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To: richardred who wrote (4695)1/17/2018 11:45:54 AM
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The Nestles sale looks to be at the high end of expectations. IMO there must have been some competitive bidding for the unit. However Hershey most likely had to bow out because of it's more recent acquisition of 1.6 billion Amplify snacks.


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From: richardred1/19/2018 11:46:58 AM
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Some re-balancing today Sold some ASTE- Added to CTG.

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To: richardred who wrote (4679)1/19/2018 1:16:02 PM
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Bought some out the money SABR Leaps today.

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From: richardred1/22/2018 11:16:51 AM
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A Merger Monday. Mainly in the Bio-Pharma space.

Juno Therapeutics acquired by Celgene for $9B in dramatic deal for rising biotech star.
geekwire.com

Sanofi digs deep to buy U.S. hemophilia group Bioverativ for $11.6 billion
reuters.com

AIG to Acquire Validus for $5.56 Billion in Cash

businesswire.com

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To: richardred who wrote (4632)1/22/2018 11:38:05 AM
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Sold DLTH- A nice fast quick gain and re-deployment. This specialty Brick and mortar has had a nice rebound off it's low. The colder weather most likely helped with this one. ANF is also another that was left for dead and has bounced back smartly.

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To: richardred who wrote (4701)1/22/2018 11:39:14 AM
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Added some more SABR leaps today.

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To: richardred who wrote (4402)1/24/2018 10:16:48 AM
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Added to Rexx - Rex energy, today. NG price has been edging up.

P.S.
I'm more confident now Rex will survive.


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To: richardred who wrote (4668)1/24/2018 11:44:56 AM
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RE- BMS Speculation IMO The recent dollars decline has to help their Brazilian operations. I have till Apr. 20th to find out.

P.S. I guess I should more appropriately say. I'll find out by then if my investment will be in the toilet or a multibagger.



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To: richardred who wrote (4688)1/24/2018 12:22:32 PM
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Facebook acquires biometric ID verification startup Confirm.io

Posted 19 hours ago by Josh Constine ( @joshconstine)

Facebook has confirmed to TechCrunch that it’s acquired… Confirm.io. The startup offered an API that let other companies quickly verify someone’s government-issued identification card, like a driver’s license, was authentic. The Boston-based startup will shut down as both its team and technology are rolled into Facebook, where it could help users who are locked out of their accounts.

Confirm.io had raised at least $4 million from investors, including Cava Capital, since launching three years ago. The 2015 seed round funded advanced forensics used to pull information from an ID card, as well as mobile biometrics and facial recognition to confirm a person’s identity before the startup deleted the personal data.



Clients could quickly integrate the tech, which expedited on-demand startup staff onboarding. Food delivery service Doordash used Confirm.io to verify its drivers, while Notarize used it to authenticate the identity of customers looking to file documents.

The startup writes, “When we launched Confirm, our mission was to become the market’s trusted identity origination platform for which other multifactor verification services can build upon. Now, we’re ready to take the next step on our journey with Facebook. However, in the meantime this means all of our current digital ID authentication software offerings will be wound down.”


Confirm.io’s ID authentication feature

Facebook tells TechCrunch, “We are excited to welcome the Confirm team to Facebook. Their technology and expertise will support our ongoing efforts to keep our community safe.”


Facebook tests selfie-to-unlock feature

Facebook could potentially use the technology to have people confirm their identities if they’re locked out of their accounts after being hacked or losing their password. Back in September we spotted Facebook testing a feature that let you unlock your account using a selfie. And since at least 2013, Facebook has let people mail in a copy of their photo ID or other identity verification materials in order to regain access to their account.

Because this is a full acquisition, not just an acqui-hire, Confirm.io’s team and tech could help Facebook strengthen and streamline these options. And one day, perhaps Facebook could even serve as your ID card in some situations. Face ID on the iPhone X could eventually be opened to third parties to power more biometric security across apps. With our keys and payment cards becoming digitized and part of our phone, the ID card is really the last reason you have to carry an old-school wallet.

techcrunch.com

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To: richardred who wrote (4547)1/24/2018 12:44:10 PM
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Sold some MNTX today for some portfolio re-balancing.. Still long and leaps

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