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January 20, 2016, 5:40 PM

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Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Apple adds many new features to GarageBand for iOS including Virtual Drummers and Live Loops, which let you endlessly customize tracks on a grid-based interface  —  Apple's New GarageBand For iOS Is An Electronic Musician's Dream  —  GarageBand has always had a definite appeal …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Apple releases Music Memos, a simple, free recording app for iOS that caters to musicians while avoiding the complexity of GarageBand  —  Music Memos is Apple's new, simple recording app  —  Alongside some fun GarageBand updates being rolled out today, Apple is also introducing a completely new app for iPhone and iPad: Music Memos.
Maria Bobila / Fashionista:
Apple Watch Hermes collection will be available online January 22, prices start at $1,100  —  The Apple Watch Hermès Will Finally Be Available to Purchase Online  —  Mark your calendars for this Friday, Jan. 22.  Instead of having to visit a select boutique in a major city like New York …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
App Annie 2015: Google Play saw 100% more downloads than the iOS App Store, but Apple generated 75% more revenue  —  In 2015, Google Play saw 100 percent more downloads than Apple's App Store.  Double the number of downloads is a huge achievement.  In 2014, the figure was 60 percent …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft to exchange power cords for Surface Pro, Pro 2, and Pro 3 purchased before March 2015, due to possible overheating issues  —  Microsoft to recall some Surface Pro power cables  —  MIcrosoft will be allowing Surface Pro users who bought earlier models of the company's tablet …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers disclose an almost three year old privilege escalation bug in the Linux kernel that imperils millions of PCs, servers, and Android phones  —  Linux bug imperils tens of millions of PCs, servers, and Android phones  —  Vulnerability allows restricted users and apps to gain unfettered root access.
TechCrunch:
Spotify Buys Cord Project And Soundwave To Expand Messaging And Social Features  —  On the same day that streaming rival Deezer announced a new cash injection of €100 million, Spotify has confirmed two new acquisitions, Cord Project and Soundwave.  The startups are based respectively …
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Ex-Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich's startup Brave launches open-source browser for Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android that blocks tracking ads by default  —  Mozilla cofounder Brendan Eich's startup, Brave, launches browser for Mac, Windows, iOS, Android  —  Brave Software, the new startup …
Georgia Wells / Wall Street Journal:
Alphabet, Apple, Yahoo, Uber, and other tech firms are sponsoring the host committee financing the 2016 Super Bowl, to be held at Levi's Stadium in the Bay Area  —  Apple, Alphabet, Yahoo Hoping to Use Super Bowl to Score at Home  —  Tech firms including Alphabet Inc. …
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:
FinTech startup BlueVine raises $40M round led by Menlo Ventures to help small businesses with cash flow  —  BlueVine Raises $40 Million To Help Small Businesses With Cash Flow  —  Another big bet on “FinTech,” Palo-Alto based BlueVine has raised $40 million to provide credit lines for small businesses.
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Norwest Venture Partners raises $1.2 billion for its 13th fund  —  Norwest Venture Partners announced that it has raised $1.2 billion for its 13th fund, which it'll use to support its sector and stage independent investment strategy.  With this fund, the firm now has a total capital and commitment size of more than $6 billion.
Reuters:
FireEye buys cyber intelligence firm iSight Partners for $200 million  —  FireEye Inc said on Wednesday it paid $200 million to buy privately held iSight Partners, in a move to boost its cyber intelligence offerings for governments and businesses as the sector consolidates.

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