Tag Archives: Facebook

Financial Daily Dose 2.19.2020 | Top Story: Arguments Begin Regarding Facebook’s 2010 Tax Bill

BY: Juvian Hernandez | February 19, 2020

On Tuesday, a U.S. federal tax court began hearing arguments regarding Facebook’s 2010 tax bill. The IRS valued Facebook at $13.8 billion, while Facebook reported only $6.5 billion. The final tally could potentially cost Zuck’s baby between $5-9 billion, depending on the ruling’s impact on future tax calculations and penalties. – Law 360 The U.S. District … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 2.18.2020 | Top Story: Apple Cuts Revenue Expectations and HSBC Axes Jobs as Coronavirus Infects Business Outlook

BY: Michael D. Reif | February 18, 2020

Apple announced that the coronavirus outbreak that’s brought Chinese manufacturing to a near-standstill and continues to spread around the world will affect its quarterly sales expectations.  The news makes Apple “one of the first companies to publicly disclose the extent of the chain effect from China and the virus on the business world” – NYTimes … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 2.13.2020 | Top Story: Britain Investigates Ties Between Jeffrey Epstein and Barclays CEO Staley

BY: Michael D. Reif | February 13, 2020

UK regulators are probing ties between disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein and Barclays CEO Jes Staley. The bank’s board is so far standing 100% with Staley, who has expressed “regret” over his relationship with Epstein – Bloomberg and NYTimes and WSJ Meanwhile, in an effort to push Facebook and other social media giants toward self-policing, a … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 2.12.2020 | Top Story: Big Tech Antitrust Update

BY: Juvian Hernandez | February 12, 2020

Big-Tech/Antitrust Update: the FTC has demanded information from Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc., Facebook Inc., Microsoft Corp., and Alphabet Inc. regarding acquisitions of small firms over the past 10 years that may have been too small to trigger antitrust review. This analysis of Big Tech’s “kill zones” may lead to future changes in how the FTC … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 2.10.2020 | Top Story: Volvo May go Public Via Merger With Owner’s Geely Automobile Holdings

BY: Michael D. Reif | February 10, 2020

Volvo’s owner, Li Shufu, is mulling over a move to combine the carmaker with his publicly traded Geely Automobile Holdings—a play that would take Volvo public and “unify the bulk of billionaire Li’s growing stable of automotive brands.” It would also “mark a creative way to list Volvo Cars, which delayed plans for an IPO … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 1.30.2020 | Top Story: Facebook Pays $550 Million to Resolve Privacy Class Action Over Use of Facial Recognition Tech

BY: Michael D. Reif | January 30, 2020

Facebook has agreed to pay $550 million to resolve a class-action lawsuit claiming that Zuck & Co.’s use of facial recognition technology violated Illinois’ biometric privacy law. Though the settlement is little more than “a rounding error for Facebook, which reported that revenue rose 25 percent to $21 billion in the fourth quarter,” it’s still … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 1.17.2020 | Top Story: Senate Passes USMCA by Wide Margin to Update NAFTA

BY: Michael D. Reif | January 17, 2020

While there’s plenty of other business afoot in D.C. these days, it also happens to have been a pretty big week for trade deals. A day after Phase One with China was inked, the Senate overwhelmingly approved a revised NAFTA—now officially the USMCA—which will get final executive approval next week – NYTimes and WSJ and … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 1.7.2020 | Top Story: Facebook Ban of “Deepfakes”

BY: Juvian Hernandez | January 7, 2020

Facebook wages a war on misinformation. On Monday, Facebook announced it will start removing videos altered by artificial intelligence that are likely to mislead people into thinking that a subject of the video made statements they never actually stated. The policy will not apply to parody and satire. New York Times – Bloomberg and WSJ … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 12.16.2019 | Top Story: Boeing Execs Mull Halting 737 Max Production as FAA Clearance Stalls

BY: Juvian Hernandez | December 16, 2019

Boeing’s 737 MAX faces an uncertain future. Boeing is considering at least a temporary halt to its 737 Max production “as regulatory clearance for the grounded jet’s return looks increasingly likely to slip beyond January 2020.” Boeing has already cut production by some 20% on the plane since the second of two fatal crashes, and … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 12.13.2019 | Top Story: US Announces Phase One Trade Agreement With China, But No Confirmation From Chinese

BY: Michael D. Reif | December 13, 2019

The US and China have reportedly reached an initial agreement on the “final terms of a phase one trade deal, moving both countries closer to signing a pact that” the White House originally announced in October and averting new December tariffs. Under those terms, the U.S. would “slash the overall rate on the tariffs . … Continue reading