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February 25, 2016, 11:50 AM

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New York Times:
Sources: Apple is working on an iPhone security upgrade to stop FBI's exploit method from working in the future  —  Apple Is Said to Be Working on an iPhone Even It Can't Hack  —  WASHINGTON — Apple engineers have already begun developing new security measures that would make it impossible …
Enjoli Francis / ABC News:
Tim Cook defends Apple's stance, says company cooperated with FBI, but won't trample civil liberties: full ABC interview  —  Exclusive: Apple CEO Tim Cook Says iPhone-Cracking Software ‘Equivalent of Cancer’
Wall Street Journal:
Foxconn says it will postpone signing of a definitive agreement with Sharp, sources say due to about $3B of previously undisclosed contingent liabilities  —  Foxconn's Deal for Sharp Now in Question  —  Taiwanese assembler of iPhones said it is delaying the signing of takeover agreement
Nikkei:
Sharp accepts $6.2B takeover offer from Foxconn  —  Sharp accepts Hon Hai's $6.2bn buyout offer  —  OSAKA/TOKYO — Sharp's board on Thursday morning decided to accept a roughly 700 billion yen ($6.2 billion) takeover offer from Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry.
Jay Greene / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft buys Xamarin, known for its multi-platform mobile app development tools, source says for $400M-$500M  —  Microsoft Agrees to Acquire Xamarin  —  Deal reflects efforts to increase Microsoft software's presence on devices beyond those that run Windows
Nick Statt / The Verge:
IDC: Wearables grew 172% in 2015 to 78.1M units, Fitbit shipments up 93.2% to 21M, Apple shipped 11.6M Watches  —  Apple shipped 11.6 million Apple Watches last year, says IDC  —  In its first nine months selling wearables, Apple has shipped an estimated 11.6 million Apple Watches …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iPhone 5se drawings: nearly identical to 5s, relocated power key + slightly curved edges  —  We have been reported since earlier this year that Apple is preparing to launch a new 4-inch iPhone called the iPhone 5se.  Our sources have said that the new device is essentially the 2013 iPhone 5s …
Ben Dummett / Wall Street Journal:
BlackBerry acquires UK firm Encription, plans to form new cybersecurity consulting unit  —  BlackBerry Buys U.K. Cyber Security Consulting Business  —  Smartphone maker looks to bolster sales of mobile security offerings  —  BlackBerry Ltd. said Wednesday it acquired Encription …
Reuters:
France seeks 1.6 billion euros in back taxes from Google: source  —  France is seeking 1.6 billion euros ($1.76 billion) in back taxes from U.S. Internet giant Google (GOOGL.O), criticized for its use of aggressive tax optimization techniques, a source at the finance ministry said on Wednesday.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Sources: Google to add Chromecast-like features to TV sets, starting with Vizio, possibly as early as spring  —  Google to Add Casting to TV Sets, Starting With Vizio (Exclusive)  —  Move could signal shift in company's living-room strategy  —  Google is getting ready to take casting beyond Chromecast …
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:
Computer Science Is Now A High School Graduation Requirement In Chicago's Public School District  —  Following a unanimous vote by the Chicago Public School Board of Education, computer science will become a graduation requirement for all high school students in what is the nation's third largest school district.
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
Andreessen Horowitz Names Nicira And VMware Veteran Martin Casado Its Ninth General Partner  —  As Andreessen Horowitz looks to ramp up its investing in enterprise software and infrastructure, the venture firm is looking to a past founder who scored it one of its best exits ever for help.

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