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February 22, 2016, 5:40 PM

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Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
In Employee Email, Apple CEO Tim Cook Calls For Commission On Interaction Of Technology And Intelligence Gathering  —  Early this morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook sent an email out to employees about the FBI's request to unlock an iPhone with the subject line ‘Thank you for your support’.
Numbers / Pew Research Center:
Survey: 51% of Americans say Apple should unlock San Bernardino suspect's iPhone to assist FBI, 38% disagree  —  More Support for Justice Department Than for Apple in Dispute Over Unlocking iPhone  —  Slight partisan differences in views of issue  —  As the standoff between the Department …
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Mark Zuckerberg defends Apple in FBI standoff, says “we believe in encryption”, also shares thoughts on AI and Facebook's video strategy, including live video  —  Mark Zuckerberg Defends Apple: ‘We Believe in Encryption’  —  Apple has another ally in its fight against the FBI: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
James Comey / Lawfare:
FBI director James Comey: legal issue in Apple case is narrow, intent isn't to break encryption or set loose a master key  —  We Could Not Look the Survivors in the Eye if We Did Not Follow this Lead  —  The San Bernardino litigation isn't about trying to set a precedent or send any kind of message.
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Linux Mint site hacked on Feb. 20: hundreds downloaded a backdoored-variant of the Linux distro; Mint forum data including personal info for sale on dark web  —  Hacker explains how he put “backdoor” in hundreds of Linux Mint downloads  —  The hacker's botnet is still operational, and has hundreds of Linux machines ensnared.
Cade Metz / Wired:
Facebook announces Telecom Infra Project, an open, collaborative effort to accelerate innovation in telecom networks; Intel, Nokia, several telecoms are members  —  Facebook Will Open Source Wireless Gear to Forge a 5G World  —  A year ago, when he appeared onstage at the Mobile World Congress …
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Twitter hires former Apple comms exec Natalie Kerris as VP of global communications, seven months after firing former communications lead Gabriel Stricker  —  Twitter Hires Former Apple Executive Natalie Kerris as VP of Communications  —  CEO Jack Dorsey on Monday tweeted that the company …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Google partners with global and regional carriers to push Rich Communication Services through a transition to new Android RCS messaging client  —  Google and operators push Rich Communication Services with new Android RCS messaging client  —  Google is partnering with a myriad of mobile operators …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
IBM deepens partnerships with VMware, GitHub, Bitly, and Siemens, expands use of Apple's Swift language, announces new Watson APIs, more  —  IBM Inks VMware, GitHub, Bitly Deals, Expands Apple Swift Use As It Doubles Down On The Cloud  —  While a large part of the mobile industry swirls around …
Cade Metz / Wired:
Inside Mark Zuckerberg's Big Bet That Facebook Can Make VR Social  —  This week, inside Facebook's California headquarters, Mark Zuckerberg spent twenty minutes playing zero-gravity ping pong with the president of Indonesia.  —  This is how it works at Facebook.

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