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January 12, 2016, 6:30 PM

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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google I/O 2016 to be held May 18-20 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View  —  Google's I/O 2016 conference announced for May 18th-20th  —  Google CEO Sundar Pichai just announced that the company's annual I/O developer's conference has been scheduled for May 18th through the 20th.
Mark Bergen / Re/code:
Google opens VR division, to be headed by VP of Product Management Clay Bavor; apps division now under SVP Diane Greene, head of enterprise operations  —  Google Opens Virtual Reality Division, Apps Move to Enterprise Unit  —  As Facebook and Microsoft have plowed ahead with virtual reality, Google has looked like it's behind.
Graham Spencer / MacStories:
VLC Now Available for Apple TV: Our First Impressions  —  VLC is now available for the Apple TV.  Just like every other version of VLC, the Apple TV version aims to play video files and streams in “their native formats without conversions”.  Felix Kühne, lead iOS developer for VLC, writes on his blog:
Roberto Baldwin / Engadget:
Periscope streams will now play directly in Twitter timelines on iOS  —  Live Periscope feeds will show up on Twitter for iOS  —  Like GIFs and Vines before it, Periscope streams will now show up and play directly in the Twitter timeline on iOS.  If you happen to miss the live stream …
Catalin Cimpanu / Softpedia News:
Mozilla to Completely Shut Down Its Persona Login System in November 2016  —  Mozilla's Ryan Kelly has announced that the foundation will completely disavow its former brainchild and shut down the Persona single-sign-on system on November 30, 2016.  —  Launched in 2011, the Mozilla Persona service …
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
Group that hacked CIA Director John Brennan's AOL account has now allegedly hacked Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's phone, Internet, email  —  Teen Who Hacked CIA Email Is Back to Prank US Spy Chief  —  One of the “teenage hackers” who broke into the CIA director's AOL email account …
Eduard Kovacs / SecurityWeek:
Two suspected members of DD4BC, a DDoS extortion group, apprehended in Europol raids  —  Law Enforcement Cracks Down on DD4BC Group  —  Europol announced on Tuesday that a couple of individuals suspected of being tied to the DD4BC cybercriminal group have been identified as part of an international law enforcement operation.
David Curry / Digital Trends:
Moto to focus on high-end smartphones, with Moto G, E being merged with Lenovo lineup; 2016 Moto phones will have fingerprint scanners, 5-inch+ screens  —  All Motorola flagships will feature a fingerprint scanner in 2016  —  Lenovo has confirmed the roadmap for Motorola …

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