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Twitter's stock was up nearly 4% in pre-market trading Friday, after the company said it added more "monetizable" daily users than investors had anticipated.

Yes, but: The company said it has been making investments in health and safety features on the platform, and forecasted that those investments would increase operating costs by 20% over the course of the entire fiscal year.

Why it matters: Part of Twitter's turnaround story over the past two years since going public in 2013 is that it's been able to consistently turn a profit. These kinds of investments may continue to eat at the company's margins moving forward.

  • In a statement, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said that health remains Twitter's top priority and that the company's investments resulted in an 18% drop in reports of spammy or suspicious behavior.

By the numbers, via CNBC:

  • Earnings per share: 20 cents, adjusted, vs. an expected 19 cents per share, per a Refinitiv survey of analysts.
  • Revenue: $841 million vs. an expected $829.1 million, per Refinitiv
  • Average monetizable daily active users (mDAUs): 139 million

Between the lines: This was the first quarter in which Twitter stopped reporting a monthly active usage metric, after the company missed its analyst expectations during the two prior quarters.

  • Its new metric is called "monetizable daily active usage (mDAU)," which the company says takes into account whether a user was exposed to advertising.
  • The company said ad engagements were up 20% year-over-year, suggesting improvements to its ad products are working.

Be smart: Despite gains, Twitter's daily active user base is smaller than its peers, and it is much more international, which is typically tougher to monetize. For comparison, Snapchat said Tuesday that it now has 203 million daily active users, while Facebook has 1.59 billion.

Go deeper: How Jack Dorsey plans to change Twitter

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Biden will reverse Trump's attempt to lift COVID related travel restrictions

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The incoming Biden administration will reverse President Trump's last-minute order to lift COVID-19 related travel restrictions, Jen Psaki, the incoming White House press secretary, tweeted.

Why it matters: President Trump ordered entry bans lifted for travelers from the U.K., Ireland, Brazil and much of Europe to go into effect Jan. 26, but the Biden administration will "strengthen public health measures around international travel in order to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19," Jen Psaki said. Biden will be inaugurated on Wednesday, Jan. 20 and Trump will no longer be president by the time the order is set to go into effect.

Dominion sends cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell

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Dominion Voting Systems on Monday sent a cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell over his spread of misinformation related to the 2020 election.

Why it matters: Trump and several of his allies have pushed false conspiracy theories about the company, leading Dominion to take legal action. It's suing pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell for defamation and $1.3 billion in damages, and a Dominion employee has sued Trump himself, OANN and Newsmax.

Off the Rails

Episode 5: The secret CIA plan

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Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 5: Trump vs. Gina — The president becomes increasingly rash and devises a plan to tamper with the nation's intelligence command.

In his final weeks in office, after losing the election to Joe Biden, President Donald Trump embarked on a vengeful exit strategy that included a hasty and ill-thought-out plan to jam up CIA Director Gina Haspel by firing her top deputy and replacing him with a protege of Republican Congressman Devin Nunes.