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January 8, 2016, 3:40 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Sources: iPhone 7 will do away with the standard 3.5mm headphone jack; premium Bluetooth Beats earbuds with charging carrying case could debut this fall  —  Apple developing revamped, cord-free Beats with charging case ahead of iPhone 7  —  With its resources from the 2014 acquisition …
Antony Leather / Forbes:
Amid reports the next iPhone won't have a headphone jack, 200K+ sign petition asking Apple to keep it  —  Could Apple Cripple iPhone 7 Sales By Removing The Headphone Jack?  —  We're still more than half a year away from the expected launch date of Apple's iPhone 7, but the rumour mill …
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg Business:
Sources: Yahoo reassesses whether to spinoff its main Internet business, considers outright sale  —  Yahoo to Reconsider Sale of Web Business Instead of Spinoff  —  A decision to sell would contradict Yahoo's intent to spin  —  Verizon has publicly stated interest in acquiring Yahoo
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 …
Tom's Hardware:
Dell offers $200 off the Oculus Rift when purchased with an Oculus Ready PC; bundles start at $1600  —  Alienware And Dell Announce Oculus Ready PC Bundles For $1,600  —  At CES 2016, Alienware and Dell announced Oculus Ready PC bundles that will start at $1,600.
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.
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 …
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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 …

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