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February 6, 2015, 1:05 PM

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Owen Bowcott / Guardian:
UK court rules GCHQ mass internet surveillance was unlawful, breached human rights law  —  GCHQ mass internet surveillance was unlawful, rules court  —  Access to intercepted information obtained by the NSA breached human rights laws, according to the Investigative Powers Tribunal
Bloomberg Business:
Tesla has hired 150+ Apple employees, more than from any other company; Apple tries poaching Tesla employees with $250,000 signing bonuses but recruits few  —  Apple Abduction  —  Tesla has hired more workers from Apple than from anyplace else  —  Doug Field never considered leaving Apple.
Mark Scott / New York Times:
Google's advisory council on the Right to be Forgotten suggests limiting it to Europe  —  Limit ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ to Europe, Panel Tells Google  —  LONDON — Europe's so-called right to be forgotten should apply only in Europe.  —  That was the recommendation published on Friday …
Nick Summers / Engadget:
First Ubuntu phone, a repurposed mid-range BQ Android phone, goes on flash sale in EU next week for $195  —  The first Ubuntu phone arrives next week, but there's a catch  —  It's been a long time coming, but finally Canonical is ready to release its first Ubuntu phone.
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Announcing The Winners Of The 8th Annual Crunchies Awards  —  Today at The 8th Annual Crunchies Awards TechCrunch and VentureBeat came together to celebrate the best of technology in 2014.  It was a night for the ages.  The Davies Symphony Hall was packed and Silicon Valley's TJ Miller hosted the event.
Kyle Wiens / Wired:
Farmers seek DMCA exemption to modify or repair high-tech proprietary agriculture equipment that is making DIY repairs impossible  —  New High-Tech Farm Equipment Is a Nightmare for Farmers  —  A central Illinois corn farmer, on top of his combine, is silhouetted against the setting sun in Pleasant Plains, Illinois on Sept. 27, 2014.
Johana Bhuiyan / BuzzFeed:
Uber competitor Gett to launch corporate service in New York within weeks as company shifts global marketing budget to the city  —  Uber's Massive European Competitor Gett Shifts Focus To New York  —  As Uber doubles down on its investment in Europe and Southeast Asia, Gett is reinvesting its international profits into New York.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Picsart, A Photo Editing App With 200M Downloads, Lands $10M From Sequoia  —  Picsart, a mobile photo editing app and community that claims 60 million monthly users, has closed $10 million in funding from Sequoia Capital.  —  This is the first outside investment that Picsart has taken …
Manish Singh / BGR India:
WhatsApp voice calling tested in India, works as well on Edge networks as on 3G  —  Exclusive: We tried WhatsApp Call and it is a winner!  —  Around 11PM last night, we got a surprise call from WhatsApps's Neeraj Arora.  It wasn't any ordinary call but one he made from within WhatsApp.
More: BetaNewsThanks:@refsrc
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
WordPress and Drupal plugin Amber aims to prevent linkrot by storing a mirror of every link on a website as a fallback  —  Amber, a new tool to prevent linkrot on websites, is out in beta  —  Ever seen a news story from a few years back — or maybe even just a few weeks back …
More: PC WorldTweets: @mediagazer
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Twitter Q4 user count grew 1.4%, down from 4.8% in Q3, company blames bug in iOS 8 integration  —  Twitter Blames Slow User Growth On iOS 8 Bug, But Predicts Strong Q1 2015  —  Twitter's user count grew a measly 1.4% this quarter, down from 4.8% in Q3 2014, but CFO Anthony Noto said things are turning around.
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