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  • Microsoft buying Nokia's Devices & Services unit, licensing IP for $7.17B [View news story]
    There are not that many in Finland anymore. The people that are still there are R & D, etc. which they want to keep short / mid-term anyway.
    Sep 3, 2013. 12:58 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft buying Nokia's Devices & Services unit, licensing IP for $7.17B [View news story]
    tftf, you are absolutely correct. The feature phones are probably just something MSFT wants to keep around just to get the mind share of the users while they are preparing an ultra-cheap Windows phone. I predict MSFT will aggressively cut prices now to gain shares in the market place, especially in the enterprise space. I don't care what NOK PPS does tomorrow, I'm shorting BBRY.
    Sep 3, 2013. 12:49 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft buying Nokia's Devices & Services unit, licensing IP for $7.17B [View news story]
    I'll go short at that level. The deal provides breathing room for NOK short term. Mid-term, they have no catalyst for growth. Do you trust the board with that extra cash? What would they do with it?
    Sep 3, 2013. 12:41 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft buying Nokia's Devices & Services unit, licensing IP for $7.17B [View news story]
    They probably can't agree on the price. The Feature phone is probably a condition that NOK imposes on MSFT. I mean seriously what would NOK do with the feature phones?
    Sep 3, 2013. 12:35 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft buying Nokia's Devices & Services unit, licensing IP for $7.17B [View news story]
    Good deal for both parties.
    Sep 2, 2013. 11:56 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ballmer retiring within 12 months, Microsoft +8.1% premarket [View news story]
    Bill Gates back?
    Aug 23, 2013. 09:08 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Vringo (VRNG +5.5%) spikes higher after announcing the USPTO has affirmed the validity of its '420 patent, which is one of two patents being asserted in its legal battle with Google, AOL, and others, following a reexamination. Google requested the patent be reexamined in May '12. The USPTO had previously made initial rulings rejecting the validity of the patent. (PR[View news story]
    Is this final, final? Can GOOG appeal? I think it still can?
    Jul 24, 2013. 02:31 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • iOS 7's (AAPL) support for physical game controllers should worry home console vendors (MSFT, SNE, NTDOY.PK), thinks BGR's Jonathan S. Geller. A combo of iOS game controllers, high-speed 802.11ac Wi-Fi links, and Apple's AirPlay tech for the wireless mirroring of an iOS display on a TV (via Apple TV) could replicate a console experience at a lower cost, while also allowing gameplay to be continued on an iPhone/iPad away from home. For now, home consoles maintain a decent graphics quality edge. But mobile processors are quickly narrowing the gap. Nvidia's (NVDA) Shield Android handheld console also supports TV mirroring. [View news story]
    The people who can afford an iPhone can afford any console and content. MSFT actually has the best theoretical advantage in this use case, as they own the end-to-end experience, from phone to cloud to Xbox. They have trouble executing though
    Jun 23, 2013. 05:08 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Stocks That Benefit From Rising Interest Rates [View article]
    Strange article. I was expecting life-co's, and such, not expecting tech companies at all.
    Jun 21, 2013. 03:09 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Vringo (VRNG) subsidiary I/P Engine settles with Microsoft (MSFT) to resolve patent litigation pending in federal court. Shares +11.9% premarket. (PR[View news story]
    That 5% clause creates so much uncertainty. I wonder what those 6 patents are. Maybe MSFT is overtly attacking GOOG (and others) via VRNG.... this is so fun to watch.
    May 30, 2013. 09:33 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Backing up scoops from The Verge and Eurogamer, the WSJ reports Microsoft (MSFT) has developed prototypes for a cheap set-top "for streaming video and other entertainment options." Past reports have suggested Xbox Live and casual gaming support will be part of the package. Microsoft is keen to extend Xbox Live's living room clout, which has grown considerably in recent years - a large portion of Live's 46M+ user base already spend more time consuming music/video content than playing online games. (Xbox tablet rumor) (Xbox Live shows[View news story]
    They want to make sure the content is age appropriate. If you have young kids, you would appreciate that.
    May 10, 2013. 12:49 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apparently behind the mid-afternoon drop in the S&P 500 (SPY) (a not insignificant 10 points), the soaring dollar (UUP), and sinking commodities (GLD, USO) was the rumor of a Jon Hilsenrath article set to hit the WSJ claiming "tapering" of asset purchases is coming sooner rather than later. Thus far, nothing is up. [View news story]
    Lake, you are talking about the market, while Tack talks about the economy. The market is driven by the fundamentals (economy), but also by liquidity. When the punch bowl is taken away, there will be effects on the market. There is no doubt about that. For example, AAPL, MSFT, etc won't be able to borrow cheaply to pay dividends / buy back, which means their share prices will drop. Without the cheap money, investors won't buy house in bulks, which will affect the builders, the mortgage service, etc.
    May 9, 2013. 06:37 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Suncor Energy (SU): Q1 EPS of C$0.90 beats by C$0.15. (PR[View news story]
    Nope, the estimated EPS is .75 or .74, so it indeed misses. The estimated EPS is net, not ops. Having said that, there are some one-time items that affects the net, so the result is actually not bad.
    Apr 30, 2013. 12:11 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Suncor Energy (SU): Q1 EPS of C$0.90 beats by C$0.15. (PR[View news story]
    Net earning is indeed C$0.72
    Apr 30, 2013. 12:02 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple (AAPL): FQ2 EPS of $10.09 beats by $0.02. Revenue of $43.6B (+11% Y/Y) beats by $1.1B. 37.4M iPhones, 19.5M iPads, just under 4M Macs. Expects FQ3 revenue of $33.5B-$35.5B, below $39.3B consensus. Buyback increased by $50B. Shares halted. CC at 5PM ET (webcast). (PR[View news story]
    But that is like a 25% ROI. We know a "hit" product such as the iPhone/Pad returns much more than that. So, in effect, AAPL is saying they don't see another "killer" product soon.
    Apr 23, 2013. 10:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment