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February 13, 2016, 1:00 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
4-inch iPhone 5se & iPad Air 3 planned to go on sale March 18th  —  Apple is currently on target to start selling its next iPhone and iPad models the same week that the new products are introduced in March.  Apple is currently planning to introduce a new 4-inch iPhone dubbed the “iPhone 5se” …
Julia Carrie Wong / Guardian:
In study of 3M GitHub pull requests, women's code accepted at higher rate, unless “gender identifiable”  —  Women considered better coders - but only if they hide their gender  —  Researchers find software repository GitHub approved code written by women at a higher rate …
Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Apple is backing Vital Signs, a six-episode scripted television series starring Dr. Dre, likely to be distributed via Apple Music  —  Dr. Dre Filming Apple's First Scripted Television Series (Exclusive)  —  ‘Vital Signs,’ the technology giant's inaugural original …
Anil Sabharwal / Google Photos Blog:
Google will retire Picasa to focus on Google Photos: web albums will automatically migrate starting May 1, desktop app won't be supported after March 15  —  Moving on from Picasa  —  Since the launch of Google Photos, we've had a lot of questions around what this means for the future of Picasa.
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:
Eddy Cue says Apple has 782M iCloud users and 11M+ Apple Music subs, and Craig Federighi addresses complaints of bugs in Apple apps on John Gruber's podcast  —  Apple Music now has over 11 million subscribers  —  Apple senior vice presidents Craig Federighi and Eddy Cue appeared on John Gruber's podcast …
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
AT&T preparing to test 5G technologies in Austin, Texas by the end of the year  —  AT&T to run field trials of 5G wireless in Austin this year  —  AT&T announced today it will being field trials of faster 5G wireless technology this summer in Austin, Texas.
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Congress passes bill permanently barring state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet  —  Congress gives final OK to banning local Internet taxes  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
YouTube Acquires BandPage For $8M To Attract Musicians With Money-Making Tools  —  YouTube wants to win the love of musicians by solving their biggest problem: how to turn popularity into cash.  So today it announced it's acquired BandPage, a startup that helps artists show off and sell concert tickets …
Mark Bergen / Re/code:
European Commission VP Andrus Ansip on leading the Digital Single Market initiative, cybersecurity, opposition to encryption back doors  —  European Commission VP Andrus Ansip on Digital Single Market  —  Andrus Ansip has a problem with Tim Cook.  —  At his Brussels office …
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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
ISPs want “flexible” privacy rules that let them “innovate” with customer data  —  ISPs should be able to choose how they protect customer data, they tell FCC.  —  Broadband industry lobby groups urged the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday not to impose privacy rules that dictate …
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