FB Nov 2019 180.000 call

OPR - OPR Delayed Price. Currency in USD
12.50
0.00 (0.00%)
As of 3:55PM EDT. Market open.
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Previous Close12.00
Open11.00
Bid11.25
Ask11.35
Strike180.00
Expire Date2019-11-01
Day's Range10.84 - 11.45
Contract RangeN/A
Volume72
Open Interest3.77k
  • RBC: China will overtake the U.S. on digital currencies if U.S. kills Libra
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    RBC: China will overtake the U.S. on digital currencies if U.S. kills Libra

    RBC Capital Markets put out a note to investors on the digital currency space and the potential for China to become the leading global digital currency provider, particularly if Libra ends up failing. The report also looks at paths forward for Libra now that several of its key backers have dropped out. Jen Rogers, Myles Udland and Dan Roberts discuss.

  • Barrons.com

    Facebook and Google Have Happy Workers. It Might Be Helping Their Stocks.

    Do happy workers make for better stock returns? According to a note published Thursday by quantitative analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, there appears to be a correlation between employee satisfaction and stock returns. It is home to some tech giants, including (GOOGL) (ticker: GOOGL), (FB) (FB), and (NFLX)(NFLX), media firms like (DIS) (DIS), and telecom companies (T) (T), (CHTR) (CHTR), and (VZ) (VZ).

  • Financial Times

    Facebook’s Libra is a threat to national sovereignty

    When 11 countries in Europe joined the euro in 1999, they freely relinquished their national currencies. plan for a global digital currency, Facebook has shown both economic and political ambitions. The project would mean a private company controlling a common good and taking over tasks normally discharged by states.

  • Facebook’s payments strategy isn’t Libra, it’s WhatsApp
    Quartz

    Facebook’s payments strategy isn’t Libra, it’s WhatsApp

    Judging by the headlines from the last few weeks, you wouldn’t know that Facebook’s payments strategy is moving along just fine. Much of the last week has been dedicated to the slow crumbling of Libra, Facebook’s crypto project.

  • Bloomberg

    Ukraine Peace Talks Get Some Help From Putin

    (Bloomberg Opinion) -- Under constant pressure from protesters who fear a “surrender” to Russia, the government of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is laying out what it calls its red lines in peace talks on eastern Ukraine. A number of these are hard for Russia to accept, but that doesn’t mean the peace process is doomed.Unlike in the last three years or so, both sides actually want to end the conflict, and share the goal of having the Kyiv government re-establish sovereignty over the regions in eastern Ukraine now held by pro-Moscow separatists. The question that any further talks must settle is to what extent Russia will be able to maintain its influence in the area, known as the Donbas. That’s a gray area in which reality is likely to defy any formal red lines.Zelenskiy, predictably, got into trouble at home after Ukraine accepted a key Russian demand — that it approve the so-called Steinmeier formula, proposed by German President Frank Walter-Steinmeier in 2016, when he was his nation’s foreign minister. The formula says the separatist-held areas should get a special autonomous status under Ukrainian law immediately after the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe recognizes the outcome of a local election.These sequence’s opponents include Zelenskiy’s predecessor, Petro Poroshenko, and the well-armed veterans of the east Ukraine war. They say an election is only possible after Russia restores to Ukraine the control of its eastern border. For the Kremlin, this condition means Ukrainians may try to arrest its supporters in eastern Ukraine before the election — and before they’re subject to an amnesty stipulated in Ukraine’s law on the east’s special status.Zelenskiy could have ignored protests in Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities. Though his popular support is dropping — a recent poll shows it at 66%, down from 73% in September — his desire for peace in the east remains overwhelmingly popular. But Ukraine is a country at war, and veterans are a powerful force. Some of them proved that by effectively scuppering an agreed pullback of both Russian and separatist troops near the village of Zolote. Led by a nationalist former legislator, they have inserted themselves between the Ukrainian and separatist troops, saying they were there to prevent a Russian takeover of the territory that regular Ukrainian forces had been ordered to leave. Zelenskiy refused to remove them by force, saying persuasion was the better approach. The official reason Ukraine has halted its troop withdrawal is that the separatists haven’t ceased fire.Vladislav Surkov, the Kremlin official in charge of eastern Ukraine, has called the mutual pullback at Zolote a precondition for restarting talks with Ukraine in the so-called Normandy format — mediated by Germany and France. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his aides doubt that Zelenskiy can stand up to the domestic opposition to the degree necessary for progress. But Zelenskiy is working to make the pullback happen, and eventually it will.Meanwhile, Zelenskiy and his foreign minister, Vadym Prystaiko, are trying to reassure both Ukrainians and allies in Europe that they’re not about to hand Putin a veto on Ukraine's future direction by letting him control the east. During a marathon 14-hour news conference last week, Zelenskiy told reporters that his team had “undercommunicated” its position. He has since used every opportunity, including a speech to the military in the east, to insist that no elections will be held in the crosshairs of Russian guns. “Believe me, I’m already getting an allergy to the word ‘capitulation,’ ” he told service members.At the same time, Prystaiko has traveled to Luxembourg and Brussels to communicate a similar message. He has named three distinct Ukrainian red lines: Eastern territories’ autonomy shouldn’t turn Ukraine, now a unitary state, into a federation; Ukraine won’t change its constitution to incorporate expanded rights for these territories; elections will be held only after all Russian troops are withdrawn, pro-Russian military units disbanded and control of the border handed back to Ukraine. Darka Olifer, spokesperson for Leonid Kuchma, who was the president of Ukraine for a decade starting in the mid-1990s and now represents the country in preliminary talks with Moscow, laid out the same position in a Facebook post on Tuesday. This represents unprecedented clarity on where the Zelenskiy administration stands as the sides are trying to agree on a date for Normandy-format talks. At first glance, this clarity isn’t encouraging. Russia has said many times it would reject border handover and disarmament demands because they run counter to the 2015 Minsk agreements, which serve as the basis for the talks. But there has been no official rebuff from the Kremlin to all the Ukrainian publicity concerning red lines.Russia is the party holding back the final decision on the summit date. It’s deliberately allowing Zelenskiy time for his persuasion campaign while it tries to establish what progress could be possible in the talks. It’s clear, however, that Putin doesn’t want the peace process to lapse; he’s had, and skipped, plenty of opportunities to say that a summit makes no sense, as he’d done in previous years.Putin is tired of the status quo and the European economic sanctions that come with it. It’s a good moment for moving forward. The U.S. is distracted by its political scandals, the leaders of France and Germany want the Ukraine matter out of the way, and Zelenskiy is eager to keep his electoral promise to end the war.Putin, an experienced negotiator, also knows red lines can be fudged during actual talks. A formal federation isn’t necessary if some Ukrainian regions are run by Moscow-friendly administrations that Kyiv can’t remove. Other compromises also are possible, including the formation of an international peacemaking force to control the border in the run-up to the election. Even disbanding the unrecognized “people’s republics” armed forces is not taboo if they’re allowed to transform into the local police forces allowed by the Minsk agreements.What’s important for Putin is to make sure Kremlin-friendly forces prevail in the eastern Ukraine election. That would give him enough leverage in a reunited Ukraine to give up the people’s republics. That outcome can be assured by finding a balance between giving Zelenskiy enough control to pacify the domestic opposition but not enough to take the pro-Russian leaders out of the running.The complex maneuvering makes any kind of quick deal unlikely. But with both sides seeking closure, there’s still some reason for optimism.To contact the author of this story: Leonid Bershidsky at lbershidsky@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Tobin Harshaw at tharshaw@bloomberg.netThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Leonid Bershidsky is Bloomberg Opinion's Europe columnist. He was the founding editor of the Russian business daily Vedomosti and founded the opinion website Slon.ru.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Facebook executive confident Libra will win enough financial backers
    Reuters

    Facebook executive confident Libra will win enough financial backers

    Facebook Inc, whose digital currency project Libra has been abandoned by several high-profile partners including PayPal, Visa and Mastercard, still expects to get 100 banks and financial firms on board once it addresses regulatory concerns, the head of the project said on Wednesday. "It will take time for us to address all of the regulatory concerns that were raised and it's our duty and our responsibility to come with answers to all of these questions," head of Libra David Marcus told a panel at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) conference in Washington.

  • Twitter Q3 2019 Earnings Preview: Buy TWTR Stock Up 40% in 2019?
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  • Amazon (AMZN) Q3 2019 Earnings Preview: AWS, Prime & Advertising
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  • UPDATE 2-Facebook executive confident Libra will win enough financial backers
    Reuters

    UPDATE 2-Facebook executive confident Libra will win enough financial backers

    Facebook Inc, whose digital currency project Libra has been abandoned by several high-profile partners including PayPal, Visa and Mastercard, still expects to get 100 banks and financial firms on board once it addresses regulatory concerns, the head of the project said on Wednesday. "It will take time for us to address all of the regulatory concerns that were raised and it's our duty and our responsibility to come with answers to all of these questions," head of Libra David Marcus told a panel at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) conference in Washington.

  • UPDATE 1-Facebook's Libra faces 'core' legal, regulatory challenges -Brainard
    Reuters

    UPDATE 1-Facebook's Libra faces 'core' legal, regulatory challenges -Brainard

    U.S. Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard said on Wednesday that Facebook's efforts to launch a Libra cryptocurrency must overcome a "core set of legal and regulatory challenges" before facilitating a single payment. Brainard added that central banks' efforts to conduct monetary policy could be "complicated" by widespread adoption of an external stablecoin like Libra. "It should be no surprise that Facebook’s Libra is attracting a high level of scrutiny from lawmakers and authorities," she said at an event in Washington, according to prepared remarks.

  • Facebook: You Don’t Know It if You Don’t Know Workplace
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  • 3 Reasons Facebook’s Libra Still Has Life after Defections
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    Despite having high-profile defections in the past week, Facebook's Libra Association proceeded with its inaugural members meeting.

  • The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Facebook, International Business Machines, Microsoft, SAP and Accenture
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  • Elizabeth Warren scares Wall Street for good reason
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    Elizabeth Warren scares Wall Street for good reason

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  • American City Business Journals

    Exclusive photos: Inside 181 Fremont's furnished $46 million grand penthouse, S.F.'s most expensive condo

    Developer Jay Paul Co. took the unusual step of spending millions to completely outfit the grand penthouse to lure the most discerning — and deep-pocketed — buyers.

  • Facebook engineer claims he was fired for speaking out about colleague's suicide
    American City Business Journals

    Facebook engineer claims he was fired for speaking out about colleague's suicide

    A software engineer at Facebook Inc. says he was fired for speaking out about his colleague’s suicide at the company's Menlo Park headquarters.

  • Can Facebook's Libra be a Winner in Emerging Markets?
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    Can Facebook's Libra be a Winner in Emerging Markets?

    Libra could be the ideal digital currency to benefit emerging markets owing to its technical expertise and secure blockchain technology.

  • Libra's co-founder: 'There is a chance' the cryptocurency could present systemic risk
    Yahoo Finance

    Libra's co-founder: 'There is a chance' the cryptocurency could present systemic risk

    The Facebook executive behind the Libra blockchain project says its developers are designing the cryptocurrency under the assumption that it could grow large enough to present risks to the economy.

  • Barrons.com

    The Democratic Debate Sent a Clear Message: More Taxes for Wealthy Investors

    There were variations among the dozen Democratic presidential candidates, but it was clear that the wealthiest, who own the lion’s share of financial assets, were being targeted.

  • Financial Times

    Federal Reserve sets out regulatory challenges facing Facebook’s Libra

    Facebook will need to make a series of promises on money laundering, consumer protection and privacy before it can launch its digital currency, a top US official has warned — the first time a regulator has gone into detail about what they want from Project Libra. Lael Brainard, one of the governors of the Federal Reserve, has set out for the first time what she called the “core set of legal and regulatory challenges” the social media company must overcome before the cryptocurrency is allowed to make its first transaction. In a speech on Wednesday she said Facebook and its partners would have to be more specific than they have been so far about what protections they would offer consumers and how they would prevent the system being used by criminals.

  • Dems Offer Grab-Bag of Tech Crackdown Ideas During Debate
    Bloomberg

    Dems Offer Grab-Bag of Tech Crackdown Ideas During Debate

    (Bloomberg) -- One of the sharper exchanges in Tuesday’s Democratic primary debate centered on the crucial public policy question of what to do about President Donald Trump’s Twitter account.During a broader back-and-forth over the power of large technology companies, Senator Kamala Harris repeatedly demanded that Senator Elizabeth Warren support her effort to pressure Twitter to kick President Donald Trump off the platform. In response, Warren steered the conversation to her commitment not to accept big checks from tech executives. Entrepreneur Andrew Yang, who had been lamenting the prevalence of smartphone addiction a moment earlier, jumped in to complain that Americans weren’t getting paid for their data. “Who remembers getting your data check in the mail?” he asked. The exchange illustrated a wider dynamic of the Democrats’ approach to tech. The candidates all agree that something needs to be done about America’s technology giants. They just can’t agree on what that something is.The need for a crackdown on large U.S. technology companies has become an area of bipartisan agreement, with Republicans and Democrats alike raising concerns about market power, privacy and the influence large tech companies have over political discourse. But unlike time-worn political flash points like abortion or gun control, the tech debate has yet to be boiled down to simple left-right bromides that candidates can repeat on the stump. The result was an unfocused conversation on the debate stage.  Warren, who was treated as the frontrunner throughout the evening, has put out the clearest plans among the Democratic candidates. For months she’s been calling to break up Facebook Inc., Amazon Inc. and Google. “I'm not willing to give up and let a handful of monopolists dominate our democracy and our economy. It's time to fight back,” she said Tuesday. Yang said he agreed with her diagnosis. “Monopolies need to be dealt with,” added Tom Steyer.But the conversation quickly shifted from antitrust to privacy to election security. And candidates weren’t just thinking about breaking up Big Tech. Senator Cory Booker called for antitrust action that focused on everything from “pharma to farms” – referencing efforts to investigate consolidation in the pharmaceutical and agricultural industry. Most candidates focused their ire on Facebook and Twitter Inc. Harris’s attempt to browbeat Warren into supporting her stance on banning Trump’s Twitter account was notable for how it highlighted a parallel with Warren’s own crusade to pressure Facebook to ban misleading Trump ads on Facebook. Warren declined to comply and called out Amazon’s dominance in online shopping, saying that it held a much larger share of online sales than Walmart does of brick-and-mortar commerce. At another moment in the debate, Senator Amy Klobuchar brought up the Honest Ads Act, a bill she co-sponsored that increases disclosure requirements on who is paying for online advertisements. For his part, former Congressman Beto O’Rourke said that Facebook should be treated like a publisher, seemingly an allusion to a 1990s-era law protecting technology platforms from much legal liability for content their users post to their websites. “We would allow no publisher to do what Facebook is doing,” O’Rourke said. On the other hand, O’Rourke said that he did not see it as the role of a presidential candidate to call out particular companies that needed to be broken up. It was a subtle dig at Warren, whose explicit plan to break up the companies has clearly made her the candidate who other candidates measure their own ideas on tech against.  To contact the author of this story: Eric Newcomer in New York at enewcomer@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Joshua Brustein at jbrustein@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • TheStreet.com

    [video]After Libra Exits, Facebook Faces an Uphill Battle in Restoring Credibility

    Last week, lawmakers warned Libra Association members that they would share liability for issues with Facebook's planned digital currency.

  • Bloomberg

    Google’s Pixel Gets Unorthodox Zoom From AI

    (Bloomberg) -- Google’s latest smartphone demonstrates how artificial intelligence and software can enhance a camera’s capabilities, one of the most important selling points of any mobile device.The Pixel 4, the latest entrant in a phone line defined by its cameras, touts an upgraded ability to zoom in when shooting photos as its biggest upgrade. But the Alphabet Inc. company isn’t going about it the way that Samsung Electronics Co., Huawei Technologies Co. or Apple Inc. have done -- instead of adding multiple cameras with complicated optics, Google has opted for a single extra lens that relies on AI and processing to fill in the quality gap.In place of the usual spec barrage, Google prefers to talk about a “software-defined camera,” Isaac Reynolds, product manager on the company’s Pixel team, said in an interview. The device should be judged by the end-product, he argued, which Google claims is a 3x digital zoom that matches the quality of optical zoom from multi-lens arrays. The Pixel 4 has two lenses with a magnification factor between them that’s less than 2x, and the tech that extends that useful range is almost entirely software.The success of the Pixel’s camera is instrumental to Google’s broader ambitions: it drives Google Photos adoption, provides more fodder for Google’s image libraries, and helps create better experiences with augmented-reality applications -- such as this year’s new on-screen walking directions in Google Maps.Google’s IPhone Retort: More Cameras and AI in New Pixel PhonesSuper Res Zoom, a feature Google launched last year, uses the slight hand movements of a photographer when capturing a shot -- usually a hurdle to creating crisp images -- as an advantage in crafting an image that’s sharper than it otherwise would be. The camera shoots a burst of quick takes, each one from a slightly different position because of the camera shake, then combines them into a single image. It’s an algorithmic trick that lets Google collect more information from imaging hardware, and potentially also a moat against any rivals trying to copy Google -- because others can’t just buy the same imaging sensors and replicate the results.To augment its reliance on AI and machine-learning tasks, Google has designed and added its own Pixel Neural Core chip for the Pixel 4 lineup. It accelerates the machine-learning speed of the device and, again, is intended to differentiate Google’s offering from other Android smartphones on the market with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor at its core.The other major tool in Google’s AI kit is called RAISR, or Rapid and Accurate Image Super Resolution, which trains AI on vast libraries of images so it can more effectively enhance the resolution of images. The system is taught to recognize particular patterns, edges and visual features, so that when it detects them in lower-quality shots, it knows how to improve them. That’s key to creating zoom with “a lot smoother quality degradation,” as Reynolds put it. With more than a billion Google Photos users, the U.S. company has a massive supply of images to train its software on.Among the other features that Google offers with the Pixel 4 is the ability to identify the faces of people that a user photographs most often and ensure that they’re prioritized when capturing new snapshots -- making sure the camera focuses on them and that their eyes aren’t closed, for instance. That use of software technology has defined Google’s devices to date and is also evident in the way Facebook Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and Apple aim to employ their own AI systems.To contact the reporter on this story: Vlad Savov in Tokyo at vsavov5@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Edwin Chan at echan273@bloomberg.net, Peter ElstromFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.