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January 2, 2016, 2:20 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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Clive Thompson / Wired:
How China, home of tech copycats like Baidu, Tencent, and JD, transformed into a hub for tech innovation  —  How a Nation of Tech Copycats Transformed Into a Hub for Innovation  —  The young programmer had an idea, and everyone thought it was nuts.  Just out of college …
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Scott Charney / Microsoft on the Issues:
Microsoft now notifies users if it believes their accounts were targeted by a state-sponsored hacker  —  Additional steps to help keep your personal information secure  —  We're committed to helping our users keep their personal information secure and private.

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Microsoft:
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Brookings Institution:
Why Pokemon Go's technology is no fad  —  Pokemon Go has ignited the digital world.  Every news organization has reported on why Pokemon Go, the smartphone app based on the Japanese cartoon game from the 1990s, is extraordinarily popular.
 

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