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Once again, Twitter shows that providing app developers with tools is not its favorite job. The company announced on Wednesday that it's selling off its Fabric suite of tools to Google.

Most of the tools in the Fabric suite are part of the deal, though it's unclear what will happen to Digits, which lets users of third-party apps log in using their phone numbers, after the transition. A Google spokesman declined to share more details.

Love-hate relationship: Twitter's relationship with app developers has been rocky. Between 2010 and 2012, it made a series of moves that severely limited what developers did, eventually earning it bad reputation among app developers.

Since then, Twitter has attempted to repair that relationship. It acquired Cashlytics in 2013, then debuted Fabric in 2014 and even organized conferences for developers.

  • "We want to reset our relationship and we want to make sure that we are learning, that we are listening, and that we are rebooting," co-founder Jack Dorsey told developers in Oct. 2015 shortly after his return as CEO.

Why it matters: Twitter is keeping some of its other developer tools, but it's clear it's shedding whatever won't help it keep the revenue flowing and stabilize its business. Twitter spent several months last year surrounded by rumors it was trying to sell itself—including to Google—so straightening its business further could make it a better target. Twitter recently shut down its looping-video app Vine and reportedly tried to sell it off.

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Bipartisan group of senators unveil $908 billion COVID stimulus proposal

Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) in the Capitol in 2018. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

A bipartisan group of senators on Tuesday proposed a $908 billion coronavirus stimulus package, in one of the few concrete steps toward COVID relief made by Congress in several months.

Why it matters: Recent data shows that the economic recovery is floundering as coronavirus cases surge and hospitals threaten to be overwhelmed heading into what is likely to be a grim winter.

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Patch, the hyperlocal (and profitable) local digital news company, has built a new software platform called "Patch Labs" that lets local news reporters publish their own newsletters and websites, sources tell Axios.

Why it matters: It follows a growing trend of journalists going solo via newsletters at the national level.

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Three of Politico’s biggest reporting stars plan to launch a competitor to the company’s Politico Playbook franchise, sources tell me. 

Why it matters:  Jake Sherman, Anna Palmer and John Bresnahan will launch a daily newsletter in 2021 as a stand-alone company, the sources say. In effect, they will be competing against the Playbook franchise they helped create and grow. 

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