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January 13, 2017, 1:55 PM

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Barb Darrow / Fortune:
Microsoft buys Maluuba, a Canadian AI startup focused on natural language processing  —  Microsoft is buying Maluuba, a Canadian startup focused on giving software a better understanding of human language.  This natural language processing technology is a key underpinning of artificial intelligence (AI.)
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Nintendo Switch console/tablet hybrid will launch worldwide on March 3 for $299.99, has a 6.2-inch 720p capacitive touchscreen, 32GB storage, and no region lock  —  Nintendo has announced the launch date and price of the Nintendo Switch at an event in Tokyo; the company's next console …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Hacker steals 900GB of data from Cellebrite, the Israeli company that makes products for breaking into mobile phones  —  This is part of an ongoing Motherboard series on the proliferation of phone cracking technology, the people behind it, and who is buying it.  Follow along here.
Lauren Smiley / The Verge:
Profile of Open Whisper Systems, which has five employees, makes secure messaging app Signal, and develops an encryption protocol used by Facebook and others  —  Two weeks after the US presidential election, Reverend Rebecca Bryan stepped up to her pulpit in the Boston suburb of Brookline and looked out on her congregation.
Reuters:
US appeals court says Apple can be sued for monopolizing iOS app market and not letting users buy apps outside the App Store  —  iPhone app purchasers may sue Apple Inc over allegations that the company monopolized the market for iPhone apps by not allowing users to purchase them outside the App Store …
Jane Wakefield / BBC:
European Parliament committee recommends rules on robots, calling for mandatory kill switches, insurance, taxes, more; vote set for February  —  MEPs are to vote on the first comprehensive set of rules for how humans will interact with artificial intelligence and robots.
Consumer Reports:
Consumer Reports now recommends 2016 MacBook Pro after Apple fixed battery issues found in earlier tests via a software update  —  New Apple software fixes a battery issue found in CR tests.  The software, now in beta, will be part of a broad update soon.  —  Consumer Reports …
Karissa Bell / Mashable:
Snapchat update will bring search bar, new navigation, and a global live story for user contributions, coming soon to all iOS and Android users  —  Big changes are headed for Snapchat — again.  —  The company is set to roll out a major redesign of its app in the coming days, Snapchat confirmed Thursday.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple increases app size restriction for tvOS apps from 200MB to 4GB  —  While Apple TV apps were limited to 200MB in size when the device was first announced back in 2015, Apple has announced this evening that it is now accepting larger tvOS binaries.  This means that developers can now submit apps as big as 4GB.
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:
eBay announces an authentication program for high-end products, offering verification for a fee in an effort to reduce counterfeit goods on site  —  The new program will create a network of authenticators to make it easier to sell big-ticket items online and keep out fakes.

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