January 19, 2016, 8:05 AM

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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 …
Alex Hern / Guardian:
Twitter suffers large outage on web and mobile  —  Social network has been suffering an ongoing outage across all platforms since 8:20am GMT  —  Twitter was unavailable for users worldwide on Tuesday morning, with the site apparently suffering a total outage followed by serious access problems lasting over an hour.
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 …
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
CB Insights:
CB Insights and KPMG: funding to VC-backed companies worldwide reached a record $128.5B in 2015, but slowed down in Q4  —  Global Venture Capital Report - Q4 2015  —  KPMG and CB Insights' Q4 2015 quarterly VC report highlights a banner year for venture capital funding …
New York Times:
Microsoft acquires MinecraftEdu, a modified version of Minecraft tailored for use in schools, used in 7K classrooms in over 40 countries  —  Microsoft Acquires MinecraftEdu, Tailored for Schools  —  SEATTLE — When Microsoft acquired the creator of the game Minecraft in 2014 …
Joseph Keller / iMore:
Apple will increase App Store prices in Canada, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, and South Africa by Friday due to exchange rate changes  —  App Store prices increasing in Canada, Mexico and more thanks to exchange rates  —  Apple will soon be increasing the prices of paid apps …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
China's e-commerce giant's subsidiary JD Finance raises $1.01B at $7.1B post-money valuation led by Sequoia China  —'s Financial Services Arm Lands $1B Led By Sequoia China At $7.1B Valuation  —  Alibaba isn't the only e-commerce service in China with a financial services arm capable …

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