$WBMD (WebMD Health Corp.)

$WBMD {{ '2016-08-09T08:45:26+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

For 2016, $WBMD expects advertising and sponsorship revenue to be about $559-570MM, up 12-14% over 2015; health services revenue to be about $109-110MM; and information services revenue to be about $27-28MM.

$ACN {{ '2018-01-16T17:33:55+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$ACN has opened a new innovation hub in Boston’s Back Bay. The company plans to add 400 highly skilled technology jobs in Boston by the end of 2020, and to expand its US apprenticeship program to Boston. The Boston hub, the second of 10 new innovation hubs Accenture had announced last year, is designed for collaboration and ideation.

$AMZN {{ '2018-01-16T15:26:43+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Amazon Web Services, Inc., an $AMZN company, announced that Comcast Cable has selected AWS as its preferred public cloud infrastructure provider. Comcast Cable will expand its use of AWS by migrating material workloads and building new applications on AWS.

$ADS {{ '2018-01-16T15:16:53+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$ADS said average receivables for its Card segment totaled $17.7Bil for December, 2017. Net charge-offs came in at $86.8MM and net charge-offs as a percentage of average receivables came in at 5.9% for the month.

$ACN {{ '2018-01-12T12:28:01+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Accenture Ventures, a unit of professional services provider $ACN, has forged an ecosystem partnership with Microsoft Accelerator, a program designed for empowering start-ups, to strengthen the start-up ecosystem in India. Under the partnership, the companies will host various start-up events in India to engage with the country’s start-up network.

$AMZN {{ '2018-01-10T15:44:31+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AMZN announced the Virtual Dash Button Service (VDBS), an SDK that allows third parties to offer virtual Dash Buttons on their screened devices. Virtual Dash Buttons are shortcuts that allow Prime members to quickly find and reorder products from a selection of millions of eligible products.

$AMZN {{ '2018-01-10T15:44:18+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AMZN has added device makers including HP, Kenmore, 3M’s Filtrete brand, Epson, and Blustream to its Dash Replenishment program. Dash Replenishment enables smart, connected devices to measure supply consumption through inputs, including infrared and other sensor arrays. It then signals an automatic reorder of supplies before they run out.

$AMZN {{ '2018-01-10T14:30:13+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AMZN said more than 300,000 US-based small and medium-sized businesses joined the Amazon Marketplace in 2017 and SMBs on $AMZN sold billions of items to customers around the world. Half of the items sold on $AMZN are from SMBs, many of whom choose to use Fulfillment by Amazon. In 2017, FBA shipped billions of items for SMBs worldwide.

$ACN {{ '2018-01-10T13:47:37+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Expanding its digital services portfolio further, $ACN subsidiary Accenture Interactive signed an agreement to acquire German firm Mackevision, which provides immersive product content. The financial terms of the deal are not known. The buyout will help Accenture accelerate its ability to envision, create and operate XR solutions for its clients.

$ACN {{ '2018-01-09T15:24:28+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$ACN has appointed Eva Sage-Gavin as Senior Managing Director for Talent and Organization practice, effective immediately. She has held leadership positions at Gap, PepsiCo and Xerox. Most recently, Sage-Gavin served Boston Consulting Group as Senior Advisor and was a member of its CEO Advisory practice.

$ACN {{ '2018-01-08T15:12:49+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Professional services company $ACN has completed the acquisition of digital commerce agency Altima, expanding the capabilities of Accenture Interactive in various key markets including France, where Altima is headquartered. The company did not disclose the financial terms of the deal.

$WEX {{ '2018-01-05T11:51:32+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$WEX invited certain prospective lenders to a meeting scheduled for Jan. 8, 2018 for the purpose of considering potential amendments to its credit facility, including a repricing of the company’s existing $1.185Bil Term Loan B and a potential $100MM increase to its Term Loan B.

$ACN {{ '2018-01-05T11:44:36+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$ACN has signed a five-year agreement with automotive supplier Faureica, under which the companies will co-invest and work together to enhance innovation for mobility services. The focus areas of the partnership will be cognitive technologies to reinvent the on-board user experience and services to enhance health and wellness.

$WU {{ '2018-01-04T18:27:48+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$WU's subsidiary Western Union Financial Services, Inc. agreed to a consent order with the New York Department of Financial Services. This agreement resolves an investigation by NYDFS into deficiencies in compliance programs during 2004-2012. Under the terms, WUFSI will pay a total of $60MM to NYDFS to resolve violations of New York law.

$MSFT {{ '2018-01-04T15:19:52+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

As part of its Healthcare NExT initiative, $MSFT partnered with Seattle-based biotech firm Adaptive Biotechnologies. Microsoft and Adaptive will build a universal blood test that will screen a person's human immune system using the former's AI and machine learning technologies. Microsoft had invested an undisclosed amount for this partnership.

$MSFT {{ '2018-01-03T14:45:28+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$MSFT to acquire Pittsburgh-based data storage firm Avere Systems. The transaction terms were not disclosed. Microsoft believes that the addition of Avere Systems will add value to its cloud computing platform Azure and its customers. In March 2017, Avere closed a $14MM Series E funding in which $GOOG was one of the investors.

$AMZN {{ '2017-12-26T14:47:40+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AMZN celebrated its biggest holiday season. Prime membership continued to grow this holiday. In one week alone, more than 4MM people started Prime free trials or began paid memberships. More than 1Bil items were ordered from small businesses and entrepreneurs worldwide this season, with Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick being the top-selling products.

$EBAY {{ '2017-12-26T12:34:14+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$EBAY completes the acquisition of data analysis firm Terapeak, which was announced on Dec. 13th, 2017. The Terapeak team has joined eBay’s B2C Selling and Seller Experience groups.

$GOOG {{ '2017-12-22T12:16:53+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

“Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of the board of directors of $GOOG $GOOGL, has decided to step down. He will take up the role of Technical Advisor to the firm. Schmidt, who has been serving Alphabet for the past 17 years, will continue to serve on its Board. It is expected that the Board will appoint a non-executive chairman at the next meeting.”

$ACN {{ '2017-12-21T18:19:14+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$ACN plans to return about $4.3Bil to shareholders through dividends and share buybacks in FY18, and expects to reduce outstanding shares by 1%. With more acquisitions in the pipeline, Accenture expects FY18 to witness a 2.5-3% inorganic revenue contribution. According to the company, the US tax legislation will have minimal impact on its finances.

$ACN {{ '2017-12-21T17:44:12+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$ACN is strengthening its marketing capabilities by investing to scale intelligent marketing operations. AI is being incorporated increasingly into clients’ businesses across every function and process. The company expects to record a non-cash expense of up to $500MM in FY18, to reflect the impact of lower tax rates on its US deferred tax assets.

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