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January 7, 2016, 1:25 PM

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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 …
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.
Michael J. de la Merced / New York Times:
Activist investor Starboard calls for changes to Yahoo's board and management in addition to a change in strategy, threatens to run its own slate of directors  —  Starboard Value Calls for Shake-Up at Yahoo and Shift in Strategy  —  SAN FRANCISCO — As Yahoo weighs efforts to spin off …
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.
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 …
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 …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
In Reddit AMA, Oculus' Palmer Luckey admits screwing up Rift price-point messaging, says Oculus is selling the Rift at cost  —  “No More Ballparks” — Oculus' Palmer Luckey Admits Screwing Up Rift Price-Point Messaging  —  Yesterday VR fans eager to get their hands on the consumer version …
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 …
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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Zoho Data Centers in Europe  —  We are pleased to announce the opening of two data centers in Europe — one in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and another in Dublin, Ireland.  With our new data centers …
Brookings Institution:
Why Pokemon Go's technology is no fad  —  Pokemon Go has ignited the digital world.  Every news organization has reported on why Pokemon Go, the smartphone app based on the Japanese cartoon game from the 1990s, is extraordinarily popular.
 

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