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February 22, 2016, 11:00 PM

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Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Mark Zuckerberg defends Apple in FBI standoff, says “we believe in encryption”, also shares thoughts on AI and Facebook's video strategy, including live video  —  Mark Zuckerberg Defends Apple: ‘We Believe in Encryption’  —  Apple has another ally in its fight against the FBI: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Numbers / Pew Research Center:
Survey: 51% of Americans say Apple should unlock San Bernardino suspect's iPhone to assist FBI, 38% disagree  —  More Support for Justice Department Than for Apple in Dispute Over Unlocking iPhone  —  Slight partisan differences in views of issue  —  As the standoff between the Department …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
In Employee Email, Apple CEO Tim Cook Calls For Commission On Interaction Of Technology And Intelligence Gathering  —  Early this morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook sent an email out to employees about the FBI's request to unlock an iPhone with the subject line ‘Thank you for your support’.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Snapchat introduces custom on-demand geofilters for US, UK, and Canada, with geofences ranging from 20K-5M square feet, prices start at $5  —  Snapchat will let you buy temporary, on-demand geofilters for your next party  —  Snapchat users feeling limited by the app's geofilter overlays …
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Linux Mint site hacked on Feb. 20: hundreds downloaded a backdoored-variant of the Linux distro; Mint forum data including personal info for sale on dark web  —  Hacker explains how he put “backdoor” in hundreds of Linux Mint downloads  —  The hacker's botnet is still operational, and has hundreds of Linux machines ensnared.
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Oracle buys cloud software startup Ravello Systems, source says for $500M  —  Oracle buys cloud software startup Ravello Systems for $500 million, source says  —  Oracle today disclosed that it has acquired Ravello Systems, a company with tools for running enterprise workloads in public cloud environments.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft to phase out Skype Qik video chat app as of March 24  —  Microsoft's Skype Qik video chat app for iOS, Android and Windows Phone is going away as of March 24.  A number of its features are now part of Skype itself.  —  Microsoft will no longer support the Skype Qik video chat app …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
AT&T and Intel to test 4G LTE for drones to potentially increase their flight range and reduce signal interference  —  AT&T, Intel hope 4G will let drones fly higher and further than ever … Yuneec
Lucinda Shen / Fortune:
Gogo shares close up 10% after American Airlines drops lawsuit seeking to end service agreement  —  American Airlines Dismisses Lawsuit and Gogo Shares Rebound  —  American Airlines dismissed its lawsuit against the world's biggest in-flight Wi-Fi provider, Gogo, on Monday …

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