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Last Update on February 12, 2016 08:10 GMT

IN THE NEWS: DAILY FANTASY SPORTS SITES DEFEND INDUSTRY

BOSTON (AP) -- It's been a tough start to the new year for a pair of popular daily fantasy sports companies. But both DraftKings and FanDuel say they will be able to survive. This week, ESPN confirmed that it and DraftKings have ended an exclusive advertising deal. Meanwhile, FanDuel has confirmed reports that it has laid off 55 workers at its office in Orlando, Florida. Both companies say even as U.S. state policymakers continue putting them under scrutiny, they plan to press forward. Roughly 19 states are currently considering bills to regulate the daily fantasy sports industry. Another 14 states are expected to consider legislation before the year is out.

IN THE NEWS: NYPD SURVEILLANCE ON CELLPHONES

NEW YORK (AP) -- If you use a cellphone in the nation's largest city, there's a chance the police may have tracked your cellphone. The New York Police Department has used secretive cellphone tracking technology more than 1,000 times since 2008. That information comes from the New York Civil Liberties Union, which says police use a device known as a Stingray, which tricks mobile phones into believing it's a cell tower. And because it does, it can identify subscriber numbers -- which in turn, are sent along to police. The numbers can help authorities determine where a phone is -- even without the user making a call or sending a text message. The civil liberties union is asking the NYPD to spell out a strict policy on how the technology is used -- and to get a warrant before it's fired up.

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