We note a couple of things that caught our eye heading into the holiday weekend.
There have been a number of insider sales at Facebook this month, but we’ll stick to this week so far. Here are the sales: [more]
Will the auctioneer become the next item up for auction?
Daniel Loeb’s Third Point disclosed a 5.7% stake in Sotheby’s today in an SEC filing. There appears to be some activist intentions behind the “investment purposes” it disclosed as the purpose behind the transaction. [more]
SunEdison to separate into two independent companies to focus on solar business.
SunEdison is a manufacturer of semiconductors and solar panels and develops solar power plants. SunEdison announced it would sell a minority interest in the semiconductor business and use the money to promote the solar business. Each company would be run separately, with more details to follow later this year. [more]
LinkedIn recently filed its June 30 Form 10-Q. We did not find too many earth-shattering revelations in the filing, but one thing caught our eye. In its risk factor relating to mobile devices, LinkedIn is now discussing the launch of its products as occurring in the past, rather than pending launches of new products. We will continue to monitor LinkedIn’s performance and the direct effect of mobile devices on its business. [more]
Showing the opposite trajectory of Zynga, Facebook amended its credit arrangements with its bankers to provide additional flexibility in its use of the proceeds of the loans. [more]
Shorter term investors looking for a quick exit now eligible to vote on the Michael Dell/Silver Lake buyout.
The much-discussed Dell buyout previous had a record date of June 3, meaning you had to be a stockholder on that day to vote on the deal. When opposition to the deal arose, Dell moved the meeting date back to try to garner support. [more]
Tough. The SEC granted an extension of the confidential period.
In May 2010, Facebook and Zynga entered into a developer agreement that, among other things, permitted Facebook to post ads on Zynga game pages, implemented Facebook Credits on Zynga games and generally agreed to work together on technical issues. Since it also dealt with revenue issues, they added their Ireland entities as parties, presumably for tax reasons. [more]
Three execs coincidentally leave to pursue other interests as CEO announces organizational shake up. Maybe they need more time with their families as well.
Zynga filed a Form 8-K today announcing the deparure of David Ko, the COO. According to a separation agreement (not filed), Ko gets four months of base salary plus a week for each year of service and a cash payment of $562,500. He also gets some health insurance premiums. [more]
As the worst VC firm in history (*cough*US Government*cough*) sees its portfolio dwindle again, one of the dwindlers may be preparing to raise some private money.
ECOtality, Inc. is a “green” energy company and, as such, is an esteemed recipient of federal government stimulus money. They make electric charging stations. [more]