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January 6, 2015, 12:35 PM

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Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple now selling SIM-free unlocked iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the US, from $649  —  As we reported yesterday, Apple is now selling contract-free iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in retail stores and online.  Following historic pattern, the 16 GB base model iPhone 6 costs $649 with higher tiers costing $100 extra.
Ev Williams / Medium:
Metrics based on a single number, like MAU, are a poor proxy for value for Internet companies  —  A mile wide, an inch deep  —  I was recently quoted as saying, “I don't give a s**t” if Instagram has more users than Twitter.  If you read the article you'll note there's a big “if” before my not giving of said s**t.
Ross Miller / The Verge:
Sony announces new high fidelity Walkman NW-ZX2 with 128GB onboard storage running Android 4.2, coming spring for $1.2K  —  This is the new Sony Walkman  —  All signs pointed to a new Sony Walkman (literally) at CES 2015, and the signs didn't lie.  The new Walkman ZX2 is real …
James Kendrick / ZDNet:
CES 2015: Lenovo unveils Yoga tablets, laptops, and new pen technology  —  Summary:Lenovo intends to continue riding its Yoga line of tablets and laptops, and launched a Yoga Tablet 2 with a strange feature, along with the Yoga 3 and ThinkPad Yoga laptops.  —  The Yoga line of tablets …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
HP delivers workstations on the go with thin-and-light Zbook laptops  —  What will be hot in consumer electronics and computing in 2015?  Read VB's full coverage of International CES 2015 to find out.  —  The 2015 International CES is all about consumers.
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Verizon CEO Says Video Effort to Debut in Second Half, AOL Acquisition Report Inaccurate  —  Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam threw cold water on the idea his company was in talks to acquire AOL, but reiterated the company's interest in offering a video service, saying it could debut in the second half of this year.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Key wireless charging groups A4WP, PMA agree to merge  —  The alliance should help bring a little bit of clarity to the fragmented world of wireless charging technologies.  —  Powermat technology, pushed by the PMA, is already available at select Starbucks.  —  LAS VEGAS—Two down, one to go.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Samsung updates SmartThings Hub, unveils subscription home monitoring service, coming April 2015  —  Samsung unveils next-gen smart home hub and monitoring service  —  Looks like you didn't have to wait long to see what Samsung would do in the smart home world after acquiring SmartThings …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
CarPlay and Android Auto will be in Volkswagen cars this year  —  At CES this week, Volkswagen finally announced its plans for Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto: both will be available later this year.  The technologies will work on VW's MIB II dash electronics …

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