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February 17, 2016, 3:15 PM

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Tim Cook / Apple:
Apple opposes court order over shooter's iPhone, says US government is asking it to build a backdoor to the iPhone, calls it a “dangerous precedent”  —  A Message to Our Customers  —  The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers.
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Dan Guido / Trail of Bits Blog:
iPhone 5C lacks Secure Enclave, makes it technically feasible for Apple to comply with court order over San Bernadino shooter  —  Apple can comply with the FBI court order  —  Earlier today, a federal judge ordered Apple to comply with the FBI's request for technical assistance in the recovery of the San Bernadino gunmen's iPhone 5C.
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Court orders Apple to disable 10-tries-and-wipe feature on San Bernadino shooter's iPhone to allow government to crack password through brute force  —  U.S. wants Apple to help unlock iPhone used by San Bernardino shooter  —  A federal judge has ordered Apple to help the government unlock …
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Twitter rolling out a new GIF button for iOS, Android, and Twitter.com over coming weeks, in partnership with Giphy and Riffsy  —  Twitter rolls out native GIF support in partnership with Giphy and Riffsy  —  Twitter has added native support for GIFs, thanks to its partnership with Giphy and Riffsy.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
U.S. Department of Defense to upgrade 4 million devices to Windows 10 by February 2017  —  The U.S. Department of Defense is committing to upgrade roughly four million devices and systems running legacy versions of Windows to Windows 10 by February 2017.  —  The U.S. Department …
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook announces that all publishers and bloggers worldwide can adopt Instant Articles beginning April 12  —  Facebook Will Make Instant Articles Available to All Publishers  —  As of April 12, almost a year after launch, any publisher can host content directly on the social media site
Astro Teller / Backchannel:
Plenty of Google X moonshot ideas are ditched, with 100 investigations killed last year, including vertical farming and variable buoyancy cargo ship projects  —  The Secret to Moonshots?  Killing Our Projects  —  At X, I see up close every day how messy innovation is
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Leap Motion demos Orion, a motion tracking system and sensor for VR headsets  —  Leap Motion's revamped hand tracking is getting built straight into VR headsets  —  When Leap Motion was announced in 2012, it seemed like a solution looking for a problem.  A little black box that plugged …
More: TechCrunch, Engadget and VentureBeatTweets: @benbajarin
Heather Clancy / Fortune:
Sprout Social raises $42M Series C from Goldman Sachs and New Enterprise Associates  —  Goldman Sachs Backs Social Media Management Software  —  Sprout Social, a six-year-old Chicago company specializing in social media management software, has more than doubled its venture backing …
Bryan Clark / The Next Web:
Kanye West's new album downloaded 500K times on pirate sites, calls into question value of Tidal-only release  —  Kanye West's ‘Life of Pablo’ already pirated 500,000 times  —  Kanye West's new album ‘The Life of Pablo’ may have been released as exclusive to Jay-Z's streaming music service Tidal, but it didn't stay that way for long.
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Google open-sources EarlGrey UI testing framework for iOS apps  —  Google just open-sourced a tool for testing iOS apps  —  Google announced today that it has open-sourced EarlGrey, a piece of software that developers can use to more easily build and run user interface tests on source code for iOS apps.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google launches TensorFlow Serving, an open source project for taking machine learning models into production  —  Google Makes It Easier To Take Machine Learning Models Into Production  —  Google launched TensorFlow Serving today, a new open source project that aims to help developers …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
NSA report indicates Internet firms may only be turning over emails from foreign targets, not all data as earlier thought  —  N.S.A. Gets Less Web Data Than Believed, Report Suggests  —  WASHINGTON — A newly declassified report by the National Security Agency's inspector general suggests …
More: FortuneTweets: @ridt
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram confirms that it's beginning to roll out long-awaited two-factor authentication  —  Instagram Finally Adds Two-Factor Authentication To Fight Hackers  —  Instagram accounts are worth stealing.  Now at 400 million users including celebrities, brands, and artists making a living, it's time to add another lock to its doors.

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