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February 14, 2017, 10:15 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 …
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.
Paul Thurrott / Thurrott.com:
Microsoft brings its $50/year Outlook.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?
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.
New York Times:
SEC filing shows Berkshire Hathaway nearly quadrupled investment in Apple last quarter to $7.7B, up from $2B in previous quarter  —  OMAHA, Neb. — Warren Buffett's company nearly quadrupled its investment in Apple to over 57 million shares during the last three months of last year.
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 …
Reuters:
T-Mobile US reports Q4 revenue of $10.18B, up 23.4% YoY, vs $9.84B expected, as it adds 933K postpaid subs for the quarter  —  T-Mobile US Inc, the No.3 U.S. wireless carrier, reported quarterly profit and revenue above estimates as promotional offers helped add more subscribers.
Chris Welch / The Verge:

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