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January 19, 2017, 12:55 PM

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Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
EU says Amazon's Audible subsidiary and Apple scrap all exclusivity obligations in supply and distribution of audiobooks  —  A decision by Amazon and Apple to scrap all exclusivity obligations in the supply and distribution of audiobooks will likely boost competition, EU antitrust regulators said on Thursday.
Steven Levy / Backchannel:
Obama's tech teams are optimistic publicly but quietly fear for their programs' future after Trump inauguration; Matt Cutts in line to be interim head of USDS  —  The While House imported Silicon Valley's best to transform government.  Will Trump undo it all?
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn unveils new desktop site with simpler, app-like look, pop-up messaging window with chatbots, and updated universal search  —  After a short preview in September last year, and the small matter of getting acquired for $26.2 billion by Microsoft, today LinkedIn …
Jez Corden / Windows Central:
Sources: Minecraft Pocket Edition will no longer receive updates for Windows mobile devices  —  We received a tip earlier today that Minecraft Pocket Edition will no longer be supported on Windows mobile devices.  —  Since receiving the tip, we have confirmed with sources familiar …
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:
Oracle to buy API development firm Apiary for an undisclosed sum, says it will continue to offer Apiary's products to other companies  —  Apiary provides a front-end platform for designing, creating and governing APIs.  —  Oracle has announced that it plans to acquire Apiary …
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Sources: Zuckerberg has 12+ Facebook employees helping him with posts and comments on his Facebook page and professional photographers to snap personal moments  —  When Facebook went public five years ago, the world had a pretty vivid picture of who Mark Zuckerberg was.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
DigiLens raises $22M from Sony, Foxconn, and others, to make “eyeglass-thin” AR and VR displays  —  Display technology maker DigiLens has raised $22 million to create better augmented reality and virtual reality products in which digital information lies on top of transparent glass.
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
How Slack overcame the design challenges of making threaded conversations, including notifications, inline vs. broken-out threads, and more  —  For years, Slack has known that people wanted discussions to appear in clusters.  It just wanted to do it right rather than do it quickly.
Casey Newton / The Verge:

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