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January 7, 2015, 12:10 AM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
12" MacBook Air to feature narrower, thinner body than 11" model, higher resolution display, edge-to-edge keyboard, single USB type-C port  —  Apple's next major Mac revealed: the radically new 12-inch MacBook Air  —  Apple is preparing an all-new MacBook Air for 2015 with a radically …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple Watch launch expected in March, retail training set for mid-February  —  Apple is finishing up work on the Apple Watch's software, and sources familiar with the product's development say that the device is currently on track to ship in the United States by the end of March.
Mike Snider / USA Today:
Monster sues Beats; CEO Noel Lee claims he and Monster invented the technology behind Beats By Dr. Dre headphones  —  Tech firm Monster sues Beats and founders Dre and Iovine  —  Monster, which co-designed the original Beats By Dr. Dre headphones, is filing suit against Beats Electronics …
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
As Fire Phone product manager, Jeff Bezos insisted Lab126 build a premium phone and include useless Dynamic Perspective feature in attempt to compete with Apple  —  The Real Story Behind Jeff Bezos's Fire Phone Debacle And What It Means For Amazon's Future  —  “What the hell happened?”
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Mophie juice pack for iPhone 6/6 Plus now available for pre-order; prices start at $99.95  —  Mophie Juice Pack battery cases for iPhone 6/6 Plus now available for pre-order  —  Mobile battery case maker Mophie announced today three new versions of its popular Juice Pack charging case designed specifically …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Neil Young's high-quality Pono music player goes on sale Monday for $399  —  Neil Young's high-quality music player, the Pono, is finally going on sale.  After completing a successful Kickstarter campaign last year, the Pono is heading into retail stores on Monday.
Chance Miller / 9to5Google:
Motorola returning to China in February w/ Moto X, Moto G, and the new Moto X Pro, which is essentially the Nexus 6 but with no Nexus branding  —  Motorola returning to China in February w/ Moto X, Moto X Pro, and Moto G  —  Motorola has just announced in a blog post that it is making a return to China.
Jessica Guynn / USA Today:
Intel pledges diversity by 2020, invests $300 million  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Intel Corp. has set an aggressive goal of dramatically increasing the diversity of its U.S. workforce by 2020.  —  It's also pledging $300 million to fund the hiring and retention of women and underrepresented minorities …
Katie Collins / Wired.co.uk:
Intel unveils button-sized Curie module to power future wearables  —  Intel has today unveiled Curie, a low-powered module no bigger than a button, as part of its vision to lead in the wearables field.  Company CEO Brian Krzanich announced the module, which will be built on a tiny new chip called …
Sean Hollister / Gizmodo:
YouTube Will Soon Support 360-Degree Video Uploads  —  Look out YouTube fans: soon, you'll be able to immerse yourself in videos that go all the way around.  Google has just confirmed to Gizmodo that it will be adding native support for 360-degree videos to its streaming video service.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Kickstarter Drops Amazon Payments For Stripe  —  Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter announced today that it's partnering with payments service Stripe, which will now collect and process all payments for projects hosted on Kickstarter's site.  Since its founding, Kickstarter used Amazon Payments for this …
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Indiegogo launches InDemand, a feature that allows pre-orders to continue after crowdfunding ends  —  Indiegogo elbows its way into ecommerce with the launch of InDemand  —  What will be hot in consumer electronics and computing in 2015?  Read VB's full coverage of International CES 2015 to find out.
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