Loves Data Loves on November 9

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It’s another Monday and we’re here to help you get the week started! Here’s your two-minute update.

Facebook Earnings

Facebook announced its Q3 earnings last week and the company is continuing to beat projections with over 41% growth in revenue when compared to the same period last year. Video ads were the big growth sector with over eight billion views every day. Stocks have followed suit with an all-time high.

Blackberry Priv

Blackberry released a new smartphone last week called ‘Priv’. Running Android software, the phone promises customisability as well as the security Blackberries are renowned for. The phone also comes equipped with a physical keyboard – something true Blackberry fans have missed in the last few years. Early reviews are positive, but whether it’s all too little too late to compete with Apple and Samsung remains to be seen.

Share the Internet

When you spend money online, where does it go? Not too many places as it turns out. According to the Russell 3000 index, Facebook, Google, and Amazon command over 70% of the online industry’s total market value of over USD 1.5 trillion.

Google Returning to China

Five years after withdrawing from the market in 2010, Google’s getting ready to return services to mainland China. Both Sergei Brin and Eric Schmidt have made comments in the week indicating a return. No details yet on how it will all be rolled out.

Social Competition

We’ve just launched a competition to celebrate our very own, new book ‘Learning Google AdWords and Google Analytics.’ For your chance to win your very own copy (and new favourite desk accessory) simply upload or share one of our images of the new book and tell us what helps you learn. Make sure you tag Loves Data and use the hashtag #LovesData! It’s a great read – so get cracking.

YouTube Goes VR

YouTube is giving virtual reality its biggest opportunity yet, announcing last week that new features in its app will support VR content. Users can click for a VR option on 360 videos, insert the phone into a Cardboard device and enjoy being in the moment. So far only the Android app has these new features, but updates to the iOS app are coming soon. This isn’t the only news from YouTube

– earlier this week, they introduced a subscription service,

YouTube Red

, where users can opt to go ad-free and have exclusive access to content for ten dollars a month.

‘Tis the Season

Google Maps and search are getting ever more helpful especially during the holiday season, by introducing a holiday hours function. Businesses with their own Google listing will be prompted to enter their holiday hours, and users will be warned if those hours are in effect within seven days of their search. No more Christmas Eve shopping disappointments. Are you making the most of your Google My Business listing yet? We have a few handy tips for you in this blog.