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February 14, 2016, 2:05 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 …
Eugene Kim / Business Insider:
Tumblr gets a dedicated ad sales team again, after integration with Yahoo ad sales failed  —  Yahoo is ditching a plan that caused turmoil within Tumblr  —  Yahoo's challenges have been in the investor spotlight for months — now signs of turmoil are becoming visible at its Tumblr group.
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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.
More: tech.co
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 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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