Good morning! Here’s the tech news you need to know to end your week.
1. Google’s Q4 profit came up short, and its stock took a hit. After reporting its Q4 earnings, the Californian company’s share price was down 2% in after-hours trading.
2. Microsoft beat the street, but its stock went nowhere. The Washington company also reported its quarterly earnings on Thursday.
3. Hundreds of people plan to protest against Mark Zuckerberg’s Hawaiian wall. The Facebook CEO is being attacked over his decision to sue hundreds Hawaiians over their land.
4. The former head of Google’s self-driving car project has been secretly working on his own startup. Chris Urmson has his own self-driving car company, Aurora Innovation.
5. Two of Cisco’s biggest competitors quietly kicked it in the teeth this week. Facebook and VMWare are muscling in on its territory.
6. Microsoft says its attack on Apple’s Mac business is working. It claims to be slowly eating into Apple’s dominance of the high-end computer market.
7. Google’s CEO didn’t have a very convincing answer for a potentially huge weakness in its business. Sundar Pichai didn’t provide any detail about how Google plans to evolve its ads business into the world of voice-based computing.
8. A load of more details about Samsung’s upcoming phone, the Galaxy S8, just leaked. The device will reportedly launch on March 29, and there are purported photos floating around.
9. Marisa Mayer’s team at Yahoo might be looking into getting fired by Verizon. Yahoo employees will get a payout if they get terminated post-acquisition.
10. Twitter is signalling that its “bold new experience” to revive growth hasn’t worked. The company is removing its “Moments” tab and replacing it with a new tab called “Explore.”