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January 26, 2021, 5:45 PM

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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Twitter acquires newsletter publishing company Revue; the five-year-old Dutch company has six employees and has raised ~$318K  —  Twitter on Tuesday said it has acquired Revue, a newsletter platform for writers and publishers.  —  Why it matters: The deal marks Twitter's first step …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Twitter announces it is opening up its full tweet archive to academic researchers for free and ups the monthly tweet volume cap for approved applicants to 10M  —  To help researchers better study online discourse and platform trends  —  Twitter on Tuesday announced a significant shift …
NBC News:
Twitter debuts Birdwatch, in testing since last year, which lets select users flag and add notes about tweets they think are misleading or false  —  Twitter unveiled a feature Monday meant to bolster its efforts to combat misinformation and disinformation by tapping users in a fashion similar …
Microsoft:
Microsoft reports net income of $15.5B, up 33% YoY, Intelligent Cloud revenue of $14.6B, up 23% YoY, and More Personal Computing revenue of $15.1B, up 14% YoY  —  Microsoft Cloud Strength Drives Second Quarter Results REDMOND, Wash. — January 26, 2021 — Microsoft Corp. today announced …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Calendly, a popular meeting scheduling service, raises $350M from OpenView Venture Partners and Iconiq at a $3B+ valuation  —  We're all meeting virtually, and Calendly has raised $350M to help us plan and track it all  —  One big theme in tech right now is the rise of services …
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
In letter to creators, CEO Susan Wojcicki says YouTube has paid more than $30B to creators, artists, and media organizations over the last three years  —  The company still has work to do with creator transparency  —  YouTube has paid out more than $30 billion to creators, artists …
Ellen Huet / Bloomberg:
A look at content moderation on Clubhouse, where discussions have included homophobia, anti-Semitism, harassment, and the like, as media increases its scrutiny  —  When Clubhouse, a private social app, debuted in March of last year, it was hard for most people to score an invitation.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Sources: Signal's rapid growth following WhatsApp privacy changes has raised concerns from Signal staff who worry the service's new features will be misused  —  SHARE All sharing options  —  On January 6th, WhatsApp users around the world began seeing a pop-up message notifying …
Sean Lyngaas / CyberScoop:
Chris DeRusha, an ex-Obama staffer and Biden campaign's CISO, announces he has been appointed as the US CISO, responsible for coordinating cybersecurity policy  —  The former top cybersecurity official on Joe Biden's presidential campaign said late Monday that he is now in charge of helping protect …
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
Clash acquires Byte and announces plans to release the companies' short-form video apps together as one product, alongside monetization tools for creators  —  Now they want to help users make money.  —  Clash, a short-form video app that became available in August, announced today …
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Google announces it is shutting down internal development of Tilt Brush VR and is open sourcing it, a month after shutting down Poly, a 3D object library  —  As Facebook and Apple begin to fire up more projects in the AR/VR world, Google has spent the last year shutting down most of their existing projects in that space.
Dan Berthiaume / Chain Store Age:
Amazon says it reviewed ~10K product listings each day in 2020 and removed 2M+ in total for violating its policies and guidelines, 1.5M+ via automated tools  —  Amazon is using a combination of automated and manual review of products and content on its site to flag and remove offensive items.
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The Information:
Sources: ByteDance revenue more than doubled last year to $37B, of which $7B was operating profit, up from $4B in 2019, despite India's TikTok ban  —  You might have thought TikTok's owner ByteDance had a tough year in 2020, what with President Trump trying to ban TikTok and India actually taking that step.
Kate Rooney / CNBC:
Fast, which enables one-click checkouts across numerous e-commerce sites for logged-in users, raises $102M Series B led by Stripe and Addition Capital  —  - San Francisco-based Fast announced its $102 million funding round on Tuesday, just a few months after launching its first checkout product.
Adam Weidemann / The Keyword:
Google Threat Analysis Group details a suspected North Korean specialized campaign targeting infosec researchers with fake profiles, blogs and backdoor software  —  Over the past several months, the Threat Analysis Group has identified an ongoing campaign targeting security researchers working …
Richard Nieva / CNET:
YouTube says it is extending its suspension of Trump from posting videos to his channel, but did not say how long the extension would last  —  YouTube on Tuesday said it's again extending its suspension of former President Donald Trump, who's been banned from posting videos to his channel since Jan. 12.
Ashley Gold / Axios:
Google says it will not make any donations via its PAC this cycle to members of Congress who voted against certifying results of presidential election  —  Google will not make contributions from its political action committee this cycle to any member of Congress who voted against certifying …

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