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February 17, 2016, 6:30 PM

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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.
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Dan Guido / Trail of Bits Blog:
iPhone 5C lacks Secure Enclave, makes it technically feasible for Apple to comply with court order over San Bernadino shooter  —  Apple can comply with the FBI court order  —  Earlier today, a federal judge ordered Apple to comply with the FBI's request for technical assistance in the recovery of the San Bernadino gunmen's iPhone 5C.
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
White House Plays With Words, Says Department Of Justice Isn't Asking Apple To Create A Backdoor  —  Following Tim Cook's letter, the White House has reacted to Apple's strong stance against backdoors.  According to Reuters, the White House has said that the Department of Justice isn't asking …
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 …
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Twitter rolling out a new GIF button for iOS, Android, and Twitter.com over coming weeks, in partnership with Giphy and Riffsy  —  Twitter rolls out native GIF support in partnership with Giphy and Riffsy  —  Twitter has added native support for GIFs, thanks to its partnership with Giphy and Riffsy.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Yahoo Tech Editor in Chief Dan Tynan is out; Yahoo's tech site will be integrated into its larger news site; David Pogue will stay with the company  —  If It's Wednesday, It's Layoffs Day at Yahoo: Today, Digital Magazines Get Hit  —  According to sources close to the situation …
Office Blogs:
Outlook.com exits preview, gets major update including @mentions in emails, side-by-side doc and email editing, Giphy integrations  —  Outlook.com—out of preview and better than ever  —  The Outlook team is on a mission to bring you the best email and calendar experience—at work, at home—across all your favorite devices.
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook announces that all publishers and bloggers worldwide can adopt Instant Articles beginning April 12  —  Facebook Will Make Instant Articles Available to All Publishers  —  As of April 12, almost a year after launch, any publisher can host content directly on the social media site
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
NetApp to cut 12 percent of its workforce amid weaker sales  —  NetApp said it will restructure so it can invest in key areas like all-flash arrays.  The third quarter sales and outlook for the company missed the mark.  —  NetApp's will lay off 12 percent of its workforce following a rough third quarter and outlook.
More: Reuters
Astro Teller / Backchannel:
Plenty of Google X moonshot ideas are ditched, with 100 investigations killed last year, including vertical farming and variable buoyancy cargo ship projects  —  The Secret to Moonshots?  Killing Our Projects  —  At X, I see up close every day how messy innovation is
Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:
NBCUniversal's Fandango buys Rotten Tomatoes and Flixster; Warner Bros. will take minority stake in Fandango  —  Fandango Acquires Rotten Tomatoes & Flixster From Warner Bros Entertainment  —  BREAKING: Fandango is set to acquire Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes, which includes …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google's Custom Machine Types Come Out Of Beta, Now Support Red Hat And Windows  —  Custom Machine Types on Google's Cloud Platform allow you to choose exactly how many CPU cores and how much memory you want in a virtual machine to run your applications.  Google first introduced this feature …
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
GitHub launches templates for new issues and pull requests  —  GitHub today announced the availability of templates that repository maintainers can add to forms for new issues and pull requests.  The move might sound like a small thing, but it could result in more civil discussion among GitHub users.
More: GitHub and The Next Web
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Leap Motion demos Orion, a motion tracking system and sensor for VR headsets  —  Leap Motion's revamped hand tracking is getting built straight into VR headsets  —  When Leap Motion was announced in 2012, it seemed like a solution looking for a problem.  A little black box that plugged …
Gerrit De Vynck / Bloomberg Business:
Shopify beats estimates as quarterly revenue grew 99% YoY to $70.2M, gross merchandise volume up 109% YoY; stock up 9%  —  Shopify Soars as Holiday Surge Pushes Revenue Past Estimates  —  Company reported 243,000 customers at end of fourth quarter  —  Forecasts 2016 revenue of $320 million to $330 million
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 …

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