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February 11, 2017, 9:20 PM

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Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat:
Valve's Steam Direct to replace Steam Greenlight, will charge developers a fixed fee to submit a game instead of relying on users to vet submissions  —  Valve wants to take itself out of the equation when it comes to the Steam PC gaming marketplace, and that means it is ending …
Jeffrey Matulef / Eurogamer.net:
Gabe Newell says Valve is working on 3 “full” VR games and is inspired by Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto to design hardware at same time as software  —  “It feels like we've been stuck with mouse and keyboard for a reeeaaally long time.”  —  Valve is in the process of developing three VR games.
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Restricted spyware from government cyberarms dealer NSO Group found on the phones of advocates for Mexico's 2014 soda tax  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Last summer, Dr. Simón Barquera's phone started buzzing with a series of disturbing text messages from unknown numbers.  One said his daughter had been in a serious accident.
Johana Bhuiyan / Recode:
Ford says it will invest $1B into Argo AI over 5 years and take a majority stake in the startup; Argo AI will work on autonomous driving tech for Ford's cars  —  The automaker will take a majority stake in Argo AI, founded by two top engineers from Google and Uber.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Prince's Warner Music catalog returning Sunday to subscription-streaming services, including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Napster, and iHeartRadio  —  Songs of late music legend Prince will again be available on multiple streaming-music services on Sunday, in releases timed for the 59th Grammy Awards.
Kif Leswing / Business Insider:
Image of Magic Leap rig from January leaks, showing a bulky backpack containing a visible circuit board; CEO says it was a test rig to collect room data  —  Magic Leap, the $4.5 billion startup backed by Google building technology that “augments” human vision with digital imagery …
Ian Cutress / AnandTech:
Intel reveals 8th Generation Core microarchitecture will remain on the 14nm process node, making it the fourth generation 14nm chip  —  A quick news piece on information coming out of Intel's annual Investor Day in California.  As confirmed to Ashraf Eassa by Intel at the event …
Julie Bort / Business Insider:
Sources: enterprise AR company Daqri, which has raised $132M, is laying off about 25% of its nearly 400-person workforce  —  Augmented reality helmet maker Daqri is cutting about 25% of its nearly 400-person-strong workforce worldwide, multiple people have told Business Insider.
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Valentina Palladino / Ars Technica:
Samsung Chromebook Pro review: solid design, good performance and battery life, but Chrome OS and Android integration isn't perfect yet  —  Review: Chrome/Android integration is on the right track.  —  The market is about to be flooded with a new wave of Chromebooks, all focused on Android apps.
John Mannes / TechCrunch:
Chorus.ai raises $16M Series A led by Redpoint for its sales calls analysis software  —  Just about everyone can benefit from an extra ear listening in at the right time.  And while an ear dedicated to helping me remember the items my housemate asked me to pickup at the store last week …

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