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  • Tue, Dec. 6, 11:12 AM
    • With conditions, as anticipated.
    • Microsoft's Office Add-in program will remain accessible to third-party professional social networking services and promotional opportunity will continue to exist for third-party professionals in the Office Store. Further, IT administrators and users can choose to customize their Office experience by displaying LinkedIn profiles and forthcoming activity integrations within the user interface. PC manufacturers will be given the option to choose whether or not a developed LinkedIn application or tile included with Windows is installed on PCs within the European Economic Area (users can also uninstall, and Windows will not be used to promote installs of any LinkedIn applications) and lastly, agreements with PC manufacturers for pre-installation of a LinkedIn application or tile that would lessen distribution of competing professional networking services will not be entered into.
    • With prior approval of the combination already secured in the U.S., Canada, Brazil and South Africa, E.U. clearance represented the last remaining regulatory hurdle as the Microsoft (MSFT -0.4%), LinkedIn (LNKD +0.4%) deal is now set to officially conclude in coming days.
    | Tue, Dec. 6, 11:12 AM | 11 Comments
  • Tue, Dec. 6, 2:33 AM
    • A group effort? YouTube (GOOG, GOOGL), Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) are stepping up efforts to remove extremist content from their websites by creating a common database that will be up and running in early 2017.
    • The web giants will share "hashes" - unique digital fingerprints they automatically assign to videos or photos - of terrorist material to enable their peers to identify the same content on their platforms.
    | Tue, Dec. 6, 2:33 AM | 88 Comments
  • Sun, Dec. 4, 7:44 PM
    • Sources say the recently-rumored Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) HomeHub is a Windows 10 feature designed to make the PC the center of your home, bringing the smart home to Windows.
    • The feature will allow Cortana to be summoned on any Windows 10 PC lock screen.
    • It's expected to appear in Win 10 updates starting in 2017
    • According to Microsoft enthusiasts, the software-only feature could trump Amazon's (NASDAQ:AMZN) Echo and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Home due to the obvious convenience of screen access.
    | Sun, Dec. 4, 7:44 PM | 74 Comments
  • Fri, Dec. 2, 1:21 PM
    • With AWS re:Invent 2016 wrapping up as the week comes to a close (view a comprehensive synopsis of the event's developments here), Amazon (AMZN -0.5%) appears in no way easing concentration on its cloud business. Rather, it's ramping on it as competition and potential for the segment moves further into play.
    • In one slide presented by AWS CEO Andy Jassy, approximately 1,000 new capabilities are cited to be added to the unit's services every day, up from a 722 figure for the year prior.
    • Additionally, an area of development opportunity observed and acted on this week comprised artificial intelligence, through the launch of Amazon AI. With Microsoft (MSFT -0.1%) and Google (GOOG, GOOGL) already directing attention this way, Amazon not excluded, projecting further distance between Amazon and its closest cloud rivals isn't unreasonable given the offensive it's waging in the field.
    • N.B. Most recent (Q3) cloud revenues at Amazon come in at $3.231B (+55% Y/Y), for Microsoft, through the form of +116% growth (no declared figure) and at Google, as the greatest percentage of year-over-year growth across all segments (no declared figure).
    | Fri, Dec. 2, 1:21 PM | 45 Comments
  • Thu, Dec. 1, 9:31 AM
    • November monthly performance was: +0.62%
    • AUM of $7.64M
    • 52-week performance vs. the S&P 500 is: -5%
    • No dividends were paid in November
    • Top 10 Holdings as of 10/31/2016: Apple Inc (AAPL): 4.78232%, Microsoft Corp (MSFT): 3.6545%, General Electric Co (GE): 2.09427%, Procter & Gamble Co (PG): 1.43859%, Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM): 1.36332%, Wells Fargo & Co (WFC): 1.34175%, Intel Corp (INTC): 1.2948%, Bank of America Corporation (BAC): 1.2811%, Pfizer Inc (PFE): 1.22767%, Alphabet Inc C (GOOG): 1.22159%
    | Thu, Dec. 1, 9:31 AM | 1 Comment
  • Thu, Dec. 1, 8:49 AM
    • November monthly performance was: +3.54%
    • AUM of $5.18M
    • 52-week performance vs. the S&P 500 is: -3%
    • No dividends were paid in November
    • Top 10 Holdings as of 10/31/2016: Apple Inc (AAPL): 6.80131%, Microsoft Corp (MSFT): 5.15024%, Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM): 3.74079%, General Electric Co (GE): 2.88197%, Procter & Gamble Co (PG): 2.47992%, AT&T Inc (T): 2.43052%, Wells Fargo & Co (WFC): 2.30872%, Amazon.com Inc (AMZN): 2.24391%, Facebook Inc A (FB): 2.2067%, Alphabet Inc C (GOOG): 2.16615%
    | Thu, Dec. 1, 8:49 AM | 1 Comment
  • Thu, Dec. 1, 6:04 AM
    • Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) declares $0.39/share quarterly dividend, in line with previous.
    • Forward yield 2.59%
    • Payable March 9; for shareholders of record Feb. 16; ex-div Feb. 14.
    | Thu, Dec. 1, 6:04 AM | 12 Comments
  • Wed, Nov. 30, 7:50 AM
    • Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) acquisition of LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD) this year wasn't the first approach made by the U.S. technology giant to buy the firm, one of the professional networking site's founders told CNBC.
    • "Since the early days, Microsoft had a standing offer to our VCs," Konstantin Guericke declared, stating MSFT had approached the company before he left in 2006.
    • But the entrepreneur, along with other co-founders including current chairman Reid Hoffman, felt the site still had a long way to grow at the time and didn't see the need to sell out.
    | Wed, Nov. 30, 7:50 AM | 13 Comments
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  • Tue, Nov. 22, 3:33 PM
    • Looking at the top 50 hedge fund hotels, it's probably little surprise that Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) top the list, with Amazon making for a top 10 holding in 61 funds, and Facebook in 57.
    • Rounding out the top 10 are Charter Communications (NASDAQ:CHTR), Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO), Allergan (NYSE:AGN), Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), and Priceline (NASDAQ:PCLN).
    • Looking at another gauge - the percent of market cap owned by hedge funds - shows CommScope (NASDAQ:COMM) leading the way, with hedge funds owning 37%. Next is Dell Technologies (NYSE:DVMT) and Expedia (NASDAQ:EXPE) at 30%, and after that: Liberty Broadband (NASDAQ:LBRDK) at 24%, LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD) at 21%, Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ) at 20%, and Humana (NYSE:HUM) and WhiteWave Foods (NYSE:WWAV) at 19%.
    • Previously: Goldman's list of shorts mattering most to hedge funds (Nov. 22)
    | Tue, Nov. 22, 3:33 PM | 12 Comments
  • Mon, Nov. 21, 1:16 PM
    • Last week: Microsoft offers EU concessions over LinkedIn bid
    • Reuters reports Microsoft (MSFT +0.6%) has offered to maintain open access by competitors to LinkedIn (LNKD +0.1%) and provide hardware manufacturers the ability to install a variety of services as the company continues to seek European Union approval of its LinkedIn purchase.
    • Favoring of LinkedIn over rivals and packaged products making operation more difficult for other services, the latter something European Commission regulators have gone after Google for, are considered main concerns held by the agency, ones these measures are intended to ease.
    • A formal, definitive ruling on the deal is expected December 6.
    | Mon, Nov. 21, 1:16 PM | 13 Comments
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  • Thu, Nov. 17, 7:01 PM
    • Videogame sales were up 6% Y/Y in total in October, as some key pre-holiday software releases again made up for slipping hardware.
    • Overall sales were at $875.7M, according to NPD Group. Hardware revenues dropped 20% to $215.2M, and accessories spending fell 24% to $121M.
    • “Unit sales for the Xbox One (MSFT +1.7%) brand of hardware grew by 8% compared to last October," said NPD's Sam Naji, as pricing for Xbox One hardware dropped 17% with a lower priced One S Minecraft bundle. The month's best-selling hardware, though, was the PS4 (SNE +1.1%) Slim 500 GB Uncharted 4: A Thief's End bundle. And Nintendo's (OTCPK:NTDOY +3.4%) 3DS saw its fifth straight month of Y/Y growth.
    • Meanwhile, videogame software spending on console platforms rose 31% to $505.7M, and PC game software jumped 172% to $33.8M, thanks to "popular new games that included Battlefield 1, Mafia III, Gears of War 4, Titanfall 2 and Civilization VI," said Naji.
    • Individual games (ranked by dollar sales): Battlefield 1 (EA +1%) took the top spot, followed by Mafia III (TTWO +4.7%) and Gears of War 4 (NASDAQ:MSFT). FIFA 17 (NASDAQ:EA) was fourth and NBA 2K17 (NASDAQ:TTWO) fifth.
    • Rounding out the top 10: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Softworks), WWE 2K17 (TTWO), Civilization VI (TTWO), Titanfall 2 (EA) and Madden NFL 17 (EA).
    | Thu, Nov. 17, 7:01 PM | 15 Comments
  • Thu, Nov. 17, 7:50 AM
    • Citing opportunity in cloud computing, analyst Heather Bellini boosts Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) to Buy from Neutral. She lifts the price target to $68 from $60, suggesting 14% upside from yesterday's close.
    • Shares +1.6% premarket to $60.59.
    | Thu, Nov. 17, 7:50 AM | 16 Comments