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February 8, 2017, 1:25 PM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple has hired Timothy D. Twerdahl, director of Amazon's Fire TV business, as VP of Apple TV product marketing; Twerdahl worked at Netflix and Roku in the past  —  Former Amazon executive also held roles at Netflix and Roku  —  The hire lets company to beef up team seeking content deals
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Android Wear 2.0 review: new capabilities, such as Android Pay and installing apps locally, make it a more useful device, but bugs can spoil the experience  —  Are Android Wear 2.0 and two new watches from LG enough to get you to care about smartwatches?  —  Are you wearing a smartwatch?  Not likely.
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
The New York Times partners with Spotify to give readers who buy one-year digital subscription unlimited access to Spotify's premium tier  —  Joint online news and music subscription costs $5 per week  —  Publisher seeking to maintain momentum after subscriber surge
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Facebook expands Safety Check to help people offer community aid like food and shelter, now live in US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, and Saudi Arabia  —  Facebook wants to connect those in need with people who have shelter or food to offer.  —  Facebook is expanding Safety Check …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Flipboard debuts personalized Smart Magazines, which aggregate stories on various topics, available today  —  Flipboard is releasing a big update today, which introduces “Smart Magazines” — a new way for people to find news stories and other content tied to their interests.
John Hopewell / Variety:
EU agrees to cross-border access to streaming and digital content services, like video-on-demand, online TV, music, and online games, starting 2018  —  So-called ‘portability’ rules the first piece in the European Commission's Digital Single Market strategy, and the least contentious
Sebastian Anthony / Ars Technica:
Google Brain research aims to enhance small, pixelated images by using details from similar, higher resolution images  —  Google Brain creates new image details out of thin air.  —  Google Brain has devised some new software that can create detailed images from tiny, pixelated source images.

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