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Zoom posts big quarter even as subscriber growth slows

Zoom posts big quarter even as subscriber growth slows

Technology
Zoom’s astronomical growth is tapering off along with the pandemicBy MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Technology WriterMarch 1, 2021, 11:51 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleSAN RAMON, Calif. -- Zoom’s astronomical growth is tapering off along with the pandemic, raising questions about whether the videoconferencing service’s immense popularity will fade as more people return to classrooms, offices and other places that have been off limits for the past year.The deceleration emerged in an otherwise impressive quarterly earnings report released Monday. The stellar results capped a year in which Zoom’s name became synonymous with the way millions of people have been forced to gather in online video panels while being corralled at home.Although Zoom continued to enjoy robust g...
Facebook will soon add labels, links to posts about climate change

Facebook will soon add labels, links to posts about climate change

Business
Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Facebook announced on Thursday that it will soon begin labeling posts related to climate change and directing users to a central information page, as part of a greater effort to weed out misinformation about the environmental crisis. The social media platform said the labels will first be applied to posts made in Britain before they start appearing in other countries. Advertisement The labels will include a link to Facebook's Climate Science Information Center, which the company says provides users with "science-based news, approachable information and actionable resources from the world's leading climate change organizations." Facebook said it will add a section in which experts will offer specific facts to debunk myths and misinformation about climate change. The platf...

Twitter posts strong Q4 results as user base, revenue jumps

Technology
Twitter posted solid results for the last three months of 2020, capping what CEO Jack Dorsey called “an extraordinary year” for the platformBy BARBARA ORTUTAY AP Technology WriterFebruary 9, 2021, 9:44 PM• 2 min readTwitter posted solid results for the last three months of 2020, capping what CEO Jack Dorsey called “an extraordinary year" for the platform. New users signed on in large numbers to follow the world's events in real time despite the challenges of election misinformation and intensifying calls to ban now former President Donald Trump.The San Francisco-based company earned $ 222.1 million, or 27 cents per share, in the October-December period. That's up 87% from $ 118.8 million, or 15 cents per share, a year earlier.Revenue grew 28% to $ 1.29 billion from $ 1 billion....
Marjorie Taylor Greene: US House votes to strip Republican of key posts

Marjorie Taylor Greene: US House votes to strip Republican of key posts

World
The US House of Representatives has voted to expel a Republican congresswoman from two committees over incendiary remarks she made before being elected last November. Marjorie Taylor Greene had promoted baseless QAnon conspiracy theories and endorsed violence against Democrats. Before the vote, she said she regretted her views, which included claims that school shootings and 9/11 were staged.Eleven Republicans joined the Democrats to pass the motion by 230-199. What is QAnon?The Republican dilemma, embodied in one politicianIt means the representative - who was elected in November, representing a district in the southern state of Georgia - cannot take up her place on the education and budget committees. This would limit her ability to shape policy as most legislation goes through a committ...

Apple posts big quarter on fast sales start for iPhone 12

Technology
Apple’s delayed launch of its latest iPhones unleashed a holiday buying frenzy that propelled sales of the trendsetting company’s most popular product to its fastest start in yearsBy MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Technology WriterJanuary 27, 2021, 10:04 PM• 3 min readSAN RAMON, Calif. -- Apple’s delayed launch of its latest iPhones unleashed a holiday buying frenzy that propelled sales of the trendsetting company’s most popular product to its fastest start in years.The apparently pent-up demand for four different iPhone 12 models highlighted Apple’s latest quarterly report Wednesday.Apple’s iPhone sales during the October-December period totaled $ 65.6 billion, a 17% increase from the same time in the previous year.Part of the gain reflected pandemic-driven production problems that pushed back the r...