Wednesday Briefing: Microsoft Aims for Synergy with LinkedIn

June 15, 2016

Microsoft was on cloud nine yesterday after acquiring LinkedIn in its biggest acquisition ever. Now that it’s back down to reality, it has a lot of works to do. Synergy seems to be the keyword as the company is looking into how LinkedIn can be integrated into its business. If done right, the deal has a huge potential to boost the profits of both companies while expanding the user bases and accelerating innovations. If done wrong, it will be another Nokia bad call. Though both companies are still occupying the top spots on Sentifi Top Attentions list, but there are other important stories being shared as well. So read on.


1/ Microsoft: Focuses on the integration of LinkedIn [8,205 messages in the last 24h]

Coming off from the hype of the acquisition of LinkedIn, Microsoft has a lot to do, namely deciding which parts of LinkedIn’s business to be integrated into its own business and which not to. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is very cautious about this, evident in keeping Jeff Weiner as the CEO of LinkedIn. The company is not shy away from revealing it plans to integrate Office into LinkedIn, which has huge possibilities for cross-selling and synergies.

2/ LinkedIn Corp: Hopes it’s not another Nokia bad call [4,981 messages in the last 24h]

LinkedIn plays an important role in Microsoft’s focus on the business market. LinkedIn hopes to connect its network of 433 million professionals with Microsoft’s 1.2 billion Office users to boost growth, profits, and the pace of innovations that will benefit both user bases. And somewhere in that ambitious plan, both companies this deal won’t turn out to be a bad call.

3/ Government Bonds: Germany sees bond yields dip [1,353 messages in the last 24h]


Brexit fear has taken its toll of German 10-year yield as it drops to record low. (Bloomberg)

The concerns and jitters over the U.K.’s membership in the EU have finally got to German government bond as the yields of the bond have dipped below zero for the very first time as investors are searching for safe havens.





4/ G4S: Reveals difficulties regarding limited liability [1,050 messages in the last 24h]

G4S has been put under question about its inability to establishing liability against employers. Companies cannot just suspend or fire an employee unless specific threats have been made. In a way, G4S couldn’t have done anything because Orlando gunman Omar Mateen did not make any threats while working for the firm, hence the firm’s inability to help him.

5/ Sony: Continues making E3 headlines [897 messages in the last 24h]

Sony’s VR headset is making waves at E3, wowing showgoers with a strong game lineup. (Sony)

Sony has wowed the crowd at E3 with a strong lineup of games and cemented its strong support for virtual reality with a flurry of announcements regarding its VR headset. When the headset launches this October, there will be a handful of games coming out on the same day to offer the users the richest VR experience possible.





6/ Symantec: Shares continue to rise following acquisition [634 messages in the last 24h]

Symantec shares increased 3.08% yesterday as the reception surrounding Blue Coat acquisition has been positive. The acquisition will help the company save $150 million, in addition to $400 million annual expense savings, and tap the increasingly competitive security market. And that may help both companies fare better than operating alone.

7/ Daetwyler Holding: Acquires an U.K. company ahead of EU referendum [486 messages in the last 24h]

The Swiss company Daetwyler defies worries over a potential Brexit and acquires the British electronics distributor Premier Farnell for $1.1 billion. Daetwyler aims to generate more savings due to the complementary product ranges from both companies. Premier Farnell shares soared more than 50%, but Daetwyler shares went down 1.4%.

8/ Premier Farnell: Another British tech company acquired by a foreign firm [483 messages in the last 24h]

Premier Farnell is the maker of the U.K.’s best-selling computer, the Raspberry Pi computers, and now it belongs to Switzerland’s Daetwyler Holding in a deal worth $1.1 billion. The computer’s creator won’t cash in on the deal as he doesn’t hold shares in the company. Premier Farnell is owned by a charity, and its profits go into teaching people how to code.

9/ Jack Ma: Quoted out of context [482 messages in the last 24h]

Jack Ma became the subject of a controversy about fake goods as Alibaba Group claimed he was quoted out of context.

Some newspapers, including CNN, quoted Jack Ma saying “Chinese-manufactured fake products are just as good — if not better — than the real deal.” Alibaba Group then clarified that its CEO got quoted out of context. What Ma really meant was the phenomenon of the products made by Chinese manufacturers sold on Alibaba at a lower prices compared to the real one, but the quality is the same. He urged that the case was worth studying.



10/ Sovereign Bonds: Falls across the board due to Brexit fear [399 messages in the last 24h]

The yields of 10-year bond fall in Japan, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. In Germany, the yields dropped below zero for the first time. In Japan, they fell to an unprecedented level of minus 0.175%, while they fell to new lows in Australia and New Zealand.


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