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January 12, 2016, 11:50 AM

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Roberto Baldwin / Engadget:
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, replays will also autoplay when you see the original tweet.
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.
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.
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Grindr sells 60% stake to Chinese gaming company Beijing Kunlun Tech at a $155M valuation  —  Grindr Sells Stake to Chinese Company  —  Grindr, the popular dating and social networking app for gay men, has found itself a match.  —  The company on Monday said it had sold a majority stake …
Justin Jouvenal / Washington Post:
Some police forces score citizens' threat level with Intrado's Beware software based on your medical, criminal history, and social media posts  —  The new way police are surveilling you: Calculating your threat ‘score’  —  FRESNO, Calif. — While officers raced to a recent 911 call …
Wafa Ben Hassine / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
An assessment of Twitter's new abuse policy: the good, the bad, and the ugly  —  Twitter's Policy Reboot: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly  —  Twitter has struggled with how to deal with harassment and abuse on its service for years.  Former CEO Dick Costolo went so far as to say …
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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:
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 …
John Legere / T-Mobile Issues & Insights Blog:
T-Mobile CEO John Legere apologizes to EFF in an open letter, says company absolutely supports net neutrality, and Binge On is beneficial to consumers  —  Open Letter to Consumers about Binge On  —  Wow.  What a week it has been out there about Binge On!

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