Techmeme
October 29, 2021, 10:15 AM

Top News

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.
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
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Facebook's Meta renaming is a bet on the power of founder control, and is about a future that doesn't yet exist, but one that Zuckerberg believes needs to  —  The obvious analogy to Facebook's announcement that it is renaming itself Meta and re-organizing its financials to separate …
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.
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Facebook's metaverse is designed to solve several problems: an ageing userbase, dependence on Google and Apple, regulatory risk, and reputational damage  —  If his new strategy works — a big if — it could help address several of Facebook's biggest problems.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
The Facebook View app on iOS contains an image of a potential Meta smartwatch, with a front-facing camera notch, rounded screen, and a detachable wrist strap  —  - Device has front-facing camera, possibly for videoconferencing  — Image of watch is found inside of Facebook View iPhone app
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  —  this upcoming November 9-10.  Learn more about what comes next.  —  Facebook has turned its social media battleship toward the metaverse …
YouTube:
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 3%+  —  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.
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
Europol says it has detained 12 suspects that were orchestrating ransomware attacks that hit 1,800+ victims across 71 countries since 2019  —  - Twelve members of a ransomware group were detained this week in Ukraine and Switzerland, Europol said.  — Suspects are believed to have orchestrated …
Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
Google releases a Chrome update that fixes seven vulnerabilities, including two zero-days exploited in the wild  —  Google has released Chrome 95.0.4638.69 for Windows, Mac, and Linux to fix two zero-day vulnerabilities that attackers have actively exploited.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Google and Jio debut $87 JioPhone Next with a 5.45-inch HD+ display and Qualcomm's quad-core QM-215 chipset, available November 4 in India  —  Google and Indian telecom network Jio Platforms said on Friday that their much-anticipated budget smartphone, JioPhone Next, will go on sale …

Sponsor Posts

Softr:
Turn your Airtable into a powerful custom app, no code required  —  Softr is a no-code app builder that lets you create client portals, custom CRMs, and internal tools powered by your Airtable data.
Stripe:
How to improve checkout and grow sales  —  Watch now to learn how to eliminate the most common checkout errors and reduce friction in your checkout process.
Zoho:
5 tips for using multichannel messaging to drive revenue  —  This is a guest post by SMS-Magic.  Understanding when and how to talk to your customers plays an important role in your business.
Techmeme Leaderboards:
Find the top reporters on AI, NFTs, VR, AR, VC and much more  —  We've analyzed Techmeme's news crawl data to identify the most influential writers on 46 topics.  Download reports immediately for just $100.  No sub needed!
Techmeme Ride Home:
Tue. 01/18 - Microsoft Buys Activision Blizzard In The Biggest Gaming Deal Of All Time
The day's tech news, every day at 5pm ET. Fifteen minutes and you're up to date.
Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or RSS.
 

About This Page

This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 10:15 AM ET, October 29, 2021.

The most current version of the site as always is available at our home page. To view an earlier snapshot click here and then modify the date indicated.

More News

Earlier Picks

Alexander Osipovich / Wall Street Journal:
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors: