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Brad Linder / Liliputing: Sony debuts Xperia Touch projector, an Android-powered computer that turns any surface into a touchscreen, coming to select countries in spring for €1499  —  I can't decide if the Sony Xperia Touch represents an exciting new product category in the personal computing space, of if it's just an overpriced novelty.

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Mehedi Hassan / MSPoweruser: Windows 10 Creators Update will include a feature, disabled by default, that prevents apps that are not from the Windows Store from installing  —  With the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft is adding a brand new feature to Windows that will help prevent installation of bloatware in Windows 10.

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica: Google discloses “high-severity” type-confusion bug in IE 11 and Edge after privately reporting the flaw to Microsoft on November 25, 2016; no patch available  —  String of unpatched security flaws comes after February Patch Tuesday was canceled.

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Jillian Stampher / GeekWire: The owner of an aerial photography firm, who operated a drone that crashed and knocked out a woman, found guilty of reckless endangerment, sentenced to 30 days  —  A Seattle man was sentenced to 30 days in jail on Friday after a drone he was operating injured two people during the city's 2015 Pride Parade.

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Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal: YouTube viewers worldwide watch more than 1B hours of video a day, a 10-fold increase since 2012, threatening to eclipse US TV viewership  —  Google unit posts 10-fold increase in viewership since 2012, boosted by algorithms personalizing user lineups  —  YouTube viewers world-wide …

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Kara Swisher / Recode: Uber's SVP of engineering Amit Singhal is out after not disclosing to the company that he had previously left Google amid a sexual harassment allegation  —  Amit Singhal, a highly regarded engineer in Silicon Valley, denied the claims after top execs at the search giant presented them to him.

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Casey Newton / The Verge: Mozilla buys Pocket, its first acquisition, and says the read-it-later service will continue operating as an independent subsidiary  —  From browser extension to acquisition  —  Mozilla has acquired Pocket, a kind of DVR for the internet, for an undisclosed sum.

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says the AT&T/Time Warner deal won't be presented to the FCC for review, meaning it would only require approval of Justice Department  —  So... it's probably gonna go through  —  FCC chairman Ajit Pai said today that he doesn't expect the commission to review …

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Elizabeth Gurdus / CNBC: Before Apple earnings in January, Berkshire Hathaway more than doubled its Apple stock holdings to ~$17B or about 2.5% of outstanding Apple shares, says Buffett  —  Buffett: Bought a big chuck of Apple  —  Berkshire Hathaway chiefWarren Buffett said Monday he doesn't personally own an iPhone …

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Politico: Trump's advisers and career civil servants spawn encryption boom in Washington DC, as they try to conceal communications with employees and press  —  Both career employees and White House aides have taken steps to conceal their communications with colleagues or the news media.

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Kyle Hill: HomeHero, which raised $23M, exits home care industry, blames regulatory changes in part, and raises questions about viability of venture-backed home care  —  HomeHero hangs up its cape, says goodbye (for now...)  —  In September, 2016 my family held funeral proceedings in Los Angeles …

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Johana Bhuiyan / Recode: Meet Bernard Coleman III, Uber's diversity officer since January; sources say he's fast tracking the company's first diversity report after recent scandal  —  The new diversity officer at the car-hailing phenom is working to quickly get out a new diversity report.

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Todd Spangler / Variety: Comcast to launch YouTube app on its Xfinity X1 set-top platform later this year; terms of the deal with Google are not being released  —  Cable operator inks distribution deal with Google-owned video platform  —  Comcast plans to launch a YouTube video app on the Xfinity X1 set-top platform …

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Rich McCormick / The Verge: Twitch will start selling games worldwide this spring, give 5% of the sale to streamers and 70% to the game creator  —  It already dominates video game streaming, but Twitch is now getting into a new market: video game selling.  The company will start selling games and in-game content through …

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Bloomberg: China's central bank is developing its own blockchain-based cyptocurrency, has tested prototypes after assembling a research team in 2014  —  PBOC cryptocurrency could give unprecedented read on consumers  —  Payment platforms like Alipay, WeChat set to face competition  —  China's central bank is going digital.

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Jon Fingas / Engadget: Lenovo launches Tab 4, Tab 4 Plus series of Android tablets in 8- and 10-inch editions, starting at $109 and $199, and a $199 10-inch Miix 320 Windows 2-in-1  —  If it wasn't already clear that Lenovo is trying to cover every conceivable tablet niche, it is now.

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Lenovo launches new Yoga 720 laptops with fingerprint readers, 13-inch starting at $860, 15-inch at $1100, with up to 16GB RAM, 4K display, and stylus support  —  Lenovo is unveiling its latest Yoga laptops at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week.  Unlike the series 900 Yoga laptops …

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Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica: Xperia XZ Premium hands on: a powerhouse with Snapdragon 835, 64GB storage, 3230mAh battery, 5.5-inch 4K LCD screen, and 960 FPS ultrafast camera  —  All the pixels, top-of-the-line SoC, and camera that can shoot almost 1000 FPS.  —  BARCELONA, Spain—Mobile World Congress is well underway …

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Matt Humrick / AnandTech: Sony launches Xperia XZ Premium and Xperia XZs phones with 4GB RAM, 19MP camera, and IP68 dust and water resistance rating  —  Sony announced today at MWC 2017 that it's bringing two new premium phones to the US market: the Xperia XZ Premium and Xperia XZs.

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Taylor Soper / GeekWire: Amazon Studios wins its first-ever Oscars with best foreign language film for “The Salesman” and best original screenplay for “Manchester by the Sea”  —  Amazon Studios won its first-ever Academy Awards on Sunday night, taking home three Oscar statues …

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Eliana Johnson / Politico: A look at Peter Thiel's deep involvement with the Trump transition, with associates from Thiel's firms helping staff agencies and a close aide appointed to NSC  —  Billionaire iconoclast Peter Thiel's fingerprints are all over the administration.  —  In early December, the name of a candidate …

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Agam Shah / PCWorld: Lenovo will integrate Amazon Alexa into a variety of Motorola devices including smartphones, starting with an Alexa “Mod” for the Moto Z  —  Lenovo and Amazon are partnering to integrate Alexa into Moto smartphones, and the first product will be an Alexa “Mod” attachment for the Moto Z smartphone

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Brian Sullivan / CNBC: Source: SoftBank is close to finalizing a deal to invest more than $3B in WeWork, putting the startup's valuation above $20B if deal closes  —  SoftBank is close to finalizing an investment in WeWork, a source close to the transaction tells CNBC.  The deal is expected to be worth over $3 billion.

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Nick Wingfield / New York Times: Sony has sold 915K PlayStation VR headsets as of February 19, four months after it went on sale, according to Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Andrew House  —  SAN MATEO, Calif. — There are plenty of people who are skeptical about virtual reality, a technology some have heralded …

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David Pierce / Wired: HMD announces €189 5.2" Nokia 5, €139 5" Nokia 3, global availability of €229 Nokia 6, and Nokia 3310 feature phone with touchscreen for €49; phones ship in Q2  —  Before there was iPhone, there was 3310.  After its launch in 2000, Nokia sold more than 125 million models …

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