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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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Brian Fung / Washington Post: Google Fiber is sending invitations to trusted testers for experimental telephone service called Google Fiber Phone, similar to Google Voice  —  Google Fiber may be looking to add phone services  —  Google Fiber is sending out invitations to an experimental telephone service …

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New York Times: Facebook announces it is banning private, person-to-person sales of guns on its network and Instagram  —  Facebook Moves to Ban Private Gun Sales on Its Site  —  Facebook is banning private sales of guns on its flagship social network and on its Instagram photo-sharing service, the company said late Friday.

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Jason Del Rey / Re/code: Craigslist Competitor VarageSale Lays Off About One-Third of Staff  —  Three months ago, the classifieds app VarageSale began testing a credit-card payment feature that was free for users, but a money-loser for the company.  That point was noteworthy because VarageSale doesn't generate any revenue of its own.

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Joe Drape / New York Times: Vantiv, a firm handling millions of FanDuel and DraftKings transactions, to stop processing fantasy sports payments on February 29, citing legal cases  —  Payment Processor to Stop Working With Daily Fantasy Sports Clients  —  In perhaps the biggest blow yet to daily fantasy sports …

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Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg Business: Amazon ramps up investment in podcasts, other radio-style shows to expand Audible offering  —  Amazon Recruits Comedians, Engineers for Audio Service  —  Audible expands to offer radio-style programming, podcasts  —  Division is advertising for almost 100 positions worldwide

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Snapchat rolls out Live Score geofilters at NBA arenas, other events, lets you overlay stats on photos, videos; last week geofilters saw 20M views at 51 games  —  Snapchat Challenges Twitter And Facebook For Sports Talk  —  Possession wins trophies or, in this case, ad dollars.

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Janko Roettgers / Variety: SEC filing shows Roku raised $45.5M in late 2015, bringing total to about $200M  —  Roku Has Raised New $45.5 Million Round of Funding  —  Roku has added some more cash to its coffers: The streaming device and platform maker has raised another $45.5 million round of funding …

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Reuters: Blackshades co-creator Michael Hogue of Arizona sentenced to 5 years of probation for distributing malware, conspiring to hack computers  —  Blackshades malware co-creator gets five years of probation  —  An Arizona man who co-created software distributed by an organization called Blackshades …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: IBM closes Weather Co. purchase, names Weather Co. CEO David Kenny head of Watson platform; sources say the deal's reported $2B cost was inaccurate  —  IBM Closes Weather Co. Purchase, Names David Kenny New Head Of Watson Platform  —  IBM is taking another step to expand its Waston AI business …

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Cyrus Lee / ZDNet: Tencent drops plans to develop Windows 10 Mobile app for popular chatting tool QQ, citing declining users on platform, will maintain current Windows Mobile app  —  Tencent drops Windows 10 Mobile QQ development  —  Chinese technology giant Tencent confirmed it has dropped plans to develop …

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Wesley Yin-Poole / Eurogamer.net: EA's CFO estimates 55M current-gen consoles have been sold, putting Xbox One at around 19M or less units sold  —  We now have a clearer picture of how Xbox One is doing  —  Thanks, EA!  —  Microsoft doesn't report Xbox One sales any more, but we have a decent idea of how it's doing - thanks to EA.

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Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times: Sources: Apple's virtual and augmented reality research team includes hundreds of staff from poaching and acquisitions, has been prototyping headsets for months  —  Apple builds secret team to kick-start virtual reality effort  —  Apple has assembled a large team of experts in virtual …

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Jack Moore / Nextgov: New US Digital Registry launched, lists verified government social media accounts and apps  —  A new registry of verified government social media accounts could help the public beware of online digital doppelgängers and allow developers to create tailored applications that pull in data …

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Ginny Marvin / Search Engine Land: Google releases AdWords app on iOS so marketers can track campaign performance, change bids, and adjust budgets on the go  —  iPhone Users, The AdWords App For iOS Has Arrived  —  The AdWords app for iPhone users is finally available for everyone.  Google announced Thursday that the AdWords app for iOS is now available globally.

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Joseph Cox / Motherboard: Metadata can be scraped from your messages even when you use PGP encryption  —  Ever since the Snowden revelations, more and more people have been educating themselves on how to use encryption.  One of the first programs people might turn to is Pretty Good Privacy, or PGP …

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