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January 24, 2017, 1:20 AM

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Aurash Mahbod / Android Developers Blog:
Android Instant Apps starts initial live testing, with apps from BuzzFeed, Wish, Periscope, others  —  Posted by Aurash Mahbod, Software Engineer, Google Play  —  Android Instant Apps was previewed at Google I/O last year as a new way to run Android apps without requiring installation.
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 …
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.
Josh Ye / South China Morning Post:
China tightens Great Firewall, declaring Chinese VPN services need prior government approval; large VPN-provider Vypr says it's “working on ways around this”  —  Move means all cable and VPN services need prior government approval and comes as Beijing steps up censorship before power-reshuffle party congress
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
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Shara Tibken / CNET:
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
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Yahoo reports Q4 revenue of $1.47B vs $1.38B expected, postpones target closing date of Verizon deal to Q2 2017  —  Yahoo ($YHOO) on Monday released its fourth quarter earnings results, saying it generated $1.47 billion in revenue (a 15 percent increase) and earnings per share of $0.17.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative acquires science search engine Meta and will make its tool free in a few months, after enhancing the product  —  Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan's $45 billion philanthropy organization is making its first acquisition in order to make it easier for scientists to search …
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 …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Verizon laid off 155 employees from its mobile streaming service Go90; sources say Vessel team, acquired in October, will rebuild the service  —  Team from acquisition Vessel charged with app rebuild  —  Verizon's mobile streaming service Go90 is about to get a hard reset …
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