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February 10, 2016, 11:00 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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Gordon Mah Ung / PCWorld:
It's official: Intel shuts down the cheap overclocking party by closing Skylake loophole  —  An update from Intel will close an overclocking loophole on “non-K” CPUs.  —  The cheap overclocking party is over.  An upcoming microcode update from Intel will close the door on a loophole …
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 …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Mac apps using Sparkle, a third-party updating service, are subject to MITM attacks, affected apps include Camtasia, uTorrent, DuetDisplay, and Sketch  —  “Huge” number of Mac apps vulnerable to hijacking, and a fix is elusive  —  Apps that use 3rd-party updater over insecure HTTP channels subject to MiTM attacks.

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