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Friday, June 22


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Tech Stocks This Week: Facebook Surpasses $200, Red Hat Sinks, and More

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Tech Stocks This Week: Facebook Surpasses $200, Red Hat Sinks, and More. Facebook is trading at about $202 at the time of this writing, and bullishness toward the company's stock comes as data privacy concerns fade away as the company demonstrates more ways to monetize its platform. Facebook introduced several new impressive features this week, including a subscription option for Facebook Group administrators and autoplay video ads within Facebook Messenger. But perhaps the one feature that could evolve into the biggest catalyst for Facebook is the company's new long-form video platform on Instagram, called IGTV. BlackBerry's outlook for software and services revenue disappoints. As BlackBerry continues to transform into a software and services company, its enterprise software and services segment has been on a roll recently. Software and services revenue in BlackBerry's just-reported fiscal first quarter was up 14% year over year on a non-GAAP basis and 18% year over year on a GAAP basis.

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Facebook’s Instagram Breaks onto an Elite List

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Instagram announced on June 20 that it has a whopping 1.0 billion users worldwide. The app’s user base has grown 25.0% since September 2017 when it reported 800.0 million users.

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Facebook's Stock May Rise By More 10% Short-Term

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Facebook Inc.'s ( FB) stock has surged to a record high over the past few days and is now up over 13.5% on the year, and up nearly 25% since the end of March. Open interest levels for the $220 and $230 strike price calls for expiration on July 20 have been steadily rising over the past couple of days. The $220 calls have an open interest of nearly 20,000 contracts and trade at roughly $0.56 per contract.

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Options traders bet on Facebook's rebound and this energy...

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Options traders bet on Facebook's rebound and this energy... "Halftime Report" trader Pete Najarian spots unusual activity in shares of Facebook and Halliburton. What to read next.

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Facebook will soon let you know how much time you spend 'socializing'

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TechCrunch found an unreleased tool deep in the code for the platform's Android app called "Your Time On Facebook" which shows how much time, on average, you spend on it every day, along with the total time you've spent on it in the last week. "We're always working on new ways to help make sure people's time on Facebook is time well spent," a spokesperson told TechCrunch. At its I/O conference in May, Google introduced several features in Android and YouTube to help folks track and manage their time spent in apps and services. It's another for a platform like Facebook, which needs people staying engaged and clicking on ads. Yet its Q4 2017 report released in January showed that users are spending less time on it than in previous years -- yet it's making more money than ever. What to read next.

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Facebook prototypes tool to show how many minutes you spend on it – TechCrunch

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After months of Mark Zuckerberg talking about how “Protecting our community is more important than maximizing our profits", Facebook is preparing to turn that commitment into a Time Well Spent product. It shows the tally of how much time you spent on the Facebook app on your phone on each of the last seven days, and your average time spent per day. Facebook confirmed the feature development to TechCrunch, with a spokesperson telling us "We’re always working on new ways to help make sure people’s time on Facebook is time well spent.”. This self-policing could be important since both iOS and Android are launching their own screen time monitoring dashboards that reveal which apps are dominating your attention and can alert you or lock you out of apps when you hit your time limit. When Apple demoed the feature at WWDC, it used Facebook as an example of an app you might use too much.

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Does The Future Of Dating Hinge On Facebook

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the annual F8 summit in San Jose, California on May 1, 2018. Fast forward to today, 22nd June, and investors’ initial (and perhaps somewhat knee-jerk) concerns that Facebook would swiftly usurp existing dating apps as the go-to app seem to have been allayed, with Match’s share price since recovering. In fact, the announcement itself has generally been welcomed by all the major online dating players.

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Thursday, June 21


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Facebook Just Launched a Subscription Product, but It's Not What You Think

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In April, Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg inadvertently triggered some speculation that the social network was considering a paid version of the service when he responded to a lawmaker, "Yes, there will always be a version of Facebook that is free." Facebook just unveiled a brand-new subscription product -- its first ever -- but it's not what you think. Yesterday, Facebook announced that it was testing a new subscription offering for groups, allowing group administrators to implement subscriptions. Some administrators devote a substantial amount of time to building their groups and communities and provided feedback to Facebook that being able to get direct support from group members would help them bolster engagement and create more content. The move follows another announcement in March, when Facebook said it would soon test out ways for video creators to monetize their content and earn money directly from other users through monthly subscriptions, similar to features available on Amazon.com subsidiary Twitch, which is the dominant platform for live-streaming esports. However, Facebook has not yet rolled out that particular pilot program yet, making the new group subscription pilot technically the first such subscription product.

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3 New Facebook Features Investors Should Love

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Just when you thought Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) was running out of places to put ads, the company seems to be more creative than ever about coming up with new places to put them and new methods to monetize its services. Over the last few days, Facebook introduced three new features that could eventually morph into meaningful monetization strategies for the social network:. Combining this with the removal of Instagram's typical one-minute limit for video, IGTV offers a highly immersive experience that should appeal both to creators and marketers. While IGTV seems to be designed specifically to attract high-dollar TV advertising budgets, investors will have to wait to see how marketers embrace the new medium, as the new feature isn't featuring ads yet. But ads are likely on the horizon for IGTV, said Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom in a press conference (via The Wall Street Journal) about the new feature. Facebook is beginning to put autoplay video ads inside of Facebook Messenger, the company announced at the Cannes Lions advertising festival this week. Since Messenger is an even bigger service than Instagram, with 1.3 billion monthly active users, the introduction of video ads could serve as a significant catalyst for Facebook.

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Facebook fundraiser to help separated migrant families collects record-breaking $16 million in donations

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The fundraiser, which benefits RAICES, is the largest crowdfunding campaign on Facebook everA crowdfunding campaign to benefit RAICES has grown into the largest fundraiser on Facebook ever. What started out as a small fundraiser to help separated migrant families, posted by a San Francisco Bay Area couple to their Facebook (FB) page, has now grown into a Facebook phenomenon. Tech employees Charlotte and Dave Willner created a Facebook fundraiser to share with their friends over the weekend with a goal to raise $1,500 for families who have been broken apart at the border because of the Trump administration’s widely condemned policy of separating children from their parents at the border.

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