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Booting Up: Yahoo Had a No Good, Very Bad Fourth Quarter

Good Morning Chechnya! (Photo: Twitter)

Yahoo’s Q4 earnings were bad. Revenues dipped 2 percent to $1.2 billion and the stock tanked as a result. [BI]

Medium, which is not Tumblr, has raised $25 million in another round of funding. [Recode]

Apple added a TV section to its online store so that means everything in your life is going to change. [New York Times]

Netflix could finally expand to Germany and France. [Verge]

The Daily Dot has acquired the British version of themselves, The Kernel. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. [TechCrunch]

Things That Scare Us

Experts Warn Internet-Connected Vehicles Are Vulnerable to Hackers

Hacking target. (Photo: TechRadar)

As our cars slowly morph into Compaq desktops on wheels, security experts warn all those Internet connectivity options might lead to severe issues–like hacking.

Security firm Harman warned that it could become a “serious problem” because the car’s electronic control units, which contains the connected infotainment systems that Google and Apple are pushing to be a part of, are also connected to the vehicle’s engine and safety functions. That poses a problem for evil motorheads who could potentially hack into the car.  Read More

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Booting Up: Zynga Is Accepting Fake Money (Bitcoins) To Plow Your Fake Fields

She was fired. (Photo: Zynga)

Zynga is accepting bitcoins as a form of payment in some of its games that people still apparently play. [WSJ]

Yahoo has a lot of clunkers under its hood, like Answers, so why won’t they sell them? [Recode]

Facebook is jamming your News Feed with ads, but not as an effort to annoy you (that’s just a fun side effect). Rather, it’s to keep employees from jumping ship before the job is complete. [Quartz

Similar to what it already does for creating playlists, Pandora is mining your music history to better tailor its ads. [New York Times]

Apple has bought the company behind Snappycam, a $1 photo app that lets users take photos in rapid succession. [CNBC]

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

Coming to China. (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]

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Booting Up: Darth Vader Joins Instagram But His Selfie Technique Is Pretty Weird

Not how this works! (Photo: Instagram)

Cyber Monday sales exploded 20 percent higher than last year as more shoppers prefer the Internet over the mall. [Bloomberg]

Apple purchased Twitter analytics site Topsy for $200 million yesterday, but what they plan to do with it is clouded in mystery. One guess is that they’re going integrate it with iTunes Radio and alert “trending” music on the social network. [WSJ]

Facebook is rejiggering its News Feed formula to cut down on junk and emphasize high-quality news articles. [BuzzFeed FWD]

Here’s a peek into Betaworks’ long-term plans. [Digiday]

Darth Vader joined Instagram yesterday and took an alleged selfie that isn’t a selfie at all.  [Wired]

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Booting Up: Up to 20 Million Accounts On Twitter Might Be Fake

Hmmmm. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

An independent researcher claims that there are 20 million fake accounts for sale on Twitter. [WSJ]

Apple has confirmed that it has bought 3D-sensor technology company PrimeSense for nearly $400 million. [AllThingsD]

Uber is helping drivers finance their new cars with a spate of new deals with auto manufacturers. [TechCrunch]

Turntable.fm is shutting down the “virtual DJ” portion of its website to focus on live events because that’s what the Internet needs. [TechCrunch]

Waze users now have the option of the directions being screamed at them by Kevin Hart and other assorted celebrities. [VentureBeat]

Teen Beat

Teen Pushes Apple to Change Its ‘Insulting’ Dictionary Definition of the Word ‘Gay’

Ms. Gorman (WCVB-TV)

If you were to look up 15-year-old Becca Gorman’s face when she saw how the word “gay” was defined on Apple’s online dictionary, it would be dismayed.

The Massachusetts teenager, who is the daughter of two gay parents, was outraged that the one of the meanings listed on her MacBook Pro laptop included the words “foolish (or) stupid.” The example sentence: “making students wait for the light is kind of a gay rule.” Alarmed and “insulted” that it looked like Apple was legitimizing the slang version of the word, she contacted the computer company to change it. Read More