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Joseph Cox / Motherboard: Tech Firms Are Unclear on New UK Surveillance Laws, Warns Government Committee  —  The wording of the UK's proposed surveillance law is so vague that tech companies have little idea what data it would require them to store, a new government report has said.  Companies are also concerned …

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Ben Popper / The Verge: Gigabit wireless internet using millimeter wave technology, as promised by Starry, has long struggled with range and reliability  —  Super high-speed internet delivered over the air isn't as crazy as it sounds  —  This week, a new startup, Starry, announced it would bring gigabit-speed internet access …

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Kim Zetter / Wired: Rob Joyce, head of the NSA's Tailored Access Operations, explains how to protect your networks from hacker teams like his  —  NSA Hacker Chief Explains How to Keep Him Out of Your System  —  It was the talk most anticipated at this year's inaugural Usenix Enigma security conference …

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Nilay Patel / The Verge: How FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's plan to open the cable box could affect strategies of tech firms like Apple, Google, Microsoft, and others  —  Inside the FCC's audacious plan to blow up the cable box  —  FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler dropped a bomb on the cable television1 industry yesterday …

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Wall Street Journal: Italian tax authorities are probing Google for €300M in unpaid taxes between 2008 and 2013  —  Italy Pursues Google for Around $327 Million in Back Taxes  —  Move comes as EU set to propose measures tackling tax avoidance by multinationals  —  Italian tax authorities said Thursday …

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Alex Dobie / Android Central: Samsung announces February 21 “Unpacked” event in Barcelona; Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge unveiling expected  —  Samsung Galaxy S7 day is February 21 in Barcelona  —  ‘Unpacked’ event expected to showcase Galaxy S7 series ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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Pamela McClintock / Hollywood Reporter: Atom Tickets raises $50M from Fox, Disney, Lionsgate, and others, to help people organize group movie viewings, get discounts  —  Hollywood Studios Leading $50M Investment in Mobile Movie Ticketing App  —  Start-up Atom Tickets is designed to make it easier for friends and larger groups to arrange a rendevouz at the theater.

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Robert Scoble: Why self-driving cars won't replace human drivers for at least a decade: people, police, laws, maps, and technology aren't ready  —  Don't worry Uber/Lyft drivers: self-driving cars won't take your job for at least a decade  —  Truth is people like me have overhyped self-driving cars.

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge: Digital assistant bots like Siri, Google Now, and Alexa undermine the open internet by only indexing select apps  —  The internet bundle is already here  —  For the past six years or so, this image that (as best I can tell) was created by Reddit user quink has been making the rounds as the “nightmare scenario” if net neutrality dies.

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Economist: How China is spending $100-150B to build its own world-class semiconductor industry by 2030  —  Chips on their shoulders  —  China wants to become a superpower in semiconductors, and plans to spend colossal sums to achieve this  —  THE Chinese government has been trying, on and off …

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Guardian: How Facebook tracks voters' political habits and contact information for targeted campaign ads across devices  —  How Facebook tracks and profits from voters in a $10bn US election  —  Social network lets campaigns match profiles with political habits and contact info …

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Eduard Kovacs / SecurityWeek: Attackers using Word documents to deliver BlackEnergy malware linked to recent attacks targeting Ukraine's critical infrastructure  —  Attackers Use Word Docs to Deliver BlackEnergy Malware  —  The advanced persistent threat (APT) actor behind the recent attacks targeting Ukraine …

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Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed: Twitter execs lash out after Facebook calls service “Social Media” in trending column  —  Twitter Execs Lash Out After Being Called “Social Media” By Facebook, Prompting Response  —  When a Twitter flame war between Wendy's and Burger King last week ended with Wendy's saying …

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David Segal / New York Times: How shady companies use Google search, AdWords, and local subcontractors to shake down people who need locksmiths  —  Fake Online Locksmiths May Be Out to Pick Your Pocket, Too  —  Odds are good that when you search Google for someone to help you get into your home or car …

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Financial Times: How the UK's 6-year Google audit ended with a tax settlement of just £130M, creating a political storm  —  Google tax: the 6-year audit that ended in a political storm  —  Murad Ahmed, Vanessa Houlder and George Parker  —  The Google party was one of the hot tickets in the Swiss ski resort …

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Davey Alba / Wired: Obama proposes $4B in funding for states to expand computer science education in schools  —  Obama Pledges $4 Billion to Computer Science in US Schools  —  President Obama today pledged $4 billion in funding for computer science education in the nation's schools.

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Seth Weintraub / Electrek: Tesla hires Jim Keller, engineer behind Apple's A-series and AMD's Zen processors, as vice president of autopilot hardware engineering  —  The chip guru who built Apple's Ax microprocessors joins Tesla to lead the Autopilot Hardware Engineering team  —  Electrek has learned that Tesla …

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James Vincent / The Verge: Stanford law professor Barbara van Schewick releases 51-page brief concluding T-Mobile's Binge On violates FCC's Open Internet Rules  —  Stanford study: T-Mobile's Binge On is ‘likely illegal’  —  The debate over the potential harm of T-Mobile's Binge On continues, with a new study …

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Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica: NSA, GCHQ used open source software to spy on Israeli, Syrian drones  —  Image tools unscrambled encrypted analog video feeds, documents reveal.  —  Documents provided to The Intercept by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden show new evidence of a long-running surveillance campaign …

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John Callaham / Android Central: Fewer than 700 Jolla Tablets will ever ship; 21K backers may eventually get a refund  —  Fewer than 700 Jolla Tablets will ever ship; 21,000 backers will eventually maybe get a refund  —  Just 540 additional Jolla Tablets will be shipped out to backers of the original Indiegogo crowdsourced campaign …

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Christina Farr / Fast Company: Apple fixing issue that directed users searching “abortion” to adoption and fertility centers, nearly five years after it was first identified  —  Apple Maps Stops Sending People Searching For “Abortion” To Adoption Centers  —  Apple is fixing a flaw in its algorithm …

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Mark Harris / Guardian: Documents reveal Alphabet is testing solar-powered internet drones that use millimeter-wave transmissions with Project SkyBender  —  Project Skybender: Google's secretive 5G internet drone tests revealed  —  Trials at New Mexico's Spaceport Authority are using new millimetre wave technology …

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Joseph Menn / Reuters: Congress to probe Juniper ‘back door’ exposure, possible U.S. involvement  —  A U.S. congressional probe into the impact of a hack of Juniper Networks Inc software will examine the possibility that it was initially altered at the behest of the National Security Agency, a lawmaker said in an interview on Thursday.

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Danny Yadron / Guardian: Ashkan Soltani, who contributed to reporting on Snowden docs, departs White House Office of Science and Technology Policy after being denied security clearance  —  White House denies clearance to tech researcher with links to Snowden  —  Pulitzer prize-winning journalist …

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Sarah Lacy / Pando: Birchbox lays off 15% of staff, citing funding environment and a need to rebalance the company  —  Founder Katia Beauchamp tells Pando: “It's 100% the right decision for the company.”  —  From The Lessons from the Trenches Desk  —  This member-only article was unlocked for you by Andrea Wasserman.

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