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October 26, 2022, 1:40 AM

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Alphabet:
Alphabet reports Q3 revenue up 6% YoY from $65.1B to $69.09B, $13.91B net income, down from $18.94B YoY, 186,779 employees, up from 150,028 YoY; stock drops 5%+  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - October 25, 2022 - Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG, GOOGL) today announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2022.
Jon Swartz / MarketWatch:
Alphabet reports Google ad sales of $54.5B in Q3, up from $53.1B YoY, missing estimates of $56.6B, and Google Search revenue of $39.5B, up from $37.9B YoY  —  Total Google ad sales miss expectations by more than $2 billion as Alphabet revenue grows at its slowest pace in more than two years
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube's ad revenue dropped 1.9% YoY to $7.07B in Q3, below expectations of $7.42B and representing its first year-over-year drop in at least two years  —  Overall, Alphabet, Google's parent company, also came in below analyst estimates.  The company posted revenue of $69.1 billion and earnings per share of $1.06 for Q3.
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Microsoft:
Microsoft Q1: revenue up 11% YoY to $50.1B, net income down 14% YoY to $17.6B, Office Commercial revenue up 7% YoY, LinkedIn revenue up 17% YoY; stock drops 6%+  —  REDMOND, Wash. — October 25, 2022 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the following results for the quarter ended September 30 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Microsoft says GitHub has a $1B ARR and 90M+ active users, up from a reported $200M to $300M in ARR and 28M active users when Microsoft acquired GitHub in 2018  —  As part of its earnings call, Microsoft today announced a number of new data points for GitHub, the massively popular code repository service …
Sheila Dang / Reuters:
Internal research: Twitter has been losing “heavy tweeters”, who tweet three to four times a week, since the pandemic began, masked by an overall growth in DAUs  —  “Is Twitter dying?” billionaire Elon Musk mused in April, five days before offering to buy the social media platform.
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Spotify says Apple's behavior is “choking competition” after Apple rejected its proposed audiobook purchasing process three times for breaking App Store rules  —  The company called Apple practices “anticompetitive” and said it was “choking competition” in a blog post published …
Daryna Antoniuk / The Record:
Australia's AG unveils plans for tougher online privacy laws after several major data breaches, including increasing fines from AU$2.22M to AU$50M or more  —  Australia plans to strengthen its online privacy laws following several major data breaches, attorney-general Mark Dreyfus said in a statement on Saturday.
James Vincent / The Verge:
Shutterstock partners with OpenAI to let users generate stock images using DALL-E 2 “in the coming months” and launches a Contributor Fund to reimburse creators  —  Will AI image generators kill the stock image industry?  It's a question asked by many following the rise of text-to-image AI models in recent years.
Ben Brody / Protocol:
Square's parent company Block sells access to customers' email addresses used to receive receipts, which experts say falls short of best privacy practices  —  When COVID-19 forced Compass Coffee to close down its Washington, D.C.-area shops, the roastery's owners turned to email to stay in touch with customers.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
An investigation into the FCC's ~$17B Emergency Broadband Benefit reveals how US telecom giants abused the program with price hikes, speed cuts, and fraud risks  —  A pandemic-era initiative has helped millions of low-income families stay connected.  But it has suffered persistent abuses …
Ofir Dor / Globes Online:
Tel Aviv-based Vesttoo, an AI-powered risk transfer marketplace connecting insurers and investors, has raised an $80M Series C at a $1B post-money valuation  —  The company's emergence as a unicorn is surprising when taking into account the slowdown in fund raising and that it had a valuation of just $22 million last year.

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