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Twitter's daily active user count (not just a percentage of growth) was disclosed for the first time on Thursday: 126 million—or 60 million fewer than Snapchat, and less than a tenth of Facebook's flagship app.

Yes, but: Twitter's 2018 Q4 revenue and earnings beat analyst expectations and posted a profitable full year.

  • The company also specifies that it's disclosing monetizable daily active users, which excludes those using apps that don't display ads like Tweetdeck.

More from Twitter's 2018 Q4:

  • Revenue: $909 million, compared to $868.1 million expected, per Refinitiv.
  • Earnings: adjusted 31 cents, compared to 25 cents expected, per Refinitiv.
  • Monthly active users: 321 million, down from 330 million a year ago. The company will cease to report this metric after 2019 Q1.
  • Monetizable daily active users: 126 million, up 9% from a year ago (though growth has slowed over the past year).

Twitter's stock is down 8.6%, to $31.22, since previous close.

The story has been updated with additional information about Twitter's latest earnings.

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U.S. ambassador to Russia will return home briefly: State Department

John Sullivan, U.S. Ambassador to Russia, during a briefing in Moscow in 2015. Photo: Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS via Getty Images

The State Department said Monday that the U.S. ambassador to Russia, John Sullivan, will now be returning to the United States this week before returning to Moscow "in the coming weeks."

Why this matters: The statement, from a State Department spokesperson, comes just hours after Axios reported that Sullivan had indicated he intended to stand his ground and stay in Russia after the Kremlin “advised” him to return home to talk with his team.

Scoop: Leaked Ukraine memo reveals scope of Russia's aggression

Russian President Vladimir Putin visits a military exposition in Sevastopol, Crimea, in Jan. 2020. Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

Russia has been holding last-minute military exercises near commercial shipping lanes in the Black Sea that threaten to strangle Ukraine's economy, according to an internal document from Ukraine's ministry of defense reviewed by Axios.

Why it matters: With the eyes of the world on the massive buildup of troops in eastern Ukraine, the leaked memo shows Russian forces escalating their presence on all sides of the Ukrainian border.

Read: Former Vice President Walter Mondale's last message

Photo courtesy of Mondale.

Former Vice President Walter Mondale wrote a farewell letter to his staff, sent upon his death on Monday, thanking them for years working together.

Dear Team,

Well my time has come. I am eager to rejoin Joan and Eleanor. Before I Go I wanted to let you know how much you mean to me. Never has a public servant had a better group of people working at their side!

Together we have accomplished so much and I know you will keep up the good fight.

Joe in the White House certainly helps.

I always knew it would be okay if I arrived some place and was greeted by one of you!

My best to all of you!

Fritz