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January 5, 2016, 2:00 PM

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Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Sources: Twitter considers 10K-character limit for “Beyond 140” feature slated for Q1, testing timeline that shows 140 characters with option to expand for more  —  Twitter Considering 10,000-Character Limit for Tweets  —  Longer tweets are coming soon to Twitter.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
The second HTC Vive development kit has a built-in camera and new controllers  —  HTC is spending a surprisingly good name on a product that will only exist for a few months.  —  The product is the Vive Pre, a virtual reality headset that's going out to developers soon after its unveiling this morning.
TechCrunch:
Nvidia announces Drive PX 2, a computer for self-driving cars that uses deep neural network called Drivenet capable of recognizing 120M+ objects  —  Nvidia Announces New Drive PX 2 ‘Supercomputer In A Lunchbox’ For Self-Driving Cars  —  Following last year's Drive CX …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Ford says it's working to integrate Amazon's Echo and Alexa and “internet of things” platform Wink with SYNC, linking cars to homes  —  Ford meets Amazon: Automaker to integrate Echo and Alexa with SYNC, linking cars to homes … Ford says it's working to connect its SYNC …
Lauren Goode / The Verge:
Fitbit's new fitness watch, Blaze, offers 5-day battery, improved heart rate tracking, touch LCD display, swappable bands, more available in March for $200  —  Fitbit's new wearable is a fitness watch called Blaze  —  How do you compete in a growing smartwatch market without making a smartwatch?
Stephen Kleckner / VentureBeat:
HP upgrades its Spectre X360 and Pavilion X2 laptops with larger screens  —  Bigger is better, right?  —  At least, that seems to be what HP believes, as the PC manufacturer announced at CES 2016 larger versions of both its Spectre X360 and Pavilion X2 products, due out in February.
Miguel Helft / Forbes:
Profile of John and Patrick Collison and their digital payments company, Stripe  —  How John And Patrick Collison Built Stripe Into The PayPal Of The Mobile Era  —  THE FIRST SIGNAL YOU PICK UP that John and Patrick Collison, who cofounded mobile payment phenomenon Stripe …
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Analysis of BlackEnergy malware linked to Ukraine's power grid outages confirms it was cyber attack, but not state level involvement  —  Malware Found Inside Downed Ukrainian Power Plant Points to Cyberattack  —  On December 23, a Ukrainian power company announced that a section of the country had gone dark.
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Parrot unveils Disco, a fixed-wing 50mph drone, capable of 45-minute flight on a single charge, coming later this year  —  Parrot's new Disco drone ditches quadcopter design for a fixed-wing aircraft  —  Over the past few years, the form factor of the consumer drone has become fairly standard.
Valentina Palladino / Ars Technica:
Misfit's Ray is the slender, more fashionable cousin of its Shine fitness band  —  Misfit has announced its newest device, the Misfit Ray, at CES 2016.  The thin, tubular tracker is the first device to come from Misfit since the company was acquired by Fossil last year …
Cam Bunton / 9to5Google:
HTC and Under Armor's HealthBox combines smart scales, fitness and heart-rate trackers in a single $400 package  —  In an effort to get customers entirely absorbed into their ecoystem in one fell swoop, HTC and Under Armor have today announced HealthBox.  Although it may sound like the brand-name …

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