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January 15, 2015, 2:40 PM

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BBC:
Google Glass to become an independent division reporting to Tony Fadell; Glass Explorer Program shutting down; production of device in current form to end  —  Google calls end to Glass programme but says kit is not dead  —  Google is ending its experimental Google Glass programme, the BBC has learned.
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Xiaomi takes on iPhone 6 Plus with 5.7" 1080p Mi Note phablet launching January 27 for $370; $530 Mi Note Pro with 2560x1440 display coming in March  —  Xiaomi mocks Apple with its very own premium phablet  —  There's just no stopping for the world's most valuable startup.
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Carmel DeAmicis / Gigaom:
Instacart quietly changed its primary revenue model from delivery fees and product markups to grocer fees  —  On the way to $220M in funding, Instacart quietly changed its business model  —  Kaitlin Myers a shopper for Instacart studies her smart phone as she shops for a customer at Whole Foods in Denver on October 28, 2014.
More: SlateThanks:@bizcarson
Billy Steele / Engadget:
Adobe Lightroom mobile comes to Android, but it's only for phones  —  Last spring, Adobe brought a version of its Lightroom photo-editing software to the iPad making for some convenient editing on the go.  Months later, a version of the app is ready for Android devices and it brings …
Guardian:
David Cameron seeks cooperation of US president over encryption crackdown  —  PM to ask Barack Obama to put pressure on US internet companies to work more closely with UK intelligence agencies  —  David Cameron is to urge Barack Obama to pressure internet firms such as Twitter and Facebook …
Erin Griffith / Fortune:
Boxed, a wholesale shopping app, raises $25M series B led by GGV and DST  —  Boxed, a bulk shopping app, raises $25 million  —  Boxed, a mobile application for wholesale shopping, has raised $25 million in a Series B round of funding.  GGV Capital and Digital Sky Technologies led the round …
More: TheStreet.com and bizjournalsTweets: @jrichlive and @twang
David Meyer / Gigaom:
Be My Eyes app harnesses volunteers to help sight-impaired people  —  The Danish developer Robocat, which I've previously covered for its Thermodo thermometer dongle, has fully launched a new app that could be of great use to visually-impaired people.  —  Robocat built the open-source …
More: iMore and cphpost.dk
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Twitch launches free music library for video game streamers  —  Game streaming platform Twitch is trying to solve a problem that has plagued it for months: how can you enforce copyright laws without limiting what players can do on the service?  Today, the Amazon-owned company is launching …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Google and Lending Club to launch pilot program offering low-interest business loans to eligible Google partners  —  Google and Lending Club launch low-interest loans for Google partners  —  Peer-to-peer lending service Lending Club has announced a new tie-up with Google to facilitate funding for “eligible Google partners.”
Aaron Tilley / Forbes:
iAd sales in Latin America to go through Miami marketing firm IMS  —  Apple Tries Expanding Its Neglected Ad Platform In Latin America  —  Apple's golden touch doesn't always work.  —  Introduced in 2010, iAd gives advertisers access to ad space in mobile apps on its iPhones and iPads.
Kimberly Weisul / Inc.com:
Marriott Abandons Quest to Block Personal Wi-Fi Hot Spots  —  After an unsuccessful legal and PR battle, the hotel chain says it will not seek to be allowed to block personal hot spots in its conference and convention areas.  —  Inc.com editor-at-large @weisul  —  WRITE A COMMENT
Robert Graham / Errata Security:
Obama's proposed laws against hacking will negatively impact cybersecurity professionals, create a cyber police state  —  Obama's War on Hackers … In next week's State of the Union address, President Obama will propose new laws against hacking that could make either retweeting or clicking on the above link illegal.
More: The Register and The Next WebTweets: @sehnaoui

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