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January 7, 2016, 8:50 PM

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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Legal experts say net neutrality case against T-Mobile's Binge On is far from clear-cut  —  T-Mobile's Binge On: When throttling may not break the rules  —  CEO John Legere says throttling accusation is “semantics” and “bulls**t.”  —  T-Mobile USA will soon meet with the Federal Communications Commission …
Tim Fernholz / Quartz:
T-Mobile CEO John Legere responds to Binge On criticism, claims it's not throttling because the service doesn't slow down data or remove customer control  —  T-Mobile CEO John Legere defends his streaming plan against “bulls**t” complaints from “jerks” at Google
Wall Street Journal:
Apple buys Emotient, an AI startup that reads emotions by analyzing facial expressions, for undisclosed fee  —  Apple Buys Artificial-Intelligence Startup Emotient  —  Emotient technology is used to assess emotions by reading facial expressions  —  Apple Inc. has purchased Emotient Inc. …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Motorola name to be slowly phased out, products to carry label “Moto by Lenovo” instead  —  Goodbye, Moto(rola).  Iconic brand to be phased out  —  Motorola, where wireless got its start, will see its name disappear from its products.  It'll soon be Moto by Lenovo.
Reuters:
Time Warner Cable says up to 320K customers' email passwords may have been stolen, it's not yet sure how data was obtained  —  Time Warner Cable says up to 320,000 customers' data may have been stolen  —  Time Warner Cable Inc said on Wednesday up to 320,000 customers may have had their email passwords stolen.
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Biz Stone's Q&A app Jelly pulls an ‘un-pivot,’ begins a closed beta  —  Well, we haven't heard much about Jelly, Twitter cofounder Biz Stone's app for asking and answering questions, basically since it launched two years ago to the day.  Today, we get an update.
Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez / The San Francisco Examiner:
Yellow Cab, San Francisco's largest taxi company, edges toward filing for bankruptcy due to challenges from tech rivals Uber and Lyft  —  Yellow Cab to file for bankruptcy  —  San Francisco's largest taxi company is edging toward filing for bankruptcy.  —  Yellow Cab Co-Op said challenges …
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 …
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 …
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.
 

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