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January 18, 2016, 9:50 PM

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
WhatsApp plans to drop $0.99 annual subscription fee, tests accounts for businesses, reiterates promise not to include ads, now has around 990M users  —  WhatsApp Ditches $1 Annual Fee, Tests Business Accounts But No Ads, Says CEO  —  Today at the DLD conference in Munich, Germany …
Wall Street Journal:
Airbus CEO says company will provide helicopters to Uber for its on-demand service in trial project launching at Sundance Film Festival this week  —  Airbus to Join Forces With Uber for On-Demand Helicopter Service, CEO Says  —  European aerospace company looking to expand its audience for helicopters
Roger Fingas / AppleInsider:
Apple acknowledges iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus bug showing inaccurate battery meter percentages, says it is working on a fix, suggests temporary workaround  —  Apple promises fix for iPhone 6s, 6s Plus not displaying accurate battery data  —  In a new support document …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Silk Road's dream of a free-trade zone on the dark web is dead: a collection of untrustworthy black market bazaars have failed to replace the Silk Road  —  The Silk Road's Dark-Web Dream Is Dead  —  Not so long ago, the Silk Road was not only a bustling black market for drugs …
BBC:
BT Group's £12.5B takeover of mobile phone network EE gets approval from UK competition authority  —  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).
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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