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Situational awareness: Twitter shares are climbing this morning after the company reported fourth-quarter revenue and user growth that beat Wall Street expectations.
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It's been two days since app problems delayed returns and cast a stain on the Iowa caucus, but the blame game continues.
So far, two things seem pretty clear. It's not a good idea to rely on an app as the primary means of tabulating election results, and the app used in Iowa was also pretty bad.
Recap: The Iowa Democratic Party commissioned a mobile app to convey results of local caucuses to the state Democratic Party. Finding issues with the app, many precincts chose to phone in results instead, but the party didn't have enough staff to handle those reports, delaying the results.
The big picture: The problems in Iowa come at a particularly tough time. The U.S. is already struggling to bolster the stability and reliability of its elections, which are under stress from extreme partisanship, the spread of conspiracy theories on social media, and the still-fresh memories of Russian meddling in the 2016 contest.
As Axios' Scott Rosenberg reports in today's Codebook, security is essential to election technology, but it's not the only thing. Voting systems, whether paper or digital, also need to be straightforward, transparent and auditable.
And, while there is no evidence of any hacking having taken place, ProPublica reports the app was also highly susceptible to intrusion. The same report says the Homeland Security Department offered to help test the app, but the Iowa Democratic Party declined the offer.
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The bottom line: This was essentially a playbook for how not to employ technology in an election.
What's next: Nevada was reported to be planning to use the same app for its caucus, but it has decided not to in the wake of the Iowa fiasco.
Spotify on Wednesday announced plans to acquire The Ringer, a sports media company founded by former ESPN personality Bill Simmons, Axios' Sara Fischer reports.
Why it matters: The acquisition speaks to Spotify's massive investment in podcasting over the past year, as the company works to expand its offering from music only to all audio, including podcasts.
Details: This is Spotify's first major investment in a podcast content company. Deal terms were not disclosed.
The big picture: It's Spotify's fourth major investment in a podcasting company in the past year. Its series of investments began last February with technology and production, and have more recently transitioned to content.
Our thought bubble: The big question is whether this and other moves by Spotify and Luminary will mark the end of a world in which podcasts were largely openly and freely distributed.
Along with quarterly earnings, Qualcomm disclosed on Wednesday that European regulators are investigating whether the wireless giant leveraged its position in the 5G modem business to boost its position in radio frequency chips.
Context: Qualcomm has tangled frequently with regulators around the globe. It has faced previous issues in Europe and a settled probe in China, and is now fighting an unfavorable ruling in the U.S.
Qualcomm said in a regulatory filing that it received a request for information from European regulators on Dec. 3 and is in the process of responding.
Andre Iguodala speaking at the 2018 Players Technology Summit in San Francisco. Photo: Gene X. Hwang/Orange Photography
Andre Iguodala, the NBA star and tech investor, got two new jobs in less than 24 hours on Wednesday.
Early in the day, Comcast Ventures announced Iguodala as a venture partner for its Catalyst Fund. Then, in the afternoon, news broke that a deal had been reached by the Memphis Grizzlies to trade Iguodala to the Miami Heat.
Why it matters: Iguodala had been sitting out this season, on a sabbatical of sorts, spending more time than usual getting to know his tech investments.
Today marks the 15th anniversary of Google Maps. Here are some of the top Street View images from the last 15 years. And, for the nostalgic, here's the original blog post launching the product, written by one Bret Taylor (the same one who is now Salesforce's president).