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January 30, 2016, 7:50 PM

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Davey Alba / Wired:
Obama proposes $4B in funding for states to expand computer science education in schools  —  Obama Pledges $4 Billion to Computer Science in US Schools  —  President Obama today pledged $4 billion in funding for computer science education in the nation's schools.
Mark Harris / Guardian:
Documents reveal Alphabet is testing solar-powered internet drones that use millimeter-wave transmissions  —  Project Skybender: Google's secretive 5G internet drone tests revealed  —  Trials at New Mexico's Spaceport Authority are using new millimetre wave technology to deliver data from drones - potentially 40 times faster than 4G
Seth Weintraub / Electrek:
Tesla hires Jim Keller, engineer behind Apple's A-series and AMD's Zen processors, as vice president of autopilot hardware engineering  —  The chip guru who built Apple's Ax microprocessors joins Tesla to lead the Autopilot Hardware Engineering team  —  Electrek has learned that Tesla …
Danny Yadron / Guardian:
Ashkan Soltani, who contributed to reporting on Snowden docs, departs White House Office of Science and Technology Policy after being denied security clearance  —  White House denies clearance to tech researcher with links to Snowden  —  Pulitzer prize-winning journalist …
David Segal / New York Times:
How shady companies use Google search, AdWords, and local subcontractors to shake down people who need locksmiths  —  Fake Online Locksmiths May Be Out to Pick Your Pocket, Too  —  Odds are good that when you search Google for someone to help you get into your home or car …
New York Times:
Facebook announces it is banning private, person-to-person sales of guns on its network and Instagram  —  Facebook Moves to Ban Private Gun Sales on Its Site  —  Facebook is banning private sales of guns on its flagship social network and on its Instagram photo-sharing service, the company said late Friday.
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Sources: Apple's virtual and augmented reality research team includes hundreds of staff from poaching and acquisitions; Apple confirms purchase of Flyby Media  —  Apple builds secret team to kick-start virtual reality effort  —  Apple has assembled a large team of experts in virtual …
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
NSA, GCHQ used open source software to spy on Israeli, Syrian drones  —  Image tools unscrambled encrypted analog video feeds, documents reveal.  —  Documents provided to The Intercept by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden show new evidence of a long-running surveillance campaign …
Financial Times:
How the UK's 6-year Google audit ended with a tax settlement of just £130M, creating a political storm  —  Google tax: the 6-year audit that ended in a political storm  —  Murad Ahmed, Vanessa Houlder and George Parker  —  The Google party was one of the hot tickets in the Swiss ski resort …
James Vincent / The Verge:
Stanford law professor Barbara van Schewick releases 51-page brief concluding T-Mobile's Binge On violates FCC's Open Internet Rules  —  Stanford study: T-Mobile's Binge On is ‘likely illegal’  —  The debate over the potential harm of T-Mobile's Binge On continues, with a new study …

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