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January 8, 2016, 10:40 AM

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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.
Ben Woods / The Next Web:
Jide announces Remix OS 2.0, a fork of Android Lollipop that is designed to run on x86 PCs, alpha build will be available as a free download on January 12  —  The excellent Remix OS is bringing Android to every old x86 PC (and Mac) for free  —  When I first tested the Remix Mini at the end of last year, I was blown away.
Dan Thorp-Lancaster / Android Central:
Sprint set to join other major US carriers in killing two-year contracts for smartphones, according to leaked internal document  —  Sprint kills 2-year contracts for smartphones  —  Sprint has gone through with its plans to 2-year contracts for smartphones, according to an internal document sent to us by an anonymous tipster.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
German Publishers Still Upset That Google Sends Them Traffic Without Paying Them Too; File Lawsuit  —  from the your-honor,-how-dare-they-send-us- traffic dept  —  Oh boy.  Remember VG Media?  That's the consortium of German news publishers who were so damn angry that Google News sends …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Google teams up with Lenovo on smartphone with Project Tango's augmented reality  —  Lenovo and Google announced a partnership today to create a new smartphone that makes use of a 3D augmented reality technology known as Project Tango.  —  Johnny Lee, a member of the Tango team at Google …
Wall Street Journal:
Apple says it has acquired Emotient, an AI startup that reads emotions by analyzing facial expressions, and was recently seeking a new round of financing  —  Apple Buys Artificial-Intelligence Startup Emotient  —  Emotient technology is used to assess emotions by reading facial expressions
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
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:

Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
Testing a datacenter under the sea  —  Envisioned to be resilient and self-sustainable, Project Natick enters a new research phase off the Scottish coast.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
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