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January 6, 2016, 11:30 PM

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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 up 9%  —  At CES, Netflix Announces Worldwide Expansion of Streaming Service  —  Netflix went live with its streaming television service …
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 …
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
Owen Williams / The Next Web:
Microsoft will stop supporting Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 on January 12  —  Web developers rejoice; Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 die on Tuesday  —  Internet Explorer has long been the bane of many Web developers' existence, but here's some news to brighten your day: Internet Explorer 8 …
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.
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 …
Biz Carson / Business Insider:
Sources: Yahoo to lay off at least 10%, or 1,000+ of its employees, as early as this month  —  Yahoo is prepping to lay off 10% or more of its workforce  —  Major layoffs will be coming to Yahoo as part of its planned reorganization to get its business back on track.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
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.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
SEC filing shows Tim Cook earned about $10.2M during 2015 while other Apple executives earned around $25M  —  Tim Cook earns $10.3M in 2015 as other executives bring home $25M each  —  Apple today made a new filing with the SEC in which it revealed the earnings of its top executives during 2015.

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