Technology

 

The technology sector draws some of the most passionate interest from investors and market pundits. Advances in the technology industry are changing people's lives at an accelerated pace. Which investor does want to get in early on the next Salesforce, Google or Facebook?

 

Unfortunately, it seems the majority of articles published on sites like Seeking Alpha, Benzinga and others cover stocks already familiar to investors. There is no shortage of articles about Apple on a daily basis. Shotgun Investing will focus on solid articles and analyst reports on "off the radar" names within the sector that might develop into better known and immensely profitable companies in the future.

Cyber Security means different things to different people: for individuals, it can simply mean privacy; for companies it can mean the protection of sensitive information from malicious attacks or the compliance with regulatory requirements; for governments, it can mean the protection of state secrets from hackers or terrorists or espionage.

 

Ironically, the government is on both sides of the fence because on the one hand it needs to protect its own information and on the other, it needs to dig into other people’s information in the interest of national security or the furtherance of economic objectives.

But the nature of security is such that if anyone (including the government) can crack through your defenses, there’s always the fear that the intrusion won’t be the only one.

 

So in a very broad sense, cyber security refers to the security measures taken by individuals, firms and the government to ensure that data remains in the state intended and accessible to the people intended, including actions taken and policies adopted to protect the data itself as well as the devices, servers, buildings, etc. that house it.

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When it comes to social media juggernauts, Facebook (FB) is the undisputed king.

 

During its meteoric rise, the company simply steamrolled existing social media platforms, like MySpace, LiveJournal, and others that you probably don’t even remember now!

 

Even when Google (GOOGL) entered the fray with Google+, Facebook easily parried the threat with a simple weapon – its massive userbase.

 

When regular users wanted to reach friends, they went to Facebook because that’s where everyone was. And when companies wanted to reach more customers, they had to advertise on Facebook for the very same reason. Google+ couldn’t compete, and it’s now being unwound.

 

But Facebook still faces threats from other social media platforms, and the company knows it’s just as vulnerable to an attack from a hotter rival as MySpace was when Facebook first came along.

The difference is that Facebook is doing something about it…

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Summary

  • Second quarter confirmed business is accelerating.

  • Teladoc has pulled ahead of its competitors in size and reach.

  • User engagement improved but remains low.

  • Massive pipeline of growth opportunities, but shares trade at a high premium.

 

In July, Teladoc (NYSE:TDOC) became the first telehealth company to IPO in the US. The company provides on-demand healthcare via the Internet and is the first of its class to hit the exchanges.


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If you are a technology investor, especially in the semiconductor arena, it has been a very difficult year. A huge slowdown in personal computer sales, combined with currency headwinds and other issues, has made it a nightmare. In a new report, while Jefferies does not call for a full-fledged bull market in chips, the firm does think we may have finally seen, or at least be close to, a bottom.

 

The Jefferies team notes that although chips underperformed for the second quarter in a row, they see the group set to outperform the rest of the year and possibly into 2016, citing three huge items.