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February 10, 2016, 9:40 AM

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Wayne Cunningham / CNET News:
US government agency says Google's autonomous car system will be considered a normal driver  —  Feds declare that Google's self-driving car is its own driver  —  In a letter to Google, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration determined that the computer piloting Google's self-driving cars …
Jake Smith / ZDNet:
Opera gets $1.2B buyout offer from Chinese consortium, a 53% premium from prior stock close; Opera's board unanimously recommends deal  —  Opera gets $1.2 billion buyout offer from mix of Chinese firms, board recommends deal  —  There is “strong strategic and industrial logic to the acquisition …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple Music launches Wednesday on Sonos wireless speakers, ending two-month beta test  —  Apple Music on Sonos Officially Launching Tomorrow  —  Sonos today announced that Apple Music will be officially available on Sonos wireless speakers starting tomorrow, ending a two month beta testing period.
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Twitter Will Now Put Recommended (Not Recent) Tweets At the Top Of Your Timeline  —  If Twitter is going to fix its growth problem, it's going to have to make some drastic moves — and, with an update today, that means even changing the timeline.  —  Twitter today is unveiling a new Twitter timeline …
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
Oculus reveals first “Oculus Ready” PCs, with bundles starting at $1499 and pre-orders beginning February 16  —  Oculus reveals first “Oculus Ready” PCs, bundled starting at $1,499  —  Asus, Dell, and Alienware towers certified to run virtual reality.
Guardian:
US intelligence chief James Clapper says IoT vulnerabilities may be exploited to improve surveillance  —  US intelligence chief: we might use the internet of things to spy on you  —  James Clapper did not name specific agency as being involved in surveillance via smart-home devices …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Twitter Forms A “Trust & Safety Council” To Balance Abuse Vs Free Speech  —  Twitter's latest step in the tricky balancing act of championing free speech without also handing a free pass to orchestrated harassment via its platform is the announcement today that it's formed a “Trust & Safety Council” …
Mark Coppock / WinBeta:
Zikera, maker of Groove music player for iOS, announces Microsoft acquired its technology and brand assets  —  Microsoft officially acquires Zikera's Groove app for iOS  —  When Microsoft rebranded the Xbox Music service to Groove Music, some people thought that perhaps the Redmond company …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Gmail Now Warns Users When They Send And Receive Email Over Unsecured Connections  —  Google is marking Safer Internet Day, which falls today, by introducing new authentication features to Gmail to help better identify emails that could prove to be harmful or are not fully secure.
Eric Geller / The Daily Dot:
Obama unveils $19B Cybersecurity National Action Plan, asking Congress for 35% increase in cybersecurity funding  —  Obama unveils $19 billion plan to overhaul U.S. cybersecurity  —  President Obama on Tuesday unveiled an expansive plan to bolster government and private-sector cybersecurity …

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