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February 9, 2016, 8:55 PM

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Jason Tanz / Wired:
Andy Rubin's Playground is developing technology to help companies build AI-enabled devices, first available for startups in which Playground has invested  —  Andy Rubin Unleashed Android on the World.  Now Watch Him Do the Same With AI  —  A couple of years ago, Andy Rubin …
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 …
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.
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” …
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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Twitter introduces First View, new video ads placed at the top of users' timelines  —  Timing Is Everything: Twitter Unveils First View Ads, Videos At The Top Of Your Timeline  —  Twitter has been in the spotlight for the past several days over allegedly imminent (longstanding) plans to change the order of Tweets in your timeline.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Amazon launches free cross-platform 3D game engine Lumberyard, with Twitch integration  —  Amazon takes on Unity et al with Lumberyard, a free cross-platform game engine  —  Amazon has unveiled two new products aimed squarely at the professional game-developer fraternity: Lumberyard …
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 …
Paul Thurrott / Thurrott.com:
Microsoft to now share Windows 10 release notes, debuting Windows 10 update history website  —  Microsoft Finally Offers Windows 10 Update Information  —  After months of complaints, Microsoft has finally opened a Windows 10 Update History web site that will document the changes it makes to its flagship OS.
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