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February 22, 2016, 9:55 AM

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James Comey / Lawfare:
FBI director James Comey: legal issue in Apple case is narrow, intent isn't to break encryption or set loose a master key  —  We Could Not Look the Survivors in the Eye if We Did Not Follow this Lead  —  The San Bernardino litigation isn't about trying to set a precedent or send any kind of message.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
In Employee Email, Apple CEO Tim Cook Calls For Commission On Interaction Of Technology And Intelligence Gathering  —  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 …
Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code:
FBI Says Resetting San Bernardino Shooter's Apple ID Password Not a Screwup  —  Look, it wasn't a f**k-up, ok?  —  That's the message from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which fired back this weekend at reports suggesting that rogue elements within San Bernardino county had reset …
Mark Walton / Ars Technica UK:
Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge: SD card slots, waterproof, “Dual Pixel” 12MP cameras, larger batteries, ship Mar. 11; pre-orders Feb. 23 with free Gear VR in UK, US  —  Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge: Curvier, faster, micro SD expansion—available March 11  —  Specs at a glance: Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge Screen
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:
Samsung Gear 360 is a lightweight camera for capturing 360-degree photos and videos; accompanying app for S7, S7 Edge stitches and shares content  —  Samsung's Gear 360 camera looks like an eyeball and shoots 360-degree video  —  Samsung is entering the nascent 360-degree imaging market with a new camera called the Gear 360.
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Facebook creates team for exploring social interaction in VR led by Daniel James, Mike Booth; says 20K videos in 360-degree format uploaded since late 2015  —  Facebook creates ‘social virtual reality’ team  —  Facebook has created a new “social VR” team, led by two video gaming executives …
Cade Metz / Wired:
Inside Mark Zuckerberg's Big Bet That Facebook Can Make VR Social  —  This week, inside Facebook's California headquarters, Mark Zuckerberg spent twenty minutes playing zero-gravity ping pong with the president of Indonesia.  —  This is how it works at Facebook.
Cade Metz / Wired:
Facebook announces Telecom Infra Project, an open, collaborative effort to accelerate innovation in telecom networks; Intel, Nokia, several telecoms are members  —  Facebook Will Open Source Wireless Gear to Forge a 5G World  —  A year ago, when he appeared onstage at the Mobile World Congress …
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 Vive VR headset will cost $799, ship in early April with two wireless controllers with haptic feedback; pre-orders start on February 29  —  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.
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
Finance startups like Tokken step in to aid pot dispensaries unserved by wary banks  —  As Marijuana Sales Grow, Start-Ups Step In for Wary Banks  —  When Lamine Zarrad was not at his job as a federal banking regulator in recent months, he was spending a lot of time at Denver's marijuana dispensaries.
Leanna Garfield / Business Insider:
Student-made free chat bot lawyer has successfully appealed $3M in UK parking tickets so far  —  A 19-year-old made a free robot lawyer that has appealed $3 million in parking tickets  —  Hiring a lawyer for a parking-ticket appeal is not only a headache, but it can also cost more than the ticket itself.

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