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January 18, 2017, 2:55 PM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Google acquires Fabric, Twitter's mobile app development tool suite, and its team; Fabric will join Google's Developer Products Group  —  Google is taking over Twitter's mobile app developer platform Fabric, as well as its Crashlytics crash reporting system, Answers mobile app analytics …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Slack debuts new threaded messages feature on all platforms; conversations are attached to specific messages and show in the “flex pane” sidebar on desktop, web  —  Evolving beyond chat  —  Slack today is rolling out message threads inside its familiar chat window …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Report: Google bringing its Android One program for budget smartphones with timely software updates to the US; the first such device is expected before mid-year  —  Google's Android One platform was originally designed to provide low-cost Android devices to developing markets without the stuff …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google app for Android updated with offline search, will queue offline searches and run them when a connection becomes available  —  One area of focus that Google has been particularly working on for its apps and services has been better offline functionality.
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:
Starship Technologies partners with Postmates and DoorDash to test deliveries by its largely self-driving robots, in California and Washington D.C. respectively  —  Postmates and DoorDash are the first commercial partners Stateside  —  A small number of Americans will soon be able to have food …
Mehedi Hassan / MSPoweruser:
Internal Windows 10 Mobile build shows Microsoft is planning an e-book store for Windows 10 devices, likely to debut with Creators Update in April  —  Microsoft is working on a new a store for e-books in Windows 10.  The software giant actually started building in features related …
Qualcomm:
Qualcomm responds to FTC charge, says it will contest complaint and that it has not withheld or threatened to withhold chip supply  —  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed a complaint today against Qualcomm in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California.
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Roku revamps its mobile remote app, adding “What's On” content discovery, more  —  Fresh on the heels of introducing new TV models at CES, and touting its 13 percent share of the smart TV market, Roku today is rolling out a revamped mobile application aimed at making it easier …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook replaces its inbox for messages with the interface of the web version of Messenger  —  Just under two years ago, Facebook introduced a web interface for its private chat application, Messenger.  Now, Facebook is integrating that same web app into the desktop version of Facebook …
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