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January 22, 2016, 6:05 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?
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.
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 …
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  —  Share Tweet Pin it Reddit Share Share  —  Microsoft is having its iPhone 4 “Antennagate” moment …
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.”
Bloomberg Business:
Google paid Apple $1B in 2014 to keep its search bar on iPhone, according to court transcript in Oracle's suit against Google  —  Google Paid Apple $1 Billion to Keep Search Bar on IPhone  —  Court records reveal details of two companies' relationship  —  Google Inc. is paying Apple Inc …
Bloomberg Business:
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Apple hires Virginia Tech computer science professor and virtual reality expert Doug Bowman  —  Apple hires leading virtual reality researcher  —  Apple has hired one of the top US researchers in virtual reality, as it looks to catch up to Facebook, Alphabet, Microsoft and Samsung …
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 …
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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