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February 8, 2018, 1:45 PM

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Selina Wang / Bloomberg:
Twitter Q4: profit of $91.1M, its first ever, revenue of $731.6M, up 2% YoY, vs. $686.4M est.; MAUs up 4% YoY but flat QoQ at 330M vs. 333M est.; stock up 10%+  —  Revenue rises to $732 million, topping analysts' estimates  —  Efforts to fight spam, bots limited gains in user numbers
Motherboard:
Apple files DMCA notice to remove apparent iOS 9 “iBoot” source code, parts of which are likely used in iOS 11, from GitHub; experts say the code is authentic  —  Update, February 8, 08:27 a.m.: Apple filed a copyright takedown request with GitHub and forced the company to remove the code.
Laura Stevens / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon starts delivering Whole Foods groceries to Prime members in Dallas, Virginia Beach, Cincinnati, and Austin with free two-hour delivery for $35+ orders  —  Groceries offered via one- and two-hour Prime Now service in four markets to start  —  Amazon.com Inc. AMZN -1.81% …
Brad Sams / Petri:
Microsoft says Build 2018 will take place on May 7-9 in Seattle, with registration opening February 15  —  If you are a Windows Developer, the best event of the year for learning more about the future of the platform is Microsoft's Build conference.  If you are planning to attend, it's time to clear your calendar in early May.
Gizmodo:
An in-depth look at the scary experience of living in a smart home and how it creates new streams of personal information that can be used to profile us  —  In December, I converted my one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco into a “smart home.”  I connected as many of my appliances …
Cindy Cohn / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF co-founder John Perry Barlow has died at 70  —  With a broken heart I have to announce that EFF's founder, visionary, and our ongoing inspiration, John Perry Barlow, passed away quietly in his sleep this morning.  We will miss Barlow and his wisdom for decades to come, and he will always be an integral part of EFF.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snapchat expands its geofilter program with launch of $10+ Custom Lenses that let users make temporary AR effects for Snaps based on 150 templates  —  By combining augmented reality with your customizable captions, Snapchat hopes you'll share more from birthdays and weddings while earning it a little money.
Mark Hachman / PCWorld:
Intel releases stable Spectre patches for Skylake U-, Y-, H-, and S-series chips, says it will patch more platforms in the coming days  —  If you own a Skylake-based PC and receive a patch to address the Spectre vulnerabilities, install it—Intel has greenlit the code.
David George-Cosh / Wall Street Journal:

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Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
Planned maintenance of our US Data Center: July 7th, 2018 - 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST  —  We have planned a network infrastructure upgrade on our primary data center in the USA on July 7th, 2018 from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST.

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