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January 15, 2016, 12:05 AM

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Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Foursquare's COO Jeff Glueck replaces Dennis Crowley as CEO as firm announces USV-led $45M Series E; valuation around half of prior $650M figure say sources  —  Foursquare Raises $45 Million, Cutting Its Valuation Nearly in Half  —  When Dennis Crowley helped found Foursquare in 2009 …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix says it will block proxy and VPN access, used to bypass country restrictions, in the coming weeks citing content-licensing restrictions  —  Netflix Vows to Shut Down Proxy Users Who Bypass Country Restrictions  —  Netflix, which now offers streaming service in some 190 nations …
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
iOS game Stolen! that lets you virtually “own” Twitter users shuts down after harassment concerns, including letter by US Rep. Katherine Clark to Twitter  —  Buzzy Social App Stolen Shuts Down Amidst “Concerns” From Users  —  Amidst concerns over the gaming mechanics …
Ryan Petersen / Flexport:
Amazon's China subsidiary receives US approval to arrange ocean freight shipping for other companies  —  Introducing Ocean Freight by Amazon: Ecommerce Giant Has Registered to Provide Ocean Freight Services  —  Flexport has obtained information that Amazon China has registered to operate …
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Yahoo releases 13.5TB Webscope data set for machine learning researchers  —  Yahoo is today announcing the release of a large-scale data set that describes people's usage of news feeds on several of the company's web services, including Yahoo News and Yahoo Finance.
Skype Blogs:
Skype launches Slack integration in preview, allows teams to easily start calls from Slack  —  Skype integration for Slack now available for preview  —  At Skype, we are committed to breaking down communication barriers and getting the world talking.  This is why we make Skype available …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
US Department of Transportation to develop “model” state policy for autonomous cars as Obama pledges $4B toward connected cars as part of 2017 budget  —  The US Department of Transportation is trying to fix self-driving rules before they break  —  US Secretary of Transportation …
Nick Bilton / New York Times:
Nest thermostat bug leaves users in the cold, demonstrating how small glitches in smart home devices can cause huge problems  —  Nest Thermostat Glitch Leaves Users in the Cold  —  The Nest Learning Thermostat is dead to me, literally.  Last week, my once-beloved “smart” …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Dating app Zoosk will lay off 40+ people, one-third of its staff, as it struggles to compete with Tinder  —  Dating App Zoosk Destroyed By Tinder, Drops 1/3 Of Staff  —  Despite $61 million in funding, Zoosk is getting swiped to death.  A source told TechCrunch the dating startup is laying off …
David Pierson / Los Angeles Times:
Uber fined $7.6M by California Public Utilities Commission for failing to meet data reporting requirements in 2014  —  Uber fined $7.6 million by California utilities commission  —  Uber offices on Market Street in San Francisco.  Uber has agreed to pay a fine to avoid a 30-day suspension …

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