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February 20, 2016, 7:30 PM

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BuzzFeed:
San Bernardino Officials: Apple ID Password For Terrorist's Phone Reset At FBI Request  —  The Apple ID password linked to the iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino terrorists was changed less than 24 hours after the government took possession of the device, senior Apple executives said Friday.
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
DoJ files motion to compel Apple to comply with an order to help the FBI access data on San Bernardino shooter's iPhone  —  DoJ files motion to compel Apple to comply with FBI order  —  DOJ files motion to compel Apple to assist FBI  —  CNBC's Eamon Javers reports the Department …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple Executives Say New iPhones Also Vulnerable To ‘Back Door’ Requested By FBI  —  In a call with reporters today, Apple executives spoke in response to a motion the Justice Department filed today to force Apple to comply with a request from the FBI to provide access to the iPhone …
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Justice Department Calls Apple's Refusal to Unlock iPhone a ‘Marketing Strategy’  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department, impatient over its inability to unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino killers, demanded Friday that a judge immediately order Apple to give it the technical tools to get inside the phone.
William Alden / BuzzFeed:
Inside Zenefits: fraternity-like atmosphere, high-pressure sales culture, backend process reliant on manual work by inexperienced staff  —  How High-Flying Zenefits Fell To Earth  —  Parker Conrad, left, the Zenefits co-founder and former CEO.  —  The instructions that circulated through …
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg Business:
Leaked documents reveal Zenefits projected annual recurring revenue of $127M for 2015, but only topped $60M  —  Predicting the Future Is Hard, Especially at a Startup.  Just Ask Zenefits  —  The HR software company missed projections in 2015 and faces even harder-to-reach goals in the years ahead.
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Mark Bergen / Re/code:
Yelp customer service employee publicly confronts CEO about low pay, is promptly fired  —  Yelp Customer Service Employee Protests Low Pay in Medium Post, Is Promptly Fired  —  Late on Friday afternoon, Talia Jane, a customer service employee for Yelp, penned a letter to CEO Jeremy Stoppelman …
Elspeth Reeve / New Republic:
How Tumblr's teen comedy geniuses find fame, build audiences, outsmart ad networks, strike it rich, then lose it all, without adults ever noticing  —  That feeling when you hit a million followers, make more money than your mom, push a diet pill scheme, lose your blog, and turn 16.
Danny Yadron / Guardian:
Interviews with Twitter novices reveal many feel frustrated and confused by product, intimidated by cliques  —  Twitter is struggling - probably because normal people don't know how to use it  —  Outside the media bubble, Twitter's processes and protocols can be confusing. yet its future depends …
Samsung Newsroom:
Samsung Pay has about 5M registered users, processed over $500M in first 6 months, will expand to China in March  —  Samsung Pay Continues Global Momentum in 2016  —  Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., announced that Samsung Pay, the most accepted mobile payment service that works at the majority …
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Encrypted messaging service Ricochet, which uses Tor hidden services to avoid storing metadata, passes security audit by NCC Group  —  ‘Ricochet’, the Messenger That Beats Metadata, Passes Security Audit  —  Although users are now saturated with options on mobile and desktop for encrypted messaging …

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