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January 15, 2016, 6:25 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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Xiaomi Confirms It Sold “Over 70M” Phones In 2015, Falling Short Of 80M Target  —  China's Xiaomi has finally revealed how many smartphones in sold last year.  Kinda.  The company said in a statement today that it sold “over 70 million” devices in 2015.  That's a 15 percent jump …
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” …
Paresh Dave / Los Angeles Times:
ESPN.com rolls out e-sports section, says its daily coverage will have the same rigor it has for other sports  —  ESPN.com to cover e-sports with same ‘rigor’ as it does the big leagues  —  An ESPN The Magazine last year focused on e-sports.  Emboldened by the response, ESPN.com plans to aggressively cover video game competitions.
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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