Jan 23, 2018

Twitter COO Anthony Noto departs for SoFi CEO job

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Twitter COO Anthony Noto is leaving the company to become CEO of Sofi, the loan tech company announced on Twitter. Twitter's stock was down over 3% Tuesday morning following the news.

Why it matters: It's a big loss for Twitter. Noto turned Twitter's finances around with the recent live video and video ad push, bringing the company closer to profitability than it has ever been since going public four years ago.

Between the lines, per Axios' Dan Primack: Noto is a former high-level Goldman Sachs executive, meaning that the bank is probably now clubhouse leader for SoFi 's upcoming IPO

Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey thanked Noto for his years at the company.

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Private equity returns fell behind stocks over the past decade

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U.S. private equity returns fell just below S&P 500 returns for the 10-year period ending last June, according to a report released Monday morning by Bain & Company.

Why it matters: Private equity markets itself as beating public markets over long-term time horizons, and usually providing an illiquidity premium to boot. These new performance figures not only dent such claims, but provide fresh ammunition to critics of public pension investment in private equity funds.

Why Apple may move to open iOS

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Apple may finally allow iPhone owners to set email or browsing apps other than Apple's own as their preferred defaults, according to a Bloomberg report from last week.

The big picture: Customers have long clamored for the ability to choose their preferred apps, and now Apple, like other big tech companies, finds itself under increased scrutiny over anything perceived as anticompetitive.