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January 6, 2016, 11:40 AM

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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 …
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
@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).
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.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Samsung's new Notebook 9 laptops take “thin-and-light” to a beautiful extreme, with the 13.3-inch model weighing just 1.85lbs, the 15-inch 2.84lbs  —  Samsung's Notebook 9 laptops take ‘thin-and-light’ to a beautiful extreme  —  Before Intel coined the term “ultrabook” …
Chris Velazco / Engadget:
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:
Casio's Android Wear watch is drop and shock resistant, will have up to a month of battery life, coming April for about $500  —  Casio's First Android Wear Watch Will Be Ruggedized And Have Up To A Month Of Battery Life  —  Most of the Android Wear devices out there are similar takes on the same use case …
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.
Reuters:
Sources: Verizon to auction off 48 data centers to focus on core business, hopes to raise $2.5B+  —  Exclusive: Verizon launches auction to sell data centers - sources  —  Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) has started a process to sell its data center assets, hoping to fetch more than $2.5 billion …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
PlayStation 4 sales now total 35.9M units after 5.7M game consoles are sold in the fall  —  PlayStation 4 sales top 35 million after a huge holiday  —  If you had a hunch that the PlayStation 4 would keep up its gangbuster sales rate through the holiday season... well, you guessed correctly.
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Cloudability buys data visualization startup DataHero  —  Cloudability, a startup with a tool that helps companies track their spending on public cloud infrastructure, is announcing today that it has acquired DataHero, a startup with an easy-to-use data-visualization service.
Jon Healey / Los Angeles Times:
Dish releases Hopper 3 set-top box, can record 16 HD shows simultaneously, introduces HopperGo, a portable, $99 battery-powered storage device  —  CES 2016: Dish offers a DVR for the stream-and-binge generation  —  Dish Network's Hopper 3 set-top box can record programs on 16 channels simultaneously …
Mike Brunker / NBC News:
Lumosity to Pay $2M to Settle FTC Charges Over ‘Brain Training’ Ads  —  The company that created the Lumosity “brain training” program has agreed to pay $2 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers into believing that its mind games could help users excel …
Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
President Obama instructs Defense Department, the Justice Department, and DHS to research and regularly review smart gun technology in executive action  —  Obama embraces smart guns, thrilling proponents of the controversial technology  —  Proponents of smart guns say President Obama's executive action …

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