Tesla Motors (TSLA - Get Report) has official changed its website from Teslamotors.com to Tesla.com. Is it simply because Tesla was able to pry away the domain name from the previous owner or is it part of the pending "Master Plan" from CEO Elon Musk?

We don't know, but given that Tesla recently made a multi-billion-dollar bid for SolarCity (SCTY)  it would make sense if the company shifted away from the "motors" portion of its company and enclosed everything under the "Tesla" name.

Apple (AAPL - Get Report) made a similar move -- going from Apple Computers to just Apple -- almost 10 years ago -- right before it launched the iPhone.

Musk recently tweeted that he "will be working at Tesla on Autopilot & Model 3 today, then aiming to pull an all-nighter and complete the master product plan." So maybe it's related. We should find out soon, assuming Musk has enough coffee this week.

Shares of Tesla closed at $99.87 Tuesday.


Facebook's (FB - Get Report) WhatsApp platform has been banned in Brazil -- again. A Brazilian judge ordered that phone companies cut off access of WhatsApp to customers. 

The government continues to tangle with Facebook over privacy rights, as the social media tycoon refuses to play ball with authorities. This time, it was requested that Facebook hand over the text conversations that are a part of an investigation.

However, because the company equipped its WhatsApp platform with end-to-end encryption, not only can the authorities not access the conversation, Facebook can't either. Because it couldn't access the records and refused to do anything about it, the judge is now banning WhatsApp for the fourth time.

From a WhatsApp spokesperson: "As we've said in the past, we cannot share information we don't have access to. We hope to see this block lifted as soon as possible."

Apparently, WhatsApp didn't have the best manners in the exchange, emailing the judge (rather than reporting in person) and doing so in English. The official language of Brazil is Portuguese. For its users' sake, WhatsApp will want to spend as little time in the penalty box as possible, considering it has more than 100 million users in Brazil alone.

Shares of Facebook closed at $225.26 Tuesday.


Alphabet's (GOOGL - Get Report) Google released the company's recent transparency report, revealing that it was the highest six-month span in the company's history where governments and courts requested user information.

The search giant releases the number of requests it received from these parties to hand over user's data, for six month periods ending June 30 and Dec. 31. The most recent data covers requests from July 1, 2015, through the end of 2015.

The 40,677 requests topped the second-highest time period, six months prior, which racked up 35,365 requests. Year over year, the figure is up roughly 33% and while the trend higher seems to make the most amount of sense, it's actually not as trendy as you may have thought.

The July 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014 time period actually saw a drop from the prior six months, before resuming it's upward trajectory.

"Usage of our services have increased every year, and so have the user data request numbers," the company wrote in its introduction to the report.

Shares of Alphabet closed at $753.41 Tuesday.

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This article is commentary by an independent contributor. At the time of publication, the author held no positions in the stocks mentioned.