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January 12, 2016, 1:15 AM

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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.
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.
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.
Michael J. de la Merced / New York Times:
Satellite antenna startup Kymeta raises $62M Series D from Bill Gates, others  —  Kymeta Raises $62 Million in Investment Led by Bill Gates  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Kymeta is a start-up focusing on using tiny satellite antennas.  But the company has secured a new fund-raising round from some big backers, including Bill Gates.
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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