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February 8, 2017, 2:20 PM

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Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Android Wear 2.0 review: new capabilities, such as Android Pay and installing apps locally, make devices more useful, 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.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Pinterest debuts Lens in beta, a search tool which identifies real-world objects and suggests related products  —  New, more visual search  —  Pinterest today introduced Lens, a new visual search tool that uses machine vision to detect objects in the real world and suggest related items on the service.
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
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 …
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
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.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft debuts Azure IP Advantage, a new program to provide customers with access to 10K Microsoft patents to help fight “baseless patent lawsuits”  —  Microsoft's new Azure IP Advantage program is providing Microsoft cloud users with access to 10,000 Microsoft patents to help them fight ‘baseless patent lawsuits.’
Alex Heath / Business Insider:
Facebook is closing around 200 of its 500 Oculus VR pop-ups in Best Buys after a steep decline in consumer demos after Christmas  —  Facebook is closing around 200 of its 500 Oculus virtual reality demo stations at Best Buy locations across the US, Business Insider has learned.
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

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