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January 13, 2016, 3:15 PM

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Gartner: Global PC shipments fell 8.3% in Q4 2015, Apple only company in top 5 to see growth  —  The PC market ended its poor year with another negative quarter.  Both Gartner and IDC agreed: PC shipments were down globally, again.  —  Gartner estimated worldwide PC shipments fell 8.3 percent to 75.7 million units in Q4 2015.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google Maps for Android adds new Driving Mode that guesses your destination based on your location history, recent searches, and time of day  —  Google Maps for Android's new Driving Mode guesses where you want to go  —  Google today released an update to Google Maps for Android that includes a new feature: Driving Mode.
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
SoundCloud strikes licensing deal with Universal Music  —  The deal was announced this afternoon (although leaked in the New York Post yesterday): it's a multi-territory agreement that covers Universal's recorded-music division and its publishing group.  —  The agreement covers SoundCloud's …
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
CoinDesk acquired by Digital Currency Group, source says for around $500-600k  —  CoinDesk Gets Acquired By Digital Currency Group  —  CoinDesk, one of the leading bitcoin news sites, has been acquired by Digital Currency Group according to a post on the company's site.
More: CoinDesk, Reuters and CCNTweets: @iankar_
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Yahoo settles e-mail privacy class-action: $4M for lawyers, $0 for users  —  Company won't stop scanning e-mail for ads, but plaintiffs now seem unbothered.  —  In late 2013, Yahoo was hit with six lawsuits over their practice of using automated scans of e-mail to produce targeted ads.
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 …
Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Intel leads $15M round for robotics startup Savioke, joining a robotics investing boom that saw $923M last year  —  Intel Joins Robotics Investing Boom, Backing Startup Savioke  —  Intel Corp. invested in robotics startup Savioke Inc., part of a broader push into robotics …
More: PE Hub Blog and Hizook
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers find older versions of Fortinet's firewall software allow remote access using a hard-coded password; company says issue resolved via patch in 2014  —  Et tu, Fortinet?  Hard-coded password raises new backdoor eavesdropping fears  —  Discovery comes a month after competitor Juniper disclosed unauthorized code.

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