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October 28, 2021, 7:15 PM

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Mark Zuckerberg / About Facebook:
Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook the company is now Meta, to better encompass all of its products  —  We are at the beginning of the next chapter for the internet, and it's the next chapter for our company too.  —  In recent decades, technology has given people the power to connect and express ourselves more naturally.
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Alex Heath / The Verge:
Interview with Mark Zuckerberg on rebranding the company to Meta to avoid the awkwardness of sharing the name of its main app, building the metaverse, and more  —  The company wants to move past the ‘confusion and awkwardness’ of sharing a name with its main app
Andrew Bosworth:
Andrew Bosworth says Facebook Reality Labs will become Reality Labs, Oculus brand will shift to Meta for hardware and Oculus Quest app starting in early 2022  —  Well the cat's (officially) out of the bag: Our company is now Meta to better reflect who we are and our ambitions to help build the metaverse.
YouTube:
Video of Facebook Connect 2021, where VR updates, Project Cambria, and a new Meta brand name were announced  —  Tune in at 10:00am PT / 1:00pm ET on Thurs.  Oct. 28 when Facebook holds its annual Facebook Connect.  The company is expected to announce Oculus updates and o...
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Facebook unveils Horizon Home social VR spaces, Messenger VR calls, fitness VR, Quest for Business, including Work Accounts support on Quest 2, and more  —  Join gaming leaders online at GamesBeat Summit Next this upcoming November 9-10.  Learn more about what comes next.
The Verge:
Facebook announces Presence Platform, with three SDKs to help create mixed reality experiences for the Oculus Quest VR headset  —  Facebook says the Presence Platform ‘will be key to feeling connected in the metaverse’  —  At this year's Facebook Connect, the platform revealed something called …
Apple:
Apple misses with Q4 revenue of $83.4B, up 29% YoY, vs $84.85B est., iPhone revenue of $38.87B, up 47% YoY, services revenue of $18.3B, up 25.6%; stock down 5%+  —  New September quarter record with revenue up 29 percent  —  Services and Mac revenue reach new all-time highs
Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Apple reports Q4 Mac revenue of $9.18B, up 1.6% YoY, and iPad revenue of $8.25B, up 21.4% YoY, and says supply chain issues cost the company ~$6B in the quarter  —  - Apple revenue fell short of Wall Street expectations in its fiscal fourth quarter on Thursday, which Apple CEO Tim Cook attributed …
About Amazon:
Amazon misses with Q3 revenue of $110.8B, up 15% YoY, vs $111.6B est., net income of $3.2B, down from $6.3B YoY, AWS net sales of $16.1B, up 39%; stock down 4%+  —  SEATTLE—(BUSINESS WIRE)— Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2021.
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Microsoft launches a campaign to help fill 250,000 cybersecurity jobs in the US by 2025, offering scholarships and free curriculum for community colleges  —  Microsoft announced Thursday that it's launching a national campaign to help fill 250,000 cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. by 2025 …
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple support document says 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro users can turn on “scale to fit below built-in camera” to avoid notch app compatibility issues  —  Apple today shared a new support document that explains how users can ensure that an app's menu bar items do not appear hidden behind …
Reuters:
Meme-based coin Shiba Inu rose about 160% this week, briefly surpassing dogecoin to become the eighth biggest cryptocurrency by market cap  —  Dogecoin, watch out!  —  Meme-based cryptocurrency Shiba Inu soared more than 45% over the last 24 hours, muscling its way into the top 10 largest digital tokens by market capitalization.
Jacob Silverman / New York Magazine:
While whistleblowing and accountability journalism are useful, only sweeping political changes can limit Facebook's power, which has proven enduring  —  Amid years of ongoing crisis, Facebook in recent weeks has faced the public-relations equivalent of nuclear annihilation.
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Anomalo, which uses AI to find issues in data sets, raises a $33M Series A led by NVP, formally launches, and says it already has $1M+ in revenue  —  As companies gather ever-growing sets of data, finding issues with that data that could impact the viability of a machine learning model becomes increasingly important.
Patience Haggin / Wall Street Journal:
Berber Jin / The Information:
UnitedMasters, a music distribution app for independent musicians, raises a $50M Series C led by a16z at a $550M valuation  —  UnitedMasters, a music distribution app for independent musicians, has raised $50 million in a round led by venture firm Andreessen Horowitz at a $550 million valuation, including the new investment.
Reuters:
Shopify reports Q3 revenue of $1.12B, up 46% YoY, gross merchandise volume of $41.8B, up 35% YoY, and says cumulative GMV reached $400B  —  Canada's Shopify Inc's (SHOP.TO) third-quarter revenue fell short of Wall Street estimates, hurt by stiff competition as rivals invest more money to develop their e-commerce platforms.
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Jon Porter / The Verge:
Google says it will roll out e2e encrypted phone calls on Google Fi over the coming weeks  —  But only for calls between two Android phones on Fi  —  In the coming weeks, Google is rolling out end-to-end encrypted phone calls on its Google Fi MVNO, the search giant announced today.
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