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January 22, 2016, 10:10 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Sources: Apple readies iPhone 5se for March/April with 4-inch screen, curved edges, Live Photos, 8MP rear camera, A8 and M8 chips, barometer, NFC chip, more  —  Apple readies ‘iPhone 5se’, not ‘6c’, for March/April with curved edges & Live Photos  —  That purported 4-inch “iPhone 6c” floating around the web yesterday?
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple veteran overseeing Project Titan electric-car initiative, Steve Zadesky, leaving company  —  Apple Veteran Overseeing Electric-Car Project Leaving Company  —  Steve Zadesky said to be leaving for personal reasons  —  The Apple Inc. veteran tasked with spearheading …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple to update Apple Watch in mid-March with new bands, OS + full redesign in fall  —  Jeff Williams announcing September Apple Watch updates - AFP  —  In addition to launching a new 4-inch iPhone likely called the “iPhone 5se,” Apple plans to announce new Apple Watch models in March.
Paul Thurrott / Thurrott.com:
Months after release of Surface Book and Surface Pro 4, issues like Intel display driver crashes, power management bugs, and boot problems linger  —  Welcome to Surfacegate  —  Microsoft is having its iPhone 4 “Antennagate” moment, thanks to rampant reliability issues with its Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 devices.
Windows Blog:
On sale today: 1TB Core i7 Surface Book and Surface Pro 4, and new Gold Surface Pen  —  We're excited to announce that the most powerful versions yet of Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 are now on sale in the United States and Canada.  These products feature 1TB of storage …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Skype helps users avoid harassment by hiding IP addresses  —  Microsoft is finally making IP addresses hidden by default on Skype.  Reports surfaced around four years ago noting that a flaw in Skype allowed malicious users to obtain IP addresses through the service.
Ryan Mac / Forbes:
Some who invested in failing payments startup Clinkle asked for their money back  —  Clinkle Up In Smoke As Investors Want Their Money Back  —  On Sept. 23, 2013, Lucas Duplan was on top of the world.  Having finished a computer science degree at Stanford University the year before …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Australian VPN uFlix says Netflix started blocking its service to some users, issues a fix, likely beginning a larger whack-a-mole effort by Netflix  —  Netflix Makes Good On Promises To Crack Down On VPNs, But Blocks Are Short-Lived  —  Netflix has begun blocking some users of VPN services …
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
California assembly member introduces anti-human trafficking bill banning sale of smartphones with unbreakable encryption  —  Yet another bill seeks to weaken encryption-by-default on smartphones  —  Asm.  Jim Cooper: “Human trafficking trumps privacy, no if ands or buts about it.”
Barb Darrow / Fortune:
Sources: VMware to lay off up to 900 people next week as EMC, VMware, Dell continue work on merger  —  VMware Insiders Brace for Big Cuts  —  As EMC, VMware, and Dell struggle to pull their $67 billion merger across the goal line, look for big cuts to come at VMware.

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