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February 17, 2016, 8:30 AM

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Tim Cook / Apple:
Apple opposes court order over shooter's iPhone, says US government is asking it to build a backdoor to the iPhone, calls it a “dangerous precedent”  —  A Message to Our Customers  —  The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers.
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Court orders Apple to disable 10-tries-and-wipe feature on San Bernadino shooter's iPhone to allow government to crack password through brute force  —  U.S. wants Apple to help unlock iPhone used by San Bernardino shooter  —  A federal judge has ordered Apple to help the government unlock …
Eric Schmidt / Jigsaw:
Alphabet's Google Ideas think tank becomes Jigsaw, an incubator that uses technology to solve world issues like terrorism; Jared Cohen named president  —  Google Ideas becomes Jigsaw  —  Today we're announcing the expansion of Google Ideas, Google's think tank, as a technology incubator called Jigsaw.
Bryan Clark / The Next Web:
Kanye West's new album downloaded 500K times on pirate sites, calls into question value of Tidal-only release  —  Kanye West's ‘Life of Pablo’ already pirated 500,000 times  —  Kanye West's new album ‘The Life of Pablo’ may have been released as exclusive to Jay-Z's streaming music service Tidal, but it didn't stay that way for long.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Vulnerability in GNU C library since 2008 that left apps and hardware open to attacks is patched in new update  —  Extremely severe bug leaves dizzying number of apps and devices vulnerable  —  Since 2008, vulnerability has left apps and hardware open to remote hijacking.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram confirms that it's beginning to roll out long-awaited two-factor authentication  —  Instagram Finally Adds Two-Factor Authentication To Fight Hackers  —  Instagram accounts are worth stealing.  Now at 400 million users including celebrities, brands, and artists making a living, it's time to add another lock to its doors.
Gulveen Aulakh / The Economic Times:
Apple to invest $25M into 250K square foot development center in Hyderabad India  —  Apple confirms plans to set up technology development centre in Hyderabad … NEW DELHI: Apple will build its technology development centre outside the US in Hyderabad with an investment of $25 million …
Sapna Maheshwari / BuzzFeed:
American Airlines sues Gogo over right to terminate agreement, claiming ViaSat's wifi is faster; Gogo stock falls over 28%  —  American Airlines Is Suing Gogo Over Its Crappy Wi-Fi  —  The company wants to switch to the competing service used by JetBlue and Virgin America — but Gogo is digging in its heels.
James Ball / BuzzFeed:
Stuxnet was part of larger campaign against Iran's power grid, air defense; Israel modified the program, then launched it unilaterally, claims documentary  —  U.S. Hacked Into Iran's Critical Civilian Infrastructure For Massive Cyberattack, New Film Claims  —  A new documentary on “Stuxnet” …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google launches TensorFlow Serving, an open source project for taking machine learning models into production  —  Google Makes It Easier To Take Machine Learning Models Into Production  —  Google launched TensorFlow Serving today, a new open source project that aims to help developers …
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Google open-sources EarlGrey UI testing framework for iOS apps  —  Google just open-sourced a tool for testing iOS apps  —  Google announced today that it has open-sourced EarlGrey, a piece of software that developers can use to more easily build and run user interface tests on source code for iOS apps.
James Risley / GeekWire:
Former lead architect of Windows 95 announces Swipe, an open-source document creation platform for mobile  —  Windows 95 architect launches open-source, media-rich document creation platform for mobile devices … PowerPoint is fine for your business presentation, but getting your message across …
Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code:
Google responds to Sen. Franken, says it collects personal information of students using education apps but doesn't use it to target ads  —  Google Acknowledges It Collects Student Information, but Doesn't Target Ads  —  Google acknowledges it collects information about students …
Eugene Kim / Business Insider:
Yahoo reorganizes Yahoo Labs as both its chief scientist and VP of research leave company; the researchers will now work more closely with product teams  —  Yahoo just pulled the plug on its Google-like research group  —  Yahoo is scaling back its research lab and two of its top executives are out.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
NSA report indicates Internet firms may only be turning over emails from foreign targets, not all data as earlier thought  —  N.S.A. Gets Less Web Data Than Believed, Report Suggests  —  WASHINGTON — A newly declassified report by the National Security Agency's inspector general suggests …
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
Sources: Spotify had 28M paying subscribers at the end of 2015, set to hit 30M in the next three months  —  Spotify within earshot of 30m paying subscribers  —  Spotify is closing in on 30m paying subscribers, having hit 28m at the end of 2015, say people familiar with the matter.
Amie Tsang / New York Times:
Fairchild rejects $2.5B bid by China Resources Microelectronics and Hua Capital over regulatory concerns, still favors ON Semiconductor's offer  —  Fairchild Rejects Chinese Takeover Bid Over Regulatory Concerns  —  HONG KONG — The chip maker Fairchild Semiconductor International has rejected …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Yello Mobile Raises $30M More At A $4B Valuation From Japan's SBI Holdings  —  Yello Mobile — the Seoul, Korea-based mobile apps business that has grown by raising nearly $150 million and acquiring over 80 other app startups — has picked another $30 million in funding.
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