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January 7, 2016, 6:05 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Apple buys Emotient, an AI startup that reads emotions by analyzing facial expressions, for undisclosed fee  —  Apple Buys Artificial-Intelligence Startup Emotient  —  Emotient technology is used to assess emotions by reading facial expressions  —  Apple Inc. has purchased Emotient Inc. …
Tim Fernholz / Quartz:
T-Mobile CEO John Legere responds to Binge On criticism, claims it's not throttling because the service doesn't slow down data or remove customer control  —  T-Mobile CEO John Legere defends his streaming plan against “bulls**t” complaints from “jerks” at Google
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Motorola name to be slowly phased out, products to carry label “Moto by Lenovo” instead  —  Goodbye, Moto(rola).  Iconic brand to be phased out  —  Motorola, where wireless got its start, will see its name disappear from its products.  It'll soon be Moto by Lenovo.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
David Marcus' plan for Messenger in 2016 as it hits 800M MAUs: eliminate the need for a phone number, build app functionality into chat threads  —  Facebook Messenger Hits 800M Users: 2016 Strategy And Predictions  —  Kill SMS, spawn a chat bot platform, bring friends together offline …
Reuters:
Time Warner Cable says up to 320K customers' email passwords may have been stolen, it's not yet sure how data was obtained  —  Time Warner Cable says up to 320,000 customers' data may have been stolen  —  Time Warner Cable Inc said on Wednesday up to 320,000 customers may have had their email passwords stolen.
Associated Press:
Chinese drone maker Ehang unveils human-carrying electric drone, which can carry up to 220 pounds, fly for 23 minutes at sea level, and reach 63mph  —  Chinese drone maker Ehang (EE'-hang) has unveiled what it calls the world's first drone capable of carrying a human passenger.
Michael J. de la Merced / New York Times:
Activist investor Starboard calls for changes to Yahoo's board and management in addition to a change in strategy, threatens to run its own slate of directors  —  Starboard Value Calls for Shake-Up at Yahoo and Shift in Strategy  —  SAN FRANCISCO — As Yahoo weighs efforts to spin off …
Biz Carson / Business Insider:
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon's Annapurna Labs to sell its own “Alpine” line of ARM-based chips to other device manufacturers  —  Amazon Enters Semiconductor Business With Its Own Branded Chips  —  Amazon's Annapurna Labs targets customers designing home equipment  —  A secretive Amazon.com Inc. unit broke …
Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez / The San Francisco Examiner:
Yellow Cab, San Francisco's largest taxi company, edges toward filing for bankruptcy due to challenges from tech rivals Uber and Lyft  —  Yellow Cab to file for bankruptcy  —  San Francisco's largest taxi company is edging toward filing for bankruptcy.  —  Yellow Cab Co-Op said challenges …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Vidyo, a screen recorder for iOS, pulled from App Store because screen recording and AirPlay simulation are banned  —  Screen Recorder For iOS Vidyo Gets Yanked From App Store  —  If you didn't grab a copy of the new screen recording app Vidyo that sneaked into the iTunes App Store yesterday, it's now too late.

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