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January 19, 2016, 10:35 AM

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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.
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 …
Richard Gray / Daily Mail:
Social networking site Friends Reunited shuts down after 15+ years as founder works on new private sharing site Liife  —  Friends Reunited founder Steve Pankhurst says the site is closing  —  It allowed countless adults renew friendships and even rekindle old relationships long before Facebook arrived on the scene.
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 …
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Facebook, Google, Dell, eBay, EFF, others back Samsung's appeal to Supreme Court in Apple patent case  —  Tech giants, farmers voice support for Samsung in Apple patent spat  —  Various companies, legal experts and nonprofits argue the high damages allowed in design patent infringement suits hurt everyone …
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 …
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 …

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