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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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To: richardred who wrote (4047)1/24/2018 1:30:27 PM
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TG-Tredegar Corporation Added shares back today after a long break.


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To: richardred who wrote (4212)1/26/2018 12:47:47 PM
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I re-entered LWAY today sub 8. Although a small company. IMO it has grown enough in sales scale (over 100 mill.) to be hypothetically digestible appealing. Health consciousnesses is still in vogue among food companies. Danone ready to scale up Kefir after the big drink? Maybe a way for the Smolyansky family to exit quietly and see the brand grow faster exponentially in time? This while receiving a big cash out paycheck in return.
Sold LWAY today for a nice profit for re-deployment elsewhere. Danone made a big move. IMO a less likely target by them now.
Danone (BN) To Acquire WhiteWave Foods (WWAV) For Over $12 Billion.

ibtimes.com

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To: richardred who wrote (4700)1/29/2018 8:03:20 AM
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Back to Back Merger Mondays


Dr Pepper Snapple and Keurig Green Mountain to Merge, Creating a Challenger in the Beverage Industry with a World-Class Portfolio of Iconic Brands and an Unrivaled Nationwide Distribution Capability
Combined Brand Portfolio Will Have Strong Exposure to Faster Growing Beverage Categories and an Ability to Reach Consumers Across Virtually All Retail Channels and Points of Consumption

Keurig Dr Pepper Will Have Approximately $11 Billion in Combined Pro Forma Revenues

Dr Pepper Snapple Shareholders to Receive $103.75 Per Share in a Special Cash Dividend and Retain 13% of the Combined Company.


businesswire.com

Wake up and smell the coffee. GMCR goes down today. KO will have money to spend they own 40%. It may generate a little interest in my burnt roast JVA today.

Keurig to Be Acquired by JAB-Led Group for $13.9 Billionhttp://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-12-07/keurig-to-be-bought-by-jab-led-investor-group-for-13-9-billion
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Sanofi beats Novo to buy Ablynx for $4.8 billion in biotech M&A boom

reuters.com

Will Novo escalate or move on. Seems like a takeout blow by Sanofi.
RE-ANIK Speculation - Ties to a leader into diabetes care.

Hyaluronic acid has also been used in the synthesis of biological scaffolds for wound-healing applications. These scaffolds typically have proteins such as fibronectin attached to the hyaluronan to facilitate cell migration into the wound. This is particularly important for individuals with diabetes suffering from chronic wounds

Novo Nordisk's new CEO turns to deals to help revive growth
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WestRock Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire KapStone for $35 per Share

globenewswire.com

My bread and butter field, packaging. Amazon needs many boxes to ship much of their product. Is there any besides me that has a bunch of empty Amazon boxes in their garage?

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To: richardred who wrote (4692)1/29/2018 9:16:48 AM
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Will Coke now make a move after JAB/Dr.PepperSnapple? Ironically Coke on the NYSE opening bell. Monster Beverage has been in the limelight for a possible KO acquisition. However the speculative appeal of CPB has gone up a notch now. Coke might be motivated as JAB owns consumer retail food restaurants. Pepsi spun off it's restaurant business (YUM Brands)as IMO it was a conflict of interest with it franchisees. Can anybody but me imagine what appeal impact a Campbell's soup kitchen restaurant concept might have? IMO lower consumer scale than Panera Bread. However plenty of healthier snacks to stock and offer. Soups and healthier beverages if this hypothetical could happen?

IMO Today's Coke- Earnings disappoint up the speculative appeal of LNCE. IMO Pepsi needs a strong competitor in salty snacks. They already have their hands on Monster & GMCR. Just maybe the need to swallow a pretzel? I can see Warren Buffett right now having a bowl of pretzels with his Coke at a bridge game.
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From: The Ox1/29/2018 10:22:07 AM
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(Reuters) - Keurig Green Mountain Inc will buy soda maker Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc ( DPS.N) in a deal worth more than $21 billion, bringing the world’s biggest single-serve coffee brand, K-Cup, and beverages such as 7UP, Snapple and Sunkist under one roof.

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From: richardred1/29/2018 10:26:44 AM
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New buy today ASYS- Amtech Systems. I like the solar part of the business. More solar MFG back to the US?

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