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Booting Up: Netflix Is All But Certain To Raise Its Prices Soon

More money. (Photo: flickr.com/jamiesrabbits)

It might not happen immediately, but it’s all but certain Netflix is going to jack up its prices. “It’s not clear that one price fits all,” said CEO Reed Hastings. [Bloomberg]

Nerd fight! Facebook is debunking that Princeton University study that it’s going to lose 80 percent of its users in the next few years. A researcher wrote it’s “utter nonsense.” [TechCrunch]

Rap Genius has come to a licensing agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group to keep annotating their songs. [The 405]

Twitter has expanded analytics to its “Cards” feature. [Recode]

Here’s how Imgur became Reddit’s go-to image sharing service for pictures of dogs in fedoras. [Businessweek]

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Rumor Roundup: Joe Jonas Is Uber’s New Driver and Zac Efron Makes a Facebook Employee Cry

Zac Efron is crushing a Facebook employee. (Photo: Facebook)

Stars—they’re just like us! (This is provided that you consider Joe Jonas a “star.”) Mr. Jonas, a former member of the formerly-existing Jonas Brothers, was recently spotted driving an Uber car in L.A.

According to the Daily Mail, Mr. Jonas’s excited passenger tweeted, “Today [my friend] and I got in an Uber and Joe Jonas was our driver,” and “We went to Pinkberry and then took a selfie.” Sounds pretty fun. And honestly, we’re pretty impressed the rider was able to accurately distinguish Mr. Jonas from his basically-freaking-identical brothers. Read More

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Booting Up: At The New York Times, A New Tech Columnist

Gone. (Photo: Yahoo)

It’s officially a shakeup for Yahoo: Jai Singh is leaving his position as editor-in-chief and will be replaced by CMO Kathy Savitt. [Recode]

Digg produced its first piece of original content yesterday. “We look at Digg as having the potential to be like any other editorial outlet that features freelancer content,” said editorial director David Weiner. [TechCrunch]

After just four months at the Wall Street Journal, Farhad Manjoo is moving to the Times as a Styles tech columnist. [New York Times]

Facebook is testing a trending topics feature because that doesn’t sound familiar at all. [Daily Dot]

Kyle Chandler is coming to Netflix in a series from the creators of Damages. [THR]

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Booting Up: GMail Is Going To Let Any Old Nigerian Prince On Google+ Email You

Aw, GMail #TBT. (Photo: File)

Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates are scaring potential CEO candidates away from Microsoft because they’re worried they’re going to get bullied by the duo. [WSJ]

Facebook is sunsetting its controversial Sponsored Stories ads in April. [Fast Company]

Google is adding a neat new feature to GMail by letting users access email addresses from Google+, so you can email anyone on the increasingly unavoidable social network. [Gizmodo]

Reading Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s explanation about his company’s surge pricing model still confuses us–probably because we got C’s in economics. [NYT]

This is how a blind man navigated CES. [Recode]

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Facebook Suspends Woman’s Account Because of Home Birth Photos

Ms. Fowler and her newborn baby, looking far from pornographic (Instagram)

Facebook has temporarily suspended a California woman’s account after deciding photos of her home birth were in violation of its policies.

In December 2013, Venice Beach resident Ruth Fowler used Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to live blog the home birth of her son, Nye. She also documented her post-delivery trip to the hospital, where she went to treat her excess bleeding. By posting the candid photos, Ms. Fowler hoped to normalize the birthing process and help spread awareness about alternatives to giving birth at the hospital.

The photos included shots of her experiencing labor pains, preparing for the birth in a tub after her water broke, resting with and breastfeeding her son and donning an oversize diaper to catch excess blood.

Though Ms. Fowler told Betabeat she had received a surprising number of supportive emails, she noted that one entity isn’t quite as thrilled with the photos of her childbirth process and placenta: Facebook. Read More

Oh Snap

Snapchat CEO on Meeting Mark Zuckerberg: Meh

Evan Spiegel of Snapchat. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch)

If you were wondering whether Snapchat CEO and noted non-apologizer Evan Spiegel was a particularly humble guy, the answer is no, he is probably not.

Today, through a somewhat confusing interaction between Mr. Spiegel and Business Insider reporter Alyson Shontell, we learned that Mr. Spiegel maybe kind of snubbed an invitation from Mark Zuckerberg to come meet him at Facebook’s San Francisco headquarters in 2012. Mr. Zuckerberg reportedly wanted to speak with Mr. Spiegel prior to the launch of Facebook’s Snapchat wannabe app, Poke.  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: Wait, Have You Seen How Scary Those Robots That Google Bought Are?

Nope. (Photo: Boston Dynamics/YouTube)

Everything is annoying: Facebook is reportedly going install video ads that will automatically play in a user’s News Feed later this week. [WSJ]

It doesn’t sound like the CEO of LivingSocial knows whether his turnaround plan will work or not. [AdWeek]

There’s now free Wi-Fi in San Francisco but it only works in a three-mile quadrant. [Engadget]

You can unsend messages on Instagram Direct. [BI]

The robots made by Google-owned Boston Dynamics are fucking terrifying. [BGR]