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February 22, 2016, 12:05 PM

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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.
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’.
Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code:
FBI Says Resetting San Bernardino Shooter's Apple ID Password Not a Screwup  —  Look, it wasn't a f**k-up, ok?  —  That's the message from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which fired back this weekend at reports suggesting that rogue elements within San Bernardino county had reset …
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 …
Ben Woods / The Next Web:
Sony launches Xperia X and XA new flagship phones with better cameras, teases AI-powered connected Xperia Ear, Eye, Projector, and Agent concept devices  —  Sony's new Xperia smartphones arrive with a range of odd connected devices in tow  —  Sony has launched two new smartphones today …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
IBM expands relationships with Apple, VMware, GitHub, Bitly, Siemens as well as new Watson APIs and more as it doubles down on its cloud business  —  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.
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Leanna Garfield / Business Insider:
Student-made free chat bot lawyer has successfully appealed $3M in UK parking tickets so far  —  A 19-year-old made a free robot lawyer that has appealed $3 million in parking tickets  —  Hiring a lawyer for a parking-ticket appeal is not only a headache, but it can also cost more than the ticket itself.
Tweets: @kamihack
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
Finance startups like Tokken step in to aid pot dispensaries unserved by wary banks  —  As Marijuana Sales Grow, Start-Ups Step In for Wary Banks  —  When Lamine Zarrad was not at his job as a federal banking regulator in recent months, he was spending a lot of time at Denver's marijuana dispensaries.
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Profile of Neverware, a company helping hundreds of schools across the US resurrect old PCs with CloudReady, its Chromium-based OS  —  Learning the Alphabet  —  The Ovid-Elsie school district sits an hour west of Flint, Michigan, the city now notorious for being poisoned by its own penny-pinching administrators.
More: 9to5Google
Mark Walton / Ars Technica UK:
Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge: SD card slots, waterproof, “Dual Pixel” 12MP cameras, larger batteries, ship Mar. 11; pre-orders Feb. 23 with free Gear VR in UK, US  —  Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge: Curvier, faster, micro SD expansion—available March 11  —  Specs at a glance: Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge Screen
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:
Kellex / Droid Life:
LG's Rolling Bot is a home monitoring ball with 8MP camera, speakers, microphone, IR-blaster to control your TV, and a laser pointer to entertain your pets  —  LG has a Rolling Bot Robot for Home Monitoring, Cat Torturing  —  Along with all of LG's other announcements from today surrounding the G5 …
Brandon Chester / AnandTech:
New Pixel C firmware to solve device-specific issues like touch input and UI performance, but Android as a tablet OS is still unsatisfying  —  Revisiting The Google Pixel C - Better, But Not There Yet  —  Last month I published my review of the Pixel C. While I thought it was a very interesting tablet …

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