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January 26, 2021, 10:25 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:
Microsoft:
Microsoft reports Q2 net income of $15.5B, up 33% YoY, Intelligent Cloud revenue of $14.6B, up 23% YoY, 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 …
Thomas Wilde / GeekWire:
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
In today's iOS 14.4 update, Apple fixes three 0-days, tipped by an anonymous researcher, and acknowledges a report that they may have been exploited in the wild  —  Fixes come after Apple patched another set of three zero-days last November.  —  Apple has released today security updates …
Tiernan Ray / ZDNet:
AMD reports Q4 revenue of $3.24B, up 53% YoY, with its Enterprise, Embedded, and Semi-Custom segment revenue up 176% YoY to $1.28B  —  AMD's first-quarter revenue forecast of $3.1 billion to $3.3 billion is as much as six hundred million higher than analysts' expectations.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Firefox 85 launches with network partitioning, a new feature to block supercookies by partitioning Firefox's browser cache on a per-website basis  —  Firefox now joins Chrome and Edge, both of which removed support for Flash earlier this month.  —  Mozilla has released today Firefox 85 …
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 …
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.
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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Intel launches its first Iris Xe desktop graphics cards targeting SMBs and mainstream PCs, after debuting its Iris Xe Max laptop cards in October  —  Intel's first desktop GPUs in 20 years aren't designed for gaming just yet  —  Intel is launching its first Iris Xe desktop graphics cards today.
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Plex is launching game subscription service Plex Arcade, starting at $3 per month, which features classic Atari games and requires users run a Plex media server  —  Games: the final frontier  —  Plex, well known as a service for streaming movies, music, and TV shows from your own computer …
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 …
Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
House Energy and Commerce Committee head details the GOP Big Tech Accountability Platform to address issues like Section 230, deplatforming, app stores, more  —  Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on Tuesday said Republicans …
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.

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