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Booting Up: Twitter Still Can’t Make Up Its Mind About Its Design

New new new new Twitter. (Photo: Twitter)

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]

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Rumor Roundup: Supermodel Selfie School & Brody Jenner’s Drone

Karlie Kloss gets passionate. (Screengrab: Wmag.com)

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.” Read More

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Booting Up: Twitter’s First Earnings Report Was Meh

Hmmmm. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

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]

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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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Booting Up: Twitter’s Web Interface Is Getting a Nip/Tuck

New, new Twitter. (Photo: Twitter)

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]

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Cheapskates Lindsay Lohan, Neil Patrick Harris Get $10 Every Time You Use Their Uber Promo Codes

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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? Read More

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Booting Up: Start Saving Because Uber’s Surge Pricing Is Here to Stay

"Keep complaining!" - Uber CEO Travis Kalanick (Photo: Tech Cocktail)

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]