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January 5, 2017, 1:40 PM

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Nvidia debuts $200 4K Shield TV with built in Google Assistant, and Nvidia Spot, a mic device to offer always-on listening, coming later this year for $50  —  Nvidia has a new Shield streaming device that has 4K streaming capability, with built-in streaming support for 4K content via Netflix and other services.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Nvidia partners with Audi to bring a self-driving AI car to market by 2020  —  Nvidia announced several new partners for its efforts to bring autonomous cars to public roads in a production capacity today, but the biggest by far was Audi.  Nvidia is working with the carmaker to bring its AI driving tech …
Rich McCormick / The Verge:
Nvidia announces GeForce Now, a cloud-based game streaming service coming to Macs and PCs in March priced from $25 for 20 hours of play  —  Nvidia's GeForce Now video game streaming service, previously exclusive to its own Android-based Shield devices, is coming to PC and Mac.
Apple:
Developers earned $20B from App Store in 2016, up 40% from 2015; January 1, 2017 saw biggest ever single day sales of $240M  —  Cupertino, California — Apple today announced that the App Store welcomed 2017 with its busiest single day ever on New Year's Day, capping a record-breaking holiday season …
Sascha Prueter / Google:
Google Assistant coming to TVs running Android 6.0+ in “coming months”, and to Android Wear 2.0 and Android-powered in-car infotainment systems “over time”  —  When we announced the Google Assistant, we said that we wanted to help you get things done across a number of different places, contexts and situations.
Keiko Morris / MarketWatch:
Amazon says it will open a 4,000-square-foot bookstore in Manhattan's Time Warner Center in New York in spring  —  Online retailing giant Amazon.com Inc. plans to open its first New York City bookstore in Manhattan's Time Warner Center, the company said late Wednesday.
Ev Williams / Medium:
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Sources: details from Mark Zuckerberg's candid weekly Q&A sessions almost never leak because staffers fear reprisal, such as firings and peer pressure  —  The CEO opens up to 16,000 employees once a week.  Why don't you hear more about it?  —  On a Friday afternoon in July 2015 …
Nat Levy / GeekWire:
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Slack makes investments in 11 new bot makers as part of Slack Fund, including startups that integrate Salesforce, improve search, more  —  Slack announced today that it has invested in nearly a dozen new bot startups to bolster its Slack App Directory.  —  The team collaboration chat app …
Jake Smith / ZDNet:
Huawei to start selling its 5.9-inch Mate 9 in the US on January 6 for $600 unlocked  —  Following Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 debacle, Huawei looks to please “phablet” smartphone fans with the Mate 9 in the US.  —  Huawei will launch its monstrous, 5.9-inch Huawei Mate 9 in the US starting January 6 …
Chris Velazco / Engadget:
Samsung re-enters gaming with 15.6" and 17.3" Notebook Odysseys, with up to 32GB RAM and good portability, shipping this Feb. from $1,200  —  Samsung makes perfectly nice PCs and all, but it's been years since we've seen it try to court the gamer market with a rig of their own.
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