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January 11, 2016, 9:50 PM

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Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Amazon will release smaller, portable, cheaper Echo in the coming weeks  —  Amazon to Release Portable Version of Echo Speaker in Coming Weeks  —  New voice-activated speaker will be smaller, cheaper than Echo  —  Amazon.com Inc. is doubling down on voice-controlled hardware …
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
iOS 9.3 beta adds multi-user support, only for schools, adds Apple School Manager service, updated Classroom app, Night Shift mode that emits less blue light  —  iOS 9.3 brings multi-user mode to iPads, along with more features and fixes  —  Multi-user mode is targeted toward schools, first beta is out today.
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
tvOS 9.2 beta adds Podcasts app, folders, Bluetooth keyboard support, new app switcher, more  —  Photos: With tvOS 9.2, Apple TV adds Podcasts app, Folders, Bluetooth keyboard support, new app switcher and more  —  With the new Apple TV tvOS 9.2 beta, Apple has added a whole host of new features to the tvOS platform.
Rhiannon Williams / Telegraph:
Pre-orders for HTC's VR headset Vive start February 29, ships in April  —  HTC Vive pre-orders to start on February 29  —  Pre-orders for HTC's virtual reality headset Vive will open on February 29, boss Cher Wang confirms  —  HTC will start taking pre-orders for Vive, its virtual reality headset …
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Grindr sells 60% stake to Chinese gaming company Beijing Kunlun Tech at a $155M valuation  —  Grindr Sells Stake to Chinese Company  —  Grindr, the popular dating and social networking app for gay men, has found itself a match.  —  The company on Monday said it had sold a majority stake …
More: GrindrTweets: @mikeisaac
eMarketer:
US Digital Display Ad Spending to Surpass Search Ad Spending in 2016  —  Video will also command a large portion of ad spending allocated to digital  —  In 2016, digital display ad spending will eclipse search ad spending in the US for the first time.  Combined, the categories of video …
More: Forbes, Re/code and Marketing LandTweets: @randfish
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes is trying to sell The New Republic, after buying it in 2012  —  New Republic Owner Chris Hughes Puts Magazine Up For Sale  —  Facebook co-founder, who purchased the title in 2012, says magazine needs a new business model  —  The New Republic …

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