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February 14, 2016, 12:50 PM

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William Herkewitz / Popular Mechanics:
MyShake Android app uses your phone's accelerometer to detect earthquakes and automatically warn scientists  —  With “MyShake” App, Your Phone Feels Earthquakes and Automatically Warns Scientists  —  And MyShake won't kill your battery life, either.  —  Your newest app hums away …
Cade Metz / Wired:
Coinbase throws support behind Bitcoin Classic as Bitcoin community faces schism over block size issue  —  The Schism Over Bitcoin Is How Bitcoin Is Supposed to Work  —  The bitcoin community can't even agree on whether it's breaking up.  —  Last month, Mike Hearn—an ex-Googler …
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:
Study: investors in unicorns received senior liquidation preferences in 42% of Q4 2015 rounds, up from 15% in previous two quarters  —  Doomed-i-corns: Unicorns Seemingly Reach a Tipping Point  —  This morning, the law firm Fenwick & West published new findings about all the U.S.-based unicorn financings …
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.
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” …
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 …
Jennifer Miller / New York Times:
Some real estate firms aim to improve efficiency and remove stress from house-hunting by using virtual reality to showcase properties  —  A New Dimension in Home Buying: Virtual Reality  —  The goggles were strapped to my face like a scuba mask.  Only instead of fish, a studio apartment was wavering in my field of vision.
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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.

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