January 8, 2016, 2:10 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Top US government officials meeting with Silicon Valley CEOs to discuss whether tech firms can do more to thwart terrorists online  —  Top U.S. Officials to Meet With Tech CEOs on Terror Concerns  —  Discussion to focus on whether social-media firms can do more to thwart terrorists
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft's cellular data app for Windows 10 suggests it may be developing its own SIM card  —  Microsoft is building its own SIM card for Windows  —  Microsoft is planning to make LTE access a little easier soon, thanks to its own SIM card.  The software giant is currently testing …
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.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Google removes 13 apps from Play Store after researchers found they made unauthorized downloads and tried to gain root privileges  —  Malicious apps in Google Play made unauthorized downloads, sought root  —  Apps with as many as a million downloads removed following their discovery.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Google teams up with Lenovo on smartphone with Project Tango's augmented reality  —  Lenovo and Google announced a partnership today to create a new smartphone that makes use of a 3D augmented reality technology known as Project Tango.  —  Johnny Lee, a member of the Tango team at Google …
Steven Tweedie / Business Insider:
Lily drone saw $34 million in pre-orders from 60,000 people  —  If you're like me, drone photography and videos are fun to look at online but seemingly daunting hobbies to get into if you're a first-timer.  Where do you start?  How do you build or buy a drone that's ready to take video?
Nick Statt / The Verge:
CES: Increasing number of third-party smart home products integrate with Amazon's Alexa  —  Amazon's stealth takeover of the smart home at CES 2016  —  Of all the forecasts made here at CES, the smart home feels like one of the nearest to coming true.  Nearly every big-name technology brand …
Ben Woods / The Next Web:
Jide announces Remix OS 2.0, a fork of Android Lollipop that is designed to run on x86 PCs, alpha build will be available as a free download on January 12  —  The excellent Remix OS is bringing Android to every old x86 PC (and Mac) for free  —  When I first tested the Remix Mini at the end of last year, I was blown away.
Dan Thorp-Lancaster / Android Central:
Sprint set to join other major US carriers in killing two-year contracts for smartphones, according to leaked internal document  —  Sprint kills 2-year contracts for smartphones  —  Sprint has gone through with its plans to 2-year contracts for smartphones, according to an internal document sent to us by an anonymous tipster.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
German Publishers Still Upset That Google Sends Them Traffic Without Paying Them Too; File Lawsuit  —  from the your-honor,-how-dare-they-send-us- traffic dept  —  Oh boy.  Remember VG Media?  That's the consortium of German news publishers who were so damn angry that Google News sends …

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