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February 23, 2017, 5:45 PM

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Mitch & Freada Kapor:
Early Uber investors Mitch and Freada Kapor speak out after private appeals reached a “dead end”, say current Uber investigation team is too conflicted  —  By now a staggering number of people recognize the name of Susan Fowler and have read some account of her experiences of sexism …
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Google Online Security Blog:
Google unveils “practical” SHA1 collision using nine quintillion computations, releases two different PDFs with identical hashes, urges sunsetting of protocol  —  Posted by Marc Stevens (CWI Amsterdam), Elie Bursztein (Google), Pierre Karpman (CWI Amsterdam), Ange Albertini …
Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes:
Amazon fights against search warrant for Echo recordings in murder trial, argues Alexa commands and responses have First Amendment rights  —  Amazon is sticking to its guns in the fight to protect customer data.  The tech titan has filed a motion to quash the search warrant for recordings …
Alan Ni / Google:
Google updates Gboard for iPhone with support for voice typing, 15 new languages, Google Doodles, and iOS 10 emoji  —  In May 2016, you first met Gboard, our app that let you search and send information, GIFs, emoji and more, right from your keyboard.  In July, Gboard went global.
Jillian Stampher / GeekWire:
Google.org announces $11.5M in grants to 10 organizations focused on racial equality in the justice system, including $5M to create database of police actions  —  Google has committed $11.5 million in grants to organizations working to reduce racial inequalities in the criminal justice system …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Facebook begins testing ad breaks in partner videos, sharing 55% of ad revenue; Live videos from Pages with 2K+ followers will get an ad break option  —  Many publishers have trouble making money off Facebook videos — this could change that.  —  Facebook is ready to make money from all the videos …
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Google's Jigsaw unveils Perspective, an AI-powered tool for publishers to weed out abusive comments, available as an API for free  —  A research team tied to Google unveiled a new tool on Thursday that could have a profound effect on how we talk to each other online.
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Qualcomm announces new Snapdragon 835-based VR developer kit, headset reference design and accelerator program for manufacturers  —  The near-future of VR is definitely mobile, and for the time-being nobody has more control of the guts of mobile devices than Qualcomm does.
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Airmap, an airspace management system for drones, raises $26M Series B round led by Microsoft Ventures  —  It's a bet on a future full of airborne robots  —  Drones are an increasingly common sight in the skies, but unlike aircraft with a human at the controls, there is no formal …
John Eggerton / Multichannel News:
FCC opens up 5 GHz spectrum band to unlicensed LTE use, certifies equipment from Ericsson and Nokia  —  T-Mobile will start employing new tech starting in spring  —  The FCC is opening up the 5 GHz spectrum band to unlicensed LTE use in a move that will boost spectrum sharing and wireless broadband.

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