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February 10, 2016, 7:30 PM

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Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Twitter Will Now Put Recommended (Not Newest) Tweets At the Top Of Your Timeline  —  If Twitter is going to fix its growth problem, it's going to have to make some drastic moves — and, with an update today, that means even changing the timeline.  —  Twitter today is unveiling a new Twitter timeline …
TechCrunch:
Twitter reports 320M total MAUs, no change from previous quarter, but MAUs excluding SMS fast followers declined to 305M in Q4 from 307M in Q3  —  Twitter's User Growth Goes Nowhere As It Meets Revenue Expectations Of $710M  —  Twitter today reported its fourth-quarter earnings …
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Marc Andreessen assails “anti-colonialism” in tweet defending Facebook's Free Basics, roiling Indian tech world, and later apologizes  —  Marc Andreessen Offends India Defending Facebook's Free Basics.  (Yes, the Country.)  —  Venture capitalist and well-known Twitter philosopher …
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
Mark Zuckerberg says Marc Andreessen's comments are “deeply upsetting” and do not represent thinking of Facebook or himself  —  I want to respond to Marc Andreessen's comments about India yesterday.  I found the comments deeply upsetting, and they do not represent the way Facebook or I think at all.
Wayne Cunningham / CNET News:
US government agency will consider Google's autonomous car system as the driver of the car for the purposes of federal safety standards  —  Feds declare that Google's self-driving car is its own driver  —  In a letter to Google, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration determined …
Lucian Constantin / PCWorld:
Identity thieves obtain 100,000 electronic filing PINs from IRS system  —  The automated attack attempted to obtain E-file PINS for over 460,000 people using previously stolen personal data  —  The Internal Revenue Service was the target of an attack that used stolen social security numbers …
Jake Smith / ZDNet:
Opera gets $1.2B buyout offer from Chinese consortium, a 53% premium on prior stock close; Opera's board unanimously recommends deal  —  Opera gets $1.2 billion buyout offer from mix of Chinese firms, board recommends deal  —  There is “strong strategic and industrial logic to the acquisition,” according to the software maker's CEO.

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