (AAPL) and Android Wear (GOOG), provides users with an experience that seamlessly fits into their existing routines allowing those with visual impairments to navigate daily life with even greater ease.
June 29, 2015
19:49 EDTAAPLSamsung looking to supply NAND to Apple for iPhone, AppleInsider says
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18:05 EDTAAPLApple MacBook's single USB port will prolong life of battery, Mac Observer says
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16:00 EDTAAPL, FBOptions Update; June 29, 2015
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11:59 EDTGOOGGoogle deadline to answer EU antitrust claim extended, WSJ says
U.S. search giant Google was granted more time to respond to European Union regulators' claims that the company skews search results in favor of its own comparison-shopping service, says the Wall Street Journal. The new deadline is August 17, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
11:03 EDTAAPLAnalyst says sell Qualcomm ahead of predicted price cuts
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10:54 EDTGOOGGoogle denied appeal by U.S. Supreme Court in Oracle copyright case
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09:35 EDTAAPL, FBActive equity options trading on open
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09:14 EDTAAPLApple Music to be accompanied by iOS 8.4, Beats 1 at launch
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08:42 EDTAAPLApple estimates raised at RBC Capital
RBC Capital raised its June quarter estimates for Apple after the firm's survey and supply checks indicated better than expected iPhone demand. The firm thinks that the company's gross margins will probably stabilize in the low 40% range, which it says is well ahead of investor expectations. The firm keeps a $150 price target and Outperform rating on the stock.
07:22 EDTAAPLApple June quarter iPhone estimate raised above conensus at Citi
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07:13 EDTFB, GOOGGoogle, Facebook competing heavily in video market, NY Post says
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06:24 EDTGOOGResearch shows Google hurts users by skewing search results, WSJ reports
New research by two U.S. academics shows that Google is harming internet users and violating competition laws by skewing search results to favor its own products and services, the Wall Street Journal reports. The study may present a “significant twist” in the European Union’s antitrust investigation into Google’s supposed anticompetitive practices, the report says. The research shows that users were 45% more likely to click on results that were ranked purely by relevance as opposed to the way Google ranks them currently, the Wall Street Journal says.Reference Link
06:19 EDTAAPLApple Music will come to Sonos speakers by end of the year, Re/code reports
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06:05 EDTAAPLNotebook demand expected to be weaker than expected in 2H15, DigiTimes reports
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June 28, 2015
19:58 EDTAAPLApple starts production of next iPhone, Bloomberg says
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19:46 EDTAAPLApple acquires fingerprint-scan patents, could be eyeing startup, CNN says
Fingerprint-scan startup Privaris has transferred 26 of its 31 patents to Apple, CNN reported Friday. The report notes that one of the patents allows the use of a touchscreen and fingerprint reader simultaneously. The move could signal that Apple is looking to acquire the company, CNN speculates. Reference Link
14:24 EDTAAPLApple Music 'unlikely to move earnings needle,' Barron's says
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12:47 EDTGOOG, FBTech sector earnings 'melt away' when accounting for stock comp, Barron's says
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June 26, 2015
16:32 EDTAAPLStocks end week lower with Greece still searching for deal
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16:00 EDTFB, AAPLOptions Update; June 26, 2015
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13:51 EDTFBFacebook updates iPhone app, making it easier to find, share links
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10:00 EDTFB, GOOGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:36 EDTFB, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:43 EDTAAPLApple Watch attracts few buyers at Zurich launch, Bloomberg reports
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06:58 EDTGOOGLost My Name raises $9M in funding round led by Google Ventures, TechCrunch says
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06:17 EDTGOOGGoogle Ventures, Softbank invest in Yieldify, Business Insider reports
Google Ventures Europe (GOOG) and Softbank (SFTBF) have invested $11.5M into Yieldify, an e-commerce startup that "helps online retailers convince people to buy products online," Business Insider reports. Google Ventures partner Avid Larizadeh Duggan will join Yieldify's board as part of the fundraising. Reference Link
06:11 EDTGOOGGoogle, Delphi self driving cars have near collision in Palo Alto, Reuters says
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05:51 EDTAAPLReport: Apple set to switch to OLED displays for iPhone, DigiTimes says
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05:51 EDTAAPLFoxconn expects to be largest handset, tablet ODM/OEM in 2015, DigiTimes says
Foxconn Chairman Terry Guo said the company is set to be the largest OEM/ODM for handsets, tablets and desktops in 2015, reports DigiTimes. Guo added that Foxconn will establish component supply chains to increase its advantage over competitors. Reference Link
June 25, 2015
19:34 EDTGOOG, FBAirbus, Qualcomm, others invest $500M in OneWeb's global internet initiative
OneWeb announced it has raised $500M in funding from a number of companies, including Airbus (EADSY), Bharti, EchoStar's (SATS) Hughes, Intelsat (I), Qualcomm (QCOM), Coca-Cola (KO), Totalplay, and Virgin Group. OneWeb is engaged in developing satellite technologies to "beam" broadband internet to rural and underdeveloped locations, as well as to ships, planes, trains, and oil platforms. Bharti chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal will be joining Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders as well as Virgin's Richard Branson and Qualcomm's Paul Jacobs on the OneWeb board of directors. OneWeb also reiterated its June 15 announcement of its joint venture with Airbus to design and manufacture 900 microsatellites. "We are committed to giving our full industrial and space expertise to this mission," remarked Airbus' Tom Enders. "Intelsat has the world’s largest fleet of Ku Band geostationary satellites and our interoperability will enable pole-to-pole and urban canyon coverage with new services," said Intelsat. Note that both Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOG) are working on similar projects to facilitate global internet access. Reference Link
16:55 EDTGOOGGoogle-built self-driving cars hit the road
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16:52 EDTGOOGGoogle initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho
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16:51 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Buy at Mizuho
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16:00 EDTFB, AAPLOptions Update; June 25, 2015
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14:59 EDTAAPLFitbit tacks on gains after Leerink calls smartwatch competition overblown
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11:37 EDTAAPLTaylor Swift says to put '1989' on Apple Music
Recording artist Taylor Swift says in a tweet that "After the events of this week, I've decided to put 1989 on Apple Music...and happily so." Reference Link
09:34 EDTAAPL, FBActive equity options trading on open
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06:31 EDTGOOG, AAPLMicrosoft focusing on increasing smartphone sales in India, WSJ reports
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06:20 EDTAAPLIndependent music labels say they now support Apple Music, AP reports
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06:08 EDTFBFacebook hires Yahoo's cybersecurity chief Alex Stamos
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05:53 EDTAAPLApple to increase flexible PCB orders, DigiTimes reports
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June 24, 2015
19:31 EDTFB, GOOGGoogle exec 'very confident' in YouTube's lead over Facebook video, BI says
In a Business Insider interview at the Cannes Lions advertising festival, Torrence Boone, Google's (GOOG) VP of global agency sales and services, said the company is "very bullish and confident" that Google's YouTube will maintain its lead over Facebook's (FB) efforts in video. Boone explained that the services serve different functions, with YouTube being a more dedicated video platform. Reference Link
19:20 EDTFBFacebook Messenger app to allow signups without Facebook account
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18:16 EDTGOOGGoogle, GE, Airbus lead in sheer number of meetings with EU officials
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16:21 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
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16:00 EDTAAPLActionable Options for Wednesday, June, 24
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 30c to 17.32 Option volume leaders: AAPL FB NFLX BAC VALE MU BABA WMB T F EBAY FCX TWTR BBRY
14:46 EDTFBHBO deal an early sign of Facebook original content plans, says Brean Capital
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14:13 EDTAAPL, FBApple blocks use of app data to target ads, The Information reports
Apple (AAPL) is "quietly moving" to block companies from accessing data from other, unrelated apps, a practice which was used to target ads, says The Information. The report notes that Facebook (FB) and Twitter (TWTR) often analyze information from other apps on a user's phone in order to better target ads. Reference Link
12:45 EDTAAPLIcahn says have not sold one share of Apple
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12:37 EDTAAPLApple where Netflix was a couple of years ago, Icahn says
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12:36 EDTAAPLIcahn says Apple shares still have 'hundreds of points' left
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12:30 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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12:27 EDTFB, GOOGHBO to offer free episodes of 'Ballers', 'The Brink' on Facebook, Variety says
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11:16 EDTFBOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:44 EDTAAPLCarl Icahn sells last of Netflix stake, positive on Apple
Carl Icahn said via Twitter, "Sold last of our $NFLX today. Believe $AAPL currently represents same opportunity we stated NFLX offered several years ago."
09:48 EDTAAPLApple reaches royalty deal with Beggars Group
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09:39 EDTFBCLSA media analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:37 EDTAAPLReport: Apple may adopt flexible OLED displays in 2018, DigiTimes says
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09:35 EDTFB, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:30 EDTGOOG, AAPLGoogle competing with itself after unveiling free music service, Bloomberg says
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09:18 EDTAAPLApple June quarter iPhone demand strong, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley's AlphaWise survey indicates 53M iPhone unit demand for the June quarter, unchanged from last month's reading. The firm adds that Apple Watch demand has sustained healthy levls after the initial spike and investor expectations for iPhone and Watch growth are low. Morgan Stanley rates Apple an Overweight with a $166 price target.
07:52 EDTFBFacebook offers South African Cell C users free internet access, Bloomberg says
Facebook will give customers of Cell C access to its free application Internet.org in South Africa, Bloomberg reports, citing an interview with Markku Makelainen, Facebook’s director of global operator partnerships. The service will let Cell C users see Facebook and roughly 30 other websites offering information about healthcare and jobs without being charged for data, the report says. Reference Link
07:45 EDTAAPLSharp asking suppliers to cut prices for LCD parts, WSJ says
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06:12 EDTAAPLiPhone 6 resale value suggests strong demand, says Piper Jaffray
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06:00 EDTAAPL, FB, GOOGGoogle held 29 high-level meetings in Brussels in 6 months, Financial Times says
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June 23, 2015
18:27 EDTAAPLLiquidmetal, Apple extend intellectual property agreement
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17:50 EDTGOOGGoogle to remove Confederate flag from shopping service and ads, Reuters says
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16:00 EDTFB, AAPLOptions Update; June 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 46c to 17. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB AAPL T BAC MU BTU WMB AMZN TWTR BBRY
12:54 EDTAAPLPC concerns weighing on shares of Seagate, Western Digital
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12:42 EDTFBInstagram announces new updates to be source for real-time news
Instagram announced two updates that will aim at helping connect the community with "the world as it happens." The company introduced its Explore page, with trending Tags and Places, and a more powerful search. Instagram commented, We’ve completely reimagined the Explore page to make discovery on Instagram immediate and effortless. The new Explore now surfaces trends as they emerge in real-time, connecting you to events and conversations both near you and around the globe.... For everyone on Instagram, we’ve dramatically improved the ability to find what you’re looking for. With the new Places Search, you can now peer in at just about any location on earth, allowing you to scout out your next vacation spot in the South Pacific, get a look inside that hot new restaurant or experience your favorite music festival — even if you couldn’t make it this year. The new Top Search also lets you search across people, places and tags all at once." Reference Link
12:08 EDTGOOGPandora down 1% after Google launches free music service
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12:05 EDTGOOGGoogle launches free, ad-supported music service in U.S.
Google (GOOG) announced via a blob post that Google Play Music now has a "free, ad-supported version" in the U.S. It stated, "Our team of music experts, including the folks who created Songza, crafts each station song by song so you don’t have to. If you’re looking for something specific, you can browse our curated stations by genre, mood, decade or activity, or you can search for your favorite artist, album or song to instantly create a station of similar music." Shares of Pandora (P) ticked lower following Google's announcement.
09:51 EDTFBFacebook near test of life high, levels to watch
The stock has been trading in a range largely defined by a low at $77 and a high at $85 since February of this year. That is a slightly more bullish range than the previous several months characterized by a low at $75 and a high at $82. The life high for the shares is at $86.07, with the stock breaking the range high and last at $85.65. This move could be another oscillation in the range, or it might presage a genuine breakout in price. With the range having built for so long a period, a breakout could see a more rapid increase in price with a probe to the $90 to $95 area quite possible. A move back below $85 would mean this was another excursion testing the bounds of the range, with next support below at $82.
09:36 EDTFB, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:00 EDTAAPLTelus, BCE, Rogers to roll out mobile payments app, Bloomberg reports
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08:04 EDTAAPLApple Watch launch buzz lagging behind other devices, says Bernstein
After analyzing Internet search data, Bernstein estimates that the Internet "buzz" on the Apple Watch was only about 1/3 of the iPhone at its launch and about 1/4 of the iPod at its launch. Based on this data, the firm estimates that Apple will sell only 750,000 units of the Watch in Q3 and 1.3M in Q4. Nonetheless the firm thinks the Watch can be accretive to Apple's gross margins and could generate significant sales volumes going forward. Bernstein keeps a $142 price target and Outperform rating on Apple.
08:03 EDTFBMondelez renews global strategic partnership with Facebook
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06:25 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces the News Lab on blog
Google said on its blog that it is launching the News Lab, "a new effort at Google to empower innovation at the intersection of technology and media. Our mission is to collaborate with journalists and entrepreneurs to help build the future of media. And we’re tackling this in three ways: though ensuring our tools are made available to journalists around the world -- and that newsrooms know how to use them; by getting helpful Google data sets in the hands of journalists everywhere; and through programs designed to build on some of the biggest opportunities that exist in the media industry today. The News Lab is a global effort, with teams in the U.S., U.K., France, and Germany to start -- and we’re also powering the training and research arm of Google’s Digital News Initiative in Europe. Google has created many technologies and platforms that have engaged the media industry. As both the media landscape and technology continue to evolve, we believe we can create a more informed world if technologists and journalists work together -- and we’re excited to be part of the effort." Reference Link
06:14 EDTGOOGGetty filed a complaint against Google to EU earlier this year, WSJ reports
Getty Images complained earlier this year to European antitrust authorities that Google unfairly favors its image search service over rivals, the Wall Street Journal reports. The European Commission told Getty in early June that its concerns were valid and added Getty as an “interested third person” in its search manipulation case against the search giant, according to a document reviewed by the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:05 EDTAAPLNo clear prospects for PC component suppliers until July, DigiTimes reports
There are no clear business prospects for PC component suppliers until July, reports DigiTimes. According to sources in the supply chain, Intel's decision to delay the launch of its Skylake platform has weakened market demand for notebooks and other PC systems. The planned release of Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 10 may also affect the production of PC makers. Reference Link
05:56 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: Analyst says BlackBerry's FY16 targets looking 'unttainable'
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June 22, 2015
19:36 EDTAAPLApple Music artist royalties may be 'insignificant' during trial, WSJ says
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18:22 EDTGOOGGoogle offers sign-ups to test GoPro virtual reality prototype
Google (GOOG) has created a sign-up page to allow "creators" -- taken to mean video content creators -- to test its "Jump" virtual reality platform. Jump uses 16 GoPro (GPRO) cameras to create virtual reality video "that you can step inside of." Content creators selected by Google will get access to the platform beginning this summer. Reference Link
16:00 EDTAAPL, FBOptions Update; June 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 17.45. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC CHK WMB BABA TWTR MU AMBA TSLA JPM
14:42 EDTAAPL, FB, GOOGOculus potential not reflected in Facebook's stock price, Piper Jaffray says
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13:33 EDTAAPLApple iPhone redesign without home button not before 2017, AppleInsider says
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12:12 EDTGOOGUS Supreme Court rejects Google patent appeal over Street View, Reuters says
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09:40 EDTAAPL, FBActive equity options trading on open
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08:09 EDTAAPLMasimo receives CE Mark for MightySat Rx pulse oximeter
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08:02 EDTGOOGTransphorm announces new $70M investment led by KKR
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07:46 EDTAAPLApple CEO: Chinese consumer tastes weighed in product designs, Bloomberg says
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07:31 EDTFB, GOOGFacebook catching up to YouTube in video ads, Reuters says
Facebook (FB) is gaining market share on Google's (GOOG) YouTube in online video advertising, reports Reuters, citing a published Ampere Analysis report. Reference Link
06:25 EDTFBFacebook's CPO to outline new format for mobile advertising, WSJ reports
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06:03 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $120 from $92 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his price target for shares of Facebook to $120 and keeps an Overweight rating on the name. Facebook is the best play on the "next computer paradigm of virtual reality," Munster tells investors this morning in a research note. Oculus, the company's virtual reality technology, is an "insurance policy on the relevance of Facebook's social portfolio as technology shifts,” Munster writes. He believes the long-term value of technology is not reflected in the current share price. The social networking giant closed Friday down 39c to $82.51.
05:59 EDTAAPLApple developing in-house TDDI solutions, DigiTimes reports
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05:55 EDTAAPLApple changes tune over music streaming royalties, Financial Times says
Apple has agreed to pay for all the music carried on its new streaming music service during free trials, reports the Financial Times. The company signaled the climbdown after singer Taylor Sift released an open letter Sunday that denounced Apple Music as "shocking" and "disappointing.", adding that her views were shared by "every artist, writer and producer" in her social circles. The company will now pay for the music it streams during free trials, though it would pay less for each stream than it will when a user has taken a full subscription. Reference Link
June 21, 2015
14:49 EDTGOOGRaven shares may rally in next couple years, Barron's says
The recent selloff in Raven (RAVN) shares "looks like an opportunity," and the company's stock could rally over the next couple years, Barron's contends in its 'Sizing Up Small Caps' column. Barron's notes that the company has partnered with Google (GOOG) to develop high-altitude balloons for the experimental Project Loon, which, if expanded into a full project, could signal a boost for Raven. Reference Link
June 19, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPL, FBOptions Update; June 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 11c to 18.21, Option volume leaders: AAPL TWTR BAC T FB GILD NFLX BABA AAL MU AMZN
14:49 EDTGOOGEU sends charge sheet to Google, demands search changes, WSJ reports
The European Union sent a formal charge sheet to Google in April, within which it demands changes to the way Google ranks rival shopping services in its general search results that go far beyond the company's own proposal last year to settle the concerns, said The Wall Street Journal, citing three people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
12:53 EDTGOOGEU demands Google make changes in new charge sheet, DJ reports
12:46 EDTAAPLApple denies coercing artists into Apple Music deals, Rolling Stone reports
An Apple spokesman has denied allegations that it is threatening to remove music from its iTunes store by artists who do not sign up for the Apple Music service, reports Rolling Stone. A company spokesman said "It will not be taken off". The comments came after musician Anton Newcombe went on Twitter, alleging that an Apple representative threatened to take off their music if he didn't sign on. Reference Link
10:32 EDTGOOGTwitter calls active on renewed takeover chatter
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10:22 EDTGOOGRumor: Twitter active on rewewed takeover chatter by Google
Shares or Twitter (TWTR) are moving higher amid renewed speculation Google (GOOG) may make a bid for the company.
09:37 EDTFB, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:51 EDTFBGameStop CFO says 'blown away' by Microsoft virtual reality demonstration
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07:44 EDTGOOGTamr receives $25.2M in financing from HP Ventures, Thomson Reuters, others
Tamr announced that it has raised $25.2M in Series B financing from Hewlett Packard Ventures (HPQ); Thomson Reuters (TRI); MassMutual Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company and others. Current Tamr investors NEA and Google Ventures (GOOG) also participated in the round. Tamr will use the funds to significantly grow sales as well as product engineering for Tamr’s scalable data unification platform.
07:26 EDTGOOGOxford Sciences raises GBP320M from Dunstone, Google Ventures, Telegraph says
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06:18 EDTAAPLApple Music unable to secure rights to '1989' album, BuzzFeed News reports
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06:17 EDTGOOGEU gives Google critics one month to remark on antitrust charges, Reuters says
European Union antitrust regulators have sent copies of their charges against Google (GOOG) to critics of the company and given them a month to comment on the charges, Reuters reports, citing one of the complainants. Google has been accused by many companies of abusing its market power and cheating consumers and rivals by tweaking search results to favor its shopping service, the report says. 19 companies, including Microsoft (MSFT) and TripAdvisor (TRIP), are expected to receive the EU charge sheet, Reuters says. Reference Link
06:11 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 21 at lower end of index mean range
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June 18, 2015
19:48 EDTFBFacebook Moments not available in Europe due to regulator concerns, WSJ says
Facebook's photo app, Moments, will not be available in Europe due to regulators' concerns over facial recognition technology, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing Facebook’s head of policy in Europe, Richard Allan. Reference Link
14:31 EDTAAPLApple said to plan video camera for next Watch, 9to5Mac reports
Apple plans to add a "FaceTime" video camera, more iPhone independence and additional premium-priced variants with the next iteration of the Apple Watch, but may only keep, or slightly improved, the existing battery life with the next device, reported 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman, citing multiple sources familiar with the company's plans. Reference Link
13:02 EDTGOOG, AAPLWorldwide wearables market forecast to grow 173.3% in 2015, IDC says
The wearables market maintained its upward trajectory in the first quarter of 2015 as new vendors, including Apple (AAPL), prepared to enter the market. A new forecast from the International Data Corporation, IDC, Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker estimates that 72.1M wearable devices will be shipped in 2015, up a strong 173.3% from the 26.4 million units shipped in 2014. Shipment volumes are expected to experience a compound annual growth rate, CAGR, of 42.6% over the five-year forecast period, reaching 155.7M units shipped in 2019. "We expect smart wearables, those capable of running third party apps, to take the lead in 2016," added Ubrani. "Smart wearables like the Apple (AAPL) Watch and Micosoft's (MSFT) Hololens are indicative of an upcoming change in computing, and the transition from basic to smart wearables opens up a slew of opportunities for vendors, app developers, and accessory makers." Other companies that have been mentioned in the wearable tech group include Google (GOOG), GoPro (GPRO) and Fitbit (FIT). Reference Link
12:10 EDTAAPLContract electronic manufacturers underperform after Jabil results
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11:12 EDTGOOGGoogle acquired 'app streaming' startup Agawi last fall, The Information says
Google quietly acquired "app streaming" startup Agawai last fall, The Information reports. The startup's technology lets people access apps on their smartphone without downloading them. Reference Link
10:20 EDTGOOGGoogle in talks for combined Dunnhumby bid, Sky News reports
Google (GOOG) is in talks with buyout firm Permira regarding a possible combined bid for Tesco (TSCDY) unit Dunnhumb, Mark Kleinman of Sky News reports. Reference Link
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08:07 EDTAAPLAnalog Devices secured design win in next iPhone, says Citi
Citi analyst Christopher Danely says he believes Analog Devices (ADI) has secured a design win in the next generation Apple (AAPL) iPhone. The win could contribute $160M in revenue and 10c in earnings per share in 2016, Danely tells investors today in a research note. He upped his price target for Analog shares to $66 from $55 but keeps a Neutral rating on the name. The analyst believes the Apple design win is already priced in with shares trading at 22 times his 2016 earnings estimate. Danely cites valuation for his Neutral rating on the stock.
08:04 EDTGOOGGoogle accelerating pace of cloud product innovation, says Baird
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07:38 EDTFBFacebook continues to take ad share, says JMP Securities
JMP Securities says its checks indicate that Facebook's share of total ad dollars continue to rise. The firm believes that Instagram's engagement and monthly average users continue to grow. It estimates that Instagram could generate about $1,4B in revenue next year, versus its 2015 estimate of about $445M. JMP Securities raised its price target on Facebook to $101 from $98 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:30 EDTFBSalesforce initiatives should help social media companies, says Brean Capital
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07:09 EDTAAPLAlmost 20% of Apple Watch buyers have purchased spare band, Reuters says
Nearly 20% of Apple Watch buyers have also purchased a spare band for the watch, Reuters reports, citing data from Slice Intelligence. Slice estimates that Apple has sold 2.79M watches as of mid-June, the report says. The data shows that approximately 17% of Apple Watch shoppers have purchased more than one band, with the entry level sports brand as the highest seller at $49, Reuters says. Other popular bands are the quilted leather loop at $149 and the stainless steel link bracelet for $449. Reference Link
06:48 EDTGOOGGoogle, Microsoft, Mozilla announce WebAssembly partnership, TechCrunch says
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06:19 EDTGOOGGoogle, Ingenico Group team up to facilitate cross-border e-commerce
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06:13 EDTFBFacebook testing new approach to hiring to diversify employee ranks, WSJ reports
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14:42 EDTFB, AAPLOption volume leaders
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14:34 EDTGOOGGoogle's Nest announces redesigned, refreshed product line
Google's Nest Labs announced refreshes and redesigns across the company’s entire product portfolio, including the introduction of Nest Cam, the second generation Nest Protect, new features for the Nest Learning Thermostat, and a new app. Nest Cam is a 1080p camera featuring a stand as well as improved motion alerts and night vision, offering live video streaming to a phone or computer to keep an eye on the home while the Nest user is away. Cam users can also subscribe to Nest Aware with Video History for an additional monthly fee to gain access to video history, alert summaries, advanced motion sensing, and more. Also, Nest is piloting the ability for YouTube creators to stream directly to YouTube Live from Nest Cam. Nest Protect is the company's second generation smoke and carbon monoxide alarm, offering a custom, split-spectrum sensor that uses two wavelengths of light to look for different types of fires. Building on Nest’s energy partner program, Nest is partnering with home insurance companies to help Nest Protect users save money on home insurance policies. Through Nest Safety Rewards, a participating Nest insurance partner may offer a discount on a Nest user's annual premiums. American Family and Liberty Mutual Insurance are the first insurance partners to provide offers as part of Nest Safety Rewards. Separately, the updated Nest Learning Thermostat has the capability to notify customers when temperatures drop to help avoid frozen pipes, and it also adds new integrations with other Nest products. Finally, the redesigned Nest app 5.0 brings together all three Nest products across multiple platforms. Nest Cam is available for immediate purchase with a suggested retail price of $199. It will begin shipping this month. The camera is set to launch next month in Belgium, France, Ireland, Netherlands, and the U.K. Nest Aware with Video History can be purchased as a 10-day or 30-day subscription for $10 or $30 per month, respectively. Nest Protect is available for immediate purchase for a suggested retail price of $99, and will begin shipping next month. Nest app 5.0 is available in the Google Play Store and iOS App Store. Nest Learning Thermostat software 4.5 will begin rolling out immediately and will take up to two weeks to reach all Nest customers.
14:23 EDTFBFacebook rises after Brean hikes target on app monetization potential
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10:58 EDTGOOGGoogle announces cross-device measurement for all DoubleClick products
Google announced that cross-device measurement is coming to all of its DoubleClick advertiser products, so marketers can measure conversions that start as a click on one device and end with a conversion on another for all their campaigns across the web, not just with the ads they buy from Google. Reference Link
10:25 EDTAAPLApple iPhone estimates raised at BofA/Merrill
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07:29 EDTAAPLApple Music offering high revenue rate to attract indie labels, Billboard says
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07:10 EDTAAPLSoftbank, Foxconn form JV to make robots, Nikkei reports
Softbank (SFTBF) and Apple (AAPL) supplier Foxconn will set up a joint venture to make robots, The Nikkei reports, citing sources. According to the sources, the JV may first focus on mass production of Pepper, a home robot that can respond to human emotions and requests, and plan to initially make around 10,000 units annually. The JV may also market the robot and potentially other models globally. Reference Link
06:34 EDTGOOGGoogle's former head of Maps to join Uber, Re/code reports
Brian McClendon, the former head of Google Maps and a 10-year company veteran, will join Uber to oversee the company's new Advanced Technologies Center out of Pittsburgh, Re/code reports. McClendon will help guide Uber’s mapping, self-driving car and vehicle safety initiatives, the report says. Reference Link
06:05 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 21 at lower end of index mean range
05:45 EDTFBBrean ups Facebook target to $108, says own for long haul
Brean Capital analyst Sarah Hindlian raised her price target for Facebook to $108 from $100 while telling investors to own the stock for the long haul. After analyzing the potential of the social networking giant's mobile applications, including Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger, Hindlian's "bear case" analyses demonstrate that Facebook may have an incremental $4.0B in revenue in FY16 from monetization efforts. Only 25%-35% of this potential revenue is included in consensus estimates, the analyst states this morning in a research note. She reiterates a Buy rating on Facebook. The stock closed yesterday up 35c to $81.06.
June 16, 2015
19:38 EDTGOOGNext Google Nexus may have 3D camera, BGR says
Google is working on two Nexus handsets and LG's is testing a 3D camera for its model, reports the Boy Genius Report. Reference Link
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15:19 EDTAAPLMonster says Apple revoked license folowing Beats lawsuit, WSJ reports
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14:53 EDTAAPLMobileIron up 8% after TechCrunch discloses partnership with Apple
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14:49 EDTFBFacebook share of Mobile time remains strong at 23% in May, says JPMorgan
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14:48 EDTAAPLMobileIron working with Apple for iPad applications, TechCrunch says
Apple (AAPL) is working with MobileIron (MOBL) to help deploy applications into the enterprise, TechCrunch reports. Reference Link
14:47 EDTGOOG, FBBanking sources say Twitter open to potential sale, Gasparino says
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13:56 EDTGOOGTwitter hits 52-week low after MKM downgrades on user growth concerns
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09:51 EDTAAPLApple stores begin selling Apple Watch, BGR reports
Apple stores around the country have begun to receive shipments of the Apple Watch for sale, reports BGR. According to sources, the stores can sell the device for sale through in-store reservations for personal pickup after an online purchase. There's no word on the product mix at this point. Reference Link
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08:22 EDTAAPLApple iPhone demand holding up better than expected, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest says its initial estimates of iPhone component orders for the September quarter indicate that iPhone demand should hold up better than it had previously expected. The firm adds that iPhone demand appears to have remained solid in recent months, which should enable Apple's Q3 EPS to beat expectations. Pacific Crest adds that its more upbeat view on the iPhone is "somewhat offset" by its less positive outlook on Apple Watch sales. Nevertheless the firm thinks that the iPhone's improved outlook reduces the stock's downside risk. However, it keeps a Sector Weight rating on the shares.
07:51 EDTGOOGTwitter downgraded to Neutral at MKM Partners on stalled user growth
As previously reported, MKM Partners analyst Rob Sanderson downgraded Twitter (TWTR) to Neutral from Buy, noting that growth in its user base is stalling out and he sees no catalyst for sentiment to improve in the next two quarters, besides a possible bid from Google (GOOG). Sanderson thinks the company's CEO search brings with it some uncertainty and likely delays user experience improvements, unless Jack Dorsey takes over full-time, but that would require him to give up his CEO post at Square. The firm lowered its estimates on Twitter and cut its price target on the shares to $39 from $57.
07:17 EDTAAPLUber previously had talks with Apple, Starbucks on logistics tie-up, WSJ says
Uber was reportedly in talks “in recent months” with Apple (AAPL) and Starbucks (SBUX) to create partnerships to help build its same-day product delivery program, but both companies instead went with startup courier service Postmates, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Uber launched its logistics service a year ago with plans to sign up with “dozens” of retailers, yet has announced partnerships with only six, the report says. Eat24, owned by Yelp (YELP), and GrubHub (GRUB) also held discussions with Uber but haven't reached any agreements, the report says. Reference Link
06:56 EDTFBFacebook plans to build EUR200M data center in Meath, TheJournal.ie reports
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06:31 EDTFBBelgian Privacy Commission adopts first recommendation of principle on Facebook
The Belgian Privacy Commission said in a statement that on May 13 it adopted a first recommendation of principle on Facebook. "It has observed that Facebook 'processes' the personal data of its members, users as well as of all internet users who come into contact with Facebook. Facebook does this secretively: no consent is asked for this 'tracking and tracing' and the use of cookies. No targeted information is provided. The available information is vague and authorizes just about anything. Following the introduction of new worldwide terms of use by Facebook, a number of European privacy commissions queried Facebook, which was particularly sparing with precise answers and also refused to comply with the request to postpone the entry into force of the new terms of use. Facebook did not accept that it was bound by the national privacy legislation of Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. It rejected the competence of those countries' supervisory authorities for privacy. Facebook only accepts supervision by the Irish privacy commission and the application of Irish law.After months of unsuccessful correspondence and fruitlessly exchanging ideas, the Belgian Privacy Commission has now adopted a first recommendation. This document establishes first of all that the Belgian Privacy Commission is competent and that Belgian law also applies to Facebook, simply because any national supervisory authority is obliged to ensure privacy protection for its citizens. And Belgian law also applies because the Facebook Group has an actual establishment in Brussels, Belgium. At the request of the Belgian Privacy Commission the inter-university research center EMSOC/SPION conducted a detailed study into the way in which Facebook deals with its members' personal data. And that of citizens who do not use Facebook or who explicitly opted out of its service.The research results are disconcerting. Facebook disregards European and Belgian privacy legislation in several ways. In 10 chapters an equal amount of issues have been uncovered. It is the Belgian Privacy Commission's ambition to thoroughly look into these issues. Until today, the eighth chapter - 'tracking trough social plug-ins' - has been the focus of attention, because it does not only impact Facebook users but also virtually every Internet user in Belgium and Europe. Up to this day Facebook refuses to recognize the application of Belgian legislation nor the Belgian Privacy Commission. Until now it has always contested the findings of the EMSOC/SPION research report, but it has not provided concrete facts repudiating them. To the contrary: Facebook recognizes that errors, 'BUGS' have been uncovered." Reference Link
06:13 EDTAAPLAlibaba, Foxconn could invest $500M in Snapdeal, WSJ reports
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06:01 EDTGOOGNeal Mohan not leaving Google for Dropbox, Re/code reports
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