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January 11, 2016, 9:10 AM

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Financial Times:
Sources: Apple Music now has more than 10M subscribers  —  Apple's music streaming subscribers top 10m  —  Apple has passed 10m subscribers for its music streaming service, taking six months to hit a milestone which took its arch-rival Spotify six years to hit, according to people familiar with the matter.
Wall Street Journal:
Eddy Cue: due to a glitch, Apple has been underestimating the number of News app users since launch and passing that inaccurate information to publishers  —  Apple News App Is Off to a Rocky Start  —  There's one glitch: Neither publishers nor the company know how many people are reading
Abhimanyu Ghoshal / The Next Web:
Xiaomi's Redmi 3 offers a massive 4,100mAh battery and all-metal body for just $107  —  Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi announced its latest budget handset today, the Redmi 3.  The device features all-metal construction and a large 4,100mAh battery, which are both unusual in phones below $250.
Tracey Lien / Los Angeles Times:
Lyft defies predictions by continuing to grow as a rival to Uber  —  From January 2014 to January 2015, Lyft grew fivefold in rides and revenue.  Above, a driver for Lyft and Uber at Los Angeles International Airport last month.  (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)  —  It's Saturday night in San Francisco's Mission District.
Vindu Goel / New York Times:
Sources: more than 30% of Yahoo's workforce has left in the last year, but company says it is still hiring, and application numbers are strong  —  Yahoo's Brain Drain Shows a Loss of Faith Inside the Company  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Marissa Mayer, the glamorous, geeky Google executive hired …
Bruce Schneier / CNN:
How algorithmic systems to score humans like FICO and China's Sesame Credit can lead to social control, and some possible remedies to this problem  —  The risks — and benefits — of letting algorithms judge us  —  Bruce Schneier is a security technologist and chief technology officer …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Photo Evidence Shows Facebook Is Building Messenger For Mac  —  TechCrunch has obtained photographic evidence and an eyewitness report that Facebook has built an as-yet-unreleased Facebook Messenger For Mac desktop app.  The photo below shows a Facebook employee using it.
Robin Wauters / Tech.eu:
SoundCloud raises €32 million in debt funding with an option for additional loans  —  According to Swedish technology news site DiGITAL, Berlin-based SoundCloud has raised 300 million Swedish krona (a little more than €32 million, or about $35 million) in debt funding.
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
AT&T brings back unlimited data plans for its DirecTV and U-verse subscribers  —  AT&T is bringing back unlimited data.  The number-two wireless carrier discontinued its original unlimited plans years ago, but it's resuscitating the all-you-can-eat option as a cross-promotion with its DirecTV and U-verse television services.
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Twitter removes conservative writer Milo Yiannopoulos's verification badge without stating a reason, inflaming politicized battle over online speech  —  Twitter Unverifies Writer Amid Speech Wars  —  Twitter's removal of journalist and provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos's verification badge …

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