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January 21, 2016, 5:20 PM

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Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Facebook launches Sports Stadium, a hub for real-time chats, live scores, and more  —  Heads Up, ESPN: Facebook Built Its Own Game Hub for Live Sports Stats  —  Facebook has long argued that it's a great place to talk about live TV while watching live TV, including big-time sporting events.
Rich McCormick / The Verge:
Apple to create first European iOS Development Center in Italy, plans to expand this program to other countries  —  Apple to create first European iOS Development Center  —  Apple is opening a dedicated iOS app Development Center in Italy, the company announced today …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Microsoft Office for iOS adds 3D Touch quick actions for iPhone 6s, Apple Pencil ‘ink’ on iPad Pro  —  Microsoft is out with a nice update to its Office for iOS suite today, adding 3D Touch quick actions to Word, PowerPoint, and Excel for iPhone 6s and 6s Plus users as well as promised Apple Pencil integration on the iPad Pro.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Foxconn offers $5.3B to take over Sharp, as Sharp reviews $2.56B offer from government-backed Innovation Network  —  Taiwan's Foxconn Offers $5.3 Billion to Take Over Sharp  —  Innovation Network Corp. of Japan also has competing offer for electronics maker
Ginny Marvin / Search Engine Land:
Google blocked 780M bad ads in 2015, up 49% from 2014, 25K app accounts shut down  —  Google's 2015 “Bad Ads” Report: 780 Million Ads, 25K App Accounts Shut Down  —  In a semantic flip, Google has renamed what's been known as its annual “Bad Ads” report — a rundown of all the annoying …
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
A history of Facebook's Free Basics and Internet.org, which emerged from growth initiatives before being besieged by regulators and net neutrality advocates  —  How Facebook's Plan To Give The World Free Mobile Internet Went So Wrong  —  A history of Facebook's highly controversial …
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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
iOS cookie theft bug that allowed hackers to impersonate users fixed by Apple after 2.5 years  —  iOS cookie theft bug allowed hackers to impersonate users  —  Apple fixes vulnerability 2.5 years after receiving private report.  —  Apple has squashed a bug in its iOS operating system …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Docker Acquires Unikernel Systems As It Looks Beyond Containers  —  Docker today announced the acquisition of Unikernel Systems, a Cambridge, UK-based startup that aims to bring unikernels to the masses (or at least the masses of developers).  —  Docker plans to integrate support for unikernels …
Steve Guggenheimer / Windows Blog:
Dropbox Windows 10 app optimized for tablets rolls out this week, adds Windows Hello support and more, with Windows 10 Mobile support coming soon  —  Dropbox for Windows 10 is here  —  The Dropbox app for Windows 10 will begin rolling out in the Windows Store this week as a free download for Windows 10 customers.
Hamza Shaban / BuzzFeed:
ACLU coordinates with lawmakers to help introduce 30 bills across 16 states to improve digital privacy  —  ACLU Takes Consumer Privacy Battle To The States  —  Lawmakers from 16 states and D.C. introduced 30 new privacy laws Wednesday as part of a bipartisan, state-led effort …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Verizon beats Q4 expectations with earnings of $4.4B on revenue of $34.2B, adds 1.5M customers  —  Verizon Adds 1.5 Million Customers in Q4, Tops Earnings Esitmates  —  Verizon on Thursday posted slightly stronger-than-expected revenue and earnings as it added 1.5 million customers last quarter.

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