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February 28, 2016, 4:55 AM

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John Paczkowski / BuzzFeed:
Apple To Debut New iPad, 4-Inch iPhone On March 21, Day Before FBI Hearing  —  Apple's first media event of 2016 will occur one day prior to the company's March 22 showdown with the government over a motion that would compel it to help hack an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists.
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” …
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo: new 4-inch iPhone to cost $400-$500, have 12MP rear-facing camera, 1,642 mAh battery; iPhone 5s to receive 50% price cut  —  New 4" iPhone With 12MP Camera Said to Cost $400-$500, iPhone 5s to Receive 50% Price Cut  —  KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued …
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.
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 …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Really understanding Apple's legal brief in the FBI case  —  The fight between Apple and the FBI over the security protections on the San Bernadino iPhone has been fierce for the past few weeks, but it's mostly been a PR battle thus far.  From a legal and procedural standpoint …
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Oculus Has Hired Former Flipboard, Hulu Product Exec Eugene Wei to Run Video  —  Oculus, the Facebook-owned virtual reality company, has hired former Hulu SVP Eugene Wei as its new head of video.  Wei was most recently head of product at Flipboard, and also spent seven years at Amazon beginning in the late '90s.
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Abner Li / 9to5Google:
YouTube creates a team to minimize copyright violations, more changes in the coming months  —  In the past weeks, several large YouTubers have been hit with apparent copyright violations that have led to video removals and loss of revenue.  In response, YouTube has announced they are working …
Hudson Hongo / New York Magazine:
Weird Facebook, filled with memes that were once reserved for 4chan and Tumblr, is making Facebook fun for teens again  —  The Rise of Weird Facebook: How the World's Biggest Social Network Became Cool Again (and Why It Matters)  —  Facebook has transformed from the site where relatives post screenshots …

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