February 19, 2016, 2:10 PM

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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 …
Michael Riley / Bloomberg Business:
Secret National Security Council memo directs government agencies to find ways to access encrypted data on consumer devices  —  Secret Memo Details U.S.'s Broader Strategy to Crack Phones  —  ‘Decision memo’ directs agencies to find ways to access data  —  Officials met around Thanksgiving to discuss encryption plans
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Maureen Morrison / Ad Age:
Israeli ad blocking company Shine partners with 30M subscriber-strong European carrier Three Group to offer network-level ad blocking  —  European Carrier Blocks Ads at Network Level  —  Shine and Three Group Team Up to Offer Ad Blocking  —  Using A CRM Budget To Start A Loyalty Program
Chelsey Dulaney / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo forms committee of independent board members to explore strategic options and create a process for reaching out to interested parties, hires bankers  —  Yahoo Forms Board Committee to Explore Options  —  Company hires advisers, says committee is made up of independent directors
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 …
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.

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