The company has stated that it is has funded the Google Transparency Project, which according to its website, "is a research initiative of the Campaign for Accountability, a 501(c)3 project that uses research, litigation and aggressive communications to expose how decisions made behind the doors of corporate boardrooms and government offices impact Americans' lives."
In other words, the Google Transparency Project is run by Campaign for Accountability. (There are a lot of twists and turns here, which is broken down quite well, here). The latter does not reveal its donors. However, it did not need to in this case.
As Oracle senior VP Ken Glueck reportedly told Fortune, "Oracle is absolutely a contributor."
Of course, Oracle and Google aren't exactly best pals, as Oracle pushes to overturn a recent $9 billion copyright lawsuit. Google prevailed in the most recent ruling.
Shares of Oracle closed at $41.32 Friday, up 0.4%.
Tom Wheeler is not happy about pre-recorded robocalls. He's the head of the FCC and he wants something done about it.
So he's got to be pleased with the Robocall Strike Force, a group that will be responsible for trying to do something -- anything! -- about these types of phone calls.
Wheeler says it's the top complaint the FCC receives each year from Americans. Not only are they annoying, he reasons, but it's "rife with fraud and identity theft."
Thankfully, there's some good company on this task force. The group will meet at least twice a week for the next two months and includes representatives from AT&T (T) - Get AT&T Inc. Report , Verizon (VZ) - Get Verizon Communications Inc. Report , Sprint (S) - Get SENTINELONE, INC. Report , Apple (AAPL) - Get Apple Inc. (AAPL) Report , Nokia, Samsung (SSNLF) , Alphabet, and L-3 Communications (LLL) - Get L3 Technologies Inc Report , among the more than 30 companies involved.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson will help lead the charge. For now, the plan is for the strike force to report to the FCC before October 19th. At that time, the goal is for the #RobocallBattlers to have solutions in place.
Shares of AT&T closed at $41.01 Friday, down 0.9%.
Shares of Samsung have been red-hot this year, churning out gains of 33%. The stock hit a new all-time high in South Korea on Thursday when it gained roughly 5%. On Friday, the stock powered to another new all-time high, closing at 1,675,000 won, up more than 2% on the day.
This severely trumps Apple's gain of less than 4%. In fact, had investors bought Samsung a year ago and shorted Apple, they would be sitting pretty, as Samsung has gained 47% while Apple has slipped 5%.
So much of the market is sentiment-driven. Not many would have wanted to short Apple last year, going into the second half of 2015.
And since so much of the market is driven by sentiment, part of the stock's recent rally could be due to the Galaxy Note 7, which is goes on sale Friday in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Australia, Korea, New Zealand, among others.
Samsung is hoping to garner market share in the U.S., something that some believe could happen if Apple underwhelms consumers with a its new iPhone next month.
Shares of Apple closed at $109.36 Friday, up 0.3%.
This article is commentary by an independent contributor. At the time of publication, the author held no positions in the stocks mentioned.