January 12, 2016, 9:55 PM

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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.
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.
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:
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 …
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 …

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