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February 8, 2018, 10:35 AM

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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 20%+  —  Revenue rises to $732 million, topping analysts' estimates  —  Efforts to fight spam, bots limited gains in user numbers
Cindy Cohn / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF cofounder 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.
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% …
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Alphabet says Nest will be brought back under Google with Nest CEO Marwan Fawaz reporting to Google's hardware chief Rick Osterloh  —  Nest has sold 11 million devices, so Google isn't ditching the brand.  The new strategy: Try to get Google Assistant into more of Nest's smart gadgets in a war against Amazon's Alexa.
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 …
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.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Sneaker marketplace GOAT is merging with sneaker retailer Flight Club and raising $60M Series C led by Index Ventures  —  Sneaker marketplace GOAT is merging with Flight Club, essentially the first name in after market sneaker retail.  It's also raising a $60M series C led by Danny Rimer …
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Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Reddit bans r/deepfakes, which was devoted to making AI-powered porn using celebrities' faces, and updates site-wide rules regarding “involuntary pornography”  —  Reddit has banned the r/deepfakes subreddit that's devoted to making AI-powered porn using celebrities' faces …

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IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
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:
At Zoho Recruit, We Take Workflows very Personnel-ly  —  Here's the thing about workflows.  They are very difficult to understand until you actually start working with them.  —  But, for recruiters …

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