Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt is doing such a good job that he’s receiving $100 million in stock options as a bonus. [New York Times]
Microsoft is pumping $15 million in to Foursquare and signed a licensing deal to use the app’s location data. [AdWeek]
There’s lots of guessing about Twitter’s first earnings report that’s coming out later today. [Recode]
Here’s everything you need to know about new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. [Verge]
Taking another page from HBO’s playbook, Netflix has ordered a third season of House of Cards before the second season has even premiered. [USA Today]
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]
In this week’s issue of the New Yorker, there’s an intriguing profile about Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and his company’s boom.
The lengthy piece, penned by Ken Auletta, is an interesting deep-dive on how the streaming site maneuvered away from the edge of irrelevance to the dominant, Emmy-winning, Robin Wright-purveying entertainment powerhouse that it is.
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]
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]
HBO is soon going to have a bigger breakdown than Amy Jellicoe: a new study reveals that consumers are spending their money on streaming video on-demand services (like Netflix and Hulu Plus) and getting rid of their subscriptions to premium cable movie channels, reports Variety.
In the past 18 months, total U.S. households that subscribe to Netflix and similar services increased four percentage points to 27 percent. However, during the same time, the number of households who shelled out roughly $10 a month for the pay movie channels dropped six points to 32 percent.
“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]
Uber is distancing itself from an accident in San Francisco that killed a six-year-old. The company says the car wasn’t providing an Uber service during the incident so they’re not at fault. [PandoDaily]
Amazon is slowly putting on its boxing gloves against Netflix. It quietly rolled out its first ad for Prime Instant online video. [Recode]
Netflix has 77,000 sub-categories even though you’re just going to watch 30 Rock again. [Atlantic]
Apparently PlayStation 4 owners watch three times as much porno compared to their Xbox One counterparts. [BuzzFeed FWD]
CES is going to be flooded with celebrities like, uh, Olivia Munn. [AdWeek]
It usually takes a fork lift and the promise of a peanut butter shake to lure us from our couch to the gym, but apparently telling us we can binge watch Netflix has the same effect. A new survey of 1,000 people reveals that more than 50 percent are willing to exercise if they could also watch Netflix.
Make your own Grindr joke: The NSA supposedly has “complete backdoor access” to your iPhone. [Daily Dot]
BlackBerry’s new CEO has a lot of plans to turn around the struggling company. Unfortunately one of those ideas isn’t pivoting the company into a Chipotle franchise. [AllThingsD]
27 percent of adults smartly ignore social networks. [BuzzFeed FWD]
Netflix is trialling a $6.99/month plan that streams standard definition quality video. That’s a whopping $1 less than what they currently offer. [GeekWire]
Prescription lenses for Google Glass will be available in “just a few weeks,” so get excited nerds. [Slash Gear]