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February 6, 2015, 3:35 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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Twitter Confirms Google Firehose Deal To Target Logged Out Users  —  During Twitter's Q4 earnings call, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo today confirmed that Twitter has signed a firehose deal with Google, which will bring tweets back into Google searches, more eyeballs to those tweets …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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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.

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