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February 5, 2017, 6:20 PM

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Colin Lecher / The Verge:
New FCC Chairman Ajit Pai confirms the agency has closed inquiries into sponsored data offerings by T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast  —  Under recently departed chief Tom Wheeler, the FCC opened inquiries into how companies might be using free data programs, which allow customers …
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
FCC revokes permission for nine companies to use $9.25 per month Lifeline credit to subsidize broadband service  —  Regulators are telling nine companies they won't be allowed to participate in a federal program meant to help them provide affordable Internet access to low-income consumers …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
PlayStation 4's 4.5 software update adds support for external hard drives, “Boost Mode” to PS4 Pro to help older games run faster and smoother  —  Coming as part of the 4.50 update  —  Sony is rolling out the beta preview of the PlayStation 4's latest firmware update, version 4.50 …
Joseph Cox / motherboard:
Interview with the hacker who says he took down Freedom Hosting II, a service reportedly hosting 15-20% of dark web sites  —  On Friday, a hacker took down a huge chunk of the dark web.  Visitors to over 10,000 Tor hidden services running on Freedom Hosting II—a hosting provider for dark web sites …
Mehedi Hassan / MSPoweruser:
Early build of Windows 10 Cloud leaks; the lightweight OS can only run UWP apps from Windows Store, could lead to cheaper devices to compete with Chromebooks  —  Microsoft is working on a new Cloud SKU for Windows 10 which is expected to be Redmond's next take on Chromebooks.
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
Inside Austin-based startup Ketra, which builds $100 smart LED lightbulbs to fill trendy tech offices with fine-tuned “natural light”  —  Two years ago, as it prepared to build a new office on Manhattan's West Side, the ad firm R/GA surveyed its 1,000-odd employees to ask …
TechCrunch:
Sources: Jawbone pivoting to B2B model geared toward clinics and health professionals for use with patients, and is in talks to raise additional funding  —  Feb 3, 2017, 2:45 pmFeb 3, 2017, 3:23 pm  —  Make way for one more pivot from Jawbone.  The fitness band maker that originally started …
Business Insider:
Planet Labs will acquire the satellite imaging unit Terra Bella from Google; source says deal is worth $300M+, Google will be a major shareholder of Planet Labs  —  Terra Bella, the satellite imaging company that Google bought about two years ago for $500 million, will be sold to mapping startup Planet Labs …

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