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February 6, 2016, 3:20 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.
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 …
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.
Kshitiz Goliya / Reuters:
Autodesk to cut jobs by 10 percent as it transitions to cloud  —  AutoCAD design software maker Autodesk Inc (ADSK.O) said it would cut about 10 percent of its workforce in the near term as part of a restructuring plan to accelerate its transition to the subscription-based cloud business.

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