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February 20, 2016, 1:05 PM

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BuzzFeed:
Apple: Terrorist's Apple ID Password Changed In Government Custody, Blocking Access  —  Company executives made the revelation hours after the Department of Justice demanded in court that Apple create a way into Syed Farook's phone.  —  Managing Editor, BuzzFeed San Francisco  —  Andrew Burton / Getty Images
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
DoJ files motion to compel Apple to comply with an order to help the FBI access data on San Bernardino shooter's iPhone  —  DoJ files motion to compel Apple to comply with FBI order  —  DOJ files motion to compel Apple to assist FBI  —  CNBC's Eamon Javers reports the Department …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple Executives Say New iPhones Also Vulnerable To ‘Back Door’ Requested By FBI  —  In a call with reporters today, Apple executives spoke in response to a motion the Justice Department filed today to force Apple to comply with a request from the FBI to provide access to the iPhone …
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Justice Department Calls Apple's Refusal to Unlock iPhone a ‘Marketing Strategy’  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department, impatient over its inability to unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino killers, demanded Friday that a judge immediately order Apple to give it the technical tools to get inside the phone.
New York Times:
Elspeth Reeve / New Republic:
How Tumblr's teen comedy geniuses find fame, build audiences, outsmart ad networks, strike it rich, then lose it all, without adults ever noticing  —  That feeling when you hit a million followers, make more money than your mom, push a diet pill scheme, lose your blog, and turn 16.
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Inside VC funding squeeze: DraftKings raises $100M through convertible notes paying 5% interest rate, DoorDash gives investors right to block an IPO  —  For Silicon Valley, the Hangover Begins  —  With venture-capital investors increasingly nervous, once-hot tech startups are retrenching
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Encrypted messaging service Ricochet, which uses Tor hidden services to avoid storing metadata, passes security audit by NCC Group  —  ‘Ricochet’, the Messenger That Beats Metadata, Passes Security Audit  —  Although users are now saturated with options on mobile and desktop for encrypted messaging …
Danny Yadron / Guardian:
Interviews with Twitter novices reveal many feel frustrated and confused by product, intimidated by cliques  —  Twitter is struggling - probably because normal people don't know how to use it  —  Outside the media bubble, Twitter's processes and protocols can be confusing. yet its future depends …
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg Business:
Leaked documents reveal Zenefits projected annual recurring revenue of $127M for 2015, but only topped $60M  —  Predicting the Future Is Hard, Especially at a Startup.  Just Ask Zenefits  —  The HR software company missed projections in 2015 and faces even harder-to-reach goals in the years ahead.
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Salesforce Acquires PredictionIO To Build Up Its Machine Learning Muscle  —  Salesforce has made another acquisition to build out its technology in machine learning and big data analytics: the company has acquired PredictionIO, a startup based out of Palo Alto that had developed an open source-based machine learning server.

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