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February 6, 2016, 2:05 AM

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Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Twitter To Introduce Algorithmic Timeline As Soon As Next Week  —  A Tweetstorm is brewing in San Francisco. … Say hello to a brand new Twitter.  The company is planning to introduce an algorithmic timeline as soon as next week, BuzzFeed News has learned.
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Alexa voice recognition service on Echo speaker and Fire TV gets Uber ordering, Spotify streaming, and Domino's pizza delivery  —  Amazon Alexa Can Now Order An Uber From Your Echo Speaker Or Fire TV  —  It's been a big week for Amazon's connected speaker Echo.
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple adds server API to CloudKit, unlocking new developer possibilities for the iCloud service  —  Apple has quietly added a server-side API to CloudKit, following an announcement on the developer news blog.  This will enable developers to add a lot of functionality to apps powered by CloudKit …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
PayPal stops taking payments for UnoTelly VPN and SmartDNS service, saying service can be used to bypass copyright law  —  PayPal Starts Banning VPN and SmartDNS Services  —  PayPal is widely known for their aggressive stance towards BitTorrent sites, Usenet providers and file-hosting services …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
BlackBerry says it's laying off about 200 in Waterloo and Florida, contradicting earlier reports  —  BlackBerry confirms it's laying off 200 workers  —  Update: BlackBerry has apparently thought better of its original strategy to try to pass off the layoffs as a “small number” and amended its original statement.
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Verizon updates go90 video app to exempt it from data caps for customers not on prepaid plan  —  Verizon just blatantly betrayed net neutrality by excluding its video app from data caps  —  The FCC's net neutrality rules, passed last year, explicitly ban internet providers from a number …
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo loses Arjun Sethi to Social Capital after buying his company MessageMe in 2014  —  Yahoo Loses Mobile Entrepreneur Arjun Sethi to Venture Firm  —  Yahoo Inc. is losing another one of the entrepreneurs brought in through Chief Executive Marissa Mayer's startup shopping spree.
Brendan Klinkenberg / BuzzFeed:
Google Creative Lab partners with publisher Visual Editions to offer immersive and interactive books designed specifically for smartphones  —  Google Is Publishing Unprintable Books  —  Early Wednesday morning, Google released two electronic books in its Play Store.

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