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February 5, 2017, 11:39 PM

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Brian Barrett / Wired:
300 of Intel's Shooting Star drones were used for a choreographed light show for Super Bowl halftime show, which was taped last week because of FAA regulations  —  The best Super Bowl halftime shows leave indelible memories, be it a notorious wardrobe malfunction, that goofy Left Shark …
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 load faster and run at higher frame rates  —  Coming as part of the 4.50 update  —  Sony is rolling out the beta preview of the PlayStation 4's latest firmware update …
Colin Lecher / The Verge:
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 …
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
Nextdoor acquires assets of Streetlife, a UK neighborhood social network with 1.5M registered users  —  In what is being billed as a “multi-million pound” acquisition, San Francisco-headquartered Nextdoor is purchasing the “assets” of U.K. local social network Streetlife.
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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