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Outside Twitter's headquarters in San Francisco. Photo: David Paul Morris / Bloomberg via Getty Images

Twitter reported fourth quarter earnings of 19 cents per share before the bell Thursday morning, surpassing the industry estimates of 14 cents per share, CNBC reports. The bump earned Twitter its first-ever net profitable quarter.

Why it matters, per Axios' Sara Fischer: The company has been making strategic investments in video ad revenue for the past two years, led by COO Anthony Noto, who announced he would be leaving the company to become CEO of SoFi earlier this year. Executives have pointed out that the company has focused on its core software and live video as a strategic path to profitability as opposed to making investments in other bets, like hardware.

By the numbers: Twitter also beat revenue expectations, reporting $732 million compared to $686.1 million estimated. Monthly active users were 330 million, slightly below the projected 332.5 million, and Twitter attributed this to its crackdown on fake accounts.

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Michigan board certifies Biden's win

Poll workers count absentee ballots in Detroit, Michigan on Nov. 4. Photo: Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Michigan Board of State Canvassers certified the state's election results on Monday, making President-elect Joe Biden's win there official and granting him the state's 16 electoral votes.

Why it matters: Republican Party leaders had unsuccessfully appealed to delay the official certification, amid the Trump campaign's failed legal challenges in key swing states.

Biden to nominate Janet Yellen as Treasury secretary

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President-elect Joe Biden is preparing to nominate former Fed Chair Janet Yellen as his Treasury Secretary, four people familiar with the matter tell Axios.

Why it matters: Yellen, 74, will bring instant economic celebrity to Biden’s team and, if confirmed, she will not only be the first female Treasury Secretary but also the first person to have held all three economic power positions in the federal government: the chair of Council of Economic Advisers, the chair of Federal Reserve and the Treasury Secretary.

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Axios Re:Cap digs into the state of vaccine and therapeutics manufacturing with Bob Nelsen, a successful biotech investor who on Monday launched Resilience, a giant new pharma production platform that he believes will prepare America for its next major health challenges.

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