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January 6, 2015, 7:40 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
12" MacBook Air to be substantial redesign with narrower, thinner body than 11" model, higher resolution display, edge-to-edge keyboard, single USB type-C port  —  Apple's next major Mac revealed: the radically new 12-inch MacBook Air  —  Apple is preparing an all-new MacBook Air for 2015 …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple Watch launch expected in March, retail training set for mid-February  —  Apple is finishing up work on the Apple Watch's software, and sources familiar with the product's development say that the device is currently on track to ship in the United States by the end of March.
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
As Fire Phone product manager, Jeff Bezos insisted Lab126 build a premium phone and include useless Dynamic Perspective feature in attempt to compete with Apple  —  The Real Story Behind Jeff Bezos's Fire Phone Debacle And What It Means For Amazon's Future  —  “What the hell happened?”
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Razer Unveils Its $100 Android-Powered Gaming Console, Razer Forge TV  —  Earlier this year, high-end gaming tech company Razer announced at Google I/O that it would be soon be making its first foray into Android-based gaming consoles.  Today at CES, that device made its public debut.
Chance Miller / 9to5Google:
Motorola returning to China in February w/ Moto X, Moto X Pro, and Moto G  —  Motorola has just announced in a blog post that it is making a return to China.  Following the company's acquisition by Lenovo, Motorola Mobility says that it is returning to China with three of its newest devices.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Kickstarter Drops Amazon Payments For Stripe  —  Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter announced today that it's partnering with payments service Stripe, which will now collect and process all payments for projects hosted on Kickstarter's site.  Since its founding, Kickstarter used Amazon Payments for this …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple now selling SIM-free unlocked iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the US, from $649  —  As we reported yesterday, Apple is now selling contract-free iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in retail stores and online.  Following historic pattern, the 16 GB base model iPhone 6 costs $649 with higher tiers costing $100 extra.
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Indiegogo launches InDemand, a feature that allows pre-orders to continue after crowdfunding ends  —  Indiegogo elbows its way into ecommerce with the launch of InDemand  —  What will be hot in consumer electronics and computing in 2015?  Read VB's full coverage of International CES 2015 to find out.
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Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Misfit Bolt, a $50 smart bulb with sleep tracker integration, now available for pre-order  —  Misfit introduces a smart bulb to go with its sleep tracker  —  There's no shortage of smart light bulbs on the market, but wearables company Misfit has decided that its influence shouldn't stop with collecting health data.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Kickstarter's 2014 Score Card: $529M Pledged By 3.3M Backers, 22K Funded Projects  —  Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter released its 2014 breakdown yesterday, trumpeting a total of $529 million pledged by 3.3 million backers.  (NB: Pledged dollars do not equal spent dollars …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Makerbot announces new filaments that enable 3D printing in materials that mimic limestone, metal, and wood, available late 2015  —  Makerbot announces new filaments that mimic limestone, metal, and wood  —  Makerbot has announced a new line of printing mediums as part of CES …
David Kravets / Ars Technica:
FBI says search warrants not needed to use “stingrays” in public places  —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation is taking the position that court warrants are not required when deploying cell-site simulators in public places.  Nicknamed “stingrays,” the devices are decoy cell towers …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Glassdoor Closes $70M Funding Round Led By Google Capital And Tiger Global  —  Glassdoor, the site that lets employees rate their companies' work environment and anonymously disclose their salary information, today announced that it has raised a $70 million funding round led by Google Capital …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Broadcom announces gigabit-enabled cable modem chip, Comcast says it plans to use it this year  —  Comcast says it will sell gigabit cable service this year  —  Broadcom today announced a chip for cable modems that can power gigabit-per-second Internet service, and Comcast said it will use the chips to boost speeds this year.

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