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$GOOGL $GOOG intends to use cash primarily to support organic growth. The stock repurchase program has been extended to 8.6Bil more Class-C shares. The primary areas of investment will be machine learning, Cloud, Search and YouTube. In 4Q17, the company forged partnerships with Cisco, Salesforce and SAP for Cloud, G-Suite and Analytics services.
$GOOGL $GOOG said it expects traffic acquisition costs to continue to increase in near term, reflecting the growing strength in mobile search. In 2Q18, products of home gadget division Nest were launched in 12 new countries. During the quarter, Waymo, the fleet of fully-automated self-driving cars, surpassed 4MM miles of driving on public roads.
The iPhone maker $AAPL's revenue jumped 12.6% to $88.29Bil in 1Q18, though the number of iPhone units sold fell 1% YoY, thanks to the pricier iPhones that increased the company's margins. Japan had the highest growth in revenue of 26% followed by Rest of Asia Pacific, Europe & Greater China. $AAPL guided for 2Q18 revenue of between $60-62Bil.
Geographically for 1Q18, $AAPL showed good growth across all regions. Japan showed the highest momentum with revenue surging 26% YoY, while China revenue grew 11%, driven by higher sales of the company's premium smartphone iPhoneX. The company also reported that its active installed base of devices reaches 1.3Bil in January.
Search service giant $GOOG $GOOGL incurred a heavy tax-related charge in 4Q17, and slipped into the negative territory. Contrary to expectations, Alphabet reported a loss of $4.35 per share, triggering a sharp fall in the stock price. Strong advertisement revenues lifted the topline by 24%. Other Bets remained in loss, despite a rise in revenues.
$AMZN announced the opening of The Spheres, its newest Seattle HQ buildings which have no enclosed offices or conference spaces. The Spheres feature treehouse meeting rooms, river and waterfall features, a four-story living wall, and epiphytic trees. The project created more than 600 full-time jobs, and is part of a more than $4Bil investment.