This week’s sometimes unique and sometimes weird top stories will definitely show you that technology today is not only advancing, but often takes too many turns to the side to create other things beyond what’s normal.
Tesla’s Solar Roof Tiles
Elon Musk of Tesla recently unveiled its new solar roof tiles that the company hopes will revolutionize the way consumers use green power for the home. Along with the revelation is the new Powerwall 2.0 battery unit that now packs twice the energy storage when compared to other standard solar batteries on the market.
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The solar roof tiles come in four distinct styles. They seem to be transparent but are actually opaque when viewed from an angle. The new tiles could become more efficient, durable, and cost-effective than existing solar panels on the market today.
Facebook News Trending is Late for Protest
A massive social media protest exploded on Facebook, yet Facebook’s Trending system was several hours late in picking up the trend. People around the country were checking in on Facebook at the Standing Rock Native American Reservation in an effort to supposedly hinder local Morton County police from targeting protesters attending in person to fight an oil pipeline through historic tribal lands.
Facebook Q3 Earnings Were Insane
Facebook had a wildly successful third quarter (Q3), earning $7.01 billion in revenue and $1.09 in earnings per share (EPS). That’s off of from 1.79 billion monthly users, up 16% year-over-year, and growing 4.67% this quarter, speeding up from 3.63% last quarter. Also, daily active users rose to 1.18 from 1.13 billion last quarter, and up 17% annually. Facebook now has hit a new billion-user milestone as it reached 1.055 billion mobile-only users. Facebook destroyed analyst estimates, which were $6.92 billion in revenue and $0.97 EPS. Still, Facebook’s share price is down because it says it’s hitting maximum ad load, which will reduce revenue growth.
Lazada is Expanding
It was confirmed that Lazada, which took a $1 billion investment from Alibaba earlier this year, is spending $30 to 40 million to buy RedMart, a Singapore-based online grocery startup.
But Amazon is Expanding as Well
Amazon wants to strengthen its presence in Asia. The U.S. online retail giant doesn’t currently offer local services in Southeast Asia. So now it is working to enter the region with a possible launch in Singapore in the first quarter of 2017.
Facebook Under Fire for Halloween Emoji Change
Facebook has come under fire for automatically replacing its normal emoji with Halloween images after users attempting to mourn a friend’s suicide found their “sad face” emoji replaced with a Frankenstein face. Users then took to Twitter to complain about the changes, telling Facebook they are “not cool” and “totally haven’t thought it through,” among the more kinder negative tweets. Instead of the usual emojis, the Halloween reactions show a laughing witch, a shocked ghost, a crying Frankenstein’s monster, and an angry pumpkin.