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February 10, 2017, 11:20 PM

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Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat:
Valve will launch Steam Direct for game submissions to Steam store for a fixed fee per title, close Greenlight program that relied on user votes  —  Valve wants to take itself out of the equation when it comes to the Steam PC gaming marketplace, and that means it is ending the Steam Greenlight program …
Jeffrey Matulef / Eurogamer.net:
Gabe Newell says Valve is working on 3 “full” VR games and is inspired by Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto to design hardware at same time as software  —  “It feels like we've been stuck with mouse and keyboard for a reeeaaally long time.”  —  Valve is in the process of developing three VR games.
Johana Bhuiyan / Recode:
Ford says it will invest $1B into Argo AI over 5 years and take a majority stake in the startup; Argo AI will work on autonomous driving tech for Ford's cars  —  The automaker will take a majority stake in Argo AI, founded by two top engineers from Google and Uber.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
KGI: all three 2017 iPhones will have wireless charging, and OLED model will need additional graphite sheathing to prevent the overheating of 3D Touch sensor  —  Apple is widely rumored to launch three new iPhones this year, and KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo now claims that all of them will feature wireless charging.
Kif Leswing / Business Insider:
Image of Magic Leap's prototype from January leaks, revealing a bulky backpack containing a visible circuit board with a large heat sink  —  Magic Leap, the $4.5 billion startup backed by Google building technology that “augments” human vision with digital imagery, is scrambling to finish …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Prince's Warner Music catalog returning Sunday to subscription-streaming services, including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Napster, and iHeartRadio  —  Songs of late music legend Prince will again be available on multiple streaming-music services on Sunday, in releases timed for the 59th Grammy Awards.
Valentina Palladino / Ars Technica:
Samsung Chromebook Pro review: solid design, good performance and battery life, but Chrome OS and Android integration isn't perfect yet  —  Review: Chrome/Android integration is on the right track.  —  The market is about to be flooded with a new wave of Chromebooks, all focused on Android apps.
Alan F. / PhoneArena:
WhatsApp starts rolling out two-step verification for all iOS, Android, and Windows users  —  Messaging app WhatsApp announced today that it has started rolling out two-step verification for its iOS, Android and Windows users.  It is up to the user of each device to enable the app to use this new feature …
Lauren Goode / The Verge:
Amazon releases an OTA software update for Amazon Tap with support for hands-free mode, letting users activate Alexa without a button press  —  Alexa, without having to push a button  —  Guess they'll have to re-think the name “Tap.”  Amazon today rolled out an over-the-air software update …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Samsung Galaxy S8 to be unveiled late next month in New York, with a curved-screen, an AI assistant called Bixby, and in two sizes  —  The South Korean tech company is hoping that a streamlined design and a new virtual assistant for its next flagship smartphone will help consumers forget last year's massive recall.

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