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January 6, 2015, 4:15 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 …
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?”
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.
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.
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.
Alexandra Sifferlin / TIME:
Fitbit's $150 Charge HR and $250 Surge fitness trackers with heart rate tracking are now shipping  —  Fitbit Launches Two New Fitness Trackers  —  Fitbit officially launched the sale of two new fitness and activity trackers, Charge HR and Surge, on Tuesday.
James Kendrick / ZDNet:
CES 2015: Lenovo unveils Yoga tablets, laptops, and new pen technology  —  Summary:Lenovo intends to continue riding its Yoga line of tablets and laptops, and launched a Yoga Tablet 2 with a strange feature, along with the Yoga 3 and ThinkPad Yoga laptops.  —  The Yoga line of tablets …
Ev Williams / Medium:
Metrics based on a single number, like MAU, are a poor proxy for value for Internet companies  —  A mile wide, an inch deep  —  I was recently quoted as saying, “I don't give a s**t” if Instagram has more users than Twitter.  If you read the article you'll note there's a big “if” before my not giving of said s**t.
Ross Miller / The Verge:
Sony announces new high fidelity Walkman NW-ZX2 with 128GB onboard storage running Android 4.2, coming spring for $1.2K  —  This is the new Sony Walkman  —  All signs pointed to a new Sony Walkman (literally) at CES 2015, and the signs didn't lie.  The new Walkman ZX2 is real …
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
HP delivers workstations on the go with thin-and-light Zbook laptops  —  What will be hot in consumer electronics and computing in 2015?  Read VB's full coverage of International CES 2015 to find out.  —  The 2015 International CES is all about consumers.
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Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Radiohead's Thom Yorke, most legally-downloaded BitTorrent artist in 2014, may have made up to $20M with BitTorrent Bundles  —  Thom Yorke made as much as $20M from his BitTorrent experiment  —  Credit: Nikola Spasenoski / Shutterstock.com  —  Credit: Nikola Spasenoski / Shutterstock.com

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