For some users, Twitter looks different again for inexplicable reasons. [Fast Company]
Reported real company Lithium Technologies is spending $100 million to buy Klout. [CNN]
Get excited: Google’s $3.2 billion deal for fancy thermostat maker Nest has officially closed. [Recode]
Yahoo has plopped down $10 million for New York-based “social diary” app Wander. [TechCrunch]
FBI will pay you $10,000 “for information leading to the arrest of any individual who intentionally aims a laser at an aircraft.” [Ars Technica]
Selfie Stunners. A bunch of girls who can pull off duckface got together and shot a video on how to make selfies for W mag. It’s two minutes long for some reason, and it will probably make you feel bad about yourself because all the girls happen to be supermodels.
“Go a little bit higher, sort of find the good light,” Karlie Kloss kouncils in a Madonna‐esque mid‐atlantic accent. “I like to blow a kiss.”
Twitter’s first public earnings report offered mixed results. Revenue jumped 116 percent from last year to $243 million, but recorded a net loss of $511 million. The number of new users it was signing up also slowed substantially. [Los Angeles Times]
Google confirmed that Susan Wojcicki is the new CEO of YouTube. She was previously the senior VP of ads and commerce for the search giant. [Variety]
Sony is dropping its Vaio computers unit as it shifts its focus to making TVs. [Recode]
You couldn’t stop watching that Budweiser puppy commercial on YouTube last week. It racked up more than 30 million views in a week. [AdWeek]
Kids were trolling @NYCSchools for not canceling class yesterday. [Daily Dot]
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]
While other tech companies are bragging about their offices’ pools and ping pong tables, it looks like Twitter is further encasing itself into cubicle life. The company is reportedly moving its New York headquarters into a huge space in “midtown south,” Read More
Eric Schneiderman has mastered the art of the subtweet–a public message covertly addressed to a specific individual.
There’s something weird happening on Twitter involving PBS anchor Gwen Ifill, and nobody seems to know what’s going on.
Starting around 2pm, a series of seemingly unrelated Twitter accounts posted tweets that simply read “f gwenifill.”
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?
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]