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January 13, 2017, 12:30 AM

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Consumer Reports:
Consumer Reports reverses earlier stance and now recommends 2016 MacBook Pro after Apple updates software to fix battery issues  —  New Apple software fixes a battery issue found in CR tests.  The software, now in beta, will be part of a broad update soon.
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Nintendo Switch, a console/tablet hybrid, will launch worldwide March 3 for $299.99; company confirms the console won't be region-locked  —  Nintendo has finally revealed the price and release date for its much-anticipated Switch console: it's launching on March 3rd worldwide.
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 …
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.
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 …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
New rules allow National Security Agency to share raw intercepted communications with other 16 US intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections  —  WASHINGTON — In its final days, the Obama administration has expanded the power of the National Security Agency …
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
App.net shutting down Twitter-like social platform on March 14, open sources code  —  In Twitter's early years, there were numerous competitors on the market, including App.net.  Launched in 2012, the social network billed itself as being ad-free and subscription-based, but on Thursday, the company announced it was shutting down.
More: App.net and ZDNetTweets: @raganwald
Natt Garun / The Verge:
YouTube launches Super Chat in beta, letting viewers pay to pin comments on live streams, with a broad rollout on January 31  —  But you'll have to do your own troll patrol  —  YouTube today is announcing a new feature to help creators monetize when they go live.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple planning push into original TV shows and movies for Apple Music subscribers, hopes to share viewer metrics and demographic data with producers  —  Apple is planning to build a significant new business in original television shows and movies, a move that could make it a bigger player …
Colin Lecher / The Verge:
Donald Trump to hold meetings on a “regular basis” with private sector firms focusing on cybersecurity preparedness, organized by Rudy Giuliani  —  President-elect Donald Trump's administration will hold private industry meetings on cybersecurity preparedness, led by Rudy Giuliani …

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