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February 1, 2016, 10:45 AM

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John Markoff / New York Times:
Microsoft's Project Natick is an effort to develop a self-contained, underwater data center that could eliminate cooling costs and shorten deployment time  —  Microsoft Plumbs Ocean's Depths to Test Underwater Data Center  —  REDMOND, Wash. — Taking a page from Jules Verne …
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 …
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Tech Firms Are Unclear on New UK Surveillance Laws, Warns Government Committee  —  The wording of the UK's proposed surveillance law is so vague that tech companies have little idea what data it would require them to store, a new government report has said.  Companies are also concerned …
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 …
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.
Paul Adams / Inside Intercom:
Why “mobile first” is outdated, and big screens are still the most important for some tasks  —  Why Mobile First Is Outdated … For a number of years now, we've been hit over the head time and again with “mobile first” and “mobile only”.  Those of us building software since …

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