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February 14, 2017, 8:20 PM

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Facebook:
Facebook debuts video playback changes, including autoplaying with sound unless device is muted, picture-in-picture video, and rollout of vertical video format  —  People are watching and sharing more video on Facebook than ever, and we're focused on continuously improving the video experience.
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Facebook announces free app for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Samsung Smart TV, launching “soon”  —  The new app will let users kick back and watch Facebook videos from the couch.  —  Facebook is coming to your television.  —  The social network on Tuesday announced a new app …
Dustin Volz / Reuters:
Microsoft President Brad Smith calls for a “Digital Geneva Convention” between nation states to prevent hacking and cybercrime  —  Microsoft President Brad Smith on Tuesday pressed the world's governments to form an international body to protect against nation-state hacking …
Paul Thurrott / Thurrott.com:
Microsoft brings its $50/year Office.com subscription option out of preview for US users, available for $20/year until March 31, with ad free inbox, more  —  There's no announcement from Microsoft, but Outlook.com Premium has shed its Preview tag, meaning it is now generally available.  The bad news?
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google launches Cloud Spanner in beta, a globally distributed relational database service that the company's used internally for years, promises 99.9999% uptime  —  Google today announced the beta launch of Cloud Spanner, a new globally distributed database service for mission-critical applications.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple's Eddy Cue says “Planet of the Apps” reality show will premiere this spring exclusively on Apple Music and will have its own dedicated app  —  At the Code Media conference this evening, Apple's Eddy Cue sat down alongside Ben Silverman for an interview.
Eugene Kim / Business Insider:
Filing: Amazon reported sales of ~$6.4B for retail subscription services, which includes Prime, in 2016, up 43% YoY  —  Amazon has finally shared more financial details around its Prime user base, giving a clue to just how popular its membership service really is.
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Nest adds automatic door activity detection and animated push notifications for Aware subscribers, adding to 24/7 video recording, more  —  Nest has updated its mobile app with additional features designed specifically for subscribers of its Aware program.  On Monday, the Google-owned company announced …
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Google cancels PewDiePie's original series following Nazi controversy, removes him from the Google Preferred advertising program  —  PewDiePie also lost his preferred advertising status  —  YouTube's biggest star, PewDiePie, has always flirted with controversy.
Yvonne Villarreal / Los Angeles Times:
YouTube Kids to launch original programming, with the first four shows beginning rollout in April  —  Mariangeli Collado, from left, Jenna Simmons, Tatiana McQuay, McKenzie Mack and Lexi Drew are the stars of YouTube Red's new family series “Hyperlinked.”  The girls, who perform in the group L2M …
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
T-Mobile adds HD video and 10GB of high-speed tethering to its “unlimited” plan in response to Verizon's new plan  —  HD video and 10GB of high-speed tethering starting Friday  —  It's been only a day since Verizon resurrected its unlimited data plan, and the company's competitors …
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