Hillary Clinton's history-making night—clinching the Democratic nomination—saw her depose the political world's king of Twitter: Donald Trump. Her victory speech in Brooklyn helped Clinton generate a lot more tweets per minute than Trump's own speech celebrating his own primary victories tonight. Here is the chart, via Twitter Data:
Clinton beats Trump … on Twitter
President Obama gets more “Mean Tweet” abuse from Jimmy Kimmel
Apple Pay launch in Japan stumbles at the start line
Apple Pay's Japan debut has train riders in the region flummoxed. On Tuesday, Apple rolled out its support for a tap-to-pay technology called FeliCa, which is allowing train riders in Japan to buy tickets with their phone. However, riders reported having difficulty connecting to the railway's contactless payment system, according to Bloomberg. Service appears to be restored now, the report says.
Connecting mobile payments to transportation is one of Apple's big initiatives for getting consumers to adopt the mobile payment method. By making Apple Pay available for recurring purchases like rail tickets and gas, it will be able to convert more people away from plastic cards. RR
Cops are allowed to use camera drones in Sweden, but you can’t
In a move that spells trouble for Sweden's drone industry, the country's highest court has ruled that drones with cameras affixed to them violate anti-surveillance laws. The laws don't apply to cameras affixed to ground-based vehicles like bikes or cars because they can only capture photography within the user's line of sight, Ars Technica U.K. reports. The ruling doesn't apply to law enforcement agencies or drone pilots who receive a special permit.
MasterCard gets into chatbots and wearables
MasterCard is expanding into messaging and wearables today. At the Money2020 conference, the company announced it will be launching customizable bots for merchants and banks that will allow consumers to manage their money and shop inside Facebook Messenger.
The company is also more firmly committing itself to baking payments into wearables and smart devices through a partnership with FitPay. Last year, MasterCard announced a program to put payment credentials into a swath of wearable devices. The partnership with FitPay will help enable MasterCard to bring these payment-enabled devices to market. RR
Morning intel: Trump’s nightly news show launches, Twitter reportedly cutting 300 jobs
• Coming up today: Apple's Q3 earnings. Here's what we're expecting to find out. We're also watching out for Chipotle earnings and an appearance by the AT&T and Time Warner CEOs at the WSJ.D Live conference this afternoon. PM
Why did Twitter move up its earnings release?
Instead of posting its Q3 earnings results at the usual time—after market close—Twitter will be releasing earnings on Thursday morning at 7 a.m. ET, before the market opens. The results will be followed by the usual conference call, but this time at 8 a.m. ET.
Twitter claims the change was made "in response to analyst requests, to avoid overlapping with several other earnings announcements in the Internet sector scheduled for Thursday afternoon." In all fairness, this is true: Amazon and Alphabet are both releasing earnings the same day, and MarketWatch says at least 10 analysts follow all three companies.
Report: Twitter to cut 8% of workforce
This news comes after Salesforce, Disney, and Google declined to bid on Twitter and as the company prepares to release Q3 earnings on Thursday. Bloomberg reports that the job cuts could be made official prior to earnings.
[Photo: Esten Hurtle (@esten) for Twitter, Inc.] PM
Uber’s self-driving truck startup delivers its first shipment of beer
Autonomous trucking company Otto drove more than 100 miles between Colorado Springs and Fort Collins to make its first-ever autonomous shipment. The cargo was beer. Anheuser-Busch collaborated on the pilot trip.
Otto, acquired by Uber in August, represents the ride-hailing giant's first real foray into self-driving tech. Though the company is already developing its own autonomous vehicles, trucking will likely be the first real use case for driverless technology, because it's so much easier to automate driving on highways than city streets. The National Highway Patrol Association made way for self-driving technology in September with a fresh slate of criteria for how self-driving technology will be assessed before it hits roadways. For the Colorado trek, Otto and Anheuser-Busch worked with the Colorado Department of Transportation. "They have been intimately involved in the planning and the testing that led to the pilot," said Otto founder Lior Ron. The state patrol also helped test the technology beforehand, verifying the safety of the trucks and accompanying the truck on its route. There's no word on when Uber Freight will finally arrive, but this is a big first step. RR
Microsoft’s Satya Nadella gets back to BASICs
Microsoft is on a roll at the moment, with its stock price having hit an all-time high last week—finally topping a record set way back in the last century. Here at the Wall Street Journal's WSJ.D Live conference, CEO Satya Nadella says that as he shapes the company's efforts, he spends a lot of time thinking about what made the company successful starting with its first product in 1975:
It was a BASIC interpreter for Altair. We were a tools company. We were a company built for the hackers of the world, the makers of the world, the builders of the world. I've always felt we're best when we express that identity for changing times.
Netflix’s Reed Hastings: “We’re tiny!”
I'm at the Wall Street Journal's WSJ.D Live conference in Laguna Beach, California. The very first speaker at the opening dinner is Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. A few tidbits from his conversation with the Journal's Dennis Berman:
• The company is fine with the idea of AT&T buying Time Warner as long as HBO's bits get treated the same as Netflix's.
• The company's increasingly global scale is reflected in its show Narcos, which "is made by a French company in Bogata, Colombia, with a Brazilian star. That's what we see as the future for us."
• Netflix currently has 87 million subscribers, but in terms of its aspirations: "How many people use Facebook every day? A billion? We're tiny!" But "our goal is to make our current customers happy, and then we'll see how fast we grow."
• "Fundamentally we're about eliminating loneliness and boredom . . . that's what entertainment does."
• He's excited about The Crown, an upcoming series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. "If you can recognize Winston Churchill's voice, you will love this show."
• Short term, VR is mostly interesting for gaming. "You do it for half an hour, and you're exhausted."
• "We compete against YouTube, against Snapchat, against everything you do to relax." Including board games and sleep.
Why wait until he loses? “Trump TV” is up and running.
As Donald Trump's campaign has gone further and further off the rails—all without alienating his base—some speculate that he might launch his own news channel, Trump TV, after the election is over.
But why wait until he's officially vanquished by Hillary Clinton? Last week, just before the third presidential debate, Trump energized his supporters by going on Facebook Live and whipping them into a frenzy (and gaining 9 million views in the process). Now, Wired is reporting that starting this evening, Trump will begin nightly broadcasts on Facebook. So, get ready for the crazy.
Working women in Iceland walked off the job at 2:38 p.m. today
Encouraged by unions and women's organizations, women in Iceland walked out of their workplaces at 2:38 p.m. today to protest wage inequality. The timing is meant to coincide with the hour of the day in which women begin to work without pay compared to their male counterparts.
Although it is illegal to discriminate based on gender in Iceland, the original Women's Day Off was held on October 24, 1975 and based on current trends, it will take 52 years to reach parity.