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February 5, 2017, 8:15 AM

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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/mo 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 …
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
Oculus CTO John Carmack defends his code against ZeniMax's copyright infringement accusations  —  During expert testimony, the Oculus CTO “just wanted to shout ‘You lie!’”  —  Oculus CTO John Carmack was largely vindicated last week when a jury cleared him of any personal liability in a case …
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 …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Iran-focused app developer IranCubator debuts RadiTo, an Android podcast app that evades Iran's censors, giving Iranians and foreign pubs a broadcast platform  —  Reza Ghazinouri remembers the importance of pirate radio as a teenager growing up in in the city of Mashhad in northeast Iran.
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Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases $199 pro apps educational bundle with Final Cut, Logic, Motion, Compressor, and Main Stage; apps would cost $630 if bought separately  —  Apple is introducing a new education bundle for its professional creative apps that significantly discounts the entire collection.

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