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Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times: Sources: Google to release Gear VR-like headset this year compatible with a broad range of smartphones, embed VR technology into Android OS  —  Google pushes further into world of virtual reality  —  Google is developing a new virtual-reality headset for smartphones, and adding extra support …

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Sarah Tavel: “Uber for X” services must be more convenient than incumbents and more importantly, cheaper  —  Taking the wrong lesson from Uber  —  The last few years, it's become cliche for startups to describe themselves as “Uber for X”.  With Uber as the north star, the mobile phone became the …

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New York Times: Investors are willing to buy into Morgan Stanley's fund for indirect Uber equity without seeing financial details for company  —  Deal Shows Investors Are Willing to Make a Blind Bet on Uber  —  A deal about to close on Wall Street illustrates just how much some investors are willing to give …

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Chris Velazco / Engadget: Canonical announces first Ubuntu tablet, the BQ Aquaris M10, features Convergence, letting it act like PC when connected to keyboard, mouse, display, on sale Q2  —  Ubuntu's first tablet doubles as a desktop, goes on sale in Q2  —  Remember that time Spanish device maker BQ started promoting a new …

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New York Times: Popular messaging app Kik, which grants anonymity to teenagers and predators, is a growing concern for law enforcement  —  Wildly Popular App Kik Offers Teenagers, and Predators, Anonymity  —  The allegations are beyond chilling: two Virginia Tech freshmen charged with the premeditated kidnapping …

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Mark Suster / Fortune: Upfront survey of VCs: 91% expect valuations do go down in the first half of 2016, 62% say their portfolios are cutting costs  —  The State of Venture Capital  —  There are a lot of data points that one can use to get a sense of the venture capital markets, including the number of startup financings and the level of VC fundraising.

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Casey Newton / The Verge: Twitter's algorithmic timeline is like expanded version of “while you were away” feature, according to users testing it; opt-out is available  —  Here's how Twitter's new algorithmic timeline is going to work  —  Twitter went into an uproar Friday after a BuzzFeed report …

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@jack: Jack Dorsey responds to #RIPTwitter, links Twitter's identity with real-time, doesn't deny an algorithmic feed but says there was no plan to launch next week  —  Hello Twitter! Regarding #RIPTwitter: I want you all to know we're always listening. We never planned to reorder timelines next week.

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Mark Bergen / Re/code: John Giannandrea's appointment as Google's search chief shows that AI is key to maintaining Google's dominance in search  —  Why John Giannandrea, Google's AI Research Head, Will Run Search  —  As it ballooned, Google's research group has nabbed a shocking number of computing's biggest brains.

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Glyn Moody / Ars Technica UK: GCHQ's data-mining techniques revealed in new Snowden leak  —  Shhh!  Top Secret—don't pass it on...  (credit: GCHQ)  —  A “Data Mining Research Problem Book” marked “top secret strap 1” has been leaked that details some of the key techniques used by GCHQ to sift through the huge volumes …

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge: Amazon and other retailers should stop selling cheap USB-C cables with faulty wiring that can damage laptops, and instead demand certification for these cables  —  USB-C cables are playing Russian Roulette with your laptop  —  Over the past year or so, one of the biggest tech stories …

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Brendan Klinkenberg / BuzzFeed: Google Creative Lab partners with publisher Visual Editions to offer immersive and interactive books designed specifically for smartphones  —  Google Is Publishing Unprintable Books  —  Early Wednesday morning, Google released two electronic books in its Play Store.

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Kshitiz Goliya / Reuters: Autodesk to cut jobs by 10 percent as it transitions to cloud  —  AutoCAD design software maker Autodesk Inc (ADSK.O) said it would cut about 10 percent of its workforce in the near term as part of a restructuring plan to accelerate its transition to the subscription-based cloud business.

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Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac: Apple adds server API to CloudKit, unlocking new developer possibilities for the iCloud service  —  Apple has quietly added a server-side API to CloudKit, following an announcement on the developer news blog.  This will enable developers to add a lot of functionality to apps powered by CloudKit …

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Google confirms Hangouts will now use peer-to-peer connections to improve call quality and speed  —  Google Hangouts has received a small but important backend upgrade: peer-to-peer (p2p) connections.  Google confirmed to VentureBeat that the functionality started rolling out to all users this week.

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Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal: Yahoo loses Arjun Sethi to Social Capital after buying his company MessageMe in 2014  —  Yahoo Loses Mobile Entrepreneur Arjun Sethi to Venture Firm  —  Yahoo Inc. is losing another one of the entrepreneurs brought in through Chief Executive Marissa Mayer's startup shopping spree.

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Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed: Twitter To Introduce Algorithmic Timeline As Soon As Next Week  —  A Tweetstorm is brewing in San Francisco. … Say hello to a brand new Twitter.  The company is planning to introduce an algorithmic timeline as soon as next week, BuzzFeed News has learned.

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Washington Post: Talks between the UK and US underway to amend laws to allow UK to serve wiretap orders directly to US firms  —  The British want to come to America — with wiretap orders and search warrants  —  If U.S. and British negotiators have their way, MI5, the British domestic security service …

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Microsoft: GoPro and Microsoft sign patent licensing agreement for “certain file storage and other system technologies”  —  GoPro and Microsoft sign licensing agreement  —  On Friday, Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC announced a new collaborative patent licensing agreement with GoPro Inc …

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Ernesto / TorrentFreak: PayPal stops taking payments for UnoTelly VPN and SmartDNS service, saying service can be used to bypass copyright law  —  PayPal Starts Banning VPN and SmartDNS Services  —  PayPal is widely known for their aggressive stance towards BitTorrent sites, Usenet providers and file-hosting services …

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T.C. Sottek / The Verge: Verizon updates go90 video app to exempt it from data caps for customers not on prepaid plan  —  Verizon just blatantly betrayed net neutrality by excluding its video app from data caps  —  The FCC's net neutrality rules, passed last year, explicitly ban internet providers from a number …

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William Alden / BuzzFeed: Data from the Washington regulator shows 83% of Zenefits deals in WA state through Aug 2015 done by unlicensed insurance brokers  —  80% Of Zenefits Deals In Washington State Done By Unlicensed Brokers  —  Zenefits CEO Parker Conrad speaks at a San Francisco tech conference in September.

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge: BlackBerry says it's laying off about 200 in Waterloo and Florida, contradicting earlier reports  —  BlackBerry confirms it's laying off 200 workers  —  Update: BlackBerry has apparently thought better of its original strategy to try to pass off the layoffs as a “small number” and amended its original statement.

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Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch: Zirx says it's shutting down its on-demand parking service February 29 to focus on its enterprise business  —  ZIRX Drops Its Consumer Valet Service To Focus On The Enterprise  —  ZIRX, an on-demand valet startup, is shutting down its consumer service at the end of the month …

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Sean Behr / Zirx Blog: On-demand parking service closing on February 29th, 2016  —  We started ZIRX with an aim to make car ownership and parking way better.  Over the past year, we've parked hundreds of thousands of cars and have also built a successful enterprise business that's growing quickly.

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