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Booting Up: Looking At BlackBerry’s Earnings Report Is a Neat Way to Feel Depressed

Foursquare's Dennis Crowley. (Photo: Sound Ctrl)

BlackBerry’s Q3 earnings are atrocious: it racked up a $4.4 billion net loss with a 50 percent decrease in phones shipped. It’s now refocusing its efforts to selling phones in Indonesia. [BI]

Foursquare secured $35 million in fresh funding because collecting badges is cool. [Verge]

Instagram says its ads are going great and everybody loves them. [AdWeek]

WhatsApp has garnered 400 million monthly users without spending a dime on advertising. [CNet]

Wall Street Journal might be getting rid of AllThingsD, but it’s keeping the D. Its new tech section will be called “WSJD,” which um… [BuzzFeed]

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No-Fun Instagram Blocks Hashtags Used for Selling Drugs

No word yet on what this means for the medium's most famous stoner. (Photo: Instagram.com/badgalriri)

Sorry, dope fiends. Instagram is no longer allowing searches for terms associated with selling drugs through the app, the BBC reports.

Normally, Instagram only reprimands users for drug-related content if their posts are reported as being inappropriate, the BBC says. The company believes it’s “impractical and invasive” to search for, say, kids at music festivals pushing molly via hashtag. Read More

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Booting Up: Facebook Continues to Noodle With Its News Feed Algorithm

We made a new thing lol. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Facebook is futzing with the News Feed once again, making it so you’ll be more likely to see older items that’re more popular. Sure, great. [The Verge]

WhatsApp now has 300 million monthly active users. They’ve got 20 million each in Germany, Mexico, India and Spain. [AllThingsD]

“But his involvement in founding, financing and promoting a private business highlights the significance of his other constituency in the tech industry, which is seeking a bigger voice in national policy in Washington.”  [New York Times]

Californians, too, are now pissy about an Amber Alert text message many received. Try to keep it in perspective, people. [L.A. Times]

Is hyper-efficient Jeff Bezos ready for the gloriously inefficient world of newspapering? [Reuters]

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Booting Up: Instagram Might Soon Add a Video Feature

Whatever, hi Miley!

Vine killer? Instagram is rumored to be adding a video function this week. [TechCrunch]

Saudi Arabia might block WhatsApp within the next few weeks unless it establishes a local server so government officials can monitor activity. [CNET]

Not to be left out, Apple says it has collected between 4,000 to 5,000 requests for user data from the government. [TNW]

Google is building a high-tech system to scrub the Web of child porn. [Telegraph]

It finally pays off to have purchased a Samsung phone: Jay-Z is giving away 1 million free copies of his new album to owners next month. [Verge]