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January 13, 2016, 6:10 PM

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John Paczkowski / BuzzFeed:
Sources: Apple phasing out in-house iAd sales team as it updates platform to be more automated  —  Apple Steps Back From Its iAd Advertising Business  —  Six years after launching its advertising platform, Apple is moving to phase out its in-house iAd sales team in favor of a new publisher-driven system.
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.
Gaurav Seth / Windows Blog:
Microsoft open-sources ChakraCore, a standalone version of the JavaScript engine that powers its Edge browser  —  ChakraCore GitHub repository is now open  —  In a December 2015 talk at JSConf US, we announced that we would be open-sourcing the key components of the Chakra JavaScript engine that powers Microsoft Edge.
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 …
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 …

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