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January 6, 2016, 4:15 PM

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Apple:
Apple announces record $1.1B App Store sales during holiday season, $20B during 2015, and has paid developers $40B since 2008  —  Record-Breaking Holiday Season for the App Store  —  App Store Has Now Paid Developers Nearly $40B and Continues to Drive Incredible Job Growth
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
Pre-orders open for Oculus Rift consumer edition, on sale for $599, shipping in March; orders already backlogged until May  —  Virtually a reality: Oculus Rift goes on sale for $599  —  Pre-orders are open ahead of March ship date for consumer version  —  After dozens of trade-show demos …
Eva Dou / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple has cut order forecasts to iPhone suppliers in past several months  —  Apple Scales Back Orders for Its iPhones  —  Component suppliers that rode the iPhone's boom are now bracing for lower sales  —  BEIJING— Apple Inc. is scaling back orders for its iPhones …
Natt Garun / The Next Web:
Netflix expands to 130 new countries including India, Vietnam, Turkey, South Korea, Poland, and Russia, but not China; stock up over 7%  —  Netflix officially arrives in India, Russia, Vietnam and more - totaling 130 new countries  —  At the opening keynote at CES, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Sources: Facebook giving some developers access to Chat SDK to build bots in Messenger for shopping, booking travel, more  —  Facebook's Secret Chat SDK Lets Developers Build Messenger Bots  —  M won't be the only artificial intelligence on Facebook Messenger.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Snapchat is shutting down its lens store on Friday, only two months after its launch  —  Snapchat is killing its lens store  —  We barely knew Snapchat's lens store, and it's already time to say goodbye.  The social media platform is shutting down the store on Friday, only two months after its launch.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
David Chaum, known for inventing cryptographic protocols, introduces PrivaTegrity, an encryption scheme for messaging with a “carefully controlled backdoor”  —  The Father of Online Anonymity Has a Plan to End the Crypto War  —  It's been more than 30 years since David Chaum launched …
Lauren Goode / The Verge:
Fitbit hit with class-action suit over inaccurate heart rate monitoring  —  Wearable maker Fitbit was hit with a class-action lawsuit yesterday, just after the unveiling of its newest fitness watch.  —  In the suit, consumers from California, Colorado, and Wisconsin allege that the heart rate tracking …
Simon Khalaf / Flurry Insights Blog:
Flurry Report: Mobile app usage grew 58% in 2015, led by emoji keyboards, news, and productivity apps  —  Media, Productivity & Emojis Give Mobile Another Stunning Growth Year  —  In the seven years that Flurry has been reporting on mobile app usage, we have seen nothing but growth, and this year continued the trend.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Intel Says Its Button-Sized Curie Will Ship In Q1, Costing Under $10  —  Computing devices are getting smaller by the day, and today at CES in Las Vegas Intel's CEO Brian Krzanich announced new details about one of its big (little?) efforts in the space.  Curie, Intel's button-sized wearable …
@jack:
Jack Dorsey likens additional text in tweets to text screenshots, affirms the value of the 140-character constraint, predicts most tweets will still be short  —  At its core Twitter is public messaging. A simple way to say something, to anyone, that everyone in the world can instantly see. We didn't start Twitter with a 140 character restriction. We added that early on to fit into a single SMS message (160 characters).

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