Twitter COO Anthony Noto Is Stepping Down

by Alex Kantrowitz on January 23, 2018

Anthony Noto in 2013.

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Twitter COO Anthony Noto is stepping down.

Noto, the most powerful executive in the company outside of CEO Jack Dorsey, will become the next CEO of the San Francisco–based finance company SoFi effective March 1. His resignation and new appointment were announced Tuesday morning in a SoFi press release.

“Working at Twitter has been a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I am immensely proud of our team and the key milestones we achieved during my time at the company,” Noto said in a Twitter filing. “While it’s bittersweet to depart, I have the utmost confidence in Twitter’s future and look forward to watching the wonderful success the team will continue to achieve.”

Noto, who joined Twitter as CFO in 2014, ran Twitter's business and revenue operations and was the architect of Twitter's live video strategy. He was a critical executive inside the company, which shares its CEO Dorsey with another company, Square, where he is also CEO.

“Anthony has been an incredible advocate for Twitter and a trusted partner to me and our leadership team,” Dorsey said in a filing. “On behalf of the entire team, I want to thank Anthony for his passion and his impact, and congratulate him on his new role.”

Noto did not respond to a request for comment.

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Apple’s HomePod Speaker Will Be Available On February 9

by Nicole Nguyen on January 23, 2018

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The HomePod, Apple’s voice-activated speaker with Siri built-in finally has a release date: February 9.

The plump, cylindrical, smart speaker was originally slated to be released in late 2017, but Apple delayed the launch last November saying, “We need a little more time before it's ready for our customers.” Today, the company announced that HomePod is ready to ship.

Customers in the US, UK, and Australia can purchase the speaker for $349.

HomePod will be among the most expensive smart speakers on the market. Its closest competitors are the Amazon Echo ($100), Google Home ($129) and the Sonos One ($199). Like other smart speakers, HomePod recognizes voice commands for smart home control, weather, timers, news, and general information. You'll use “Hey Siri” with HomePod, as you would with your phone.

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Apple is hoping to differentiate HomePod — and justify the speaker’s price — by touting it as a premium, high-quality speaker.

During the product's unveiling at the Worldwide Developers Conference last June, the company touted the device with phrases like “high-excursion woofer,” “seven-tweeter array” and “360-degree audio.”

HomePod has other audiophile-friendly features, too. The coffee can-sized speaker can detect its location in a room and automatically adjust its output to optimize sound based on where it is (for example, if it were on a bookshelf against a wall versus on a coffee table in the middle of the room).

Like Sonos, HomePod has multi-room audio capabilities through AirPlay 2, Apple's new wireless audio platform. This means HomePod will be compatible with third-party AirPlay 2 speakers as well.

Amazon and Google’s offerings, meanwhile, are more noteable for the voice assistant software that powers them, and less for the fidelity of their speakers (you can, however, connect both the Echo and Home to external audio outputs via Bluetooth or, for the smaller Echo Dot and Home Mini, auxiliary cable).

The biggest drawback? Apple Music is the only streaming service that will work with HomePod at launch.

A $10 per month Apple Music subscription is also required to request music through HomePod.

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