Instagram (FB) Video Ads are Officially Rolling Out Nationwide Oct 30, 2014 02:10PM

Facebook's (Nasdaq: FB) Instagram is rolling out video advertisements nationwide today.

AdWekk noted earlier that Instagram had been testing video ads in certain markets over the last six months. Well, all that's changed now.

Instagram's initial advertisers include Disney, Activision, Lancome, Banana Republic and CW. The 15-second, autoplay video ads will begin appearing today and roll out further over the next several weeks.

Shares of Facebook are down 2 percent on Thursday.


Twitter (TWTR) Said to Lose Two More Execs Oct 30, 2014 11:09AM

Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) shares are lower Thursday following news that the company is losing two key executives.

Bloomberg reported late Wednesday that Jeremy Gordon, VP of consumer product engineering and Adam Kinney, head of analytics, are both leaving Twitter.

Gordon joined Twitter two years ago and reported to engineering head, Alex Roetter.

Executive changes at Twitter haven't been a rarity. Earlier in 2014, the company replaced its CFO and consumer product chief, while also firing its COO.

Shares of Twitter are down 2.5 percent, but off of earlier lows.


Did Tim Cook Throw Apple (AAPL) Investors Under a Bus? Oct 30, 2014 10:20AM

While many have been quick to congratulate Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) CEO Tim Cook for openly admitting he was 'proud to be gay', some investors are taking a more cautious approach.

For one, in his essay Mr. Cook likely enraged the Christian right by declaring that being gay was a 'gift from God'. Being gay is considered a serious sin in many religions.

Beyond the borders of the U.S., where a gay lifestyle has become more and more acceptable, in other countries hostility toward gays is more prevalent.

Investors fear Apple could feel a backlash from U.S. Christians and international customers because of the announcement. One investor told StreetInsider.com, "While I don't care if he's gay, Mr. Cook changed the conversation today and threw investors under a bus. He put the spotlight on himself versus the company. This was a disservice to investors."

Overall, Apple shareholders are taking the news in stride. Shares last traded down 0.6% to $106.79.


BlackBerry (BBRY) CEO Chen Announces 'BlackBerry Classic' Oct 29, 2014 11:25AM

BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY) CEO John Chen issued the following open letter on the company's official blog Wednesday:

To our loyal (current and former) BlackBerry users:

BlackBerry is driven by an urgent, obsessive focus on what matters: you. When we lose sight of what you want and you need, we lose you.

It’s tempting in a rapidly changing, rapidly growing mobile market to change for the sake of change – to mimic what’s trendy and match the industry-standard, kitchen-sink approach of trying to be all things to all people.

But there’s also something to be said for the classic adage, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

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BlackBerry Classic reflects that. It is classic BlackBerry – complete with a top row of navigation keys and a trackpad. It’s the device that has always felt right in your hands and always felt right in your busy day.

Of course, we’ve made quite a few enhancements around the edges and on the inside. The screen is bigger and sharper. Our application catalogue is growing. The BlackBerry 10 operating system incorporates all the best productivity and collaboration features on any mobile device, including the BlackBerry Hub and our all-new BlackBerry Blend.

Sure, we’ve got new BlackBerry devices that break the mold, including the BlackBerry Passport. But we also recognize that a lot of you continue to hang on to your Bold devices because they get the job done, day in and day out – just like you.

We get it, and we’ve got you covered.

Innovation is a word that gets used too often and carelessly. Innovation is not about blowing up what works to make something new – it’s about taking what works and making it better. In that sense, BlackBerry Classic represents the kind of innovation BlackBerry – and you – strive toward every day.

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You don’t reinvent yourself every day; you take what you learned yesterday and sharpen it today. You drive change – often on your terms, but sometimes not. That you keep going regardless is what distinguishes you as a grown-up. You’re in it for the long haul.

So is BlackBerry. The things you remember about BlackBerry that made you better are better than ever with BlackBerry Classic. BlackBerry Classic is for you, as is everything we do every day.

We are committed to earning your business – or earning it back, if that’s the case. In the weeks ahead, BlackBerry will be sharing more details about Classic that we think you’ll like. In the meantime, we encourage you to visit BlackBerry.com/Classic to see for yourself why BlackBerry Classic is aptly named.

Sincerely,

John S. Chen
Executive Chair and CEO


Tesla (TSLA) Owners Get $12K License Fee Waived in Shanghai Oct 29, 2014 09:39AM

Tesla Motors (Nasdaq: TSLA) is on watch early following positive news out of China.

Bloomberg reported earlier that Shanghai is allowing Tesla owners to register for free. The city is waiving a $12,000 fee to do so.

Shanghai's effort comes as the city is aiming to promote adaptation of new-energy vehicles.

Tesla owners will also get an exemption in Hangzhou and the company is in contact for similar treatment in other Chinese cities.

Shares of Tesla are lower in early trading Wednesday.


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