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If you’re feeling FOMO over the Apple Vision Pro, you’re not alone. But one person who probably isn’t? Mark Zuckerberg.
While his competitor may have captured the headlines, Zuck just found himself $28B (!) richer after a Meta stock surge and the company’s first-ever dividend. Let’s get into it…
Meta’s stock surges with first-ever dividend
Oxford PV sets world record for most efficient solar panel
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Joe Rogan inks $250M agreement with Spotify
Jeff Bezos selling $8B in Amazon shares
Japan’s lander goes dark on the moon
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The Rundown: Meta shares surged over 20% after strong earnings and the company’s first-ever dividend, adding over $200B in value — and raising Mark Zuckerberg's net worth rose by more than $28B (!) in a single day.
Meta's profit tripled year-over-year to $14B as revenue climbed 25%, its fastest growth since mid-2021.
Meta achieved higher margins and reduced expenses, signs its "year of efficiency" which included major layoffs, has paid dividends.
The company announced its first-ever dividend of $0.50 per share, rewarding investors and adding additional fuel to the stock rally.
Zuckerberg's roughly 350M shares means he stands to gain about $700M per year from the dividends.
Why it matters: The Vision Pro may have gotten all the hype this weekend — but Zuck’s probably feeling just fine with his $28B windfall. Add these positive trends in with the company’s vast AI compute power and endless data, and Meta looks extremely well-positioned for a tech-driven future.
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The Rundown: Oxford PV, a solar tech spinout of Oxford University, just created the world's most efficient solar panel — with 25% efficiency in converting sunlight to electricity.
Their tandem solar cells combine the mineral perovskite with silicon to achieve 43% theoretical maximum efficiency, much higher than the sub-30 % efficiency of typical panels.
The panels were produced in Germany in collaboration with Fraunhofer and are already equipped for volume manufacturing.
Oxford PV’s CTO said the record-breaking panels show the world is ‘on the cusp of the next solar revolution’.
Why it matters: By creating more efficient solar panels, breakthroughs like these can continue to bring down the cost of solar power and increase adoption — meaningfully accelerating the global transition to renewable and cleaner energy.
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Podcast icon Joe Rogan enters a new $250 million agreement with Spotify for 'The Joe Rogan Experience.’
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is planning to sell up to $50M shares (valued at $8.6B) over the next year, according to the company’s regulatory filing.
Repair website iFixit posted an inside look at the Apple Vision Pro, giving a detailed breakdown of the headset’s hardware.
Mark Zuckerberg's original creation, Facebook, now plays a secondary role in Meta's portfolio of apps, having evolved from a college network into a controversial yet financially foundational element of his broader ambitions.
JAXA's SLIM lander has entered a dormant state during the lunar night after sending one last image from the moon's surface.
Samsung states the Galaxy S24's less vivid display mode is deliberate, designed for a more natural viewing experience.
Google Bard is set to be rebranded as Gemini and integrated into a wider range of apps, along with plans for a dedicated Android app.
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