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January 13, 2016, 4:20 AM

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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.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Skype to add group video calling on iOS, Android, and Windows 10 Mobile; users can now sign up to preview the feature  —  Skype adds mobile group video calling on iOS, Android, and Windows 10 Mobile  —  Skype is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its free video calling feature with the addition …
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.
SecurityWeek:
Verizon Accused of Routing Millions of IP Addresses for Cybercriminals  —  US network operator Verizon Communications is routing over 4 million IP addresses that are currently in the hands of cybercriminals, researchers at The Spamhaus Project reveal.  —  Spammers have been acquiring large ranges …
Andrew J . Hawkins / The Verge:
Uber updates its API with Trip Experiences, a way for third party apps to serve content and ads to users during trips with users' permission  —  Uber wants to feed you all kinds of content during your next ride  —  Uber, realizing it had hundreds of millions of people in its back seats …
Samit Sarkar / Polygon:
EA announces Origin Access, $4.99 monthly subscription for PC games  —  Electronic Arts' EA Access is now available for Windows PC games as Origin Access, a subscription for EA's Origin digital distribution platform, the company announced today.  Origin Access costs $4.99 per month …
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:

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