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January 23, 2016, 10:51 AM

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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.
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 …
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Australian VPN uFlix says Netflix started blocking its service to some users, issues a fix, likely triggering 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 …
John Gapper / Financial Times:
Google reaches settlement with UK to pay £130M in back taxes and higher taxes in future, after multiyear audit by UK tax agency showed a decade of underpayment  —  Google strikes £130m back tax deal  —  Google has reached a settlement with the UK to pay £130m in back taxes …
Eric Yoder / Washington Post:
Obama administration says a newly-created agency will conduct federal background checks, and DOD will store records, after internal review following OPM breach  —  Pentagon to take over control of background investigation information  —  Updated:  —  The government will shift responsibility …
Patrick Austin / Consumer Reports:
Fitbit Charge HR and Surge heart rate sensors retested in light of new class-action lawsuit, pass tests handily  —  Taking the Pulse of Fitbit's Contested Heart Rate Monitors  —  As Fitbit faces a lawsuit over the accuracy of its fitness trackers, Consumer Reports retests the devices in our lab
Jessi Hempel / Wired:
Inside Facebook's Ambitious Plan to Connect the Whole World  —  The stern woman behind the press desk at the United Nations is certain I've made a mistake about the person I'm here to see.  “Mr. Mark Zuckerberg?” she says.  “Who's he?”  ¶  He's an Internet executive, I tell her.
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