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February 1, 2016, 9:45 AM

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Alex Dobie / Android Central:
Samsung announces February 21 “Unpacked” event in Barcelona; Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge unveiling expected  —  Samsung Galaxy S7 day is February 21 in Barcelona  —  ‘Unpacked’ event expected to showcase Galaxy S7 series ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
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.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
How FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's plan to open the cable box could affect strategies of tech firms like Apple, Google, Microsoft, and others  —  Inside the FCC's audacious plan to blow up the cable box  —  FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler dropped a bomb on the cable television1 industry yesterday …
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Gigabit wireless internet using millimeter wave technology, as promised by Starry, has long struggled with range and reliability  —  Super high-speed internet delivered over the air isn't as crazy as it sounds  —  This week, a new startup, Starry, announced it would bring gigabit-speed internet access …
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 …
Pamela McClintock / Hollywood Reporter:
Atom Tickets raises $50M from Fox, Disney, Lionsgate, and others, to help people organize group movie viewings, get discounts  —  Hollywood Studios Leading $50M Investment in Mobile Movie Ticketing App  —  Start-up Atom Tickets is designed to make it easier for friends and larger groups to arrange a rendevouz at the theater.
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 …

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