Happy Friday, Austin! Here are a few tech stories you should be checking out today:
Apple’s money roll grows and grows
On the eve of its official iPhone X launch, Apple had a strong earnings report that countered fears that its main business line might be slowing down. Instead, it seems as if lots of phone buyers bypassed the iPhone 8 and 8+ to wait for the iPhone X, which the company expects will have strong holiday sales. Beyond the iPhone, though, Apple had a good fourth quarter in iPad and Mac sales as well as income from its services. Apple beat estimates with revenue of $52.58 billion, but it should be noted that estimates were conservative on fears that Apple might have a supply constrain on the iPhone X. Wall Street was thrilled: shares of Apple rose 3.1 percent in after-hours trading to $173.38, according to The Street.
Trump booted from Twitter... for 11 minutes
President Donald Trump’s controversial Twitter feed was shut down for 11 minutes on Thursday in what the company initially described as human error. It turns out the story was a little more interesting than that:
Through our investigation we have learned that this was done by a Twitter customer support employee who did this on the employee’s last day. We are conducting a full internal review. https://t.co/mlarOgiaRF— Twitter Government (@TwitterGov) November 3, 2017
An investigation is being conducted, according to Twitter.
Sprint + T-Mobile could still happen
The Wall Street Journal reports that a merger between the third- and fourth-largest wireless carriers in the U.S. could still happen after reports that the deal was off a few days ago. The companies are working to salvage the deal.
A war over poop emojis
In “This is why we have Buzzfeed” news, documents have been uncovered revealing heated internal debate within the Unicode Technical Committee over what the future of poop emojis should be. Apparently, not everyone is a fan of “Organic waste” in cartoon form and believes that additional poop emojis would be, well.. you can probably come up with a workfor what they think it is. The article is worth a read.
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