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January 11, 2016, 11:45 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 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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
More: Forbes, Marketing Land and Re/codeTweets: @randfish
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 …
More: GrindrTweets: @mikeisaac

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