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January 17, 2017, 4:23 PM

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BBC:
Apple to raise prices of apps and in-app purchases by ~25% in 3 regions, making the lowest app prices 99p in UK, 80 rupees in India, and 3.49 lira in Turkey  —  UK costs will numerically match those of the US, meaning that a program that costs $0.99 will now be 99p.
New York Times:
Mark Zuckerberg testifies in Oculus-ZeniMax trial, says “Oculus products are built on Oculus technology” and that he'd never heard of ZeniMax  —  DALLAS — Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, has said virtual reality could be the next big thing in technology.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Chelsea Manning to be freed in May after Obama commutes bulk of remaining sentence  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday largely commuted the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the army intelligence analyst convicted of an enormous 2010 leak that revealed American military …
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Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Sources: publishers doubt Facebook will renew paid livestreaming deals, as it has been pushing them to focus on creating longer content  —  Publishers don't expect Facebook to renew the deals it was pushing last spring; now Facebook wants something else.  —  Facebook spent more than $50 million …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft acquires 3D data-optimization vendor Simplygon to help realize its “3D for Everyone” strategy  —  Microsoft's latest acquisition, 3D data-optimization vendor Simplygon, is part of Redmond's strategy to make 3D part of future users' experiences.
Pamela Rosen / Evernote Blog:
Evernote launches updated iOS app with streamlined UI for creating notes, finding notes, more  —  Getting organized and staying organized should consume as little time and effort as possible.  That's why we redesigned Evernote for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with speed and simplicity in mind …
Bloomberg:
Baidu hires AI specialist and former Microsoft EVP Qi Lu as group president and chief operating officer to oversee and develop AI technologies  —  AI specialist Qi Lu becomes Baidu's COO and president  —  Lu will oversee Baidu's efforts to develop AI technologies
Bloomberg:
Snap Inc.'s culture of secrecy, led by CEO Evan Spiegel, could be problematic as the company prepares to IPO in March  —  Snap Inc. CEO Evan Spiegel's values will be tested as he convinces investors of the company's potential.  —  by  —  Last September, Snapchat employees read a report …
Polina Marinova / Fortune:
Facebook's first official startup incubator “Startup Garage” to open at Paris' Station F startup campus, will host 10-15 data driven startups every six months  —  As if you needed another reason to move to Paris.  —  Today, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg announced …

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