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Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge: Bragi's $150 The Headphone wireless earbuds are finally shipping  —  Bragi announced today that the company's latest Headphone earbuds are finally available for immediate shipping.  The news comes after a series of delays in shipping the Headphones, including a mid-December announcement …

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Maureen Farrell / Wall Street Journal: Sources: new investors in Snap IPO won't get any voting power, while founders Spiegel and Murphy will retain 70%+ voting power despite owning 45% of the stock  —  Snapchat messaging app creators Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy are expected to retain more than 70% of voting power in the company …

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: Nvidia Shield TV 2017 review: best balance for home entertainment with smart home features, gaming, streaming 4K HDR video, and the upcoming Google assistant  —  Nvidia's Shield line of devices is now over six years old, and the latest member of the family is the new Shield TV …

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Matthew Humphries / PC Magazine: Google's RAISR machine learning tech uses up to 75% lower image sizes and intelligently upscales to look like high quality images  —  With unlimited data plans becoming increasingly expensive, or subscribers being forced to ditch their unlimited data due to overuse, anything that can reduce the amount of data we download is welcome.

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David Pierce / Wired: Google's lead of Daydream Labs and director of immersive design on the challenges of building Daydream, and pushing the boundaries of VR  —  A few minutes after Google CEO Sundar Pichai finished speaking to the crowd at a Google developer conference one sunny June morning in 2014 …

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Tali Tsipori / Globes Online: Israeli smartphone dual-camera maker Corephotonics raises $15M led by Samsung, Foxconn, and Mediatek, bringing its total raised to $50M  —  Samsung Ventures, Foxconn and Mediatek led the latest investment in the Israeli company.  —  Israeli startup Corephotonics, which is developing dual camera technologies …

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Matt Weinberger / Business Insider: How Amazon's Echo made Alexa the most successful smart voice assistant at home, and how Google, Microsoft, and Apple are fighting back  —  We're barely halfway through January of 2017, and it's already looking like this is going to be the year of Amazon's Alexa, the virtual assistant at the heart of the Amazon Echo.

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New York Times: Alibaba bids $2.6B for a controlling stake in Chinese mall operator Intime this week, a 42% premium over Intime's price when stock trading was halted on Dec. 28  —  HONG KONG — Alibaba is pushing further into the very sector that it helped to disrupt with a $2.6 billion bid for Intime Retail …

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Xiaomi stops disclosing annual smartphone unit sales numbers; CEO admits the company grew “too fast”, hints at new retail strategy incorporating offline sales  —  Xiaomi has forgone its tradition of revealing how many smartphones it sold the previous year.

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Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times: Corporate PACs associated with Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Amazon donated more money to Republican Congressional candidates than Democratic opponents in 2016  —  In 2016, the corporate PACs associated with Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Amazon broke ranks with the traditional allegiance …

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Katie Roof / TechCrunch: HouseCanary, which uses local data to value real estate, raises $33M Series A from Eric Schmidt, Kobe Bryant, and others  —  The total U.S. housing market is worth $30 trillion, but the data to value individual properties is still imprecise, according to HouseCanary.

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Brian Armstrong: Coinbase CEO likens IRS subpoena to asking Fidelity or PayPal for all customer records, suggests Coinbase could send 1099-B forms to customers and IRS instead  —  A few weeks ago the IRS sent Coinbase a subpoena asking us to disclose records on all U.S. customers over a three year period (this covers millions of customer accounts).

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Justin Baragona / Mediaite: In interview with The Sunday Times, Trump says he'll keep using @realDonaldTrump Twitter account  —  With President-elect Donald Trump on the brink of officially becoming the country's Commander-in-Chief, it appears we are getting the answer to what he will do with his personal Twitter account …

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Paul Mozur / New York Times: China orders the registration of app stores to combat apps that “spread illegal information”, which can include fraud, malware, and political speech  —  HONG KONG — In the clearest sign yet that China's government has begun a new push to solidify control over mobile apps …

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Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes: Law enforcement has used services like SiriusXM and GM's OnStar to track cars and listen in on conversations since at least 2001, review of court filings shows  —  The rapid spread of connected devices that can listen and locate has been a boon for law enforcement.

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Katie Benner / New York Times: Profile of 31 year old Joshua Kushner, founder of Thrive Capital and brother of Jared Kushner; he has told his investors he will strive to stay out of politics  —  Just days after the 2016 presidential election, a young venture capitalist called an emergency staff meeting.

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Amar Toor / The Verge: Facebook says it will soon expand tools to fight fake news to Germany, will send flagged posts to Berlin-based nonprofit news org Correctiv for fact-checking  —  Social network introduces fact-checking tools ahead of national elections later this year  —  Facebook will begin rolling …

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Brett Williams / Mashable: Facebook confirms removal of the “edited” label on edited posts; users can still view a post's edit history via the drop-down menu  —  Have you ever made a cringeworthy mistake in a Facebook post?  Don't lie, the answer is yes.  —  If you have a sense of shame …

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge: Users say AT&T's DirecTV Now streaming service is plagued with errors and nearly unusable  —  DirecTV Now has been plagued with errors in the month and a half since the streaming service was launched by AT&T. Subscribers have complained of being unable to watch shows, frequent interruptions …

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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica: Proposed Virginia Broadband Deployment Act would favor private ISPs by restricting municipal broadband deployment  —  Bill would ban muni networks where private ISPs offer 10Mbps download speeds.  —  Virginia lawmakers are considering a bill called the “Virginia Broadband Deployment Act …

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Microsoft announces Windows 10 Creators Update will include a Game Mode option to maximize gaming performance  —  Microsoft has started officially testing a new Game Mode feature in Windows 10.  Traces of the new option were found back in December, but the most recent test build of Windows 10 …

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Kyle Orland / Ars Technica: Hands-on with Nintendo Switch: 720p screen is sharp, using a single small Joy-Con controller with both hands is cramped  —  Unique Joy-Cons are a mixed bag, and where are all the games?  —  The Nintendo Switch is trying to be all things to all gamers.  This can be a strength in some ways …

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Kate Conger / TechCrunch: Cloudflare discloses 2013 National Security Letter, joins CREDO and EFF to challenge the constitutionality of the FBI's NSLs and their accompanying gag orders  —  For more than a decade, CEOs of major tech companies have opened innocuous envelopes to find letters from the FBI inside …

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Jason Del Rey / Recode: Walmart streamlines retail, web teams internal memos show; e-commerce CTO to oversee tech teams at retail stores, US CMO to lead Walmart.com & Jet.com marketing  —  Can the brick-and-mortar retailer become a tech company?  —  If Walmart is going to better compete with Amazon …

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Ryan Mac / Forbes: San Francisco District Attorney sues failed camera drone maker Lily, alleging the company intentionally lied to potential customers with its viral launch video  —  On Dec. 20, Lily Robotics was up against a wall.  It was five days before Christmas, and dozens of eager customers who had spent …

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