Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Nov 5, 2015
November 5, 2015
Are you on Facebook? The social media service now says there are more that a billion-with-a-B people who use the service every day --up about 17 percent from last year.
Of those people, 894 million used Facebook on their phones every single day in the month of September. And, the company says daily mobile users are up 27 percent compared to last year.
Altogether, MARK ZUCHERBERG said yesterday during the company's earning call that Facebook now has 1.55 billion active users each month, with 1.39 billion of those checking the site with their mobile devices.
Posturing, Posing, Polling and Press Releases:
DONALD TRUMP tops the last poll determining the lineup of the GOP's next main stage presidential debate. Trump grabs 26-percent support in the latest Fox News survey, three-points better that BEN CARSON.
TED CRUZ and MARCO RUBIO are tied for third place, with 11-percent each. JEB BUSH, MIKE HUCKABEE, RAND PAUL, JOHN KASICH, CARLY FIORINA and CHRIS CHRISTIE round out the top ten.
The next GOP debate takes place in Milwaukee, hosted by the Fox Business Network. (Pacelli)
What's the Buzz:
Call intelligence company Invoca's new State of the Mobile Experience report finds human connections are still the top reason people are connected to their phones. The two most-used smartphone functions remain those of talking and texting --no matter what the demographic. According to researchers more than one-third of Millennials (37 percent) make at least five calls per day; 33 percent of all surveyed say they make at least five calls per day. Other findings:
--51 percent check phones at least three times during 'bad' dates, eight percent check the phone at least three times on 'good' dates
--52 percent of Millennials say they 'never check phones' while out with business associates
--36 percent make purchases via smartphone at least monthly
--51 percent of smartphone users use search engines to find business phone numbers
--74 percent say they'll 'choose another business' if they have a bad phone-based customer service experience. (Kaye)
Sucking the life out of the wire services:
Lots of girls would simply call the police if someone stole their cell phone, but SERENA WILLIAMS handles things the old-fashioned way! The tennis ace claimed on Facebook that a man took off with her phone in a restaurant, she jumped up, leaped over a chair or two, chased him down and "kindly" asked the gentlemen if he "accidentally" took the wrong device. He quickly agreed, she thanked him like a lady and returned to her lunch. (Lee)
You can now tell the world to "Feel the Bern" with BERNIE SANDERS on your backsides. A trio of entrepreneurs in Montpelier Vermont are now selling Bernie Sanders underwear. They feature a cartoon image of the U.S. senator and Democratic presidential candidate emblazoned on the backside, along with the "Feel the Bern" campaign slogan. USA Today says the idea for the Bernie undies came from the recent "Saturday Night Live" featuring LARRY DAVID'S Bernie Sanders impersonation. In the skit, Larry David's Sanders complains that he owns only one pair of underwear. "Some of these billionaires, they've got three, four pairs!"
The briefs come in men and women's versions. They're $15 dollars per pair, plus shipping and handling. Ten percent of all sale proceeds will benefit the Yellow Ribbon Fund supporting injured service members. They're on sale now at berniesbriefs.org. (Bartha)
Editor's note: I could also see "I'm be-hind Bernie all the way..." There's also t-shirts on sale with the slogan as well as "Berning Sensation," "Berning Hunger," "Berning Desire" and of course, "Bern Baby Burn." (RB)
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