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January 4, 2016, 1:00 PM

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Paul Thurrott / Thurrott.com:
Windows 10 is Now Active on 200 Million Devices Worldwide  —  Share Tweet Pin it Reddit Share Share  —  Microsoft announced this morning that Windows 10 is now “active” on over 200 million devices worldwide.  This figure presumably includes PCs, phones, Xbox Ones, and other devices …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Net Applications: Windows 10 growth slows, holds 9.96% share of desktop operating systems  —  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.
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 …
Mark Walton / Ars Technica:
Report: Major League Gaming shuttered after $46 million Activision buyout  —  Majority of the cash will go towards paying off MLG's mounting debts.  —  Major League Gaming, the once mighty American e-sports organisation, has been bought by Activision Blizzard in a $46 million (£31 million) deal.
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.
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 …
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.
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.”
Wall Street Journal:
VR still faces unknown long-term psychological effects and unsettling physical effects  —  What Does Virtual Reality Do to Your Body and Mind?  —  As technology comes of Age, headset makers, media companies grapple with potential side effects  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—Software worker Erin Bell inched across …
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.
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Intel buys German drone maker Ascending Technologies  —  Intel Follows Qualcomm Into Drone Business With German Startup Purchase  —  Intel said Monday it is buying German drone maker Ascending Technologies for an undisclosed price, following rival chipmaker Qualcomm's move into the space.

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