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February 25, 2016, 2:15 PM

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New York Times:
Sources: Apple is working on a security upgrade to prevent the exploit method sought by FBI 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:
Sharp accepts Foxconn's takeover offer, but Foxconn says it won't yet sign deal, sources say due to about $3B in 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
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 …
Jim Acosta / CNN:
Apple, Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, and MTV executives offered advice on how to combat ISIS online in a meeting at the Justice Department on Wednesday  —  First on CNN: Government enlists tech giants to fight ISIS messaging  —  Apple CEO: Complying with FBI a ‘dangerous precedent’
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 …
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 …
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
Kristen V. Brown / Fusion:
Airbnb admits it removed roughly 1,500 NYC listings controlled by commercial operators before releasing data to regulators  —  Airbnb admits that it purged 1,500 unflattering New York listings right before data release  —  In a pair of letters sent to state legislators and Airbnb users in New York …
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.
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.

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