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February 13, 2016, 1:50 AM

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Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Apple is backing Vital Signs, a six-episode scripted television series starring Dr. Dre, likely to be distributed via Apple Music  —  Dr. Dre Filming Apple's First Scripted Television Series (Exclusive)  —  ‘Vital Signs,’ the technology giant's inaugural original …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
4-inch iPhone 5se & iPad Air 3 planned to go on sale March 18th  —  Apple is currently on target to start selling its next iPhone and iPad models the same week that the new products are introduced in March.  Apple is currently planning to introduce a new 4-inch iPhone dubbed the “iPhone 5se” …
Anil Sabharwal / Google Photos Blog:
Google to retire Picasa to focus on Google Photos: web albums will automatically migrate starting May 1, desktop app not supported as of March 15  —  Moving on from Picasa  —  Since the launch of Google Photos, we've had a lot of questions around what this means for the future of Picasa.
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
AT&T preparing to test 5G technologies in Austin, Texas by the end of the year  —  AT&T to run field trials of 5G wireless in Austin this year  —  AT&T announced today it will being field trials of faster 5G wireless technology this summer in Austin, Texas.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
YouTube Acquires BandPage For $8M To Attract Musicians With Money-Making Tools  —  YouTube wants to win the love of musicians by solving their biggest problem: how to turn popularity into cash.  So today it announced it's acquired BandPage, a startup that helps artists show off and sell concert tickets …
Lauren Goode / The Verge:
After a bevy of acquisitions by major brands, the age of indie fitness apps is over  —  The age of indie fitness apps is over  —  What do Endomondo, MyFitnessPal, MapMyFitness, Runtastic, FitStar, and RunKeeper all have in common?  —  Aside from all being smartphone apps that track …
Jason Jacobs / Runkeeper:
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
ISPs want “flexible” privacy rules that let them “innovate” with customer data  —  ISPs should be able to choose how they protect customer data, they tell FCC.  —  Broadband industry lobby groups urged the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday not to impose privacy rules that dictate …
Motherboard:
UK police arrest teen hacker thought to be Cracka, who is allegedly behind CIA and FBI breaches  —  Teen Allegedly Behind CIA, FBI Breaches: 'They're Trying to Ruin My Life.'  —  The months-long series of hacks and pranks by a group of alleged teenage hackers on the US government …
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Security researchers spot re-used code, passwords, and obfuscation methods from Sony hack, indicating original hackers are still active  —  Evidence Suggests the Sony Hackers Are Alive and Well and Still Hacking  —  TENERIFE, Spain—The massive hack against Sony in late 2014 was sudden and loud.
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:
Eddy Cue says Apple has 782M iCloud users and 11M+ Apple Music subs, and Craig Federighi addresses complaints of bugs in Apple apps on John Gruber's podcast  —  Apple Music now has over 11 million subscribers  —  Apple senior vice presidents Craig Federighi and Eddy Cue appeared on John Gruber's podcast …

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Microsoft:
Winning hackathon project now helping millions read and write  —  Teacher Merlyne Graves used to spend hours recording for her students who struggled with reading.  Not any more.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
At Zoho Recruit, We Take Workflows very Personnel-ly  —  Here's the thing about workflows.  They are very difficult to understand until you actually start working with them.  —  But, for recruiters …

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