$BCOR (Blucora, Inc.)

$BCOR {{ '2016-03-15T12:48:36+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Financial solutions company $BCOR said it has appointed John S. Clendening as President and CEO, and member of the BoD, effective April 4, 2016. Mr. Clendening previously worked at Charles Schwab & Co and has also held leadership positions with companies such as eMac Digital LLC and First Union Corporation.

$AMZN {{ '2018-01-18T15:01:32+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AMZN has chosen 20 metropolitan areas as proposed locations for HQ2, its second headquarters. These are Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Montgomery County, Nashville, Newark, New York City, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Toronto and Washington DC.

$AMZN {{ '2018-01-18T15:01:17+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AMZN reviewed 238 proposals from across the US, Canada, and Mexico to host HQ2, its second headquarters in North America. The company has chosen 20 metropolitan areas for the next phase of the process. $AMZN expects to make a decision in 2018. The company plans to invest over $5Bil and create as many as 50,000 jobs at HQ2.

$AMZN {{ '2018-01-17T19:47:26+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AMZN said Amazon Music Unlimited will become available in Australia and New Zealand starting February 1, giving users access to a catalogue of more than 45MM songs and hundreds of playlists and personalised stations. New subscribers can sign up for a free 90-day trial of Amazon Music Unlimited for a limited time.

$HRB {{ '2018-01-16T22:37:25+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$HRB and $WMT announced that $HRB will be the exclusive DIY desktop tax software provider available at Walmart stores nationwide, and sold directly by Walmart on walmart.com. This partnership makes the DIY products more convenient for clients to purchase, and prepare their taxes and get their maximum tax refund.

$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.

$SSNC {{ '2018-01-11T17:27:37+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$SSNC agreed to buy $DST. $SSNC expects $150MM of run-rate cost savings annually, achieved by 2020. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to its adjusted EPS before synergies, and is expected to result in mid-teens earnings growth in 2019.

$SSNC {{ '2018-01-11T17:26:17+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$SSNC agreed to buy $DST in an all-cash transaction for $84 per share plus assumption of debt, equating to an enterprise value of about $5.4Bil. $SSNC plans to fund the acquisition and refinance existing debt with a combination of debt and equity. Both $SSNC's and $DST's BoD have approved the transaction, and it is expected to close by 3Q18.

$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.

$DOV {{ '2018-01-09T19:40:27+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$DOV has acquired Ettlinger Kunststoffmaschinen GmbH and its affiliated entities, based in Germany. Ettlinger, a filtering solutions manufacturer, will become part of the Maag business unit within $DOV’s Fluids segment. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Ettlinger's annual revenue was approx. EUR16MM in 2017.

$NCI {{ '2018-01-08T14:15:40+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Professional services firm $NCI has appointed Claiborne Porter as Managing Director and head of investigations. Porter, a former supervisor and trial attorney with the US Department of Justice, had served as Acting Principal Deputy Chief of the agency’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section.

$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.

$AMZN {{ '2017-12-20T16:49:39+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AMZN announced the launch of Mozilla Firefox and Amazon Silk browsers on all Amazon Fire TV devices in over 100 countries and territories. This gives customers access to popular sites such as Facebook, Twitter, news sites, video sharing services, and other sports, and entertainment content in addition to the existing movies and TV shows.

$NCI {{ '2017-12-20T14:47:12+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$NCI promoted 8 professionals to managing directors. Matthew Brown, Dennis Butts, Virginia Campbell, Christopher Kalkhof, Eric Snyder, John Stearns has been promoted to Healthcare. Tim O'Neal Lorah has been promoted to Financial Services Advisory and Compliance. Nathaniel Huber-Fliflet has been promoted to Disputes, Forensics, and Legal Technology.

$LC {{ '2017-12-20T12:22:44+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Credit management company $LC has appointed Patty McCord to its board of directors, effective immediately. She has served $NFLX for about 14 years in various capacities, including Chief Talent Officer. McCord’s areas of expertise include staffing, communications and international human resource.

$AMZN {{ '2017-12-19T13:51:50+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AMZN's Amazon Web Services, Inc. launched the AWS EU (Paris) Region. With this launch, AWS now provides 49 Availability Zones across 18 technology infrastructure regions globally with another 12 Availability Zones and four regions in Bahrain, Hong Kong SAR, Sweden, and a second AWS GovCloud Region in the US expected to come online by early 2019.

$LOW {{ '2017-12-19T13:43:53+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

In an effort to improve digital experience for home improvement customers, $LOW has named Vikram Singh as SVP, Chief Digital Officer, effective Jan. 4, 2018. Singh joins Lowe's most recently from $AMZN and brings extensive experience across product strategy, engineering, marketing, business development, operations and user experience design.

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