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February 9, 2017, 2:55 AM

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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.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with a picture-in-picture feature called Compact Overlay, new share icon, Dynamic Lock, more  —  Timed perfectly with Windows Developer Day, Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview for PCs with a Compact Overlay mode, Dynamic Lock, and improved full-screen Game Bar support.
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.
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.
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.’
Kif Leswing / Business Insider:
Sources: Magic Leap's consumer prototype is in “good shape” ahead of board meeting, but January demos used vaporware; as timeline slips, SDK expected in 2017  —  The future of Magic Leap, a quickly expanding startup valued at $4.5 billion that's developing a futuristic pair of computer glasses …

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