Don’t be alarmed if Twitter looks different for you. The web interface is getting (another) redesign that aligns the look of it with its mobile apps. [TechCrunch]
iPhone supplier Foxconn has shipped 1.5 million devices to China Mobile as the telco preps for its launch. [WSJ]
The Dodo, the Lerer Ventures-backed website about, uh, animals, launched yesterday. [Recode]
Claiming it’s a “consequence of a quickly growing service,” Snapchat got defensive when it apologized for all the “snap spam” you’ve been getting. [Daily Dot]
Katie Couric made her Yahoo debut so text your mom if you want to know how she did. [Politico]
We at Betabeat are avid followers of Lindsay Lohan’s Twitter feed. After all, you never know what you might find there.
So when we saw a LiLo tweet promoting taxicab disrupter Uber’s services and offering a promo code, we just had to know: was this the result of an official partnership between the startup and the star, or was Lindsay up to something shady?
Crime and Punishment
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick hears you complaining about surge pricing, but doesn’t care. He says the model is here to stay. [WSJ]
At CES, Yahoo announced a streamlined ad business unit to act as a “central suite of tools for online advertisers to manage all of their buys.” Sounds important. [AdWeek]
Every day Yahoo dreams about content: Marissa Mayer announced the launch of Food and Tech verticals in a splashy presentation that included SNL cast members. [USA Today]
Vine cofounder Dom Hofmann is reducing his role at the company as he focuses his efforts on a new startup. Colin Kroll, the video site’s other founder, will assume his duties. [The Verge]
Avoid Twitter on Feb. 5. That’s when it releases its first-ever quarterly results so you know everyone’s jokes are going to be insufferable. [Recode]
We all know the first rule of social media: If you’re going to be a dangerous, internationally renowned Mexican drug lord, don’t go putting the photos of your work on Twitter.
According to the Associated Press, Dutch police have arrested Jose Rodrigo Arechiga Gamboa, a suspected top enforcer for Mexico’s powerful Sinaloan cartel, on Read More
Twitter isn’t just for all those silly youths with their “rap music” and “irony” anymore. According to a recent study, it’s also now home to 80% of the world’s leaders.
The Digital Policy Council has just released World Leaders on Twitter, the organization’s fifth annual report measuring world leaders’ activity on the social Read More
Google is expected to announce a partnership with Audi next week. The two companies will develop an Android-based in-car entertainment and information systems. [WSJ]
Everybody is cautiously excited about Twitter’s stock. This is partly the reason why: ”Twitter’s total market value is one-third that of Facebook, which has five times as many users and more than 10 times the revenue.” [New York Times]
People are really liking the Google Chromebook. It accounted for a fifth of commercial laptops sold in November. [AllThingsD]
Amazon announced that on Cyber Monday it sold more than 426 items per second — or 37 million items sold on that one day alone. [BGR]
Shorter: CEO of Large Company Has a Packed Schedule. [New York Post]
The Year Observed
For the second year in a row, HBO’s Game of Thrones was the most torrented show of the year. [TorrentFreak]
Per the WSJ, Snapchat’s popularity suggests we want an erasable Internet. Isn’t that what the private browser is for? [Wall Street Journal]
Twitter’s stock is having the best week ever. [AllThingsD]
Remember iTunes Radio? It’s supposedly doing well, but Apple is now figuring out how to retain advertisers. [AdAge]
James Franco wrote a term paper about selfies and a neighborhood newspaper published it. [New York Times]
Snapchat’s Staying Power
Despite being a picture-messaging app whose missives disappear in seconds, Snapchat made clear that it wants to stay on the tech scene for years to come.
Invented by fraternity brothers at Stanford University in 2011, the start-up is still profitless, but it hasn’t lacked for buzz in 2013—or controversy. In February, Snapchat achieved the ultimate start-up status symbol by being embroiled in a lawsuit by a spurned frenemy named Reggie Brown. He claimed that founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy stole the idea from him, in a Social Network-esque lawsuit.
It’s that time of year! Google has released the year-end numbers for searches and top trends in 2013. Betabeat has pored over the lists and separated the wheat from the gluten-free chaff to bring you this year’s most popular in tech.
Aol is all but done with Patch, its network of hyperlocal news websites, because CEO Tim Armstrong’s grand plan of tapping into the lucrative local advertising market didn’t materialize. [New York Times]
Saturday’s snowstorm caused Uber to implement its surge pricing model to get more drivers on the road. However, its exorbitant prices angered a lot of people. [New York Post]
Google confirmed that it has acquired Boston Dynamics, a robotic company that makes “eerily realistic animal-like machines.” We’re screwed. [CNBC]
Don’t make any sudden movements: Twitter is testing a “nearby” feature to show tweets that are occurring around you. [TechCrunch]
Just 15 months into its existence, Tinder has made 500 million miserable matches. [CNet]