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January 15, 2015, 4:25 PM

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BBC:
Google Glass to become an independent division reporting to Tony Fadell; Glass Explorer Program shutting down; production of device in current form to end  —  Google calls end to Glass programme but says kit is not dead  —  Google is ending its experimental Google Glass programme, the BBC has learned.
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Xiaomi takes on iPhone 6 Plus with 5.7" 1080p Mi Note phablet launching January 27 for $370; $530 Mi Note Pro with 2560x1440 display coming in March  —  Xiaomi mocks Apple with its very own premium phablet  —  There's just no stopping for the world's most valuable startup.
Jared Newman / TechHive:
Xiaomi announces $30 Mi Box Mini, a media streamer the size of a phone charger, with pre-orders open in China on Jan. 20, shipping late Jan.  —  Xiaomi's Mi Box Mini is a media streamer the size of a phone charger  —  With the $30 Mi Box Mini, Xiaomi has managed to stuff …
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
T-Mobile launches new ‘Simply Prepaid’ plans, starting at $40/month with 1 GB of LTE  —  T-Mobile US (NYSE:TMUS) launched new prepaid plans under its “Simply Prepaid” banner starting at $40 per month.  The new plans come several months after T-Mobile launched the “Simply Prepaid” …
Carmel DeAmicis / Gigaom:
Instacart quietly changed its primary revenue model from delivery fees and product markups to grocer fees  —  On the way to $220M in funding, Instacart quietly changed its business model  —  Kaitlin Myers a shopper for Instacart studies her smart phone as she shops for a customer at Whole Foods in Denver on October 28, 2014.
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David Meyer / The Copenhagen Post:
The Danish app that lends eyes to the blind  —  The Danish developer Robocat, which I've previously covered for its Thermodo thermometer dongle, has fully launched a new app that could be of great use to visually-impaired people.  —  Robocat built the open-source Be My Eyes iOS app for a non-profit startup of the same name.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Device that logs and transmits keystrokes of certain wireless Microsoft keyboards built for $10  —  Meet KeySweeper, the $10 USB charger that steals MS keyboard strokes  —  It sounds like the stuff of a James Bond flick or something described in documents leaked by former NSA subcontractor Edward Snowden.
Rachel King / ZDNet:
Logitech launches Harmony API, will support more than 270,000 devices including Nest, Honeywell, Sonos  —  Logitech launches Harmony API to spur smart home connections  —  Summary:Logitech said it has already wired its Harmony platform and API to support more than 270,000 connected devices …
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
Source: FCC to vote Feb 26. on petitions from two cities asking to preempt state laws that limit municipal Internet service  —  The FCC will vote next month on whether to help cities build their own Internet  —  US President Barack Obama speaks about increasing access to high speed …
Guardian:
David Cameron seeks cooperation of US president over encryption crackdown  —  PM to ask Barack Obama to put pressure on US internet companies to work more closely with UK intelligence agencies  —  David Cameron is to urge Barack Obama to pressure internet firms such as Twitter and Facebook …
Erin Griffith / Fortune:
Boxed, a wholesale shopping app, raises $25M series B led by GGV and DST  —  Boxed, a bulk shopping app, raises $25 million  —  Boxed, a mobile application for wholesale shopping, has raised $25 million in a Series B round of funding.  GGV Capital and Digital Sky Technologies led the round …
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Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Twitch launches free music library for video game streamers  —  Game streaming platform Twitch is trying to solve a problem that has plagued it for months: how can you enforce copyright laws without limiting what players can do on the service?  Today, the Amazon-owned company is launching …
Billy Steele / Engadget:
Adobe Lightroom mobile comes to Android, but it's only for phones  —  Last spring, Adobe brought a version of its Lightroom photo-editing software to the iPad making for some convenient editing on the go.  Months later, a version of the app is ready for Android devices and it brings …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Google and Lending Club to launch pilot program offering low-interest business loans to eligible Google partners  —  Google and Lending Club launch low-interest loans for Google partners  —  Peer-to-peer lending service Lending Club has announced a new tie-up with Google to facilitate funding for “eligible Google partners.”

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