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

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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: The Tacky iPhone 5C Ruined Apple’s Fourth Quarter Earnings

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We have yet to see an iPhone 5C in the wild, which is probably why Apple is blaming it for hampering its quarterly earnings. [Recode]

Comcast could replace Time Warner as the source of your cable-induced heart burn. [Verge]

After being caught for not doing so, Uber is finally doing background checks for its town car drivers in San Francisco. [PandoDaily]

Inside, a Jason Calacanis-founded news app that contains stories longer than a tweet but shorter than an article, has launched. [Capital]

Blame traffic from Facebook for Elite Daily’s rise to fame. [Digiday]

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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: Netflix Is All But Certain To Raise Its Prices Soon

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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: Netflix Isn’t Destroying HBO and Showtime, Cablers Claim

The last time TiVo was relevant. (Photo: HowStuffWorks)

Netflix had a strong fourth quarter. It added 2.3 million subscribers and revenue rose to $1.18 billion. [New York Times]

Aol has purchased New York-based “personalization startup” Gravity for $90 million. [Recode

Snapchat’s new security feature is unsurprisingly very shitty. [Gizmodo]

Whoops! NPD Group is temporarily pulling its negative report about subscriber declines for premium cablers after the channels complained about its inaccuracies. [The Wrap]

TiVo (who?) laid off a ton of employees from its hardware unit yesterday. [CNet]

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Booting Up: Tumblr’s Traffic Might Be Declining

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Amazon is denying that it’s developing an “over-the-top” live streaming service for televisions. [The Verge]

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority approved a pilot program last night that requires companies operating employee shuttles (cough Google and Facebook) to obtain permits and pay fees. [Recode]

The Internet is about to have its “big bang.” On Feb. 4, thousands of domain names, like .pizza, will be on sale. [Quartz]

Don’t freak out Marissa with this news, but Tumblr’s traffic is reportedly declining. [Forbes]

Uncarrier T-Mobile is launching Mobile Money, a low-cost bank account for people who are uncomfortable with traditional banks. Interestingly, users can access more than 4,000 ATMs for free. [CNet]

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Booting Up: Google Is Giving Employees Talking Points About Its Private Buses

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Here’s a leaked memo from Google telling its employees what to think about its controversial shuttle program in San Francisco. [Valleywag]

Neetzan Zimmerman explains what he’s going to do at secret sharing app Whisper and we still don’t get it. [AdWeek]

Analysts are guessing that Apple sold between 50 and 60 million iPhones last quarter because numbers. [Fortune]

Besides the health insurance, there’s another good thing about being acquired by Google: you don’t have to make money. That’s what the founder of Waze joked yesterday. [Recode]

Beats Music, which offers nearly the same thing as Spotify but has 100 percent more Dr. Dre, is now available for download. [BGR]

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Booting Up: Aereo’s CEO Is Really Confident The Supreme Court Will Rule In His Favor

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Aereo CEO Chet Kanojila said he’s confident that the Supreme Court will rule in his favor.  “I can’t imagine they won’t be on the side of innovation,” he said. [New York Times]

Uber launched an ad campaign mocking Lyft on Facebook in hopes of luring customers away from its lower-priced competitor. [AdAge]

Michael Sippey, Twitter’s VP of Product, is moving into an advisory role at the company then eventually leaving. [TechCrunch]

You can soon buy brands’ overpriced t-shirts through a new Spotify app. [Telegraph]

This happened: “Apple’s Phil Schiller unfollowed Nest CEO Tony Fadell on Twitter” [Verge]

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Booting Up: At The New York Times, A New Tech Columnist

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It’s officially a shakeup for Yahoo: Jai Singh is leaving his position as editor-in-chief and will be replaced by CMO Kathy Savitt. [Recode]

Digg produced its first piece of original content yesterday. “We look at Digg as having the potential to be like any other editorial outlet that features freelancer content,” said editorial director David Weiner. [TechCrunch]

After just four months at the Wall Street Journal, Farhad Manjoo is moving to the Times as a Styles tech columnist. [New York Times]

Facebook is testing a trending topics feature because that doesn’t sound familiar at all. [Daily Dot]

Kyle Chandler is coming to Netflix in a series from the creators of Damages. [THR]

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Booting Up: Aol Finally Gives Up On Patch

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Yahoo COO Henrique De Castro, who was called a “dead man walking” by coworkers, was finally fired yesterday. He was Marissa Mayer’s first major hire shortly after she was installed as CEO more than a year ago. [BI]

Aol is handing over control of Patch to Hale Global, essentially ridding itself of the flailing network of hyperlocal blogs. [Recode]

In what is seen as a preemptive move against Beats Music, Spotify has eliminated listening time limits it had enforced on its website for free users. [TechCrunch]

Skype carried an estimated 214 billion minutes of international calls between users in 2013–that’s up 36 percent since the year prior. [WSJ]