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  • Today, 12:40 PM
    • Through a continued effort to offer transparency on metrics developments, Facebook (FB +0.5%) notes it's adjusting calculation on its estimated reach tool, improving techniques for sampling and extrapolating possible audience sizes, adding streaming reactions for Live videos, and correcting a misallocation of "Reactions on Post" within Page Insights.
    • Additionally identifies discrepancy related to Like and Share button counts via Graph API and when entering a URL into Facebook's mobile app search bar, an issue the company is actively working to resolve.
    • Metrics FYI: Estimated Reach, Streaming Reactions and Graph API [Facebook]
    | Today, 12:40 PM | 7 Comments
  • Today, 10:46 AM
    • Further noting 53% of Instagram (FB +0.6%) users view Stories on a monthly basis. Of those surveyed, 52% of users view their main feed comprising photos and videos daily.
    • Analyst Mark Mahaney suggests adoption of the product appears strong, though notes the view is generally "just a gut feeling."
    • The 18% figure is relatively in line with what Instagram itself has disclosed prior – 100M daily active viewers of Stories among its overall count of 500M daily active users, or a rate of 20%.
    | Today, 10:46 AM | 12 Comments
  • Yesterday, 7:30 AM
    • Philip van Doorn and team at Marketwatch put together a list of 18 S&P 500 names with consensus sell-side price targets at least 30% above the current price.
    • Ten of the 18 stocks are in healthcare, which has been roughed up by a combination of Obamacare, Clinton's talk about drug pricing (back when all thought she would be the next POTUS), and now Trump joining in the bashing.
    • The list (in order of possible upside): Mallinckrodt PLC (NYSE:MNK) - 56% potential upside, Endo International PLC (NASDAQ:ENDP) - 52% upside, Hanesbrands (NYSE:HBI) - 45% upside, Edwards Lifesciences (NYSE:EW) - 44% upside, Mylan (NASDAQ:MYL) - 42% upside, Allergan (NYSE:AGN) - 39% upside, Alexion (NASDAQ:ALXN) - 37% upside, Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) - 35% upside, Salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM) 34% upside, NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG) - 34% upside, Centene (NYSE:CNC) 34% upside, Gilead (NASDAQ:GILD) 33% upside, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) 32% upside, Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX) - 32% upside, Pitney owes (NYSE:PBI) - 32% upside, Molson Coors (NYSE:TAP) - 30% upside, Newell Brands (NYSE:NWL) - 30% upside, Zimmer Bioment (NYSE:ZBH) - 30% upside.
    | Yesterday, 7:30 AM | 26 Comments
  • Yesterday, 4:20 AM
    • As Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) works on new tools to stop the spread of misinformation on its network, it's seeking to patent technology that could be used for that purpose.
    • A recently published USPTO filing reveals that Facebook applied for a patent on technology that would automate the process of removing "objectionable content."
    • However, a spokeswoman said the company often seeks many different patents and this should not be taken as an indication of future plans.
    | Yesterday, 4:20 AM | 33 Comments
  • Wed, Dec. 7, 4:27 PM
    • To promote best-practice development and adoption of virtual reality worldwide while conducting research and serving as resource among consumers, policymakers and industry interested in the field.
    • The organization is structured as a non-profit with full membership comprising Acer Starbreeze, Google (GOOG, GOOGL), HTC VIVE (OTC:HTCKF), Oculus (NASDAQ:FB), Samsung (OTC:SSNLF) and Sony Interactive Entertainment (NYSE:SNE).
    • Press release
    | Wed, Dec. 7, 4:27 PM | 31 Comments
  • Tue, Dec. 6, 2:33 AM
    • A group effort? YouTube (GOOG, GOOGL), Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) are stepping up efforts to remove extremist content from their websites by creating a common database that will be up and running in early 2017.
    • The web giants will share "hashes" - unique digital fingerprints they automatically assign to videos or photos - of terrorist material to enable their peers to identify the same content on their platforms.
    | Tue, Dec. 6, 2:33 AM | 91 Comments
  • Mon, Dec. 5, 2:31 PM
    • Analyst James Cakmak broadly considers an investment shift to come as Facebook (FB +1.6%), Amazon (AMZN +2.6%), Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL) and Netflix (NFLX -1.5%) have each enjoyed strong two-year runs, and combining with the prospect of the extent of upside subsiding and disproportionate ownership across the names in relation to benchmarks, asserts the "winners of this year and last may become the primary source of funds next year."
    • Particularly indicates interest in Snap's (Private:CHATpotential 2017 IPO is high, with reports noting scarcity of secondary shares circulating, and believes such an event is where much of a technology repositioning would be directed.
    | Mon, Dec. 5, 2:31 PM | 23 Comments
  • Fri, Dec. 2, 5:32 PM
    • Allegedly through a new feature labeled 'Collections' housed directly within News Feed, and similar in functionality to Snapchat's (Private:CHAT) Discover product.
    • Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) is said to have recently approached media and entertainment organizations regarding showcasing specific content, potentially signaling further moves into Snapchat-associated territory to come.
    | Fri, Dec. 2, 5:32 PM | 21 Comments
  • Thu, Dec. 1, 10:55 AM
    • Notable early (2%+ losses): Alphabet (GOOGL -2.25%GOOG-2%) Facebook (FB -3.4%), Twitter (TWTR -3.9%), Oracle (ORCL -3.3%), Salesforce (CRM -4.2%), VMware (VMW -3.5%), Alibaba (BABA -2.7%)
    • 5%+: Qualcomm (QCOM -4.9%), Nvidia (NVDA -7%), Advanced Micro Devices (AMD -7.1%), Micron Technology (MU -5.5%)
    • 8%+: Cirrus Logic (CRUS -8.8%), Gigamon (GIMO -9.5%)
    | Thu, Dec. 1, 10:55 AM | 138 Comments
  • Thu, Dec. 1, 8:49 AM
    • November monthly performance was: +3.54%
    • AUM of $5.18M
    • 52-week performance vs. the S&P 500 is: -3%
    • No dividends were paid in November
    • Top 10 Holdings as of 10/31/2016: Apple Inc (AAPL): 6.80131%, Microsoft Corp (MSFT): 5.15024%, Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM): 3.74079%, General Electric Co (GE): 2.88197%, Procter & Gamble Co (PG): 2.47992%, AT&T Inc (T): 2.43052%, Wells Fargo & Co (WFC): 2.30872%, Amazon.com Inc (AMZN): 2.24391%, Facebook Inc A (FB): 2.2067%, Alphabet Inc C (GOOG): 2.16615%
    | Thu, Dec. 1, 8:49 AM | 1 Comment
  • Thu, Dec. 1, 3:26 AM
    • Late last year, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, said they would donate 99% of their Facebook stock toward a new financial vehicle for charitable purposes.
    • Now, Zuck's chief lieutenant, Sheryl Sandberg, is making her own philanthropic move.
    • The Facebook COO plans to transfer nearly $100M of her FB shares to a charitable fund that promotes women's rights and helps grieving families.
    | Thu, Dec. 1, 3:26 AM | 5 Comments
  • Tue, Nov. 29, 1:12 PM
    • PAC-MAN, Galaga, SPACE INVADERS, EverWing, TRACK & FIELD 100M, Words with Friends: Frenzy and other titles to be playable as Instant Games within messaging conversations and News Feed (FB +1%).
    • Score-based leadership, in-context chat and group thread conversation features highlighted.
    • Instant Games to initially (today) become available in 30 countries on iOS and Android.
    • Video 1, 2
    | Tue, Nov. 29, 1:12 PM | 19 Comments
  • Wed, Nov. 23, 2:49 PM
    • Analyst Jason Helfstein considers Facebook and Amazon among the most attractive of the group, though Outperform ratings on each are held by the firm. While sharp negative post-election reaction across the names is somewhat moderating, notes investor concern involving net neutrality, immigration, regulation and trade remain, resulting in below-premium trading levels.
    • On Facebook, cites expected catalysts in ad monetization generated through video strategy, Instagram prospects and Dynamic Product Ads, and on Amazon, sees strength in holiday shopping season and Amazon Web Services.
    • For Alphabet, observes YouTube momentum, growing ad budgets and holiday season opportunity among other catalysts. On Netflix, considers possible upside to held estimates.
    • Since U.S. election (November 8) – (NASDAQ:FB-2.9%, (NASDAQ:AMZN-1.05%, (NASDAQ:GOOGL-4.3%, (NASDAQ:GOOG-3.9%, (NASDAQ:NFLX-5.3%
    • Last week: Piper Jaffray reissues Overweight position on Facebook, Amazon, Alphabet, Netflix
    | Wed, Nov. 23, 2:49 PM | 37 Comments
  • Tue, Nov. 22, 6:45 PM
    • The New York Times, citing current and former employees, reports the company has built an internal tool enabling suppression of posts within specific geographic regions.
    • The alleged software is said to allow certain third parties the capacity to control visibility and monitor stories and topics. The report does, however, note the software is one of several ideas the company is experimenting with regarding China and is not in live use and may never become so.
    • Several employees involved with the project are nonetheless asserted to have consequently left the company due to expressed concern.
    • Access to Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) has been actively blocked in China, a nation of 1.3B+ people, since 2009.
    | Tue, Nov. 22, 6:45 PM | 31 Comments
  • Tue, Nov. 22, 3:33 PM
    • Looking at the top 50 hedge fund hotels, it's probably little surprise that Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) top the list, with Amazon making for a top 10 holding in 61 funds, and Facebook in 57.
    • Rounding out the top 10 are Charter Communications (NASDAQ:CHTR), Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO), Allergan (NYSE:AGN), Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), and Priceline (NASDAQ:PCLN).
    • Looking at another gauge - the percent of market cap owned by hedge funds - shows CommScope (NASDAQ:COMM) leading the way, with hedge funds owning 37%. Next is Dell Technologies (NYSE:DVMT) and Expedia (NASDAQ:EXPE) at 30%, and after that: Liberty Broadband (NASDAQ:LBRDK) at 24%, LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD) at 21%, Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ) at 20%, and Humana (NYSE:HUM) and WhiteWave Foods (NYSE:WWAV) at 19%.
    • Previously: Goldman's list of shorts mattering most to hedge funds (Nov. 22)
    | Tue, Nov. 22, 3:33 PM | 12 Comments
  • Tue, Nov. 22, 2:06 AM
    • The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating an accident that occurred last summer during the inaugural flight of Facebook's (NASDAQ:FB) Aquila unmanned solar-powered drone, whose goal is to bring Internet to the remote reaches of the world.
    • There were no injuries, but the massive drone suffered a "structural failure" as it was coming in for a landing in the Arizona desert and the damage "compromised the airworthiness of the aircraft."
    | Tue, Nov. 22, 2:06 AM | 21 Comments