January 19, 2016, 1:00 PM

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Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:
Google testing option to install apps directly from search results on Android without opening Play Store  —  Google Is Rolling Out The Ability To Install Apps Directly From Search Results  —  Google is always testing one or two little things in search results, but this is a more significant change.
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 …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo joins Index Ventures as partner, cofounds new fitness startup  —  Six months after stepping down as CEO of Twitter, Dick Costolo has revealed what his next move will be, now that he's handed control of the social network back to Jack Dorsey.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Amnesty International report alleges 16 companies including Apple, Samsung, Microsoft source cobalt from mines which employ child labor  —  Apple, Microsoft, Samsung And Other Tech Firms Implicated In Child Labor Report  —  Apple, Samsung and Microsoft are among a host of tech companies …
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.
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg Business:
GM buys Sidecar assets for less than the company raised, hiring 20 including CTO, as it plans possible commute-sharing service for GM owners  —  General Motors Salvages Ride-Hailing Company Sidecar for Parts  —  The automaker is buying the startup's technology and assets
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Google's AMP, launching late February, will support native ads, paid subscriptions, analytics tools, and have positive effect on ranking  —  Google's AMP Poised To Take The Lead From Facebook's And Apple's Walled Gardens  —  By the end of February, Google will deploy at full scale …
Eugene Kim / Business Insider:
Hortonworks shares drop more than 22%, after announcing plans last week for secondary stock offering to raise $100M  —  Hortonworks shares are tanking after news of secondary stock offering  —  Hortonworks shares are down more than 21% Tuesday morning, after the company …
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Trello hits 12M users, launches Power-Ups Platform with partners Giphy,, SurveyMonkey, and Zendesk  —  Task management startup Trello is today launching a new Power-Ups Platform to make its app more powerful and useful through the integration of third-party tools.

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