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February 14, 2017, 3:10 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 …
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.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
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.
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 …
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 …
Blair Hanley Frank / PCWorld:
Amazon launches Chime, a video teleconferencing service for Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android, available for businesses in three pricing tiers  —  Companies looking for a new video- and teleconferencing system have a fresh face to turn to in the market: Amazon Web Services.
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 …
Reuters:
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
IBM integrates Watson into its security operations platform  —  IBM's Watson has ingested more than 1 million security documents and been tested by about 40 customers in a bid to make the cognitive technology a sidekick to cybersecurity analysts.  —  IBM said Watson will be at the core …
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 …
Brett Williams / Mashable:
Dubai to introduce EHang autonomous one-person taxi drones by July 2017; drone can fly about 31 miles on a single charge and has a top speed of about 100 mph  —  If you make it to Dubai this summer, you might have the chance to catch a brand new type of self-driving vehicle.  One that flies.

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Microsoft:
Testing a datacenter under the sea  —  Envisioned to be resilient and self-sustainable, Project Natick enters a new research phase off the Scottish coast.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
It's go time for Go Zoho!  —  It's not often that you hear of a tech company taking a vintage Airstream trailer on the road to help users in their own neighborhood.  Then again, Zoho's no ordinary tech company.

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