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January 4, 2016, 3:20 PM

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Paul Thurrott / Thurrott.com:
Windows 10 is Now Active on 200 Million Devices Worldwide  —  Share Tweet Pin it Reddit Share Share  —  Microsoft announced this morning that Windows 10 is now “active” on over 200 million devices worldwide.  This figure presumably includes PCs, phones, Xbox Ones, and other devices …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Johana Bhuiyan / BuzzFeed:
GM invests $500M in Lyft as part of a $1B round at a $5.5B valuation, will work with Lyft on a fleet of on-demand autonomous vehicles within next 10 years  —  Lyft And General Motors Are Partnering To Bring You On-Demand Driverless Cars  —  Silicon Valley companies have given …
James Risley / GeekWire:
Oculus says Rift pre-orders start 8AM PST on January 6, price and ship date unknown  —  Oculus Rift preorders start in less than 48 hours, but price and ship date still a mystery … It's been nearly four years since Oculus wrapped up the Kickstarter campaign for its virtual reality headset, the Rift.
Mark Walton / Ars Technica:
Report: Major League Gaming shuttered after $46 million Activision buyout  —  Majority of the cash will go towards paying off MLG's mounting debts.  —  Major League Gaming, the once mighty American e-sports organisation, has been bought by Activision Blizzard in a $46 million (£31 million) deal.
Brittany A. Roston / SlashGear:
Lenovo expands X1 line with new Yoga convertible, tablet, updated Carbon laptop, standalone monitor, and all-in-one  —  Lenovo's X1 PC line scores new Thinkpads and more  —  Lenovo's popular X1 product lineup is getting a big expansion in coming weeks, not the least of which is the addition of yet another ThinkPad X1 Carbon.
Evan Blass / VentureBeat:
Source: waterproof 5.1" Samsung Galaxy S7 and 5.5" S7 edge will come with microSD support, larger 3000 mAh, 3600 mAh batteries, and 12 megapixel f/1.7 cameras  —  Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge will feature microSD, water resistance, and larger batteries  —  EXCLUSIVE:
Steve Dent / Engadget:
WiFi Alliance approves new 802.11ah “HaLow” WiFi standard, aimed at connected home devices  —  New WiFi standard offers more range for less power  —  The WiFi Alliance has finally approved the eagerly-anticipated 802.11ah WiFi standard and dubbed it “HaLow.”
Biz Carson / Business Insider:
Mark Zuckerberg's challenge in 2016 is to build an AI butler like in ‘Iron Man’  —  For the past year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been reading two books a month.  He's spent other years learning Mandarin or only eating meat that he killed.  —  This year, Zuckerberg is clearly envious of Iron Man Tony Stark's futuristic life.
Nicole Lee / Engadget:
Whirlpool integrates Amazon's Dash into its smart appliances  —  Whirlpool has come out swinging at this year's CES with a slew of connected kitchen appliances and an app that will be integrated with Amazon's Dash Replenishment Service.  It's actually one of many appliance brands …

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