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February 8, 2016, 1:35 PM

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Nitasha Tiku / BuzzFeed:
India bans zero-rated internet services, including Facebook's Free Basics, for infringing on the principles of net neutrality  —  India's Telecom Authorities Have Ruled Against Facebook's Controversial Free Internet Plan  —  “Who could possibly be against this?”  Zuckerberg asked.
Steve Ragan / CSO:
Hackers leak names and contact details of over 9K DHS staff, claim DOJ is next  —  Hackers leak DHS staff directory, claim DOJ is next  —  Staff directory contains details on over 9,000 employees  —  On Sunday, an account on Twitter posted a Department of Homeland Security staff directory with 9,355 names.
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Sources: Google to release Gear VR-like headset this year compatible with a broad range of smartphones, embed VR technology into Android OS  —  Google pushes further into world of virtual reality  —  Google is developing a new virtual-reality headset for smartphones, and adding extra support …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
The Pirate Bay, other torrent sites add support for Torrents Time plugin allowing you to stream movies and TV shows from your browser  —  The Pirate Bay now uses Torrents Time to let you stream all its movies and TV shows  —  On Tuesday, a new simple solution for streaming torrents directly in your browser showed up on the Web.
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Hashtags included in 45% of Super Bowl ads; Facebook or Twitter mentioned in only 5% of ads  —  Hashtags In Super Bowl Ads Dropped Slightly To 45% In 2016  —  As with last year, social networks were rarely mentioned, with Twitter and Facebook tied in our count.
Akin Oyedele / Business Insider:
Yelp earnings released early, show Q4 EPS of $0.11 on revenues of $153.7M, CFO to leave  —  Yelp just released its earnings way ahead of schedule  —  Yelp just released its fourth-quarter earnings results way ahead of schedule.  —  The business reviews and ratings website had been scheduled …
Andrea Peterson / Washington Post:
Amazon nearly doubled its lobbying expenditures in 2015, focused on issues like sales tax, drones, and cloud services  —  Why Amazon is doubling down on lobbying  —  Amazon nearly doubled its lobbying expenditures in 2015 versus the previous year, spending $9.4 million dollars trying to sway Congress and executive agencies.
Justin Lynch / Motherboard:
The tragedy of Ethiopia's internet: an instrument of surveillance, and only 3.7% have access  —  The Tragedy of Ethiopia's Internet  —  Nafkot Nega thinks journalists are terrorists.  When I visited him and his mother, Serkalem Fassil, at their tiny apartment in the outskirts of Washington …
Johana Bhuiyan / BuzzFeed:
Inside the “anti-Uber alliance” and how Grab (formerly GrabTaxi) is fighting for dominance in Southeast Asia's ride-hailing market  —  Grab, Uber, And The Battle For Southeast Asia  —  Grab (formerly GrabTaxi) is battling Uber in a little-talked-about but densely populated market and winning — for the moment, anyway.
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