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February 15, 2017, 10:45 AM

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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 …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Security researchers uncover new macOS malware Xagent, a modular backdoor from the Russian group APT28 that's been linked to last year's DNC hacks  —  Xagent for Macs steals passwords, grabs screenshots, and exfiltrates iPhone backups.  —  APT28, the Russian hacking group tied …
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.
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
SoftBank to acquire Fortress Investment Group for $3.3B; Fortress has holdings in Lyft, Xapo, Jawbone and other tech companies  —  Japan's SoftBank has made another acquisition to widen both its business strategy and its portfolio of investments.  Today the company announced it would pay $3.3 billion …
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.
Paul Thurrott / Thurrott.com:
Microsoft takes Outlook.com Premium out of preview for US users, available for $20/year until March 31 then $50/year, with ad-free inbox, custom domains, more  —  There's no announcement from Microsoft, but Outlook.com Premium has shed its Preview tag, meaning it is now generally available.

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