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January 5, 2016, 4:35 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:
Oculus giving Oculus Rift consumer edition headsets to original Kickstarter backers who pledged enough for the Oculus Rift DK1, in the countries it's launching  —  Oculus Rift Kickstarter backers will get a free consumer edition  —  Oculus will be shipping a consumer version of its Rift VR headset …
Mike Brunker / NBC News:
Lumosity to Pay $2M to Settle FTC Charges Over ‘Brain Training’ Ads  —  The company that created the Lumosity “brain training” program has agreed to pay $2 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers into believing that its mind games could help users excel …
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?
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.
Stephen Kleckner / VentureBeat:
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 …
Peggy Johnson / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Harman partners with Microsoft to integrate Office 365 into infotainment systems, Volvo to add Band 2 and Windows 10 smartphone integrations, more  —  Automakers choose Microsoft as connected car partner  —  When Microsoft talks about mobility, our interest is the mobility of the person, not of any single device.
Leena Rao / Fortune:
Magic debuts premium service, Magic+, to cost $100/ hour for a virtual assistant that can complete any task  —  Magic, the Virtual Assistant for Everything, Debuts A Premium Service  —  When reality TV star and pawn shop owner Corey Harrison was jilted by a staff member at an unnamed Laguna Beach hotel …
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Andrei Frumusanu / AnandTech:
Huawei Mate 8 review: excellent battery life and performance, while display and camera leave room for improvement  —  The Huawei Mate 8 Review  —  It's been over a year since we reviewed the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 and Ascend Mate 2.  For many people and including ourselves at AnandTech …

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