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Amazon shares fall as record profits are offset by conservative holiday forecasts

Amazon is still raking in the cash, but its slower than expected customer growth in its web services offerings and a weaker than expected sales outlook for the holiday season shook investor confidence and caused the stock to slide around 5 percent in after-hours trading.

Profits for the company continued to soar, reaching $2.9 billion, or $5.75 per share, up from $2.5 billion in the second quarter, and handily beating analysts’ estimates of $3.14 per share. Those earnings were offset by slower revenue growth at $56.6 billion versus the $57.1 billion analysts had expected.

Potentially more worrying for investors were the figures that Amazon predicted for the all-important holiday fourth quarter. The company said it was expecting $66.5 billion to $72.5 billion in sales, versus analyst estimates of somewhere around $73.8 billion for the giant e-commerce company.

Sales from Amazon Web Services also likely weighed on investors’ minds. The company managed to just about hit analyst expectations, with sales from Web Services coming in at around $6.7 billion, but that number indicates that growth for AWS is slowing.

The company, never afraid of taking big swings on new products and services, launched a new family of devices in September (that included integrations for Alexa with pretty much everything but the kitchen sink).

Those Alexa-enabled devices continue to be a bright spot for the company, and one that will hopefully lead to higher sales during the holiday season. Alexa-enabled home devices now include 20,000 gadgets from 3,500 brands — including, somewhat inexplicably, the AmazonBasics Microwave.

Amazon Web Services weren’t the only area that showed slowing growth, with international sales also slowing seeing $15.5 billion in sales versus analyst expectations of $16.5 billion in international revenue.

Amazon’s predictions for the fourth quarter would mean sales growth of somewhere between 10 percent and 20 percent. That’s a lower rate than the 30 percent growth rate the company enjoyed in the fourth quarter last year. Meanwhile, revenue predictions for the fourth quarter would be flat on an annual basis, which is something that investors don’t love.

Ultimately, the company said it was seeing good cost performance as it wrings more out of the existing customers that it has despite facing headwinds coming from its commitment to increase compensation among some hourly workers to $15 per hour.

Both Amazon’s Prime service and AWS continue to be the gifts that keep on giving for the company.
Amazon announced earlier in the year that it had snagged more than 100 million members. After hitting that milestone, the company summarily raised the price of a subscription.

The company continues to push hard into offline retail, expanding its Amazon Go store and opening a new four-star store in New York.


Source: TechCrunch

Los tres grandes secretos de las casas de intercambio de criptomonedas

Un informe revela que estas entidades suelen operar sin ningún tipo de transparencia ni mecanismos de seguridad para los inversores y destaca tres dudas críticas sobre su funcionamiento. Pero sus responsables se defienden y piden a los reguladores que no interfieran
Source: MIT

La falta de expertos en ciberseguridad obliga a recurrir a estudiantes

Se estima que en 2021 habrá 3,5 millones de puestos de trabajo sin cubrir en este sector. Para solucionar su demanda, esta universidad ha reclutado a miles de estudiantes para que se formen en la práctica mientras terminan sus estudios. Pero estos jóvenes no están solos, una IA les ayuda
Source: MIT

How Does Gaming Affect Your Body? We Actually Tried to Find Out

From brain-mapping to pitting our reactions against an esports pro’s, we’re aiming to figure this out once and for all.
Source: Wired

Lawmakers Seek Review of Pentagon Contract Thought to Favor Amazon

Two Republican members of Congress have asked the Defense Department’s Inspector General to probe the specs for a $10 billion cloud computing contract.
Source: Wired

AMD’s Radeon RX 590 inches closer to launch, will take on Nvidia’s GTX 1060

AMD is gearing up to take on Nvidia’s mid-range GTX 1060 by prepping to launch its Radeon RX 590 card. An RX 590 card made by third-party PowerColor was last spotted in a regulatory filing with the Eurasian Economic Union.

The post AMD’s Radeon RX 590 inches closer to launch, will take on Nvidia’s GTX 1060 appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Snapchat loses 2M more users but shares pop 8% as business improves

Snapchat continued to shrink in Q3 2018 but its business is steadily improving. Snapchat’s daily active user count shrank again by 1 percent to 186 million, down from 188M and a negatve 1.5 percent growth rate in Q2, though user count is still up 5 percent year-over-year. Snapchat earned $298 million in revenue with an EPS loss of $0.12, beating Wall Street’s expectations of $283 million in revenue and EPS loss of $0.14 with a loss of a half a million users.

Snap entered earnings with a $6.99 share price, close to its $6.46 all-time low and way down from its $24 IPO opening price. Snap lost $325 million this quarter compared to $353 million in Q2, so it’s making some progress with its cost cutting. That emboldened Wall Street, which pushed Snap’s share price up 8.3 percent to around $7.57. The stock had been so heavily shorted by investors that even with the user count drop, it only needed modest growth in its business for shares to perk up.

An Uphill Battle

Q3 saw Snapchat’s launch its first in-house augmented reality Snappable games, while plans for an third-party gaming platform leak  It launched Lens Explorer to draw more attention to developer and creator-built augmented reality experiences, plus its Storyteller program to connect social media stars to brands to earn sponsorship money. It also shut down its Venmo-like Snapcash feature. But the biggest news came from its Q2 earnings report where it announced it’d lost 3 million users. That scored it a short-lived stock price pop, but competition and user shrinkage has pushed Snap’s shares to new lows.

Snapchat is depending on the Project Mushroom engineering overhaul of its Android app to speed up performance, and thereby accelerate user growth and retention. Snap neglected the developing world’s Android market for years as it focused on iPhone-toting US teens. Given Snapchat is all about quick videos, slow load times made it nearly unusable, especially in markets with slower network connections and older phones.

Looking at the competitive landscape, WhatsApp’s Snapchat Stories clone Status has grown to 450 million daily users while Instagram Stories has reached 400 million dailies — much of that coming in the developing world, thereby blocking Snap’s growth abroad as I predicted when Insta Stories launched.. Snap Map hasn’t become ubiquitous, Snap’s Original Shows still aren’t premium enough to drag in tons of new users, Discover is a clickbait-overloaded mess, and Instagram has already copied the best parts of its ephemeral messaging. Snap could be vulnerable in the developing world if WhatsApp similarly copies its disappearing chats.

At this rate, Snap will run out of money before it’s projected to become profitable in 2020 or 2021. That means the company will likely need to sell new shares in exchange for outside investment or get acquired to survive.


Source: TechCrunch

Netflix workplace culture often 'ruthless, demoralizing,' WSJ reports – CNET

Netflix’s manifesto on culture is legendary in Silicon Valley, making it a bedrock of how the tech industry treats workers.
Source: CNET

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3: Release date, price, specs, four cameras, 5G – CNET

It’s got no notch, no bezels, four cameras and it won’t break your bank. Just saying.
Source: CNET

Faraday Future free to seek funding beyond Evergrande, arbitrator says – Roadshow

The company recently made some deep cuts, which it attributed to Evergrande’s stranglehold on its finances.
Source: CNET

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