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January 4, 2016, 8:10 AM

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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.
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 …
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.
Boyd Chan / Neowin:
Jolla announces that some of its crowdfunding backers will not receive a tablet  —  Jolla announces that it is unable to fulfill all Jolla Tablet crowdfunding perks  —  Back in November, Jolla announced that it had hit hard times after a lead investor had pulled out of its November round of financing.
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
More: Wall Street JournalTweets: @asanwal
Steve Dent / Engadget:
WiFi Alliance approves new 802.11ah “HaLow” WiFi standard, aimed at connected home devices  —  New WiFi standard offers more range for less power  —  The WiFi Alliance has finally approved the eagerly-anticipated 802.11ah WiFi standard and dubbed it “HaLow.”
More: The Verge
Vivienne Walt / Fortune:
How Amazon aims to conquer India, the next “trillion-dollar market”  —  Amazon Invades India  —  How Jeff Bezos aims to conquer the next “trillion-dollar market.”  The inside story.  —  In the blistering heat one recent afternoon, a crowd of people gathered down a narrow side street …
More: Business InsiderTweets: @benbajarin and @sassy_spy
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
Both major US political parties will use a new vote-tallying app made by Microsoft and Interknowlogy at Iowa caucuses this year  —  The Iowa Caucus Gets an Upgrade  —  Caucus Night 2012 was not exactly a banner evening for the Republican Party of Iowa.  —  Reporting problems plagued …
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 …
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 …

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