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February 10, 2016, 2:15 PM

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Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Twitter Will Now Put Recommended (Not Newest) 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 …
Wayne Cunningham / CNET News:
US government agency will consider Google's autonomous car system as the driver of the car for the purposes of federal safety standards  —  Feds declare that Google's self-driving car is its own driver  —  In a letter to Google, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration determined …
Jake Smith / ZDNet:
Opera gets $1.2B buyout offer from Chinese consortium, a 53% premium on 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,” according to the software maker's CEO.
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Marc Andreessen assails “anti-colonialism” in tweet defending Facebook's Free Basics, roiling Indian tech world, and later apologizes  —  Marc Andreessen Offends India Defending Facebook's Free Basics.  (Yes, the Country.)  —  Venture capitalist and well-known Twitter philosopher …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
GitHub Updates Its Enterprise Product With Clustering Support, Updated Design  —  GitHub Enterprise, the company's on-premises solution for managing code, is getting a major update today.  It comes at a time when there seems to be some upheaval in the company around the importance management has been putting on this product.
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 …
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Absorbs Edtech Accelerator Imagine K12, Creating Specialized Vertical  —  Y Combinator, the popular accelerator program, has made its first acquisition of a kind.  The fund is today announcing that it has formed a specialized vertical within Y Combinator by bringing into the fold Imagine K12, an edtech-focused accelerator.
Lara O'Reilly / Business Insider:
Facebook debuts auto-captioning for video ads, says having captions can increase video view time by 12%  —  Facebook wants advertisers to get a lot better at silent video  —  People are now watching 100 million hours of video on Facebook every day — but many of those users …

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