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February 27, 2016, 4:15 AM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple likely to drop the ‘5’, call new 4-inch model the ‘iPhone SE’  —  In January, we reported that Apple is preparing a new 4-inch iPhone that is essentially 2013's iPhone 5s with upgraded internals.  At the time, we heard that Apple would call the device the “iPhone 5se” …
Andrew Chung / Reuters:
US appeals court overturns $120M jury verdict against Samsung, ruling two patents covering iPhone's slide-to-unlock and auto-correct invalid  —  Samsung wins appeal in patent dispute with Apple  —  A U.S. appeals court on Friday overturned a $120 million jury verdict against Samsung …
MIT Technology Review:
Google unveils PlaNet neural network that outperforms humans at guessing the location of an image  —  Google Unveils Neural Network with “Superhuman” Ability to Determine the Location of Almost Any Image  —  Guessing the location of a randomly chosen Street View image is hard, even for well-traveled humans.
Facebook:
Facebook rolling out live video streaming to Android in US, expanding to over 30 countries on iOS  —  Bringing Facebook Live to Android and More Countries  —  Facebook Live enables you to share your experiences and perspectives in real time, with the people who matter to you …
Brian Barrett / Wired:
IRS now says hackers accessed 700K+ taxpayer accounts, not 334K it disclosed in August, will begin mailing affected taxpayers on Feb. 29  —  Hack Brief: Last Year's IRS Hack Was Way Worse Than We Realized  —  Last year, a hack of the US Office of Personnel Management exposed the personal information …
Erin Griffith / Fortune:
Zenefits lays off 17% of its workforce, about 250 employees, mostly from sales  —  Zenefits Lays Off 17% of Workers to ‘Refocus’  —  Insurance software startup Zenefits has laid off approximately 250 employees from its sales and recruiting organization, representing around 17% of headcount, the company said Friday.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Venmo API is no longer available to new developers  —  Venmo Halts New Developer Access To Its API  —  This is not how you run a platform.  Developers remember.  Pull the rug out from under them once, and they'll be reluctant to stand with you in the future.
More: The Next WebTweets: @techcrunch and @joshconstine
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:
Google.org Awards $3 Million To Racial Justice Organizations In SF Bay Area  —  Google.org has awarded a total of $3 million in grants to San Francisco Unified School District's My Brother and Sister's Keeper program (MBSK), Oakland's Roses in Concrete Community School, Beyond 12 and Equal Justice Initiative …
More: USA Today and The Hill
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Sources: Obama administration set to permit NSA to share its raw surveillance information with other US intelligence agencies  —  Obama Administration Set to Expand Sharing of Data That N.S.A. Intercepts  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is on the verge of permitting …

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