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January 21, 2016, 9:40 AM

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Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Facebook launches Sports Stadium, a hub for real-time chats, live scores, and more  —  Heads Up, ESPN: Facebook Built Its Own Game Hub for Live Sports Stats  —  Facebook has long argued that it's a great place to talk about live TV while watching live TV, including big-time sporting events.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Foxconn offers $5.3B to take over Sharp, as Sharp reviews $2.56B offer from government-backed Innovation Network  —  Taiwan's Foxconn Offers $5.3 Billion to Take Over Sharp  —  Innovation Network Corp. of Japan also has competing offer for electronics maker
Rich McCormick / The Verge:
Apple to create first European iOS Development Center in Italy, plans to expand this program to other countries  —  Apple to create first European iOS Development Center  —  Apple is opening a dedicated iOS app Development Center in Italy, the company announced today …
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Uber says it's expanding full UberEats service, including dinner, and its dedicated UberEats app to 10 US cities in Q1, including NYC, LA, Chicago, and Austin  —  Uber to Ring the Dinner Bell in 10 U.S. Cities  —  Customers in Los Angeles, New York and elsewhere will be able to use dedicated UberEats app
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
General Motors announces Maven, a new brand unifying its car-sharing services: City in Ann Arbor, Residential in Chicago, Peer-to-Peer in Germany and Campus  —  GM Unveils Maven, Its Big New Play In Car-Sharing Services  —  General Motors has taken the wraps off its latest move to put itself …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Verizon Adds 1.5 Million Customers in Q4, Tops Earnings Esitmates  —  Verizon on Thursday posted slightly stronger-than-expected revenue and earnings as it added 1.5 million customers last quarter.  —  The communications giant said that it earned $5.5 billion, or $1.32 per share …
Ben Dummett / Wall Street Journal:
Canada's iNovia Capital Raises C$175 Million for New Venture-Capital Fund  —  Company draws money in spite of weaker Canadian dollar  —  TORONTO—iNovia Capital Inc. said it raised 175 million Canadian dollars (US$120.2 million) for its latest venture-capital fund, overcoming the challenge …
Mark Harris:
Kickstarter-hired journalist concludes makers of failed Zano drone were overconfident but not fraudsters  —  How Zano Raised Millions on Kickstarter and Left Most Backers with Nothing  —  Kickstarter tasked me, a freelance reporter, to find out why a highly funded crowdfunding campaign …
Robert Hackett / Fortune:
Malwarebytes, a cybersecurity startup headed by 26-year-old CEO Marcin Kleczynski, raises $50M from Fidelity  —  Fidelity Invests $50 Million in 26-Year-Old's Cybersecurity Startup  —  Mutual fund giant Fidelity is investing $50 million in Malwarebytes, a cybersecurity startup headed by 26-year-old CEO Marcin Kleczynski.
Times of India:
Interview with Travis Kalanick on anti-Uber alliance, Indian regulators vs other countries', and Uber's focus in India  —  Reliable transport for everyone, everywhere: Travis Kalanick on Uber's big vision  —  On a snowy night in Paris in 2008, Travis Kalanick and his friend Garrett Camp couldn't get a cab.
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.
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Cumulus Networks raises a $35M down round with returning investors Andreessen Horowitz, Battery Ventures, Sequoia Capital, others  —  Cumulus Networks raises a $35 million down round  —  Cumulus Networks, a startup selling a version of Linux for data center networking hardware, has closed a $35 million round of funding.
Kelly Liyakasa / AdExchanger:
Google rolling out “Real-time ads” allowing pre-planned ads to appear at specific times, first for select brands, then more broadly later this year  —  Google Debuts ‘Real-Time Ads’ To Drive Live Engagement  —  Google sounds more and more like Twitter, heralding ways marketers can tap into live events for engagement.

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