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The Surface Pro 7 looks so similar to its predecessor you wouldn't be able to tell them apart if not for one welcome addition, a USB-C port. While the port is a welcome addition, nothing else feels revolutionary here. This is still a good portable machine, but with a worse battery life and only mildly improved performance, it's more iteration than upgrade.
for his Brexit deal in a landmark vote on Tuesday night but suffered an immediate setback after MPs derailed his attempt to take Britain out of the EU on October 31. European Council president Donald Tusk proposed an extension until January 31 after MPs defeated a “programme motion” to fast-track exit legislation through the Commons.
(Bloomberg) -- Facebook Inc. is following other tech titans like Microsoft Corp. and Google, pledging to use its deep pockets to ease the affordable housing shortage in West Coast cities.The social media giant said Tuesday that it would commit $1 billion over the next decade to address the crisis in the San Francisco Bay Area, building as many as 20,000 new homes that are accessible to teachers, nurses, first responders and other essential workers. A quarter of the funds are earmarked for a partnership with California to construct housing on state-owned land in areas where there aren’t enough residences.“State government cannot solve housing affordability alone, we need others to join Facebook in stepping up,” California Governor Gavin Newsom said in the statement. “Progress requires partnership with the private sector and philanthropy to change the status quo and address the cost crisis our state is facing.”Newsom, who campaigned last year with the promise of building 3.5 million homes in the state to ease the shortage, has been under pressure to deliver. This month, he signed legislation that’s intended to curb rent growth. But he’s made clear that the state won’t be able to solve its problem without building many more new homes. Recent data suggests that permits for new construction have fallen this year, calling into question whether the state will be able to make progress.While researchers have said there are other barriers to construction in California, the success of Facebook and other technology companies has contributed to soaring housing costs in the San Francisco Bay Area and greater Seattle, where Microsoft is based. The firms employ tens of thousands of high earners who have bought or rented homes, leaving fewer options for poor and middle-income residents. San Mateo County, which includes Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, added more than 13 jobs for every new unit of housing between 2010 and 2015, according to an analysis by Up for Growth, a group that advocates for more construction.That imbalance has contributed to a backlash against tech firms at the same time they’re facing tough questions about their market power, their role in spreading disinformation and their approach to user privacy. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg is set to appear for a public hearing before the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday in Washington. That committee, run by Maxine Waters, a Democrat from California, oversees housing and urban development issues.“A company like Facebook wants to build all the good will that it can, and this is certainly one way to do it,” said Margaret O’Mara, a University of Washington history professor and author of “The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America.” “I’m glad that big tech companies are stepping up to address the problem, but it’s going to require much more than this.”The pledge was announced Tuesday, in part because it took time to work out details of the partnership with the state, said Menka Sethi, the company’s director of location strategy. Other pieces of the commitment -- such as a $25 million investment in teacher housing in Silicon Valley -- were previously disclosed or build on prior efforts.Facebook said that $150 million, for instance, would go toward an affordable housing fund set up by the Partnership for the Bay’s Future, an organization backed by Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan that was unveiled earlier this year. Another $350 million will serve as “additional commitments” that will be allotted to efforts that are deemed effective in the Bay Area or elsewhere where the company does business. The final $225 million is related to land that the company previously purchased and has zoned for housing.That’s similar to what Google is pursuing with the lion’s share of its own $1 billion pledge to build housing in the Bay Area, which was announced in June. Microsoft led the pack with a $500 million commitment to Seattle-area housing in January.Facebook’s Sethi emphasized that her company is also interested in changing policy and partnering with the public and private sector on the issue, so that California can start producing the 3.5 million homes it needs.“The funding alone is not going to get the job done,” she said.(Updates with executive’s comment starting in eighth paragraph)\--With assistance from Kurt Wagner.To contact the reporter on this story: Noah Buhayar in Seattle at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Craig Giammona at firstname.lastname@example.org, Dan Reichl, David ScheerFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Earnings season continues to rage on with industrial heavyweights Caterpillar and Boeing reporting quarterly results ahead of the opening bell, and tech behemoth Microsoft and electric carmaker Tesla rounding things out after the market close Wednesday.
(Bloomberg) -- About eight months after its last funding round, data analytics startup Databricks Inc. said on Tuesday that it has raised $400 million from investors, bringing its funding total to nearly $900 million.The latest deal values Databricks at $6.2 billion, more than double the $2.75 billion price tag investors gave the company in February. The funding round included existing backers Microsoft Corp. and Andreessen Horowitz, as well as new investors Tiger Global Management, and accounts managed by BlackRock Inc. and T. Rowe Price Group Inc.Ben Horowitz, an Andreessen Horowitz general partner, praised Databricks Chief Executive Officer Ali Ghodsi: “Ali is the best CEO that I’ve ever worked with,” and added that many companies struggled with making sense of their data. “AI-based insight is extremely difficult,” Horowitz said. “Databricks simplifies it from a performance standpoint that makes it easy and practical.”Databricks has more than 5,000 customers, including Viacom Inc., HP Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc., Ghodsi said. The startup sells tools aimed at helping those companies organize their data, and uses artificial intelligence to enable them to understand and search for information. Microsoft is both an investor in and a partner of Databricks, and integrates a version of the startup’s software into its cloud product, Microsoft Azure.Databricks more than doubled its annual recurring revenue over the last year, the company said. If it extrapolated out its most recent quarterly revenue for the next year, annual sales would total more than $200 million. “We’ve had tremendous traction,” Ghodsi said.The six-year-old San Francisco-based startup plans to use some of its new cash influx on overseas hiring. “The biggest engineering issue we’ve faced in the last two years has been with visas,” Ghodsi said. “It’s been harder to get employees to the United States because of green card issues and visa issues. It’s also been harder to keep our employees here in the U.S.”In part to address that problem, Databricks will spend about $111 million on its new European Development Center in Amsterdam over the next three years. The company has tripled the size of its engineering team in the Dutch city in the past two years. “What we are finding is it’s easier and less expensive to hire anywhere than in San Francisco,” said Horowitz, who is on the Databricks board. He added that there’s room for expansion in Europe.On Tuesday, Databricks also announced it had hired Dave Conte as its new chief financial officer. Conte previously spent eight years as the CFO of Splunk Inc., where he helped take the company public.(Company corrects the number of customers in the fourth paragraph.)To contact the author of this story: Candy Cheng in San Francisco at email@example.comTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Anne VanderMey at firstname.lastname@example.org, Mark MilianFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
(Bloomberg) -- Crude oil held onto gains after an industry report showed exopanding U.S. inventories as OPEC and allied oil producers mull deepening supply cuts.Futures settled 1.6% higher in New York on Tuesday before the American Petroleum Institute disclosed a 4.45 million-barrel increase in crude inventories, according to people familiar with the data. If confirmed by a government tally on Wednesday, it will be the longest run of gains in almost a year.Prices rose earlier after Reuters reporter that members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries are concerned about the outlook for demand next year.“The biggest piece of news is that OPEC is considering deeper cuts,” said Josh Graves, senior market strategist at RJ O’Brien & Associates in Chicago.“I think that’s something that needs to be done.”U.S. benchmark futures have been under pressure for the past six months as the protracted U.S.-China trade war imperiled worldwide energy demand. President Donald Trump on Monday said negotiations are progressing, raising expectations that the world’s largest economies may sign a deal as soon as next month.West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery, which expired Tuesday, rose 85 cents to settle at $54.16 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The more active December contract rose 81 cents to $54.32 at 4:59 p.m.Brent for December settlement increased 74 cents to close at $59.70 on the London-based ICE Futures Europe Exchange. The global benchmark crude traded at a premium of $5.22 to WTI for the same month as of the close.To contact the reporter on this story: Jacquelyn Melinek in New York at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Marino at firstname.lastname@example.org, Joe Carroll, Carlos CaminadaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
(Bloomberg) -- An ugly two months for software stocks is getting worse, and bullish investors are looking to earnings reports this week from ServiceNow Inc. and Microsoft Corp. to stem the tide.Zoom Video Communications Inc. and ServiceNow fell more than 5% on Tuesday, each extending losing streaks to a fifth consecutive day. The group has been under renewed pressure since last week, despite an earnings report from Atlassian Corp. that was praised by analysts. Both ServiceNow and Microsoft are due to report Wednesday afternoon.“We all know there’s some frothiness in some of these specialty software as a service companies,” said Jason Benowitz, a senior portfolio manager with Roosevelt Investment Group. “I’m interested in how the market will react when Microsoft reports, because I think everyone is expecting results to be strong.”Software valuations have come under the microscope amid concerns about whether their break-neck growth is sustainable in a slowing economy and a renewed focus on profitability in the wake of WeWork’s initial public offering stumble. A Goldman Sachs basket of expensive software stocks has fallen 28% from a July peak, with nearly all of that decline coming since the start of September.Other big decliners on Tuesday included Slack Technologies Inc. and Alteryx Inc., which both fell more than 7%, while Coupa Software Inc.has lost 24% since the beginning of last week.To contact the reporter on this story: Jeran Wittenstein in San Francisco at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Catherine Larkin at firstname.lastname@example.org, Courtney DentchFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
(Bloomberg) -- Facebook Inc. shares fell the most in two months after a state antitrust investigation into the social-media company widened, with dozens more states joining the probe led by New York.Facebook dropped after the New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Tuesday that 45 states -- plus Guam and the District of Columbia -- are investigating whether the company harmed competition. Shares fell 3.3% to $183.44 at 3:13 p.m. in New York, the most since Aug. 14.“Big Tech must account for its actions,” Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, whose state joined the probe, said in a statement. “I am proud to join my Republican and Democrat colleagues in efforts to ensure tech giants can no longer hide behind complexity and complicity.”The expansion of the investigation deepens the antitrust scrutiny into Facebook at the state and federal levels. In addition to the attorneys general, the Federal Trade Commission, the Justice Department and the House Judiciary Committee are conducting their own investigations.Separately on Tuesday, the Justice Department’s antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim, who is probing large internet platforms as part of a broad review of competition in digital markets, said at a Wall Street Journal tech conference in California that a breakup of a tech company is “perfectly on the table” if justified by the evidence uncovered in the probe.James, a Democrat, has said the state antitrust probe aims to find out whether Facebook’s actions endangered user data, reduced the quality of consumers’ choices or increased the price of advertising, its main source of revenue. State attorneys general led by Texas are separately investigating Alphabet Inc.’s Google for possible antitrust violations.A Facebook spokesman said the company intends to cooperate with the state attorneys general.“People have multiple choices for every one of the services we provide,” the company said. “We understand that if we stop innovating, people can easily leave our platform. This underscores the competition we face, not only in the U.S. but around the globe.”On Monday, James hosted a meeting of policy experts to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of various antitrust legal theories involving Facebook, according to a person familiar with the gathering. They also reviewed Facebook’s acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp, as well as privacy issues and the company’s power in the digital-advertising market, the person said. The Wall Street Journal first reported the meeting.James and a bipartisan group of state attorneys general met earlier this month with key officials at the Justice Department and the FTC to discuss the investigation. The meetings raised the prospect that the states could join the federal probes, similar to the way states collaborated with the epic U.S. antitrust case against Microsoft Corp. that started in the 1990s.(Updates with share price in second paragraph.)To contact the reporters on this story: Erik Larson in New York at email@example.com;David McLaughlin in Washington at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Glovin at email@example.com, Steve StrothFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Netflix says 64 million households watched "Stranger Things 3" in its first month and 32 million households watched “Unbelievable." Are those figures believable?
The buzz surrounding Apple’s augmented reality headset is getting stronger. On October 21, Bloomberg reported that the company is planning a 2020 release.
(Bloomberg) -- Netflix Inc. sold around $2.2 billion of bonds in the U.S. and Europe as it continues to bolster its original content in the face of expanding competition.Investors bought $1 billion of dollar-denominated bonds and 1.1 billion of euro bonds ($1.2 billion) from the TV streaming company, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Netflix had said Monday it would sell about $2 billion of debt with the proceeds being used for general corporate purposes, including content purchases and production as well as potential acquisitions, according to a statement.The dollar-denominated 10.5-year bonds, which can’t be bought back, will yield 4.875%, down from around 5.125%, according to a person with knowledge of the price talk. The euro notes, which have the same maturity, will pay 3.625%, after initially discussing around 3.875%, the person said, asking not to be identified as the details are private.Netflix issued debt after reporting earnings that beat analyst estimates and saw overseas growth that helped sooth investors’ concerns about a slowdown at home. The company burned through $551 million of cash in the third quarter and is “slowly” moving toward becoming free cash flow positive, Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings said in a letter to shareholders last week. In the meantime, Netflix will continue to tap the high-yield market for its investment needs, he said.The Los Gatos, California-based company reiterated expectations to burn through $3.5 billion in cash this year as the war for content heats up. It’s been raising prices -- often at the expense of subscriber gains -- in some of its largest territories, trying to shift toward profitability as streaming service competition mounts from companies such as Walt Disney Co., AT&T Inc. and Apple Inc.Netflix has historically relied on the high-yield bond market to finance its growth, typically issuing debt following its first- and third-quarter earnings in April and October, respectively. Its debt load, including operating lease liabilities, has steadily grown to around $13.5 billion since first tapping the market in 2009, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.Netflix has become one of the largest issuers in the U.S. junk-bond market. Its dollar bonds may have a market value in the $10 billion to $10.5 billion area, placing Netflix as the 11th largest borrower in the benchmark Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Corporate High Yield Bond Index, according to Bloomberg Intelligence.What Bloomberg Intelligence Says“Netflix may issue new junk bonds for several more years as proceeds from debt sales fuel not only free-cash-flow deficits, but also repayment of bond principal. While Netflix may not produce free cash flow until 2023, it must address a $500 million bond principal in 2021 and another $700 million in early 2022.”\--Stephen Flynn, corporate credit analystClick here to view the research reportThe company last borrowed $2.24 billion of junk bonds in April, and said that it would reduce its reliance on debt financing at the time. CEO Hastings walked back that language in a July letter to shareholders, saying Netflix planned to still use the high-yield market to fund content investments.Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs Group Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Deutsche Bank AG and Wells Fargo & Co. managed the bond sale, the data show.\--With assistance from Rizal Tupaz, Laura Benitez and Gowri Gurumurthy.To contact the reporters on this story: Molly Smith in New York at firstname.lastname@example.org;Elizabeth Rembert in New York at email@example.comTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Nikolaj Gammeltoft at firstname.lastname@example.orgFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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United Technologies (UTX) reported its Q3 earnings today before the market opened. UTX’s revenues of $19.5 billion beat the expectation of $19.39 billion.
Investing.com – Stocks on Wall Street fell back modestly Tuesday, buffeted by political undertainty in Britain, tech weakness at home and a big change at Boeing (NYSE:BA).