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January 26, 2016, 2:15 AM

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Brad Sams / Thurrott.com:
Microsoft testing its Windows phone keyboard Word Flow for iOS with fanned layout for one-handed typing  —  Microsoft's iOS Word Flow Keyboard Supports A New One-Handed Layout  —  Share Tweet Pin it Reddit Share Share  —  A few days back, Microsoft began sending out invites to Insiders …
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Amazon is reportedly asking OEMs to integrate retailer's services into Android phones at a “factory level”, but Google's contracts may limit the possibilities  —  Amazon reportedly seeks a bigger hand in Android phone software  —  Amazon is reportedly in talks with OEMs to “gain a bigger backdoor to Google's Android.”
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Sources: Twitter no longer showing ads to some of its more valuable users in order to keep them engaged  —  Twitter Has Stopped Showing Ads to Some of Its Most Valuable Users  —  Twitter makes its money by showing ads to its users.  —  But not all of its users: For the past few months …
Glenn Rifkin / New York Times:
Marvin Minsky, Pioneer in Artificial Intelligence, Dies at 88  —  Marvin Minsky, who combined a scientist's thirst for knowledge with a philosopher's quest for truth as a pioneering explorer of artificial intelligence, work that helped inspire the creation of the personal computer and the Internet, died on Sunday night in Boston.
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Spotify to roll out video to all Android users this week, iOS users next week, in US, UK, Germany and Sweden  —  Spotify Ready to Introduce Video Product  —  Content from BBC, Maker Studios, ESPN will soon be added to popular music app  —  Spotify AB is finally rolling out its video product to the masses.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Cortana will soon recognize commitments you make in e-mails, transform them into reminders, suggest rescheduling options for meetings outside regular hours  —  Cortana now scans your emails to make sure you're keeping promises  —  Microsoft is putting a lot of emphasis on its Cortana digital assistant for its next Windows 10 update.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
‘iPhone 5se’ likely to have faster A9/M9 chips & always-on Siri, come in 16/64GB capacities  —  Last week we reported that Apple is preparing to announce a new 4-inch iPhone dubbed the “iPhone 5se” as soon as mid-March.  Our report noted that the new iPhone is essentially an upgraded iPhone 5s …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Sony merges PlayStation businesses into US-based Sony Interactive Entertainment  —  Sony has merged the entire PlayStation business into one new company called Sony Interactive Entertainment.  As of April 1st, SIE's president and CEO will be Andrew House, and the business will be run out of San Mateo, California.
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
200 Wikipedia editors call for removal of new foundation trustee, Arnnon Geshuri, due to his connection to anti-poaching case involving tech firms  —  Wikipedia editors revolt, vote “no confidence” in newest board member  —  As a Google HR exec, Arnnon Geshuri fired a recruiter who dared to call Apple.
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The Foursquare Blog:
Foursquare releases Trip Tips, a new travel planner that lets friends weigh in on destinations and aggregates that data into a list with a map  —  Introducing Trip Tips: A new way to plan travel with help from friends  —  It's happening.  You're escaping your routine and going on vacation.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Snapchat Leak Reveals An Upgraded Messaging Experience With Audio & Video Calling, Stickers & More  —  A number of new features have been spotted within the existing code for Snapchat's mobile app, including audio and video calling, as well as stickers within Snapchat's chat interface, among other things.

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Microsoft:
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