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Harry McCracken / Fast Company: How Slack overcame the design challenges in making Threads, two years in the making, 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.

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Juli Clover / MacRumors: Apple revamps Logic Pro X and GarageBand for iOS with redesigned interfaces and new features  —  Apple today announced major updates for music creation software GarageBand and professional editing software Logic Pro X, introducing a number of new features for its music-related apps.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: TomTom acquires Berlin-based startup Autonomos to bolster its self-driving technology  —  Navigation and mapping company TomTom — which provides data to companies like Uber and Apple as well as for its own GPS systems — has made an acquisition to add more autonomous driving technology to its platform.

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Peter Kafka / Recode: Timehop CEO Jon Wegener, who announced he was leaving last week, lands at Snap Inc. to work on product  —  Jonathan Wegener will work on product.  —  Last week, Jonathan Wegener, the CEO of Timehop, a social photo app that once showed a lot of promise, announced he was leaving the startup.

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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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Mehedi Hassan / MSPoweruser: Microsoft is testing feature that brings Cortana to the lock screen on Android  —  Cortana recently got a pretty sweet update for Android and iOS, bringing a much cleaner and prettier user design.  If you use Cortana on your Android phone, you might be glad to know that Microsoft is making …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Twitter phases out “Buy” button, will continue to have “Donation” button for charities  —  There have been rumors for a while about Twitter preparing to retire its commerce operation.  Now it looks like the company has finally started to wind down its partnerships in confirmation of that fact.

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Mozilla unveils new logo, font, and design  —  Mozilla today revamped its “brand identity”: a new logo, font, color palette, language architecture, and imagery.  This is the first time the company, first founded in February 1998, has done such thorough brand refresh.

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: Department of Labor sues Oracle over discriminatory pay and hiring practices  —  The U.S. Department of Labor has sued Oracle for discriminatory employment practices, the government body announced on Wednesday.  The Department of Labor specifically states that the company has “a systemic practice” …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Josh McConnell / Financial Post: YouTube rolls out group chat platform for its iOS and Android apps that allows discussion around videos as they play, arriving first in Canada  —  Canadians share more videos online than any other nation so it's fitting that YouTube is unveiling its latest social feature in this country.

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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 …

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Alex Konrad / Forbes: DocuSign names former Responsys chief Daniel Springer as new CEO, ending a lengthy search  —  After at least one false start and a 15 month search, one of tech's most valuable private companies has finally found its new chief executive.  —  DocuSign announced on Wednesday …

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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 …

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Sean Michael Kerner / eWeek: Security vendor OPAQ Networks launches security-as-a-service platform, raised $21M Series A  —  A new security vendor is officially starting up today, with the official launch of OPAQ Networks (pronounced opaque).  As part of the official launch, OPAQ Networks also announced …

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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 …

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Romain Dillet / TechCrunch: France creates a four-year French Tech Visa for entrepreneurs, engineers, and investors, to attact foreign tech talent  —  Just in time before the 2017 presidential election in France, the current French government wanted to announce one last thing to foster French startups.

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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.

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Qualcomm: Qualcomm responds to FTC charge, says 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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Nikkei: Sources: Toshiba considers spinning off semiconductor unit, wants to sell about 20% interest to Western Digital for $1.77B to $2.65B  —  Japanese company weighing business spinoff  —  TOKYO — Toshiba is considering spinning off semiconductor operations and selling a partial stake …

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Billy Steele / Engadget: Google+ announces it's bringing back Events feature, will now hide “low quality” comments, and is sunsetting its old web UI on January 24  —  Google overhauled Google+ from top to bottom in late 2015 to shift the focus to communities.  The company has been tweaking …

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Tony Romm / Politico: Sources: Trump considering Utah attorney general Sean Reyes, who urged FTC to re-open antitrust probe of Google last year, for FTC chairman  —  President-elect Donald Trump is considering tapping Sean Reyes, the attorney general of Utah, as the next chairman of the FTC, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter.

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Jordan Novet / VentureBeat: Hewlett Packard Enterprise buys datacenter infrastructure startup SimpliVity for $650M  —  Hewlett Packard Enterprise, which split off from HP in 2015, today announced its latest acquisition, SimpliVity, a company that sells data center hardware that unites computing power and storage, which traditionally have been sold separately.

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