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January 2, 2016, 8:10 PM

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The Verge:
What to expect at CES 2016: virtual reality demos, smart home products, wearables, drones, and more  —  Here's what to expect at CES 2016 next week  —  It's officially a new year, which means that once we've shaken off the grogginess of a cheap alcohol-induced hangover …
Oculus:
Oculus Touch controller delayed to second half of 2016, Oculus Rift remains on schedule to ship in Q1 2016  —  Update on Oculus Touch Ship Date  —  On the path to perfecting Touch, we've decided that we need more time before release, and we'll now be shipping Touch in the second half of 2016.
Rob Price / Business Insider:
Twitter is reversing its ban on political watchdog Politwoops  —  Four months after being banned by Twitter, Politwoops is coming back.  —  If you're not familiar with it, Politwoops is a kind of social media watchdog.  It automatically monitors the Twitter feeds of politicians and highlights whenever they delete a tweet.
David Shepardson / Reuters:
FCC: Internet speeds tripled from 10 Mbps in March 2011 to an average of 31 Mbps in September 2014, but US still ranks only 25th out of 39 nations surveyed  —  U.S. says its Internet speeds triple in three-and-a-half years  —  U.S. Internet connection speeds have tripled over 3-1/2 years …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Microsoft launched an iPhone selfie app to intelligently enhance your self-portraits  —  Microsoft made a selfie app for the iPhone  —  Microsoft's newest app for iOS isn't a piece of productivity software.  No, it's a selfie app.  Unambiguously called Microsoft Selfie …
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
As Microsoft and Corel battle in patent lawsuits, EFF notes the absurdity of one Microsoft design patent, for a slider  —  Microsoft patents a slider, earning EFF's “Stupid Patent of the Month” award  —  The patent is ammo in a battle between MS Word and Corel's WordPerfect.
Nathan Donato-Weinstein / bizjournals:
Sources: Yahoo looking to sell 48.6-acre property in Santa Clara that it bought in 2006 for $106M  —  Exclusive: Yahoo putting huge Santa Clara development site up for sale  —  For years, even as Yahoo's growth stalled, executives had this message for would-be suitors of its real estate: Thanks, but no thanks.
Darren Rovell / ESPN:
New York attorney general amends suit against DraftKings, FanDuel, seeking that profits made in NY be returned, users' losses be repaid, and $5K fine per case  —  New York attorney general amends lawsuit against daily fantasy sites  —  The fight to stay in business in New York got a bit uglier …

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