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February 23, 2017, 2:50 PM

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Google Online Security Blog:
Google unveils “practical” SHA1 collision using nine quintillion computations, releases two different PDFs with identical hashes, urges sunsetting of protocol  —  Posted by Marc Stevens (CWI Amsterdam), Elie Bursztein (Google), Pierre Karpman (CWI Amsterdam), Ange Albertini …
Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes:
Amazon fights against search warrant for Echo recordings in murder trial, argues Alexa commands and responses have First Amendment rights  —  Amazon is sticking to its guns in the fight to protect customer data.  The tech titan has filed a motion to quash the search warrant for recordings …
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Interviews with 30+ current and former Uber employees depict an unrestrained work culture; Uber also faces 3+ lawsuits over sexual harrassment or verbal abuse  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When new employees join Uber, they are asked to subscribe to 14 core company values, including making bold bets …
Alan Ni / Google:
Google updates Gboard for iPhone with support for voice typing, 15 new languages, Google Doodles, and iOS 10 emoji  —  In May 2016, you first met Gboard, our app that let you search and send information, GIFs, emoji and more, right from your keyboard.  In July, Gboard went global.
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Google's Jigsaw unveils Perspective, an AI-powered tool for publishers to weed out abusive comments, available as an API for free  —  A research team tied to Google unveiled a new tool on Thursday that could have a profound effect on how we talk to each other online.
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Facebook begins testing ad breaks in partner videos, sharing 55% of ad revenue; Live videos from Pages with 2K+ followers will get an ad break option  —  Many publishers have trouble making money off Facebook videos — this could change that.  —  Facebook is ready to make money from all the videos …
Jillian Stampher / GeekWire:
Google.org announces $11.5M in grants to 10 organizations focused on racial equality in the justice system, including $5M to create database of police actions  —  Google has committed $11.5 million in grants to organizations working to reduce racial inequalities in the criminal justice system …
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Qualcomm announces new Snapdragon 835-based VR developer kit, headset reference design and accelerator program for manufacturers  —  The near-future of VR is definitely mobile, and for the time-being nobody has more control of the guts of mobile devices than Qualcomm does.
John Eggerton / Multichannel News:
FCC opens up 5 GHz spectrum band to unlicensed LTE use, certifies equipment from Ericsson and Nokia  —  T-Mobile will start employing new tech starting in spring  —  The FCC is opening up the 5 GHz spectrum band to unlicensed LTE use in a move that will boost spectrum sharing and wireless broadband.
Rishi Iyengar / CNNMoney:
Source: Indian e-commerce firm Snapdeal lays off 600+ staff, around 7.5% of its workforce, in bid to turn a profit, as company's founders take a 100% pay cut  —  This India startup competes with Amazon  —  The top two executives at one of India's biggest startups are giving up their salaries.

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