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Tech, travel, and food. Tech Editor at @Qz, founder of @CityNotes, co-host of @NeedleAndMouse.

This won’t help the pessimism around Google’s advertising business

qz.com — The numbers: Google reported fourth-quarter revenue of $18.1 billion. That's 15% growth over last year and below analysts' expectations. (Google cited "strong currency headwinds.") Non-GAAP earnings per share reached $6.88, also below expectations. Shares initially fell in after-hours trading, but then climbed about 2% as executives calmed everyone down on the earnings call.

The one chart that shows how Facebook has nailed mobile

qz.com — The real story at Facebook over the past several years is one of execution. Many online companies knew that mobile was the future, but few have transitioned as impressively as Facebook, both in product and business: It owns four mobile apps that live in the top ten lists of the world's app stores, including two it acquired-Instagram...

Here’s how much money you made for Facebook last year

qz.com — Facebook brought in record revenue last year: $12.5 billion, up 58% from 2013. With almost 1.4 billion users at the end of the year, the average Facebook user generated almost $10 in revenue in 2014. But the value of a Facebook user varies greatly by geography.

Facebook’s success in mobile is exceptionally impressive

qz.com — Facebook reported its fourth-quarter financial results this afternoon. The numbers: Big-picture, Facebook beat expectations. Fourth-quarter sales passed $3.85 billion, representing 49% year-over-year growth, and beating Wall Street's expectations. Net income reached $701 million, up 34%. Still, shares declined 3% in after-hours trading. The takeaway: What's most impressive is how well Facebook has executed in mobile-both in attracting...

Apple’s bet on big-screen iPhones was simply brilliant

qz.com — When Apple announced last year that its two new iPhones would have significantly larger screens, it was-to some extent-a concession. The company had long turned up its nose at supersized smartphones, but then there was CEO Tim Cook, announcing that the only new iPhones you could buy would come in two sizes: extra-large and extra-extra-large.

Apple just sold 75 million iPhones and brought in $75 billion

qz.com — The numbers: Apple's first quarter was its biggest ever by far, and marked accelerating growth. Its $74.6 billion in revenue was a new record, representing 30% growth over last year. Its $18 billion in profit was also a new record. And its 74.5 million iPhone shipments beat last year's record by almost 50%.

Why Apple is growing again

qz.com — Apple's amazing growth spurt earlier this decade set it up to become the most valuable technology company on the planet. A slower growth period followed. But when Apple announces its fiscal first quarter results today, it is poised to step on the accelerator once again.

Microsoft’s transition to the cloud will be a drawn-out slog

qz.com — Microsoft has reported its fourth-quarter results. The numbers: Microsoft put together a solid Christmas quarter. Sales rose 8% from the previous year's fourth quarter to $26.5 billion, narrowly beating Wall Street's expectations. Search advertising grew 23%. Surface tablet revenue reached $1.1 billion, up 24%, and the company sold 6.6 million Xbox devices.

This is Origami-Starbucks’ single-use pourover kit in Japan

qz.com — There are many ways to brew instant coffee, but this is one of the most creative. Origami is Starbucks Japan's take on the single-use pourover filter, a product that coffee brands have long sold at Japan's ubiquitous convenience stores. Starbucks calls it "personal drip," and offers it in three roasts.

How Google might get you better wireless service-without paying them a thing

qz.com — Google is preparing to offer its own US wireless service, in partnership with Sprint and T-Mobile, the Wall Street Journal (paywall) and The Information (paywall) are reporting. There are still a lot of big questions, including how expensive the plans will be, where and when they'll be available, how much Google will try to rely...
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