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Tim Cook, kicking off Apple’s September 2018 event. Photo: Apple

Apple on Thursday handily beat expectations for quarterly sales and earnings and announced a 4-for-1 stock split.

Why it matters: The move comes a day after Congressional hearings and as other Big Tech firms also turned in stellar reports.

Apple reported per-share earnings of $2.58, ahead of expectations of $2.04, with revenue of $59.7 billion, well above the $52.2 billion analysts were expecting, per Yahoo Finance.

"In uncertain times, this performance is a testament to the important role our products play in our customers’ lives and to Apple’s relentless innovation." CEO Tim Cook said in a statement.

Between the lines: A stock split doesn't increase or decrease a company's overall value, but makes each individual share less costly to purchase. As for Apple, each shareholder at the close of business on August 24 will receive three additional shares for each one they one, with trading on a split-adjusted basis beginning Aug. 31.

By the numbers:

  • iPhone revenue was $26.4 billion.
  • Mac sales were $7.1 billion.
  • iPad revenue was $6.6 billion.
  • Services revenue was $13.2 billion.
  • Wearables and home product sales were $6.5 billion.
  • International sales accounted for 60 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

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Uber CEO talks exporting Prop 22 after mixed earnings report

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Uber is looking to export to other states California's newly voter-approved policy that will let the company continue to treat its drivers as contractors and not employees, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said on an analyst call after the company posted mixed third-quarter results Thursday.

The big picture: Uber and Lyft helped lead a $200 million campaign to convince Californians to vote for Proposition 22, which they did overwhelmingly Tuesday. Uber now wants to "have dialog with governments and other states" on enacting similar arrangements, Khosrowshahi said.

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China wins 1st gold of Tokyo Olympics

Silver medalist Anastasiia Galashina of Russia, gold medalist Yang Qian of China and bronze medalist Nina Christen of Switzerland celebrate on the podium after the 10m air rifle women's final. Photo:

China's Yang Qian won the first gold of the Tokyo Olympics, narrowly beating Anastasiia Galashina of the Russian Olympic Committee in the women's 10-meter air rifle final.

Why it matters: The first medal ceremony of the Games took on extra meaning after a year-long delay and other hurdles brought on by the pandemic. Athletes are required to hang medals around their own necks in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.