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January 23, 2017, 5:50 PM

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Sprint:
Sprint buys 33% of Jay Z's TIDAL streaming music service, “will make TIDAL available” to its 45M customers; Jay Z and the artist-owners will still run TIDAL  —  TIDAL and its artists to deliver exclusive content to help Sprint acquire new customers, reward current customers
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Samsung is sticking with the Note branding for Note7's successor, despite the ongoing negative publicity from battery explosions  —  Despite the enormous baggage that comes with the Note name, Samsung believes loyal customers will flock back to a new Note.  —  Josh Miller
Samsung Global Newsroom:
Samsung infographic breaks down the flaws that caused Galaxy Note7 batteries to short circuit  —  To find the cause of the Galaxy Note7 incidents, Samsung examined every aspect of the Galaxy Note7, including hardware, software and related processes over the past several months.
Hyunjoo Jin / Reuters:
Samsung says it won't unveil Galaxy S8 smartphone at Mobile World Congress, suggesting the flagship may launch later than last year's version  —  Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Monday it will not unveil its Galaxy S8 smartphone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show this year …
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Samsung says original Note7 fires were caused by design flaws in one supplier's battery, second supplier introduced manufacturing defects after first recall  —  The company opens up about the source of one of history's worst tech product recalls.  —  Sure, blame the batteries.  But it's not quite that simple.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google Voice rolls out revamped design to Android, iOS, and web, adds support for MMS photos, more  —  Will Google follow through on its commitment to regular updates?  —  Google just announced the new and improved Google Voice that the company teased a few weeks ago.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
President Trump designates net neutrality opponent Ajit Pai as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission  —  Donald Trump has elevated Ajit Pai to chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, giving control over the agency to a reliable conservative who's been opposed to pretty …
Valentina Palladino / Ars Technica:
All Chromebooks debuting in 2017 and beyond will run Android apps  —  The Play Store is on its way to even more Chromebooks.  —  Less than a year ago, Google announced that the Play Store and Android apps would be supported on Chromebooks.  Now the company has made this feature a guarantee …
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Snapchat updates rules to restrict publishers from posting explicit or misleading images, and links to potentially fake news, says all content must be accurate  —  SAN FRANCISCO — On Snapchat last week, MTV published an article with the headline “Is this the thirstiest person on earth?”
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Instagram founder Kevin Systrom and Head of Product Kevin Weil explain the bevy of new features launched in 2016, many of which were inspired by Snapchat  —  How Kevin Systrom got over minimalism and snapped into building mode.  —  Toward the tail end of 2015, Kevin Systrom, the CEO of Instagram …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Hugo Barra steps down as international vice president at Xiaomi, will remain an advisor, and return to the US  —  Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is losing its head of international and primary English-language spokesperson Hugo Barra after he announced his exit from the company.

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