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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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Booting Up: Yahoo Had a No Good, Very Bad Fourth Quarter

Good Morning Chechnya! (Photo: Twitter)

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]

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Booting Up: Try to Contain Your Excitement About Ezra Klein’s New Website for Vox Media

Smiley. (Photo: MSNBC)

Ezra Klein is joining Vox Media to start a new website that focuses on “the crucial contextual information.” How thrilling for all of us. [Politico]

Google is shelling out $400 million for artificial intelligence company DeepMind. [Recode]

Revenge porn purveyor Hunter Moore was released on bond set at $100,000. His next court appearance is Feb. 7. [CNN]

“Cabdrivers who are looking for fares are scanning the streets,” a lawyer said. “Uber drivers looking for fares are looking at their phones.” [New York Times]

It’s kind of cute how hard Yahoo is trying to lure former Google employees to work for them. [Recode]

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Booting Up: T-Mobile CEO Hates Cell Phone Carriers Just As Much As You Do

The future. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons,by ScaredPoed)

T-Mobile CEO John Legere spoke bluntly about his competitors: “This industry blows. It’s just broken. It needs change.” So, the company is paying people’s early termination fees if they switch over. [Ars Technica]

Some say drones are the future, but BlackBerry thinks it’s keyboards. [Recode]

If you’re judging by the reviews, everybody loves Yahoo’s News Digest app. Most likely because they’re all fake. [BuzzFeed FWD

Last year, music streaming increased 32 percent while sales of albums and singles dipped 6.3 percent. Disturbingly, the most-streamed song was “Harlem Shake” so think about that for a while. [WSJ]

Yahoo is looking to spend cable-like money (think $1 to $2 million an episode) on original shows to finally get people to notice it. [AdWeek]

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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]

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Booting Up: Zynga Is Accepting Fake Money (Bitcoins) To Plow Your Fake Fields

She was fired. (Photo: Zynga)

Zynga is accepting bitcoins as a form of payment in some of its games that people still apparently play. [WSJ]

Yahoo has a lot of clunkers under its hood, like Answers, so why won’t they sell them? [Recode]

Facebook is jamming your News Feed with ads, but not as an effort to annoy you (that’s just a fun side effect). Rather, it’s to keep employees from jumping ship before the job is complete. [Quartz

Similar to what it already does for creating playlists, Pandora is mining your music history to better tailor its ads. [New York Times]

Apple has bought the company behind Snappycam, a $1 photo app that lets users take photos in rapid succession. [CNBC]