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January 11, 2016, 12:45 PM

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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.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Christina Rogers / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Ford considering separate business unit for autonomous cars, in talks with Google about autonomous-driving software  —  Ford's Chairman Is on Quest to Reinvent Auto Maker  —  Company weighs partnerships, new business lines to address challenges of rapid urbanization
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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.
Mark Bergen / Re/code:
Didi Kuaidi says it has booked 1.43B rides in 2015, 200M of them in December  —  Take That, Uber!  Didi Kuaidi Says It Booked Over a Billion Rides Just in 2015.  —  Last month, Uber declared that it had booked over one billion rides worldwide through its app since its creation in 2009.

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