January 14, 2016, 9:50 AM

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Sam Byford / The Verge:
Samsung strikes deal to produce Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor  —  Samsung announced today that it's begun mass production of chips using the 2nd generation of its 14nm process, the technology that will power both the company's own Exynos 8 Octa processor and that of a major rival: Qualcomm.
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:
All Skype for Windows users get real-time translation  —  Skype today announced that its Skype Translator tool is now built directly into its main app for all Windows users.  This means Skype for Windows users no longer need a separate app to translate conversations in seven languages …
Akin Oyedele / Business Insider:
GoPro to cut 7% of staff, will take restructuring charge of $5M-$10M, reports weak Q4 revenue guidance for 2015; stock down over 22% after hours  —  GoPro cuts jobs and warns its sales are a disaster  —  GoPro shares dropped to all-time lows after the company said it was cutting about 7% of its staff and sales were not great.
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Looker Analytics Platform Scores $48 Million Led By Kleiner Perkins  —  Looker is trying to simplify the way companies use analytics and today it announced $48 million in Series C funding to continue the mission.  —  The round was led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB).
Steven Levy / Backchannel:
An exclusive look behind the scenes at Google's autonomous car testing center  —  An exclusive look behind the scenes at Google's autonomous car testing center  —  I have backed out of a lot of parking spaces in my life, but today is different.  As I adjust the mirrors, fasten the safety belt …
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:
App Annie raises $63M Series E round led by Greenspring Associates  —  Analytics Firm App Annie Raises $63 Million in Series E Funding  —  App Annie, the nearly six-year-old, San Francisco-based app analytics firm that long ago became the first stop for developers, investors …
Darren Orf / Gizmodo:
Google Cardbaord SDK upgraded with new tools for positional audio to provide 360 degrees of sound  —  Google Cardboard Gets a Big Upgrade With Realistic 3D Audio  —  When you strap on a VR headset, you're immediately in awe of the new digital world that's slowly manipulating your brain.

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