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January 5, 2017, 5:15 PM

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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 …
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:
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Ashley Cullins / Hollywood Reporter:
Snapchat accused of misleading investors to drive up its IPO in ex-employee lawsuit; company says the claims have no merit  —  An ex-Snapchat employee says he was fired just weeks after the company poached him from Facebook and is being blackballed.  Snap says his claims have no merit.
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.
Nat Levy / GeekWire:
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Techdirt founder Mike Masnick faces $15M libel suit over articles that cast doubt on Shiva Ayyadurai's claim to have invented e-mail  —  This is the latest case from attorney Charles Harder, who previously represented Hulk Hogan against Gawker.  —  Techdirt founder Mike Masnick will be going toe …
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 …
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.
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
How the digital legacy of the Obama White House will live on via tech projects such as a Twitter bot, a Giphy page, and Internet Archive sharing  —  President Obama was the first US President to use Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook Live and YouTube to engage the public.
Politico:
At least five publishing partners say they had no advance notice Medium would stop selling its native ad unit “Promoted Stories”  —  On Wednesday, Medium co-founder Evan Williams announced in a blog post that the publishing platform would abandon its strategy to sell native advertising …

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Microsoft:
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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.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
Planned maintenance of our US Data Center: July 7th, 2018 - 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST  —  We have planned a network infrastructure upgrade on our primary data center in the USA on July 7th, 2018 from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST.

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