Shares of Twitter (TWTR - Get Report) have been on fire since the company reported earnings last week. The stock is up 26% since April 25, and it's not just one catalyst. Be it Mark Cuban buying in, CEO Jack Dorsey adding to his holdings or Twitter's top and bottom line earnings beat

But there is one other thing that could be helping to propel the stock: 24/7 live-streaming content

Last week, CFO and COO Anthony Noto said the company plans to air live video 24/7. This includes both its mobile app and desktop platforms. Noto told BuzzFeed that "our goal is to be a dependable place so that when you want to see what's happening, you think of going to Twitter."

Twitter's live-streaming and video efforts haven't been lost on other social media players. In fact, newcomer Snap (SNAP - Get Report) is making similar video strides of its own. According to reports, Snap has deals with networks like CBS, Fox, ABC, the NFL and soon-to-be-announced Scripps Network (which has the Food Network and HGTV). 

But rather than live-streaming content from these networks, Snap reportedly wants to create original content and have them compliment the networks' current shows.

Snap's bigger move into video is no surprise really, given how many other over-the-top services have become available. For instance, consider Hulu's new TV service or Alphabet's (GOOGL - Get Report) YouTube TV, along with a slew of other options. 

Shares of Snap closed at $22.58 Thursday, up 3.5%. 


San Francisco is considered the tech hub of the United States - probably of the world. That's why having robots on their minds shouldn't come as much surprise. Neither should it then when it comes to dealing with said robots. 

How we currently view robots is a mixed bag. Some are excited for the innovation that's set to come, with bots taking over the more menial tasks of our day. Others are concerned about job displacement and what that will mean for workers who have less marketable skills should automation replace them. 

San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim is among those concerned about job displacement. As great of potential as robots have, it won't do us humans much good if it renders us penniless. That's why she's taking a closer look at a robot tax. 

The robot tax isn't even a proposal yet from the sounds of things. It's just one idea to generate revenues in order to stem the bleeding from potential job losses.

Automation and robotics is a tough outcome to predict. In the near-term, it could do very little damage in terms of job replacement, while making certain parts of our daily routine much easier. Full-scale human replacement could still be a ways off too. 

While tech companies are moving fast, it also won't be an overnight phenomenon. For instance, Apple (AAPL - Get Report) -- a company completely capable of robotics and automation -- is launching a $1 billion fund aimed at boosting advanced manufacturing jobs in the U.S.

Shares of Apple closed at $146.53 Thursday, down 0.4%.

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For once, there's an Uber update that doesn't revolve around sexual harassment, "Hell" software programs, firings, lawsuits, bans, penalties or probes impacting the world's largest private company. 

Instead on Thursday, Uber announced that its UberPool feature is getting a little smarter. For those unaware, UberPool picks up multiple customers, puts them in the same vehicle and drops them off at various locations along a similar route. 

The ride-hailing app's new feature will allow an algorithm to determine a faster route, mid-route. Say there's a change-up in the route - like construction or even just a one-way street - UberPool will suggest to the customer an alternative route. This may result in someone walking a tad farther than they thought. But it will save them time, along with saving time for the driver and other riders. 

Uber's explanation was simple:

"So next time you're in a POOL and get a suggested drop-off, remember that your entire car will save a few minutes, while sparing your driver and co-riders the frustration of that extra loop. Because when everyone does their small part, the system works better together."

Of course, the app makes the suggestions optional and it could make riders uncomfortable should they decline the time-saving route. So while the technology could backfire, it looks like a good addition to the service. 

UberPool's upgrade will apply to routes in San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. 

For now though, the positive -- or at least, not negative Uber update -- is refreshing. 

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