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October 28, 2021, 4:50 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 the Oculus brand is going away starting in early 2022, changing Oculus Quest to Meta Quest and Oculus App to Meta Quest App  —  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.
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 …
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.
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
Patience Haggin / Wall Street Journal:
Reuters:
Shopify reports Q3 revenue of $1.12B, up 46% YoY, and 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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Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
The Sequoia Fund announcement shows Sequoia Capital wants to invest and keep long-term positions in SaaS companies with proven business models  —  Two weeks ago, in The Death and Birth of Technological Revolutions,1 I puzzled about exactly where we were in the Age of Information and Telecommunications …

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