Friday’s Five: A Handful of Tech Headlines You May Have Missed, Feb. 19

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As we head into the weekend there’s always that feeling that you may have missed something. You’re busy, and it’s hard to keep up with every piece of news that is important to your business. This weekly column aims to wrap up the news we didn’t get to this week (in no particular order), and that may have slipped under your radar, too. If you’ve got something to add, please chime in below in the comments section or on social media. We want to hear from you!

  1. Yahoo forms committee to review potential offers

It’s happening: Yahoo is making moves to make good on its promise to explore strategic alternatives. This is something we’ll be watching closely to see who emerges as an interested buyer. Read more on ZDNet.

2. What it looks like to process 3.5 million books in Google’s cloud

It looks pretty freaking cool. Kalev Leetaru, founder of The GDELT Project, goes through the five main steps he took to publishe “into Google BigQuery a massive new public dataset of metadata from 3.5 million digitized English-language books dating back more than two centuries (1800-2015), along with the full text of 1 million of these books.” Read more to get all the details.

3. Senate Panel Chief Decides Against Plan to Criminalize Firms That Don’t Decipher Encrypted Messages

Unless you’ve been under a rock this week, you’ve read about the Apple vs. FBI story. But did you see this? According to the Wall Street Journal, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R., N.C.) decided against a proposal to create criminal penalties for companies that decline to comply with court orders to decipher encrypted communications.

4. OnApp Launches v4.2, Heralds New Direction for Cloud Hosting Industry

OnApp has launched its latest version which introduces new one-click disaster recovery and content accelerator products to the OnApp cloud platform, according to a press release from the company.

5. UK carrier Three in network-wide ad-block shock

A UK carrier is working on a plan to give customers control over what ads they are subject to on their mobile devices. Three UK has 8.8 million subscribers, according to The Register.


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