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January 18, 2016, 8:30 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
Airbus CEO says it will provide helicopters to Uber's chopper service via pilot project launching in a few weeks  —  Airbus to Join Forces With Uber for On-Demand Helicopter Service, CEO Says  —  European aerospace company looking to expand its audience for helicopters
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
WhatsApp Ditches $1 Annual Fee, Tests Business Accounts But No Ads, Says CEO  —  Today at the DLD conference in Munich, Germany, the CEO of Facebook-owned WhatsApp made a couple of big announcements about how the messaging app plans to evolve to its next phase as it approaches 1 billion users …
Jillian D'Onfro / Business Insider:
AOL considering changes to its brand, including a name change, to better reflect properties like Huffington Post, TechCrunch, ad platforms, CMO Allie Kline says  —  AOL's identity crisis: The company may ditch the ‘AOL’ brand  —  Verizon-owned AOL has an image problem.
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
Microsoft updates support policy: new CPUs will require Windows 10, a list of preferred devices will support older Windows versions, but only for 18 months  —  Microsoft updates support policy: New CPUs will require Windows 10  —  In a change to its longstanding support policy …
Steve Ragan / CSO:
LastPass web design elements can enable a hard-to-detect phishing attack; company says it has released an update that mitigates most of the risks  —  ShmooCon: LastPass design elements create perfect Phishing opportunity  —  “There's a cool hacker technique called right click, inspect element...”
Wall Street Journal:
Uber won't face limits on surge pricing under NYC Council legislation; Mayor de Blasio releases $2M study saying Uber isn't to blame for worsening congestion  —  Uber Won't Face Limits on Surge Pricing Under NYC Council Legislation  —  The package of bills regarding the taxi …
BBC:
BT takeover of EE gets final Competition and Markets Authority clearance  —  BT Group's takeover of mobile phone network EE has been given final clearance by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).  —  The £12.5bn deal brings together the UK's largest fixed-line business and the largest mobile telecoms business.
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Truly wireless $300 earbuds from Bragi and Earin are available now, but suffer from bluetooth connectivity issues and poor sound quality  —  Review: Truly Wireless Headphones Arrive, But With a Few Strings Attached  —  Bragi Dash and Earin earbuds may usher in an era of ‘hearable’ computers, but they're also works in progress
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Kevin Tofel / ZDNet:
Alexa can now read Kindle books aloud from an Amazon Echo for free  —  You won't get the tone of a professional voice actor, but Alexa can read your Kindle books aloud: Best of all, there's no charge.  —  With so much recent focus on using an Amazon Echo to control smart home devices …

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