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January 11, 2016, 5:25 PM

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Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Amazon will release smaller, portable, cheaper Echo in the coming weeks  —  Amazon to Release Portable Version of Echo Speaker in Coming Weeks  —  New voice-activated speaker will be smaller, cheaper than Echo  —  Amazon.com Inc. is doubling down on voice-controlled hardware …
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
iOS 9.3 comes with multi-user support, but just for schools, Classroom app and Apple School Manager updates, adds Night Shift mode that emits less blue light  —  iOS 9.3 brings multi-user mode to iPads, along with more features and fixes  —  Multi-user mode is targeted toward schools, first beta is out today.
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
tvOS 9.2 beta adds Podcasts app, folders, Bluetooth keyboard support, new app switcher, more  —  Photos: With tvOS 9.2, Apple TV adds Podcasts app, Folders, Bluetooth keyboard support, new app switcher and more  —  With the new Apple TV tvOS 9.2 beta, Apple has added a whole host of new features to the tvOS platform.
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.
Rhiannon Williams / Telegraph:
Pre-orders for HTC's VR headset Vive start February 29, ships in April  —  HTC Vive pre-orders to start on February 29  —  Pre-orders for HTC's virtual reality headset Vive will open on February 29, boss Cher Wang confirms  —  HTC will start taking pre-orders for Vive, its virtual reality headset …
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
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes is trying to sell The New Republic, after buying it in 2012  —  New Republic Owner Chris Hughes Puts Magazine Up For Sale  —  Facebook co-founder, who purchased the title in 2012, says magazine needs a new business model  —  The New Republic …
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.
eMarketer:
US Digital Display Ad Spending to Surpass Search Ad Spending in 2016  —  Video will also command a large portion of ad spending allocated to digital  —  In 2016, digital display ad spending will eclipse search ad spending in the US for the first time.  Combined, the categories of video …

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Announcing Alexa Skills - manage your eero WiFi system with your voice  —  And as always: new eero updates are available to all eero owners.
 

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