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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge: Kickstarter just hit 100,000 successfully funded campaigns  —  Kickstarter hit a big milestone overnight: the successful funding of a 100,000th campaign.  It's taken Kickstarter nearly seven years to reach 100,000 funded projects, but the rate at which projects are being funded is much faster than it used to be.

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Jake Bright / TechCrunch: As Its Market Grows, Nigerian E-Commerce Startup Africa Internet Group Raises $83 Million  —  Some of Africa's best funded ecommerce startups just secured more capital.  Africa Internet Group (AIG)—which owns online retailer Jumia and 9 other e-ventures—will receive €75 million …

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Cecilia Kang / New York Times: Profile of the FCC's general counsel Jonathan Sallet, helping to create and defend rules shaping TV and the Internet  —  Net Neutrality Again Puts F.C.C. General Counsel at Center Stage  —  WASHINGTON — Every day for one month last fall, Jonathan Sallet, the general counsel …

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TechCrunch: Slack, Honor, Gear VR, Stewart Butterfield, Bill Gurley win at the 9th Annual Crunchies  —  And The Winners Of The 9th Annual Crunchies Are...  Silicon Valley is getting dressed up tonight to celebrate startups, their founders and CEOs, VCs and angels, and the products they make during …

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Abner Li / 9to5Google: 1Password for Android jumps to version 6, adds Material Design, fingerprint sensor support  —  The Android version of popular password manager 1Password has received a big update to version 6.  In addition to a full Material redesign, the app now has support for Marshmallow's fingerprint unlocking.

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Julia Fioretti / Reuters: French data protection authority gives Facebook three months to stop tracking non-users and halt some transfers of personal data to US  —  French data privacy regulator cracks down on Facebook  —  The French data protection authority on Monday gave Facebook three months …

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Julie Bort / Business Insider: Zenefits CEO Parker Conrad resigns amid compliance issues, COO David Sacks becomes CEO, Josh Stein named Chief Compliance Officer  —  The CEO of one of Silicon Valley's hottest startups has suddenly resigned  —  Parker Conrad, the co-founder and CEO of high-flying Zenefits …

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Jake Smith / ZDNet: SEC filing shows PayPal CTO James Barrese to resign April 1, Sri Shivananda to take over the position  —  PayPal CTO James Barrese resigns, replacement named  —  Barrese is out after a year, and his responsibilities are being split in two.  —  James Barrese, CTO of eBay's PayPal …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: CBS Says Super Bowl 50 Broke Streaming Records With 3.96 Million Unique Viewers  —  CBS reported earlier this morning that its live stream of Super Bowl 50 broke all prior streaming records for the big game.  Now the network has released numbers to back up that claim: according …

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Chance Miller / 9to5Mac: Apple open sources benchmarking suite for Swift  —  Apple today announced in a post on its Swift blog that it is open sourcing the Swift benchmark suite.  This announcement comes two months after the company made the Swift programming language open source, allowing the developer community to have direct access to the platform.

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Bloomberg Business: Google CEO Sundar Pichai awarded 273K Alphabet shares worth about $199M, vesting in quarterly increments through 2019, SEC filing shows  —  Google CEO Pichai Receives Record $199 Million Stock Grant  —  Pichai's award is largest ever for a Google executive officer

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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat: Recruitment marketplace Hired raises $40M in a Series C round led by Lumia Capital, acquires Jobbop in Australia, Breaz in France, and Zlemma in US  —  Recruitment marketplace Hired nabs $40M, acquires 3 companies in U.S., France, and Australia  —  Hired, the jobs marketplace for techies …

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Scott Moritz / Bloomberg Business: Source: Verizon enlists AOL CEO Tim Armstrong to explore possible bid for Yahoo assets  —  Verizon Said to Enlist AOL CEO Armstrong to Explore Yahoo Deal  —  No formal offer yet, but Verizon CEO favors ‘marrying’ assets  —  Armstrong's advance work builds on ties to Yahoo's CEO Mayer

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Jordan Novet / VentureBeat: Instagram launches account switching on iOS and Android  —  Facebook-owned Instagram today announced that starting this week, users will be able to switch accounts when using the app on Android and iOS.  The feature will be available in version 7.15 of the app, and it allows people to have as many as five accounts logged in at once.

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Joshua Brustein / Bloomberg Business: Wired to start offering ad-free version of its website for $3.99 a month from Feb 16, will block visitors using ad blockers  —  Wired Is Launching an Ad-Free Website to Appease Ad Blockers  —  Readers can pay $3.99 for a four-week subscription to a version of its site without advertising.

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Akin Oyedele / Business Insider: Yelp earnings released early, show Q4 EPS of $0.11 on revenues of $153.7M, CFO to leave  —  Yelp just released its earnings way ahead of schedule  —  Yelp just released its fourth-quarter earnings results well ahead of schedule.  —  The business reviews and ratings website had been scheduled …

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Bill Gurley / Above the Crowd: Behance founder, early-stage investor and advisor Scott Belsky is now a general partner at Benchmark  —  Benchmark's New General Partner: Scott Belsky  —  The partners at Benchmark are delighted to announce that Scott Belsky has joined the firm as our newest general partner.

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Rex Crum / Mercury News: Hong Kong's VTech to acquire LeapFrog, maker of electronic educational toys, for $72M  —  LeapFrog jumps to be acquired by VTech for $72 million  —  EMERYVILLE — LeapFrog Enterprises, the maker of well-known electronic educational toys for children, said Friday it has agreed to be acquired …

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: The Pirate Bay, other torrent sites add support for Torrents Time plugin allowing you to stream movies and TV shows from your browser  —  The Pirate Bay now uses Torrents Time to let you stream all its movies and TV shows  —  On Tuesday, a new simple solution for streaming torrents directly in your browser showed up on the Web.

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Nitasha Tiku / BuzzFeed: India bans zero-rated internet services, including Facebook's Free Basics, for infringing on the principles of net neutrality  —  India's Telecom Authorities Have Ruled Against Facebook's Controversial Free Internet Plan  —  “Who could possibly be against this?”  Zuckerberg asked.

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Steve Ragan / CSO: Hackers leak names and contact details of over 9K DHS staff, claim DOJ is next  —  Hackers leak DHS staff directory, claim DOJ is next  —  Staff directory contains details on over 9,000 employees  —  On Sunday, an account on Twitter posted a Department of Homeland Security staff directory with 9,355 names.

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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat: StubHub takes on Ticketmaster with new platform for both primary and secondary tickets  —  StubHub has announced big plans to infiltrate the primary ticketing market, as the eBay-owned company takes on the might of Ticketmaster in the lucrative live events realm.

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Andrea Peterson / Washington Post: Amazon nearly doubled its lobbying expenditures in 2015, focused on issues like sales tax, drones, and cloud services  —  Why Amazon is doubling down on lobbying  —  Amazon nearly doubled its lobbying expenditures in 2015 versus the previous year, spending $9.4 million dollars trying to sway Congress and executive agencies.

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James Vincent / The Verge: Facebook's Free Basics service has been banned in India  —  Facebook's free-but-restricted internet service, Free Basics, has been banned in India after the country's national telecoms regulator ruled that the program and others like it infringe the principles of net neutrality.

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Justin Lynch / Motherboard: The tragedy of Ethiopia's internet: an instrument of surveillance, and only 3.7% have access  —  The Tragedy of Ethiopia's Internet  —  Nafkot Nega thinks journalists are terrorists.  When I visited him and his mother, Serkalem Fassil, at their tiny apartment in the outskirts of Washington …

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