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February 8, 2016, 5:55 PM

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Nitasha Tiku / BuzzFeed:
India bans zero-rated internet services, including Facebook's Free Basics, for infringing on the principles of net neutrality  —  India's Telecom Authorities Have Ruled Against Facebook's Controversial Free Internet Plan  —  “Who could possibly be against this?”  Zuckerberg asked.
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Instagram launches account switching on iOS and Android  —  Facebook-owned Instagram today announced that starting this week, users will be able to switch accounts when using the app on Android and iOS.  The feature will be available in version 7.15 of the app, and it allows people to have as many as five accounts logged in at once.
Steve Ragan / CSO:
Hackers leak names and contact details of over 9K DHS staff, claim DOJ is next  —  Hackers leak DHS staff directory, claim DOJ is next  —  Staff directory contains details on over 9,000 employees  —  On Sunday, an account on Twitter posted a Department of Homeland Security staff directory with 9,355 names.
Scott Moritz / Bloomberg Business:
Source: Verizon enlists AOL CEO Tim Armstrong to explore possible bid for Yahoo assets  —  Verizon Said to Enlist AOL CEO Armstrong to Explore Yahoo Deal  —  No formal offer yet, but Verizon CEO favors ‘marrying’ assets  —  Armstrong's advance work builds on ties to Yahoo's CEO Mayer
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Sources: Google to release Gear VR-like headset this year compatible with a broad range of smartphones, embed VR technology into Android OS  —  Google pushes further into world of virtual reality  —  Google is developing a new virtual-reality headset for smartphones, and adding extra support …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
The Pirate Bay, other torrent sites add support for Torrents Time plugin allowing you to stream movies and TV shows from your browser  —  The Pirate Bay now uses Torrents Time to let you stream all its movies and TV shows  —  On Tuesday, a new simple solution for streaming torrents directly in your browser showed up on the Web.
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Hashtags included in 45% of Super Bowl ads; Facebook or Twitter mentioned in only 5% of ads  —  Hashtags In Super Bowl Ads Dropped Slightly To 45% In 2016  —  As with last year, social networks were rarely mentioned, with Twitter and Facebook tied in our count.

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