Facebook's Fresh Face: Tech Weekly
CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook is "trying to give everyone the best personalized newspaper." It broke up News Feed into several new tabs including All Friends, Music, Photos and Following. The social networking giant wants to make the feed more engaging. At the end of the presentation, Facebook said it was saying "goodbye to clutter," an acknowledgement of user criticism in the past.
With changes rolling out Thursday, the new feed will focus on three things: stories, a choice of other feeds, and mobile and desktop consistency, which could lead to higher advertising rates, according to Hudson Square Research analyst Dan Ernst.
Facebook ended the week marginally higher, closing at $27.96. The company has gained slightly more than 5% so far this year, falling behind the Nasdaq, which is up nearly 8% in 2013.
Elsewhere in the tech world, speculation swirled about new Apple products and ventures, and analysts continued to debate whether the tech giant's stock has bottomed.
Analysts at Barclays and Citigroup continued to trim expectations for Apple's iPhone and iPad sales amid skepticism that the company can maintain its profit margins in the increasingly competitive smartphone and tablet markets.
Citigroup analysts said this week that they're worried about both the iPhone and the iPad, reducing estimates for Apple's two major product lines and saying that end demand is softening.
"Indications of reduced demand to Apple's suppliers contribute to our existing concerns that end demand for 10" iPad and iPhone 5 in particular is softening, reflecting share loss by Apple in both the tablet market and the smartphone market," wrote analyst Glen Yeung, in a report. He cut his price target to $480 from $500, but kept a "neutral" rating on Apple's shares.
Yeung believes Apple's suppliers are seeing reduced demand for iPhone 5 components and he believes this is a result of softer demand for the iPhone 5, as well as the iPhone 4S.
The analyst wrote that expectations hinge on Apple launching the iPhone 5S in the company's fiscal fourth quarter, which ends in June. Even so, he's not expecting much in the way of iPhone 5S production in the fiscal third quarter of 2013, with just 3 million to 4 million units being manufactured,
Barclays Capital analyst Ben Reitzes cut his estimates for Apple's earnings , saying that the second half of the year likely will bring new products and potential carrier additions, such as China Mobile (CHL) and NTT DOCOMO (DCM) .