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Booting Up: Google Doodle Protests Russia’s Asinine Anti-Gay Laws

Boom. (Photo: Google)

Bitcoin’s value plummeted 20 percent last night after a major glitch hit trading exchange Mt. Gox. [CNBC]

Google laid the ultimate body slam against Russia’s anti-gay laws as it’s about to kickoff the Winter Olympics. The search giant changed its homepage into a colorful logo with a slam at the IOC for not addressing the problems. [Verge

The FTC approved Google’s $3.2 billion deal to buy fancy thermostat maker Nest. [Recode]

Here’s an honest version of how those Facebook “Look Back” videos should really look like. [BI]

After being snubbed by Spotify, Tesla inked a deal with Rdio to include the service in its vehicles. [GigaOM]

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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: We’re Just Hours Away From Twitter’s First Earnings Report

The gang! (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt is doing such a good job that he’s receiving $100 million in stock options as a bonus. [New York Times]

Microsoft is pumping $15 million in to Foursquare and signed a licensing deal to use the app’s location data. [AdWeek]

There’s lots of guessing about Twitter’s first earnings report that’s coming out later today. [Recode]

Here’s everything you need to know about new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. [Verge]

Taking another page from HBO’s playbook, Netflix has ordered a third season of House of Cards before the second season has even premiered. [USA Today]

This Happened

‘Google Me,’ Former Miss Teen Delaware Snaps At Arresting Officer

Melissa "Google me" King. (Photo: TFM/Cops)

Here’s a report straight out of the “Made for Betabeat” crime blotter: University of Arkansas student–and former Miss Teen Delaware–Melissa King was arrested Saturday night and allegedly told officers, “Google me,” when she couldn’t remember simple facts about herself.

The incident happened around midnight at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE for short, you GDI’s) at the Fayetteville campus. Ms. King, a former beauty queen who lost her crown because of a sex tape scandal, was charged with criminal trespassing.  Read More

Survey Says

Study: Only 10 Percent of Users Update Their Facebook Status; Rest Are Too Busy Stalking

The only updates we care about. (Photo: File)

It doesn’t look like a lot of you are going to update your status celebrating Facebook’s birthday. A new survey from Pew Research discovered that only ten percent of its 1.2 billion users change their status daily while just four percent do it more than once a day.

With only a few Faebook users sharing their annoying life announcements, it means that the social network is a one-way conversation “buoyed by Internet voyeurs who relish the ability to document their lives with their friends or the public,” writes the WSJ  Read More