Booting Up: Netflix Isn’t Destroying HBO and Showtime, Cablers Claim

The last time TiVo was relevant. (Photo: HowStuffWorks)

Netflix had a strong fourth quarter. It added 2.3 million subscribers and revenue rose to $1.18 billion. [New York Times]

Aol has purchased New York-based “personalization startup” Gravity for $90 million. [Recode

Snapchat’s new security feature is unsurprisingly very shitty. [Gizmodo]

Whoops! NPD Group is temporarily pulling its negative report about subscriber declines for premium cablers after the channels complained about its inaccuracies. [The Wrap]

TiVo (who?) laid off a ton of employees from its hardware unit yesterday. [CNet]


Booting Up: Aol Finally Gives Up On Patch

Out. (Photo: Yahoo)

Yahoo COO Henrique De Castro, who was called a “dead man walking” by coworkers, was finally fired yesterday. He was Marissa Mayer’s first major hire shortly after she was installed as CEO more than a year ago. [BI]

Aol is handing over control of Patch to Hale Global, essentially ridding itself of the flailing network of hyperlocal blogs. [Recode]

In what is seen as a preemptive move against Beats Music, Spotify has eliminated listening time limits it had enforced on its website for free users. [TechCrunch]

Skype carried an estimated 214 billion minutes of international calls between users in 2013–that’s up 36 percent since the year prior. [WSJ]


Booting Up: How Excited Are You For Facebook’s Reader?

HYFR $$$. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

“Uber for healthcare” is a thing that could eventually happen for the one percent. [Valleywag]

Speculation is ramping up that Facebook might finally release its Flipboard knockoff (internally called “Paper”) later this month. Yayyyyyyy? [Recode]

Using the fancy @ symbol, Tumblr users can finally mention each other in their posts. [Verge]

Long live the llama: Aol has officially unloaded Winamp and Shoutcast to Belgian startup Radionomy for $5 to $10 million. [TechCrunch]

Netflix has ordered nine episodes of Marco Polo, a historical drama about something. [Vulture]


Booting Up: Snapchat’s New ‘Replay’ Feature Freaks Us Out

#NoNewApps. (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

With Apple’s iPhone struggling to gain a foothold in China, a new deal with the country’s largest wireless network might turn around some of its fortune. China Mobile is expected to start selling the device beginning Jan. 17. [The New York Times

Careful, sexters! A new Snapchat update from adds fancy filters, bigger text, and the ability to replay a snap. [Gizmodo]

Buoyed by conferences and video, Aol-owned Huffington Post is expected to be profitable next year. [Reuters]

Here’s an inside look at Google Ventures. [Fortune]

Spotify downloads have increased fourfold since its free streaming announcement. [CNet]


Booting Up: Like Kings, Twitter Employees Snacked on Macaroni and Cheese Roast-Duck Fritters

Binged to death? (Photo: Bing)

Fox Business anchor Charlie Gasparino, who was snubbed by Twitter CEO Dick Costolo for comment, had a reasonable response: “This guy looks like the guy you beat the hell out of…I’m not advocating violence, I’m just saying he looks like—.” [Dealbreaker]

Taking a page from TechCrunch, Aol is asking Aol employees to “disrupt” the company since the suits are out of ideas on how to fix it. [TechCrunch]

If you’re a Twitter employee on a diet, yesterday was a difficult day for you! They snacked on doughnuts, macaroni and cheese roast-duck fritters and a grilled rack of lamb. [WSJ]

If Stephen Elop takes control of Microsoft, he’s mulling the idea of axing Bing and selling off the company’s Xbox unit. [Bloomberg]

The 63 networks of NBCUniversal and the Today show are going to broadcast Richard Branson’s trip to space next August. [Variety]


Booting Up: Square Has a 75-Year-Old ‘Granny’ Adviser

Twitter? (Photo: AllFacebook)

Square regularly asks for advice from a 75-year-old “granny” of an employee. [WSJ]

If you ignore Patch, AOL might finally be making money from its content verticals. [AllThingsD]

Twitter employs a Postmaster in charge of all those pesky emails that you’re regularly bombarded with. [TNW]

Apple sent a takedown notice to, a site that helps customers track the whereabouts of their devices, because it violates the site’s TOS. [The Verge]

Facebook is testing a Trending Now module to ensure that those words becoming meaningless. [AllFacebook]

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Booting Up: Now That Breaking Bad Is Over, Get Excited to See Twitter’s IPO Filing This Week

#NoNewApps. (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

It begins! Twitter is scheduled to make its IPO filing public this week. [Quartz]

If it nails it, Pinterest has a pretty lucrative future in advertising. Customers coming from the site spent roughly $180 on ecommerce sites — more than triple than Facebook users. [Wall Street Journal]

If the government shuts down, the Library of Congress and National Park Service websites would also shutter. [ArsTechnica]

Aol is returning to television with an ad campaign promoting its new, pre-bundled package website called Gathr. But you’ll only see them in Atlanta, Seattle and Minneapolis. [AllThingsD]

Apple is the most valuable brand in the land, finally knocking those jerks at Coca-Cola from the top slot. [New York Times]


Booting Up: China’s Ban on Facebook and Twitter Might Be Lifted…in Shanghai

Get excited, Shanghai! (Photo: Flickr)

China’s “Great Firewall,” which blocks users from accessing foreign websites and social media services, might soon be imploded. [South China Morning Post]

Once an $83 billion company, BlackBerry is the target of a $4.7 billion buyout offer from Fairfax Financial Holdings. [AllThingsD]

Thumping music, arty projections and the phrase “ad exchanges” makes Aol’s advertising week presentation sound miserable. [Wall Street Journal]

Need another reason to be glad that you don’t live in Florida or Texas? Residents in those states are targeted the most by text spammers. [The Dallas Morning News]

With the JOBS law in effect, Betaworks’ new Openbeta initiative lets users crowdfund startups they’re interested in. [GigaOM]


Booting Up: Twitter Has a PAC and Here Comes the Hyperloop

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Elon Musk’s Hyperloop plans are due to drop today. [BBC]

Twitter has hired a lobbyist and formed a PAC. [Washington Post]

LAX is the most checked-in place on Facebook. Airports dominate the top 10, except for Disneyland (no. 7) and Times Square (no. 10), which is no surprise to anyone trying to cross 42nd Street. [Skift]

God bless HTC’s marketing department for thinking an ad campaign starring Robert Downey Jr. and a cat can pull the company out of its nosedive. [Engadget]

“Can the Minerva Project do to Ivy League universities what Amazon did to Borders?” Keep dreaming. [Wall Street Journal]

Here’s audio of Tim Armstrong seemingly firing a man for taking his picture mid-layoffs. [Romenesko]