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February 8, 2017, 12:10 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
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 …
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.
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Square launches dedicated point-of-sale app and service for retail merchants in US, for $60 per month per register  —  Square has always wanted to be a part of the success of small businesses, but as a growing public company, it needs to develop products that will cater to bigger clients.
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Matthew Hughes / The Next Web:
Blackberry launches BBM Enterprise SDK to let developers integrate the secure communications features of BlackBerry Messenger into their own apps  —  Enterprises - particularly those in the healthcare and defense sectors - have the same need for real-time communications as any other company …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Carl Bass, CEO of Autodesk since 2006, resigns effective immediately but will remain on company board  —  Design-focused software firm Autodesk has announced that CEO and president Carl Bass is stepping down effective tomorrow (February 8).  —  No immediate replacement has been appointed …

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