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Cisco To Aquire Luxtera for $660 Million

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For quite some time, the challenge for data engineers and scientists in the field was to design technology that would allow for more data to be stored by companies, and subsequently consumers. I remember when a 256mb flash drive, about one-fourth of a gigabyte, cost $40 at every office supply store, but this would soon change. Nowadays, the amount of data stored on global networks and $40 flash drives is increasing at an aggressive rate. In terms of storage, we’re way past the point of storing data gigabyte by gigabyte, we’ve ascended to needing to support petabytes (1000^5 bytes) and exabytes (1000^6 bytes). With all this data flying around, the question is no longer can we store the information, but rather can our network equipment transmit the data we use over distances, and who can engineer devices that expedite this process? 

If I’ve already lost you amid the sea of tech jargon, bare with me. When you send an email containing a file (photo, excel spreadsheet, document), it usually takes longer the more data you try to send off, because the computer is compressing all that data into a format that will fit on the email. Presently, network equipment manufacturers are trying to increase data transmission speeds to get your email, chock full of large files and data, where it needs to go in as seamless a process as possible. This need for faster data transmission via network solutions has grown into a sub-sect of the tech industry that investors in the space have shifted their much of their attention towards, leading companies in the space to look into acquisitions to make themselves more competitive in the market. 

Already a leader in the networking equipment department of the tech sector, Cisco (CSCO), over the last several months, has explored several options for finding a solution for the world’s growing data networking issues, ultimately deciding that an acquisition would be the best course of action. On Tuesday, Cisco (CSCO) announced its intent to acquire Luxtera, Inc for $660 million in an all-cash deal.  

“Our customers are looking to address the unrelenting demand for more bandwidth driven by an emerging class of distributed cloud, mobility, and IoT applications. That’s why today we announced our intent to acquire Luxtera, Inc., a privately held semiconductor company that uses silicon photonics technology to build integrated optics capabilities for web-scale and enterprise data centers, service provider market segments, and other customers. Luxtera’s technology, design, and manufacturing innovation significantly improves performance and scale while lowering costs.” 

Rob Salvagno, Vice President for Corporate Business Development, Cisco 

Simply put, photonics use light to move large chunks of information (data) at faster speeds over further distances through the use of fiber optic cables. Even more simply put, Cisco (CSCO) acquired Luxtera because their photonics technology will help Cisco (CSCO) and its customers efficiently transmit large amounts of data. Typically other equipment is needed to turn light (photons) from fiber optics cables into the electronic signals needed to run computers, but Luxtera told several media sources that designing and manufacturing a high volume of chips that can accomplish this task will be fairly simple. 

Cisco (CSCO) has been struggling recently to stay relevant in the tech sector as the industrywide trend towards open-source software and technologies have become the new normal. As one of the leading manufacturers of physical hardware for networking, Cisco’s (CSCO) investment into Luxtera will hopefully give the company a competitive edge in a market which is hot for sleek, efficient, and cheap data transmission solutions. 

“While much of the recent focus has been on our software transition, it goes without saying that world-class hardware, it goes without saying  that world-class hardware, coupled with our investment in silicon and optics, is at the hear of our Intent-Based Networking strategy…”

Rob Salvagno, Vice President for Corporate Business Development, Cisco 

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How Should You Trade ROKU Stock Amid Growing Streaming Business

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Roku Inc (NASDAQ:ROKU) has been one of the best growth stocks to own in the market for a considerable period of time. Much of that is due to the business decisions made by the company in recent years.

Video Streaming Platform

The company gets most of its revenues from its video streaming platform and also makes devices for the same purpose. The devices are generally sold at around the cost of making them and Roku derives income from the advertising displayed there.

The device and advertising model has proven to be highly rewarding for the company. In a new development, it has emerged that the company is now eyeing European expansion.

Roku is already established in the United States and seven other countries in the region. On Friday, the company released Roku TVs in the United Kingdom. From this week, the Hisense Roku TV will be available for purchase in the U.K. and it is a timely move considering the fact that the holiday shopping season is going to kick in soon.

Is Growth A Big Target For ROKU?

The TV is equipped with the Roku operating system and will allow the company to earn through advertising. It is a significant move in the company’s history and if it can gain a foothold in the growing European market, then it could prove to be a masterstroke in the long term.

Over the past few years, Roku has enjoyed staggering levels of growth in the United States and experts believe that it could just be the start of the company’s growth explosion. An analyst at William Blair stated that he expects the company to generate a similar sort of growth when it eventually expands into the lucrative international market.

Streaming may be still a relatively new industry but it is growing fast and as Roku has already demonstrated, there is a lot of demand for ad-supported streaming devices. Investors and market watchers will be following its performance in the U.K. quite closely.

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The Streaming Video War: Who Are The Real Winners?

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The ‘streaming wars’ are well underway in November with the launch of Apple’s Apple TV+ and then Disney’s Disney+ last week. The two corporate behemoths have finally entered the fray in an industry that had been dominated by Netflix for as long as it existed.

The competition between these three companies is definitely going to have a profound impact on how millions of people spend their leisure time on a daily basis. Here is a look at some of the important takeaways from the early days of the two new streaming platforms.

Content is King

As everyone knows, content is the most important factor when it comes to the popularity of streaming platforms and in that regard, Disney is way ahead of Apple. It goes without saying that Disney has an enviable archive, having been in the entertainment business for decades. On the other hand, Apple currently offers a few adult and children’s shows, in addition to a documentary on nature.

That being said, it should be noted that Apple’s service costs $4.99 a month, while Disney is offering a plethora of content for only $6.99. It is also important to note that Disney already has content that has an emotional connect with the masses, like Star Wars. On the other hand, Apple has failed to connect with consumers in such a way.

Do Content Providers Stand To Benefit?

According to an article published on Reuters the global video streaming market was valued at $26.27 billion in 2015 and is expected to reach $83.41 billion by 2022 growing at a CAGR of 17.9% from 2015 to 2022. Apple, Disney, Netflix, Amazon, NBC, Hulu & more are all competing within the global video streaming market and they all need the same thing… new & original content. Massive demand may create a huge opportunity for companies like Fearless Films (FERL).

Fearless Films is an independent full-service production company. This is the exact type of company that can benefit from what could become one of the biggest cash grabs in entertainment history and here’s why. You’ve likely heard of the big production houses: Warner Bros, DreamWorks, Red Crown Productions and others who benefited from big deals with streaming companies.

It isn’t just Netflix who’s flexing billions in content budgets, Apple, Amazon, Disney, NBC, Roku – the list goes on. These are huge entertainment distributors who are now fighting for one thing… Where you spend your waking hours streaming entertainment.

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And Content Is Still Scarce

The sheer volume of content on Disney Plus will ensure that customers stay on the platform but Apple’s frugal offerings offer no such scope. On the other hand, Disney’s The Mandalorian has already garnered a loyal fan following and the internet is awash with memes about one of the characters. Such viral popularity can always lead to more subscriptions and in that regard; Disney seems to have started its streaming journey very strongly.

Another important thing to point out with regards to these two platforms is that unlike Netflix, they do not drop all episodes at one go. That can often create more hype with regards to popular shows and it remains to be seen what effect it has on the streaming industry at large.

Last but not least, Disney announced that it has already garnered 10 million sign-ups. However, such data should be taken with a pinch of salt since many may have signed up for the one-week free trial. The ‘paying customers’ data is perhaps the more important metric.

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Defense Stocks in Focus This Week

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While Many Watch Marijuana Stocks, Defense Gets Another Push

It is a well-known fact that the United States has the biggest defense budget in the world and the budget rises every year. That’s is why defense stocks are almost always in demand. These are companies that often win mega contracts from the American government and are immune from the volatile swings of the market.

Even if the economic situation is weak, the government will continue to spend on defense. Therefore these stocks are so attractive for investors. Here is a look at three penny stocks that are worth tracking at this point in time.

Liberty Defense Holdings (SCAN.V) (LDDFF)

There have been more mass shootings this year in the United States than there have been days in the year. Over 330 mass shootings [1], to be exact. This is becoming a huge issue that is costing precious lives and could see billions of dollars spent to fix this situation.

Liberty Defense (TSX: SCAN.V) (OTC: LDDFF) plans to address this issue using HEXWAVE, a next-generation high-tech security scanning system. It will use advanced, low-power radar, 3D-imaging, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to screen people at public gatherings such as sports games, unobtrusively. The company itself has been making paramount progress this quarter.

Most recently the company signed a collaboration agreement with Port Tampa Bay to beta test HEXWAVE. Between the years 2007 and 2017, total cruise ship passenger capacity grew by 25 percent in North America, with the following 10 years estimated to see a further 41 percent increase, according to a 2017 report. So this move could prove to be well-timed for a company like Liberty Defense (TSX: SCAN.V) (OTC: LDDFF).

Also, keep in mind that they’ve also got agreements in place with FC Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena in Germany, Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Maryland Stadium Authority’s Camden Yards Complex, and in the state of Utah. There’s also projects with the Virginia Division of Capitol Police, in Sleiman shopping centers, in a Hindu temple, in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, in Toronto Pearson International Airport, and with the University of Wisconsin Police Department. To say that they’ve laid the groundwork may be an understatement and results of these beta tests are highly anticipated by the company.

Air Industries Group (AIRI)

The first defense stock to consider is that of Air Industries Group Inc (NYSEAMERICAN:AIRI). The company is involved in aerospace and defense space. Air is best known for manufacturing, designing and selling products that are meant for flight safety. The Air stock has done particularly well this year and has soared by as much as 65% thus far. It is important to point out that Air counts some of the biggest names in the industry among its clients.

Products made by the company are currently used in Sikorsky’s UH-60 Black Hawk, Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Northrop Grumman’s E2 Hawkeye, Boeing’s 777, Airbus’ 380 commercial airliners, and the US Navy F-18 and USAF F-16 fighter aircraft. It also supplies equipment for different United States State Department Branches. It goes without saying that this is a stock that should be tracked closely.

Astrotech Corp (ASTC)

The other defense stock that should be in investors’ watch lists is that of Astrotech Corp (NASDAQ:ASTC). On November 14, it emerged that a product made by the company’s subsidiary 1st Detect has been chosen to conduct live screening at Miami International Airport by the U.S.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The product in question is TRACER 1000 and ever since the announcement was made, there has been an impressive rally in the Astrotech stock. That stock rallied by as much as 80% in one day.

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