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January 7, 2016, 11:30 AM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
David Marcus' plan for Messenger in 2016 as it hits 800M MAUs: eliminate the need for a phone number, build app functionality into chat threads  —  Facebook Messenger Hits 800M Users: 2016 Strategy And Predictions  —  Kill SMS, spawn a chat bot platform, bring friends together offline …
Emily Steel / New York Times:
Netflix launches in 130 additional countries, now available in 190 countries worldwide, excluding China, Crimea, North Korea, and Syria; stock rises 9%  —  At CES, Netflix Adds Over 130 Countries to Streaming Service  —  Netflix went live with its streaming television service …
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Vidyo, a screen capture tool for iOS that simulates an AirPlay Mirroring connection, available for now in the App Store for $4.99  —  Vidyo, a Screen Recorder for iOS  —  Vidyo, a screen recording utility for iPhone and iPad available at $4.99 on the App Store, seems like one of those apps that will soon be removed by Apple.
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon's Annapurna Labs to sell its own “Alpine” line of ARM-based chips to other device manufacturers  —  Amazon Enters Semiconductor Business With Its Own Branded Chips  —  Amazon's Annapurna Labs targets customers designing home equipment  —  A secretive Amazon.com Inc. unit broke …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Hudson's Bay Confirms $250 Million Acquisition of Gilt Groupe  —  Hudson's Bay, the owner of Saks Fifth Avenue and other department store chains, has agreed to acquire Gilt Groupe for $250 million in cash, the company announced Thursday morning.  Re/code reported on Wednesday evening …
Associated Press:
Chinese drone maker Ehang unveils human-carrying electric drone, which can carry up to 220 pounds, fly for 23 minutes at sea level, and reach 63mph  —  Chinese drone maker Ehang (EE'-hang) has unveiled what it calls the world's first drone capable of carrying a human passenger.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
BlackBerry CEO says the Priv is coming to Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, offers no timeline; John Legere tweeted to confirm arrival on T-Mobile Jan. 26  —  The BlackBerry Priv is coming to Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint  —  BlackBerry's Priv, its Android-powered smartphone with a sliding keyboard …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Nextbit announces first wave of GSM Robin smartphones will ship February 16  —  Nextbit's cloud-savvy smartphone ships on February 16th  —  Good news if you've been sitting on pins and needles waiting for Nextbit's Robin smartphone to ship: it's nearly ready for action.

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