China's Alibaba had yet another impressive quarter, with revenue increasing 61% year-over-year during Q3. It beat analyst expectations with total revenue of $8.3 billion and net profit of $2.7 billion. Its own annual revenue growth estimate increased from 49% to 52%.
Facebook has a pilot program that'll expand upon its tools against revenge porn across its platforms, including Facebook and Instagram. The pilot is first rolling out in Australia and then it will reach the US, UK, and Canada. It plans to prevent images from ever going live.
After setting records above $6,000 for the first time in the past few days, Bitcoin has surged again to place itself over $7,000. Its price grew to as much as $7,200 on some exchanges and going by Coinbase's figures the currency was up 9% during the last 24 hours at $7,140.
Following Russia's use of ads on social media to influence the 2016 US election, some members of the public and government have become interested in further regulating online ads. Measures to increase transparency in that realm could be "very good," says Mark Zuckerberg.
Instagram Stories now sees 300 million active users on a daily basis, meaning it's around twice as large as Snapchat, the service Instagram is widely viewed as taking its Stories feature from. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Stories' growth during an earnings call.
AT&T has backed away from its legal case against Louisville and Jefferson County over them providing Google Fiber and other competitors with faster utility pole access. It sued the local government early in 2016, but a US District Court judge ruled against AT&T in August.
Russia's posts on Instagram had a reach of 20 million in the United States, Facebook's general counsel Colin Stretch revealed to Congress on Wednesday. Tech companies are testifying in front of a Senate committee about how Russia-linked groups used posts and ads.
Bitcoin recently passed the $6,000 mark for the first time and on Wednesday it reached a new record of around $6,600. With its latest 6.5% rise, the currency has reached a market cap of $110 billion. It's done very well in recent months and has increased substantially this year.
Even Google's bug tracker tool isn't free from vulnerabilities. Security researcher Alex Birsan found a flaw in the company's Issue Tracker, which is used to list all of the bugs and feature requests in Google's products that still need to be addressed.
Amazon's video streaming service is now available on Xbox consoles all around the world and the app will support 4K streaming on the Xbox One X beginning November 7. A staggered launch of Amazon Prime Video started in 2016 and the app has only now become available globally.
Microsoft's Outlook.com email service can now pull in LinkedIn details automatically thanks to a new integration. Email users can easily view insights, profile pictures, work history, and more information while they remain in their inbox. Microsoft now owns LinkedIn.
Signal, a popular privacy-centric messaging app, now has a standalone desktop application. The app joins the service's mobile applications and its web messenger. Until now, encrypted conversations on a desktop required a Chrome web application to work.
Google is trying to make video conferencing easier for businesses with a hardware kit that includes all the necessary equipment. The new $2,000 kit comes with a speaker mic, an ultra HD camera, a touchscreen controller, and a Chromebox. It's now on sale.
The reach of Russia's misinformation campaign during the 2016 US election was substantial. Recode reports Facebook will tell a Senate committee that 126 million users in the US saw posts, stores, or other content from Russia-linked groups. It's only publicly shared the ad reach.
Earlier this month, Instagram added an option that allows users cross-post stories to Facebook as well as adding guests to live streams. Today, the social network has pushed out another new update that makes some changes/improvements to the Stories.
Pandora's on-demand music streaming service now comes with a long list of curated playlists, much like those found on Spotify and Apple Music. The service's new "Featured Playlists" are based around genres, moods, activities, artists, and "cultural moments."
Outlook.com Premium has been killed off by Microsoft and its core features are being added to normal Office 365 subscriptions. This means Office 365 accounts now get to use the service without ads and they'll also receive more storage. Current Premium users can renew.
Twitch saw a 67% increase in concurrent streamers during the third quarter of 2017, reports Streamlabs, though it failed to obtain the same degree of increase for viewership. This rise is likely coming at least partly from Twitch opening up monetization options.
Google has essentially eliminated the impact of its country-specific domains. No matter how you access the search engine, whether it's through a country-specific domain or Google.com, you'll be presented with results based on your current detected location.
AT&T customers won't be the only ones receiving wireless service from Alphabet's Project Loon in Puerto Rico. T-Mobile says it's also joining the project and subscribers with LTE-ready smartphones will have access to texting and basic internet access.