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February 21, 2016, 12:50 PM

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Jonathan Zdziarski / Zdziarski's Blog of Things:
iOS forensics expert describes the risks and burdensome process associated with the FBI's request for an iPhone-breaching tool  —  Apple, FBI, and the Burden of Forensic Methodology  —  Recently, FBI got a court order that compels Apple to create a forensics tool; this tool would let FBI brute force the PIN on a suspect's device.
Chris Strohm / Bloomberg Business:
House Judiciary Committee requests testimony from Apple officials, Energy and Commerce seeks testimony from Tim Cook and James Comey  —  Congress Seeks Apple Testimony Amid FBI Row Over Encryption  —  At least two House committees are planning hearings on issue  —  Apple is fighting a court order to help FBI unlock an iPhone
Chris Velazco / Engadget:
LG G5: 5.3" always-on QHD display, 16MP primary camera, secondary 8MP rear camera for ultra-wide angle shots, and an expansion slot for plug-in modules  —  LG's modular G5 is its most daring flagship phone ever  —  LG is in a tricky position: starting with the G2, it's …
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
HTC's Vive will cost $799, ship in early April  —  If you've been eagerly awaiting HTC's Vive VR headset, we hope you've been saving up.  At Mobile World Congress today, HTC announced that the consumer version of the Vive will cost $799.  That price includes the headset as well as two wireless controllers with haptic feedback.
Mark Bergen / Re/code:
Yelp customer service employee publicly confronts CEO about low pay, is promptly fired  —  Yelp Customer Service Employee Protests Low Pay in Medium Post, Is Promptly Fired  —  Late on Friday afternoon, Talia Jane, a customer service employee for Yelp, penned a letter to CEO Jeremy Stoppelman …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Huawei enters PC market with MateBook, a 12-inch Surface-like Windows 10 convertible tablet, starting at $699  —  Huawei Launches The $699 MateBook Windows 10 Tablet With Keyboard Case And Stylus  —  Huawei is getting into the productivity game.  The company, which recently made a splash …
William Alden / BuzzFeed:
Inside Zenefits: fraternity-like atmosphere, high-pressure sales culture, backend process reliant on manual work by inexperienced staff  —  How High-Flying Zenefits Fell To Earth  —  Parker Conrad, left, the Zenefits co-founder and former CEO.  —  The instructions that circulated through …
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Judge rules FBI must hand over code used to hack over 1,000 computers that visited child porn site  —  Judge Rules FBI Must Reveal Malware It Used to Hack Over 1,000 Computers  —  On Wednesday, a judge ruled that defense lawyers in an FBI child pornography case must be provided …
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google to stop showing AdWords ads on right side of desktop search, will appear at top and bottom, with Product Listings Ads being only ads appearing on right  —  Confirmed: Google To Stop Showing Ads On Right Side Of Desktop Search Results Worldwide  —  A long-running test is now rolling …
Evan Blass / VentureBeat:
Alacatel announces Idol 4 with a 1080p 5.2" display for $250, and higher-end Idol 4S with a 5.5" QHD display for $400  —  Alcatel introduces Idol 4 and high-end Idol 4S, sunsets OneTouch brand  —  TCL-owned Alcatel introduced the fourth-generation of its Android-powered Idol lineup today …
James Vincent / The Verge:
Researchers create 5D data storage disc that holds up to 360 TBs, can withstand up to 1000 degrees C and last up to 13.8B years at room temperature  —  ‘Five-dimensional’ glass discs can store data for up to 13.8 billion years  —  Photographs fade, books rot, and even hard drives eventually fester.

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