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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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Netflix tops 200 million global subscribers

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Netflix said that it added another 8.5 million global subscribers last quarter, bringing its total number of paid subscribers globally to more than 200 million.

The big picture: Positive fourth quarter results show Netflix's resiliency, despite increased competition and pandemic-related production headwinds.

Janet Yellen plays down debt, tax hike concerns in confirmation hearing

Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen at an event in December. (Photo: Alex Wong via Getty Images)

Janet Yellen, Biden's pick to lead the Treasury Department, pushed back against two key concerns from Republican senators at her confirmation hearing on Tuesday: the country's debt and the incoming administration's plans to eventually raise taxes.

Driving the news: Yellen — who's expected to win confirmation — said spending big now will prevent the U.S. from having to dig out of a deeper hole later. She also said the Biden administration's priority right now is coronavirus relief, not raising taxes.

Trump gives farewell address: "We did what we came here to do"

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President Trump gave a farewell video address on Tuesday, saying that his administration "did what we came here to do — and so much more."

Why it matters, via Axios' Alayna Treene: The address is very different from the Trump we've seen in his final weeks as president — one who has refused to accept his loss, who peddled conspiracy theories that fueled the attack on the Capitol, and who is boycotting his successor's inauguration.