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January 6, 2016, 5:50 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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Johana Bhuiyan / BuzzFeed:
Uber agrees to overhaul privacy and security practices and pay a $20K fine in settlement over “God View” with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman  —  Uber Settles With New York Attorney General Over “God View” Tracking Program  —  The ride-hailing company agrees to overhaul …
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Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Tango, the faltering messaging app unicorn, gets a new CEO in co-founder and former CTO, Eric Setton  —  Faltering Messaging App Unicorn Tango Gets A New CEO To Turn Things Around  —  Fresh from laying off 9 percent of its 200 staff and closing down its e-commerce service at the end of 2015 …

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