Potential Dangers: Twitter and Fake News
Twitter (TWTR) is considering rolling out a feature that could empower its users to report misleading or deceitful news stories, according to a Washington Post report.
Why Investors Are Watching Twitter’s Audience
Monthly active users Investors are on high alert as Twitter’s (TWTR) 3Q17 release approaches. Last quarter, Twitter failed to grow its audience base meaningfully, and going by how the market reacted to the report, investors were not impressed. Twitter went into 2Q17 with 328 million MAUs (monthly active users), and it came out of the quarter […]
A Look at Twitter’s Stock Analysis
Twitter reported earnings per share of -$0.70 in 2017, while its EPS for 2018 is forecast to be $0.40.
Has Europe’s GDPR Law Affected Google’s Ad Business?
The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (or GDPR) came into force on May 25.
Twitter Works to Ban Abusive Speech
Twitter (TWTR) is gearing up to tighten rules to foster healthier conversations on its platform and curb toxic speech.
Becoming Profitable Is High on Snap’s Agenda
Snap, which went public in March 2017, looks focused on accelerating its path to profitability.
The Sound of Crickets at Twitter: Why It’s Lost Momentum
Twitter’s momentum fades suddenly While Twitter (TWTR) appeared to be pulling up its socks earlier this year when it reported an increase in its number of regular subscribers, a closely watched metric for social media companies such as Twitter, Facebook (FB) and Snap (SNAP), it has not behaved well for investors recently. Twitter added 9.0 […]
How Much Revenue Is Facebook Earning from Advertising?
Facebook’s advertising business posted second-quarter revenues of $13.0 billion, which grew 42.0% year-over-year.
Election Over, Market Still Undecided
We know the nation is politically divided, and now the market is showing us its split personality as well.
Facebook’s Efforts to Appease Media Companies
Facebook (FB) is building a paywall tool that would allow publishers to charge for access to stories they publish on Instant Articles, according to the Wall Street Journal.
How Can Twitter Benefit with Encrypted Messages Feature?
After years of rumors of enabling an encrypted messaging feature, Twitter (TWTR) is finally testing a feature that will allow users to send end-to-end encrypted messages to other users.
Twitter’s Data Business Continues to Roar
In the wake of the Facebook (FB) privacy scandals earlier this year, Twitter (TWTR) had a bit of explaining to do.
Where Snap Won and Lost to the Competition in 4Q17
Snap (SNAP), the parent of photo-sharing app Snapchat, reported a significant improvement in revenue for 4Q17.
How Analysts Are Viewing Yelp
Of the 35 analysts covering Yelp (YELP), 13 have given it a “buy” recommendation, and four have recommended a “sell.”
Can Twitter Succeed in the Local Advertising Market?
As small- and medium-sized enterprises go online to bolster their customer exposure, the local advertising market is heating up with competition, and Twitter (TWTR) is one of the providers stoking the fire.
Twitter’s 2018 Spending Plan: What You Should Know
While in 2017, Twitter was focused on driving profit margin improvements, in 2018, driving growth is going to take the center stage.
Amazon’s Relative Strength and Analysts’ Recommendations
Of the 47 analysts covering Amazon (AMZN), 41 have given it “buy” recommendations, one has given it a “sell” recommendation, and five have given it “hold” recommendations.
Why Twitter Can Afford to Be Vague about ‘Fake News’
After rumors that Twitter (TWTR) was developing a feature that would be dedicated to combating “fake news,” the company came out to deny those claims.
Can Yelp Grow Its Share of This $23 Billion Industry?
Yelp’s acquisition of Nowait can be seen as another step to grow its portfolio of restaurant-oriented apps and get a larger share of digital advertising.
Facebook Turns to Civic Networking to Fight Fake News
Through Constituent Badges, one of the new features Facebook (FB) is rolling out in the US, people can identify themselves as residents of an elected representative’s district.
Despite Looking beyond Ads, GOOGL Isn’t Neglecting Core Business
Although the way Alphabet has been investing suggests that it’s preparing for a future beyond advertising, it isn’t neglecting its core business.
How CloudHealth Acquisition Could Drive VMware’s Cloud Business
VMware (VMW) bought start-up firm CloudHealth Technologies in October 2018.
Shedding Light on Snap’s ARPU after 2Q17
Snap stated that its worldwide ARPU for 2Q17 was $1.05, implying 109% growth over 2Q16.
Yelp Observes Changes in Restaurant Industry
In its latest economic outlook report, Yelp (YELP) stated that Charleston, South Carolina, recorded the fastest increase in the number of local businesses in 4Q17.
Facebook Begins Monetizing Its Classifieds Section
Facebook’s (FB) Marketplace product seems to have come of age, now contributing to the company’s top line.
Why Facebook Stock Fell 3.1% in February
Facebook (FB) fell 3.1% in February but has surged 27.7% on a year-to-date basis as of March 4.
Nokia to Repurchase 500 Million Shares
Nokia (NOK) intends to repurchase up to 500 million shares of its own stock in the coming months.
Acquisitions Bring Yelp Closer to Its Goal
Yelp’s overall revenues grew 24.4% in 1Q17 to $197.3 million.
What Could Snap and Pandora Achieve with a Partnership?
The partnership with Snapchat gives Pandora an opportunity to reach a larger audience, which could, in turn, expand its revenue opportunities.
Yelp Follows eBay’s Lead and Wants Google to Face the Music
In an attempt to expand and diversify its revenue sources, Yelp has introduced new paid subscription services aimed at businesses users.
Twitter Removes ~70 Million Bots, Trolls, and Abusive Accounts
Twitter’s CFO, Ned Segal, noted that the company’s recent purge was targeting fake accounts that hadn’t been active for more than a month.
What Awaits Facebook as Watch Goes Global?
Facebook (FB) is launching its Watch video service globally, with the move coming one year after the service debuted in the United States.
Facebook Drops WhatsApp Monetization Hint
Facebook (FB) has figured out how to make money from its messaging app (application) WhatsApp, for which it paid nearly $22.0 billion to acquire.
Potential Benefits for Snap in Curated Our Stories
Facebook (FB) has 6.0 million advertisers on its flagship social network and 2.0 million advertisers on Instagram.
A Quick Survey of eBay Stock
eBay (EBAY) generated investor returns of 8.9% in the trailing-one-month period and 17.5% in the trailing-12-month period.
What’s Twitter’s Take on Regulating Political Ads Online?
Twitter (TWTR) has recently shown support for the US Senate’s proposed legislation requiring more transparency for running political advertising online.
Is Yelp Stock a Good Bet for Investors Right Now?
Yelp stock has risen since it released its first-quarter results. Easing COVID-19 restrictions and hopes of a quick economic recovery boosted investors’ appetite.
Twitter Tumbles after Disappointing on All Fronts
Twitter stock has fallen over 19% in the trading session on October 24 as of 9:39 AM ET. The stock was also down as much as 20% in premarket trading.
eBay Stock Fell, Holiday Quarter Sales Missed Estimates
eBay stock fell more than 3% in extended trading on Wednesday after its third-quarter results. The stock has fallen 6.89% in the pre-market session today.
Facebook: You Don’t Know It if You Don’t Know Workplace
Facebook is working to open up new revenue streams outside the advertising market. That’s where businesses such as Workplace come in.
Investigators Ask Oracle about Google in Antitrust Probe
Congressional investigators probing Google for possible antitrust violations asked Oracle and other companies to provide information about the tech titan.
Will Facebook’s Failed Snapchat Bids Come Back to Haunt It?
Facebook has attempted to buy Snapchat twice. First, it made the company a buyout offer of $3.0 billion in 2013, and then it made another offer in 2016.
Facebook Portal Targets Several Markets Worth $300 Billion
On Wednesday, Facebook (FB) unveiled new models of its Portal hardware products. Facebook’s Portal business targets markets worth nearly $300 billion.
Why Is Yelp Stock Trading Higher Today?
According to a Wall Street Journal report, online deals company Groupon is looking to acquire Yelp, as shareholders are growing restless.
What Does Facebook’s Threads App Project Tell Us?
Facebook is quietly building a messaging app called Threads, a companion app to Instagram. Instagram is FB’s photo-sharing app that competes with Snapchat.
Facebook Bans Political Ads from The Epoch Times
Facebook banned conservative news outlet The Epoch Times from advertising on its platforms following breaches of its transparency rules for political ads.
Google Facing Fresh EU Antitrust Complaints
Close to two dozen job listing sites in Europe have complained to regulators about Google, which launched an online job search service two years ago.
Yelp Stock Surges on Upbeat Q2 Earnings
Yelp (YELP) stock gained more than 12% in premarket trading today after reporting upbeat second-quarter earnings results yesterday.
Pinterest’s Q2 Results: What Should Investors Watch?
Pinterest’s Q2 results are scheduled to be released on Thursday. For fiscal 2019, Pinterest expects to report revenues of $1.06 billion–$1.08 billion.
Google Opening a New Revenue Stream
Google (GOOGL) has started taking preorders for its Stadia games subscription service that is scheduled to launch in November.
Inside Yelp’s Share Repurchase Program
Yelp (YELP) early this month outlined five steps it plans to take toward creating long-term shareholder value.
US Digital Advertising Market Presents Huge Opportunity for Yelp
Advertising is Yelp’s bread and butter.
What’s in It for Yelp to Rate Maternity Care?
In collaboration with the Northeast Business Group on Health, Yelp will begin to rate the quality of maternity care at some 50 hospitals in New York.
Why Uber IPO Concerns Yelp
Uber (UBER) raised $8.1 billion through its IPO this month. A richer Uber could spell trouble for Yelp’s (YELP) ambitions.
Facebook Refuses to Let Apple Dominate News Business
Apple last month launched a news subscription service called Apple News Plus
How EU Pressure Is Affecting Facebook
Facebook (FB) will revise its terms of service in Europe and take responsibility when its data is mishandled by third parties.
Zynga’s Advertising Business Bounces Back
If there’s a segment of Zynga’s (ZNGA) business that clearly reflects the company’s turnaround, it’s the advertising business.
This Diminishing Business Could Cost Google $1.7 Billion
In March, the European Union’s antitrust arm fined Alphabet’s (GOOGL) Google ~$1.7 billion.
What Would Refunding Advertisers for Its Outage Cost Facebook?
Facebook’s (FB) social apps suffered a worldwide outage that lasted for several hours in March.
Why Google Is Slowing Its Ad Business in Canada
Google won’t allow certain political advertisements to run on its platforms in Canada in the coming months ahead of the country’s federal election.
Facebook Bows to Pressure as It Limits Its Ad Targeting
Facebook (FB) will limit advertisement targeting options across its apps in a bid to curb advertising discrimination on its platforms.
Twitter Takes to Podcasting to Lure Advertisers
Twitter (TWTR) has been stepping up its challenge to Facebook (FB) in the chase for advertisers and their marketing budgets.
Amazon Reminds GrubHub It Still Exists
Earlier this month, Amazon (AMZN) introduced its food delivery service, Amazon Restaurants, in Richmond, Virginia.
Three Reasons behind Facebook’s Confidence in India
India is a top-priority international market for many technology companies, and Facebook (FB) is no exception.
Facebook Is Working behind the Scenes to Expand Internet Access
Facebook (FB) has been involved in many privacy scandals recently.
Could Facebook’s Next Move Hurt or Help the Company?
At an investor meeting hosted by Morgan Stanley in San Francisco, Facebook (FB) CFO David Wehner said the company plans to soon launch its new privacy tool, Clear History.
Why Twitter’s Research and Development Costs Could Rise
The four priority areas that Twitter (TWTR) wants to focus on going forward could lead to the company spending more on product R&D (research and development).
Here Are Big Brands Helping PayPal Make Money from Venmo?
Venmo processed transactions worth $19 billion in the fourth quarter and $62 billion in 2018.
How Is Baidu’s Key Business Performing?
Advertising is Baidu’s core business, accounting for more than 80% of the company’s total revenue in the third quarter of 2018.
Did Snap’s Top Line Meet the Target in Q4?
Snap (SNAP) is scheduled to release its results for the fourth quarter of 2018 on February 5.
A Look at Twitter’s Data Business
As Twitter (TWTR) gears up to report its results for the fourth quarter of 2018, a lot of attention is being given to its data licensing business.
Twitter to Involve Users in Product Development
Twitter (TWTR) is launching a new program in order to work more closely with its users in testing new products.
Alphabet’s Loon Enters Commercialization Year
Alphabet’s partnership with Telkom Kenya is expected to start generating revenue for Loon this year.
What’s behind Alphabet’s Lawsuits?
Two shareholder lawsuits were recently filed against Alphabet’s (GOOGL) board of directors.
Did Facebook Break Vietnam’s Cybersecurity Law?
The Vietnamese government recently accused Facebook of allowing people to post anti-government comments on its social network.
How PayPal Stock Compares to Its Peers
On December 28, PayPal (PYPL) opened the trading session at $85 and closed at $83.26. It posted an average volume of 6.85 million.
Snap Isn’t Failing Everywhere
Snap (SNAP) stock has dropped steeply this year from its IPO price of $17.
Twitter Hit with Patent Lawsuit
Rainey Circuit, a Texas patent holding company, has sued Twitter (TWTR) over an alleged patent infringement.
Can Live Video Shopping Lift Facebook’s Revenue per User in Asia?
Facebook (FB) is testing a live video shopping feature in Thailand, one of the countries that make up its Asia-Pacific market.
Twitter Is Going Beyond Advertising
Twitter (TWTR) and many of its peers in the digital advertising business have sought to diversify beyond advertising.
Why Who Runs Facebook’s Instagram Is a Big Deal
Facebook (FB) recently appointed Adam Mosseri to run its Instagram subsidiary. Mosseri is a longtime Facebook executive.
Google to Follow Facebook in Allowing Certain Cryptocurrency Ads
Alphabet’s (GOOGL) Google has decided to lift its ban on some cryptocurrency ads. Let’s see why.
Are Google, Twitter, and Facebook Fighting Fake News in the EU?
Google, Facebook, and Twitter have been facing increasing pressure from US and EU lawmakers to curb the spread of fake news.
The Point of Facebook’s Colombia Dating Service Launch
Facebook (FB) has begun rolling out its online dating service to the public, first in the South American country of Colombia.
Why Google Prefers Political Neutrality
Alphabet’s Google recently told its employees that they should not allow their political views to influence their work at the company.
Instagram Executive to Oversee Facebook Partnerships
Instagram’s Marne Levine is expected to replace Dan Rose, Facebook’s outgoing VP of global partnerships and business development, in early 2019.
De-Risking the Facebook Business
Facebook (FB) is expanding its fact-checking program to include photographs and video clips.
How Google Is Battling Facebook in India
Google (GOOGL) executives in India are reportedly alarmed by how fast Facebook (FB) is growing in the country.
Why India Wants Facebook to Set Up a Local Subsidiary
Amid the fight over its attempt to weaken WhatsApp privacy protections, India now wants Facebook (FB) to set up a local WhatsApp subsidiary.
Twitter’s Revenue Growth from Its Advertising Business
In the second quarter, Twitter posted advertising revenues of $601 billion, a significant 23% YoY (year-over-year) growth.
Twitter’s Revenue Growth in Q2 2018
Twitter (TWTR) posted a top line of $711 million, which surpassed the consensus estimate by 2.1% and increased 24% YoY.
Why Yelp Is Rolling Out Restaurant Hygiene Ratings
In late July, Yelp began showing restaurants’ health inspection scores in New York, California, Texas, Illinois, and Washington, DC.
Snap Making Potentially Consequential Board Changes
Snap (SNAP) recently announced board changes that could have a far-reaching impact on its core advertising business as well as the future of the company.
What Happened after Twitter Joined the S&P 500 Index?
Twitter (TWTR) gained 8.9% in June from the time it joined the S&P 500 Index.
Facebook Received ‘Buy’ Recommendations from 93% of Analysts
Facebook’s (FB) price-to-sales multiple was 12.5x in 2017, and its estimated price-to-sales multiple for 2018 is 9.8x.
Why Twitter Joining the S&P 500 Is Unusual
Twitter (TWTR) has joined the S&P 500, replacing Monsanto in the widely watched index.
Is Apple Out to Break Facebook?
Apple is moving to frustrate Facebook’s (FB) data gathering practice, which is a pillar of the social media company’s lucrative advertising business.
Why Snapchat Is Testing Export Formats for Spectacles v2
Snapchat (SNAP) has recently started beta testing new export formats for its Spectacles v2 to make it compatible with other devices.
Analysts’ Views on Alibaba
Alibaba (BABA) has returned 14.0% in the last month, 60.7% in the last year, and 0.69% in the last five days.
Did Twitter Discover a Low-Cost Approach to Platform Policing?
Twitter recently launched a renewed effort to make its social media platform safer by addressing rampant problems such as trolling, harassment, and abuse.