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January 12, 2016, 7:30 AM

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Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
iOS 9.3 beta adds multi-user support, only for schools, adds Apple School Manager service, updated Classroom app, 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.
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 …
Justin Jouvenal / Washington Post:
Some police forces score citizens' threat level with Intrado's Beware software based on your medical, criminal history, and social media posts  —  The new way police are surveilling you: Calculating your threat ‘score’  —  FRESNO, Calif. — While officers raced to a recent 911 call …
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Tinder says it calculates a desirability rating for all users based on swipe data, used internally to facilitate better matches  —  I Found Out My Secret Internal Tinder Rating And Now I Wish I Hadn't  —  The dating app uses data to give every user a desirability rating.
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Grindr sells 60% stake to Chinese gaming company Beijing Kunlun Tech at a $155M valuation  —  Grindr Sells Stake to Chinese Company  —  Grindr, the popular dating and social networking app for gay men, has found itself a match.  —  The company on Monday said it had sold a majority stake …
John Legere / T-Mobile Issues & Insights Blog:
T-Mobile CEO John Legere apologizes to EFF in an open letter, says company absolutely supports net neutrality, and Binge On is beneficial to consumers  —  Open Letter to Consumers about Binge On  —  Wow.  What a week it has been out there about Binge On!
Murad Ahmed / Financial Times:
UK-based travel search site Skyscanner raised $192M, at what sources say was $1.6B valuation  —  Fundraising values Skyscanner at $1.6bn  —  Skyscanner has received nearly $192m from new investors, in a move that sees the Edinburgh-based online travel site enter the small club of British ‘unicorns’ …
More: Reuters and Tech.euTweets: @muradahmed
Andrew J . Hawkins / The Verge:
Transit tech company TransLoc will test Uber integration in its public transportation app Rider  —  Uber wants you to hail a ride to that faraway bus stop  —  Transit technology company TransLoc announced Monday it was teaming up with Uber to “bridge the gap” between trains, buses, and app-based car services.

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Microsoft:
New Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform helps automakers transform cars  —  Set of services built on Microsoft Azure is designed to help create custom connected driving experiences.
Worldpay:
U.S. eCommerce during 2016 & predictions for 2017  —  Read the interview here in our blog with Worldpay's North American General Manager - eCommerce, Casey Bullock.
Zoho:
Announcing the launch of our new webinar series  —  We are excited to announce our next series of webinars that are designed to educate both current and new users of Zoho CRM on CRM basics, how-to's, and best practices.
eero:
What is mesh WiFi, exactly?  —  Learn the benefits of a true mesh WiFi network at home - and how eero's TrueMesh is different than others.
 

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