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January 31, 2016, 4:00 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.
Economist:
How China is spending $100-150B to build its own world-class semiconductor industry by 2030  —  Chips on their shoulders  —  China wants to become a superpower in semiconductors, and plans to spend colossal sums to achieve this  —  THE Chinese government has been trying, on and off …
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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Digital assistant bots like Siri, Google Now, and Alexa undermine the open internet by only indexing select apps  —  The internet bundle is already here  —  For the past six years or so, this image that (as best I can tell) was created by Reddit user quink has been making the rounds as the “nightmare scenario” if net neutrality dies.
More: eWeek
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …

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