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Facebook changes News Feed, investors click on ‘sad’
Posted on 13th January 2018
Shares of Facebook Inc fell more than 4 percent on Friday and were on track for their worst session in more than three months after Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg announced changes that he said would hit user engagement in the near term. Zuckerberg said late on Thursday the world’s largest social network would adjust its centerpiece News Feed to prioritize what friends and family share, while reducing the amount of non-advertising content from publishers and brands. A warning by Zuckerberg that people could spend less time on Facebook in the short term as a result of the changes sent the company’s stock $8.29 lower to $179.47.

If the stock closes at that level, it would be the biggest one-day decline since September and would shrink the company’s market value by $23 billion, which is more than the total market value of rival Snap Inc, the owner of Snapchat. “There is too much uncertainty relating to the economic impact of Facebook’s pending News Feed changes for us to be comfortable retaining a Buy rating on the stock,” wrote Stifel analyst Scott Devitt in a research note, cutting his recommendation to “hold” from “buy.”

The change announced by Zuckerberg follows criticism that Facebook’s algorithms may have prioritized misleading news and misinformation in people’s feeds, influencing the 2016 American presidential election as well as political discourse in other countries. Facebook said its new ranking system would hurt non-advertising content from publishers and brands, like news stories and viral video posts, but not change the ranking of advertising that has been paid for. That will leave businesses that want publicity on Facebook no choice but to spend more on advertising, and as a result prices will climb, predicted Eric Schiffer, chairman of Reputation Management Consultants, which advises corporate brands on social media.

“They’re definitely going to be required to buy an ad,” Schiffer said. With its stock up 48 percent over the past 12 months, Facebook has been a major driver of a technology rally that has propelled the S&P 500 to record highs. Its revenue is expected by analysts on average to have surged 45 percent in 2017, a rare accomplishment for a company of its size. Some hedge funds used Friday’s drop in Facebook’s stock to bolster their positions, said Joel Kulina, a senior trader at Wedbush.

“Guys were hoping there would be more of a pullback so they could buy more,” Kulina said. “They don’t think there are any real cracks in the Facebook story.” Changes to Facebook’s News Feed may have an impact on major suppliers of news and other content. John Ridding, the chief executive of the Financial Times, warned on Friday that the domination of online advertising revenue by search and social media platforms was putting pressure on media firms.

“The FT welcomes moves to recognize and support trusted and reliable news and analysis. But a sustainable solution to the challenges of the new information ecosystem requires further measures,” he said.


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Hindustan Petroleum Corp enters into a long-term agreement with HMEL
Posted on 22nd September 2018
Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL) on Friday entered into a long-term agreement with HMEL (HPCL-Mittal Energy) for operations and maintenance of its newly-commissioned bitumen terminal at Bathinda.

HMEL recently set up a bitumen blowing unit with a capacity of 550 million tonne per annum different grades of bitumen plant at Guru Gobind Singh Refinery, Bathinda. The agreement is for storing, handling and dispatching the product.


Amazon India to soon sell cow urine and dung based soaps, face packs made by RSS-backed centre
Posted on 22nd September 2018
Soaps, face packs, shampoos and medicinal products made from cow urine and dung may soon be just a click away as an RSS-backed centre says it is set to sell these on e-commerce major Amazon India.

Deen Dayal Dham, a centre run by the RSS in Farah town of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, will first put up a dozen products related to health, beauty and apparel on the website for sale, a manger at the centre said.


Sensex witnesses flash crash
Posted on 22nd September 2018
Mumbai: The shares of housing finance companies (HFC) and other financial service firms were battered badly on Friday causing a flash crash on the domestic bourses as rumours about default by certain entities amidst rising delinquencies and cost of capital triggered panic selling in the market.

Infosys to offer cloud solutions to global enterprises on Google Clouds
Posted on 22nd September 2018
Software major Infosys would offer scalable services and solutions on demand to global enterprises on search engine's Google cloud platform, the IT major said on Saturday.

"We are partnering with Google to develop cloud transformation and migration services for enabling enterprises transform their businesses on scalable and on-demand model," said the city-based company in a statement.


RIL closes KG-D6 oilfield
Posted on 22nd September 2018
Reliance Industries has permanently shut down its only oilfield (MA field) in the KG-D6 block on the back of dwindling output from the reserve. This was the company’s first foray into oil and gas exploration that began in September 2008 when the field started producing oil.

“The MA (D26) field in Block KG-DWN-98/3 (KGD6), which is being operated by RIL as an operator of the joint venture consisting of RIL (60 per cent), BP (30 per cent) and Niko (10 per cent)


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