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Facebook stock was up nearly 4% in after-hours trading on Wednesday after the tech giant reported that it beat Wall Street expectations on earnings per share and revenue.

Why it matters: The company has been warning for several quarters that ad growth (where nearly all of its revenue comes from) is expected to slow late this year due to saturation in its main News Feed. As a result, Facebook has been investing more in monetizing its "Stories" feature on both its main app and Instagram.

Be smart: The company has faced increased competition from other tech giants for ad revenue and engagement. Amazon has notably begun to eat into its ad market share slightly. TikTok has also started to steal attention from younger users.

By the numbers via CNBC:

  • Earnings: $2.12 vs. $1.91 per share forecast by Refinitiv.
  • Revenue: $17.65 billion vs. $17.37 billion forecast by Refinitiv.
  • Daily active users: 1.62 billion vs. 1.61 billion forecast by FactSet.
  • Monthly active users: 2.45 billion vs. 2.45 billion forecast by FactSet.
  • Average revenue per user: $7.26 vs. $7.09 forecast by FactSet.

Between the lines: Facebook has faced criticism over the past few weeks after saying it would not fact-check ads from political candidates or politicians. Facebook rival Twitter announced at the same time Facebook released its earnings report that it would no longer accept any political or advocacy ads globally.

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Two Canadians imprisoned by the Chinese government for over 1,000 days have been released and are expected to arrive in Canada on Saturday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday.

Why it matters: Their release comes hours after Huawei Technologies CFO Meng Wanzhou reached a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice that resolves the criminal charges against her and could pave the way for her to return to China.

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Arizona GOP's private recount of 2020 election confirms Biden's win

Contractors working on behalf of the GOP examine and recount 2020 ballots at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix in May. Photo: Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images

In an odd coda to the 2020 election, private contractors conducting a GOP-commissioned recount in Arizona confirmed President Biden’s win in Maricopa County.

Why it matters: The unofficial, party-driven recount has been heavily covered on cable news as part of former President Trump's continued effort to sow doubt about the election result.

Del Rio bridge camp empty following Haitian migrant surge

A boy bathes himself in a jug of water inside a migrant camp at the U.S.-Mexico border on Sept. 21 in Del Rio, Texas. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

The last migrants camping under the Del Rio International Bridge, which connects Texas and Mexico, departed on Friday, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced during a White House press briefing.

Driving the news: Thousands of migrants, mostly from Haiti, had arrived to the makeshift camp after crossing the southern border seeking asylum. Roughly 1,800 migrants will now head to U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing centers.