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January 13, 2017, 11:35 AM

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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:
Nintendo Switch's Joy-Con motion controllers have haptic feedback, can be used separately; left Joy-Con has a screen capture button; right one has an IR camera  —  Nintendo is finally sharing details on the upcoming Switch console, starting with the modular Joy-Con controller.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
App.net is shutting down its Twitter-like social platform on March 14 and open sourcing its code  —  In Twitter's early years, there were numerous competitors on the market, one among them App.net.  Launched in 2012, the social network billed itself as being ad-free and subscription-based …
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Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Chrome 56 beta, expected to be released in a week, adds native support for FLAC music format  —  Chrome 56 is currently in the beta channel and should hit stable in about a week.  When released, it will bring support for the FLAC audio codec directly in the browser.
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.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google updates Maps with tweaked ride-hailing screen and ability to hail an Uber without leaving the app  —  Google's making it way easier and simpler to hail an Uber with Google Maps.  Today the company announced that the latest version of Google Maps on Android and iOS lets users request …

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