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January 13, 2016, 9:55 AM

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Gartner: Global PC shipments fell 8.3% in Q4 2015, Apple only company in top 5 to see growth  —  The PC market ended its poor year with another negative quarter.  Both Gartner and IDC agreed: PC shipments were down globally, again.  —  Gartner estimated worldwide PC shipments fell 8.3 percent to 75.7 million units in Q4 2015.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Skype to add group video calling on iOS, Android, and Windows 10 Mobile; users can now sign up to preview the feature  —  Skype adds mobile group video calling on iOS, Android, and Windows 10 Mobile  —  Skype is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its free video calling feature with the addition …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers find older versions of Fortinet's firewall software allow remote access using a hard-coded password; company says issue resolved via patch in 2014  —  Et tu, Fortinet?  Hard-coded password raises new backdoor eavesdropping fears  —  Discovery comes a month after competitor Juniper disclosed unauthorized code.
SecurityWeek:
Verizon Accused of Routing Millions of IP Addresses for Cybercriminals  —  US network operator Verizon Communications is routing over 4 million IP addresses that are currently in the hands of cybercriminals, researchers at The Spamhaus Project reveal.  —  Spammers have been acquiring large ranges …
Mark Bergen / Re/code:
Google opens VR division, to be headed by VP of Product Management Clay Bavor; apps division now under SVP Diane Greene, head of enterprise operations  —  Google Opens Virtual Reality Division, Apps Move to Enterprise Unit  —  As Facebook and Microsoft have plowed ahead with virtual reality, Google has looked like it's behind.
Andrew J . Hawkins / The Verge:
Uber updates its API with Trip Experiences, a way for third party apps to serve content and ads to users during trips with users' permission  —  Uber wants to feed you all kinds of content during your next ride  —  Uber, realizing it had hundreds of millions of people in its back seats …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google I/O 2016 to be held May 18-20 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View  —  Google's I/O 2016 conference announced for May 18th-20th  —  Google CEO Sundar Pichai just announced that the company's annual I/O developer's conference has been scheduled for May 18th through the 20th.
David Curry / Digital Trends:
Moto to focus on high-end smartphones, with Moto G, E being merged with Lenovo lineup; 2016 Moto phones will have fingerprint scanners, 5-inch+ screens  —  All Motorola flagships will feature a fingerprint scanner in 2016  —  Lenovo has confirmed the roadmap for Motorola …
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
Google Picks Former Obama Adviser to Lead Global Public Policy  —  Google, facing increased scrutiny from European regulators, has hired a former senior adviser to President Obama to lead its global public policy team.  —  Caroline Atkinson, who left her position as a White House deputy …

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