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February 7, 2016, 11:10 PM

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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter's algorithmic timeline is like expanded version of “while you were away” feature, according to users testing it; opt-out is available  —  Here's how Twitter's new algorithmic timeline is going to work  —  Twitter went into an uproar Friday after a BuzzFeed report …
Jack Dorsey / @jack:
Jack Dorsey responds to #RIPTwitter, links Twitter's identity with real-time, doesn't deny an algorithmic feed but says there was no plan to launch next week  —  Hello Twitter! Regarding #RIPTwitter: I want you all to know we're always listening. We never planned to reorder timelines next week.
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Hashtags included in 45% of Super Bowl ads; Facebook or Twitter mentioned in only 5% of ads  —  Hashtags In Super Bowl Ads Dropped Slightly To 45% In 2016  —  As with last year, social networks were rarely mentioned, with Twitter and Facebook tied in our count.
More: Re/codeThanks:@dannysullivan
Glyn Moody / Ars Technica UK:
GCHQ's data-mining techniques revealed in new Snowden leak  —  Shhh!  Top Secret—don't pass it on...  (credit: GCHQ)  —  A “Data Mining Research Problem Book” marked “top secret strap 1” has been leaked that details some of the key techniques used by GCHQ to sift through the huge volumes …
Mark Suster / Fortune:
Upfront survey of VCs: 91% expect valuations do go down in the first half of 2016, 62% say their portfolios are cutting costs  —  The State of Venture Capital  —  There are a lot of data points that one can use to get a sense of the venture capital markets, including the number of startup financings and the level of VC fundraising.
More: SlideShareTweets: @davepell
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Amazon and other retailers should stop selling cheap USB-C cables with faulty wiring that can damage laptops, and instead demand certification for these cables  —  USB-C cables are playing Russian Roulette with your laptop  —  Over the past year or so, one of the biggest tech stories …
Johana Bhuiyan / BuzzFeed:
Inside the “anti-Uber alliance” and how Grab (formerly GrabTaxi) is fighting for dominance in Southeast Asia's ride-hailing market  —  Grab, Uber, And The Battle For Southeast Asia  —  Grab (formerly GrabTaxi) is battling Uber in a little-talked-about but densely populated market and winning — for the moment, anyway.
Tweets: @buzzfeedbenThanks:@fwd
Worldpay:
Converting free-to-paid  —  Through a survey of 7000 digital consumers globally, find out what prompts free users to convert to paying customers.
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Sarah Tavel:
“Uber for X” services must be more convenient than incumbents and more importantly, cheaper  —  Taking the wrong lesson from Uber  —  The last few years, it's become cliche for startups to describe themselves as “Uber for X”.  With Uber as the north star, the mobile phone became the …
Tweets: @joshelman
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Twitter says it has suspended 125K accounts for promoting or threatening terrorist acts since mid-2015  —  Twitter Steps Up Efforts to Thwart Terrorists' Tweets  —  For years, Twitter has positioned itself as a “global town square” that is open to discourse from all.

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Microsoft:
Microsoft's machine learning accelerator kicks off batch 3  —  Meet 10 innovative startups transforming the future with machine learning technologies.
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Zoho:
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Worldpay:
Converting free-to-paid  —  Through a survey of 7000 digital consumers globally, find out what prompts free users to convert to paying customers.
Igloo:
How an Igloo intranet helped one company onboard new employees in just a third of the usual time  —  An interview with Sonia Husband, Digital Marketing Manager at ActiveHealth Management.
 

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