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January 4, 2016, 10:45 AM

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Johana Bhuiyan / BuzzFeed:
GM invests $500M in Lyft as part of a $1B round at a $5.5B valuation, will work with Lyft on a fleet of on-demand autonomous vehicles within next 10 years  —  Lyft And General Motors Are Partnering To Bring You On-Demand Driverless Cars  —  Silicon Valley companies have given …
Brittany A. Roston / SlashGear:
Lenovo expands X1 line with new Yoga convertible, tablet, updated Carbon laptop, standalone monitor, and all-in-one  —  Lenovo's X1 PC line scores new Thinkpads and more  —  Lenovo's popular X1 product lineup is getting a big expansion in coming weeks, not the least of which is the addition of yet another ThinkPad X1 Carbon.
Biz Carson / Business Insider:
Mark Zuckerberg's challenge in 2016 is to build an AI butler like in ‘Iron Man’  —  For the past year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been reading two books a month.  He's spent other years learning Mandarin or only eating meat that he killed.  —  This year, Zuckerberg is clearly envious of Iron Man Tony Stark's futuristic life.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Net Applications: Windows 10 growth slows, holds 9.96% share of desktop OSes  —  Windows 10 ends 2015 under 10% market share  —  Check out all of our GamesBeat Rewind 2015 end of the year coverage here.  —  9.96 percent.  Close, but no cigar.  Five months after its release …
Sean Portnoy / ZDNet:
CES 2016: Acer launches first Chromebase with Intel Core CPU, new laptops, Iconia One 8 tablet  —  In addition to the Chromebase 24, the new systems include a refreshed Chromebook 11 and Aspire Switch 12 S and V Nitro Black Edition notebooks with Intel's latest RealSense 3D camera.
Ian King / Bloomberg Business:
Nvidia estimates that just 13M PCs in 2016 will have the graphics capabilities needed to run VR  —  Few Computers Are Powerful Enough to Support Virtual Reality  —  VR headsets are almost ready to hit stores, but less than 1 percent of PCs will be capable of running them.
Bloomberg Business:
As private funding cools, more tech firms may IPO in 2016, but will need to show more for higher valuations  —  With Startup Pileup, 2016 Tech IPOs Will Face Tough Investors  —  Less private funding may mean more startups turn to IPOs  —  Better balance sheets will be needed for higher valuations
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Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
All Ford 2017 cars with Sync 3 will include CarPlay and Android Auto out of the box, 2016 vehicles upgradeable later this year  —  Ford is finally adding CarPlay and Android Auto to its cars  —  Ford has long indicated that CarPlay and Android Auto were part of its long-term infotainment strategy …
Alex Heath / Tech Insider:
Dennis Crowley on Foursquare's Pilgrim location technology and how the company will focus more on how its data can be used by other appmakers in 2016  —  Foursquare's location data is way more powerful than people realize  —  One of the top-rated pizza places in Brooklyn on Foursquare is called Lucali.
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