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February 19, 2016, 9:30 AM

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New York Times:
Apple had asked the FBI to issue application for iPhone passcode cracking tool under seal, but government made it public, prompting Tim Cook's public remarks  —  How Tim Cook, in iPhone Battle, Became a Bulwark for Digital Privacy  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Letters from around the globe began pouring …
Jessica Guynn / USA Today:
Facebook pledges to fight against demands to weaken system security, Twitter adds its support to Apple in San Bernadino iPhone case  —  Facebook sides with Apple in iPhone fight  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook sided with Apple in the public spat with the Obama administration over its refusal …
Edvard Pettersson / Bloomberg Business:
Sources: Apple given until February 26 to respond to court order in San Bernadino iPhone case  —  Apple Said to Get More Time to Fight Order to Unlock IPhone  —  Deadline for Apple to respond to court order is Feb. 26  —  FBI pushing Apple to help access California shooter's phone
New York Times:
Apple and the US goverment have been at odds over iPhone encryption since the debut of iOS 8  —  Apple's Line in the Sand Was Over a Year in the Making  —  WASHINGTON — Time and again after the introduction of the iPhone nearly a decade ago, the Justice Department asked Apple for help opening a locked phone.
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Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Report: Smartwatches outsold Swiss watches for the first time in Q4 2015 with 8.1M shipments, Apple accounted for 63% of smartwatches with 5.1M units  —  Apple Watch Sales Estimated at 5.1 Million in Holiday Quarter, Swiss Watch Sales in Trouble  —  The latest data from Strategy Analytics reveals …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple apologizes for Error 53, says it was designed to be a factory test, releases iOS update that restores bricked phones but doesn't re-enable Touch ID  —  Apple Apologizes And Updates iOS To Restore iPhones Disabled By Error 53  —  Earlier this month, a Guardian report flagged …
TechCrunch:
Leaked document: Facebook will launch ads on Messenger in Q2, enabling brands to send message ads to customers who have previously initiated chats  —  Facebook Plans To Put Ads In Messenger  —  A leaked document Facebook sent to some of its biggest advertisers reveals that Facebook will launch ads within Messenger in Q2 2016.
Nate Swanner / The Next Web:
Google Play Games is ditching Google+ tie-in for new Gamer ID profiles  —  Google Play Games is changing, and it may affect how you interact on the platform.  Starting today, you'll no longer need a Google+ account to have a profile on Play Games.  —  Instead, the company is launching Gamer ID …
Lance Whitney / CNET:
Microsoft Translator adds OCR capabilities to its iOS app, offline translations on Android  —  Microsoft's Translator app plays catch-up with Google  —  The version for iPhones now lets you use the device's camera to translate signs, menus and the like, while the version for Android devices can work offline.

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