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Alex Dobie / Android Central: Samsung sends out invites for Unpacked event on March 29 at 11AM ET in New York, expected to launch Galaxy S8  —  New flagship breaks cover in just over a month.  —  Samsung's 2017 flagship phones are about to move beyond mere rumor and speculation — Samsung is teasing the arrival …

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Sophie Charara / Wareable: Samsung announces new Gear VR headset with 101-degree field-of-view, comes with controller that supports touch and motion  —  MWC 2017: Take that Daydream  —  Anything Daydream can do, Samsung can do clickier.  Its mobile Gear VR headset now has a touchpad controller.

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Cherlynn Low / Engadget: Hands-on with Samsung's Galaxy Book hybrids: Windows 10, Intel i5 Kaby Lake CPU, 10" and 12" screen sizes, LTE, detachable keyboard, standalone S Pen  —  Samsung may not be ready to unveil the Galaxy S8 smartphone just yet, but it still has fancy new hardware for us here at MWC.

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Chris Davies / SlashGear: Samsung's Galaxy Tab S3 has a HDR-capable display, four speakers that adjust to orientation, stand-alone S Pen, Snapdragon 820, glass back, optional keyboard  —  Does anybody care as much about Android tablets these days as Samsung does?  With the tablet segment in the doldrums and little …

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Daniel Bader / Android Central: Hands-on with Lenovo's 5" €199 Moto G5 and 5.2" $229 Moto G5 Plus  —  The Moto G line gets another solid update, but a few confounding choices keep it from perfection.  —  There is no doubt as to whether the Moto G5 and its larger, more powerful sibling, the Moto G5 Plus …

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Tom Warren / The Verge: HMD launches €189 5.2" Nokia 5 and €139 5" Nokia 3, announces global availability of €229 Nokia 6; all models available in Q2 2017  —  Nokia's phones are making a comeback.  HMD Global, the Finnish company that licensed the rights to produce Nokia phones …

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Anthony Karcz / Forbes: Nokia to kill Withings brand and relaunch fitness devices under Nokia name this summer, will also overhaul Health Mate app and launch Patient Care Platform  —  Announced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) today, Withings, maker of an entire ecosystem of health tracking products …

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Jimmy Westenberg / Android Authority: Huawei debuts €329 Watch 2, €379 Watch 2 with 4G, €399 Watch 2 Classic; all models have Android Wear 2, NFC, GPS, IP68 water resistance, 1.2" screen, 45mm case  —  The original Huawei Watch is perhaps one of the most popular Android Wear devices to ever exist.

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Vlad Savov / The Verge: Huawei unveils €649 P10 with 5.1" display and 3200mAh battery, €699 P10 Plus with 5.5" display and 3750mAh battery; both have dual 20MP/12MP cameras  —  The Huawei P9 was one of my favorite phones of 2016, combining rock-solid build quality with a minimalist design and a very attractive price.

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Sam Byford / The Verge: LG G6 hands-on: sleek design, easy one-handed use, but no Snapdragon 835, loses removable battery for water resistance, and many apps are buggy on 18:9 screen  —  Cutting corners in the best way possible  —  With the G6, announced today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, LG is changing its own definition of “flagship” phone.

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Matt Humrick / AnandTech: LG G6: metal body, thin bezels, 5.7" 2880x1440 display, 18:9 aspect ratio, Snapdragon 821, 4GB RAM, dual 13MP rear cameras, 5MP front cam, IP68, 3300mAh battery  —  Today in Barcelona, LG officially unveiled the G6, the next installment of the venerable G-series that's now classified as a lower-end flagship below LG's V-series.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Google Assistant begins rolling out to non-Google devices running Android Nougat and Marshmallow, starting in the US  —  Google continues its march to expand its place in the mobile ecosystem, anchored by the fact that its Android OS is by far the most ubiquitous smartphone platform in the world.

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David Ruddock / Android Police: LG announces the G6: 5.7" 18:9 screen, Snapdragon 821, Android 7.1, and dual-13MP cameras  —  LG announced the G6 in Barcelona at MWC 2017 today, confirming the heavily leaked handset's existence.  Specifications are largely as expected, but LG has not announced specific pricing or availability information today.

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Steven Levy / Backchannel: Inside Facebook's Applied Machine Learning Group and how AI became an integral part of company's strategy for the future  —  When asked to head Facebook's Applied Machine Learning group—to supercharge the world's biggest social network with an AI makeover—Joaquin Quiñonero Candela hesitated.

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Nathaniel Popper / New York Times: Startups that once aimed to disrupt big banks in the US are now working with the banks and building services on top of existing financial infrastructure  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In 2011, Brett King was promoting his book, “Breaking Banks,” and creating a start-up that he hoped would do to the banks …

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George Dvorsky / Gizmodo: Study finds Wikipedia bots often undo each other's edits, engage in years-long editing wars  —  Revision wars on Wikipedia amongst human editors is an all-too-common occurrence, but new research from the UK shows that similar online battles are being waged between the site's software robots.

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Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed: YouTube has attracted little scrutiny for hosting and rewarding creators of fake news, conspiracy theories, and hate speech  —  David Seaman is the Pizzagate King of the Internet.  —  On Twitter, Seaman posts dozens of messages a day to his 66,000 followers, often about the secret cabal …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: EFF: Half of web traffic is now encrypted  —  Half of the web's traffic is now encrypted, according to a new report from the EFF released this week.  The rights organization noted the milestone was attributable to a number of efforts, including recent moves from major tech companies to implement HTTPS on their own properties.

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Zack Whittaker / ZDNet: Misconfigured backup drive at Stewart International Airport exposed highly sensitive data to the public internet for almost a year  —  Exclusive: The files included gigabytes of emails, sensitive government files, and a password list, which researchers say could give hackers ‘full access’ to the airport's systems.

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Ken Yeung / VentureBeat: Twitter opens up Periscope Producer to all users; the service lets broadcasters incorporate live video from sources other than their mobile device  —  After four months of being slowly released, Twitter announced that its Periscope Producer service is now available to everyone …

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Meng Jing / South China Morning Post: Baidu reports 2.6% sales dip, its second straight quarterly decline, says “revenue impact” of 2016 medical advertising scandal is “largely behind” it  —  Online search operator's sales dipped 2.6 per cent to 18.21 billion yuan (US$2.65 billion) in the fourth quarter

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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai plans to halt rule that would require ISPs to protect the security of their customers' personal information  —  FCC chair plans to halt security rule and set up vote to kill privacy regime.  —  The Federal Communications Commission plans to halt implementation …

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Ben Schoon / 9to5Google: TCL debuts $549 BlackBerry KeyOne with hardware keyboard, Snapdragon 625, 4.5-inch 1620x1080 display, and Android 7.1; phone ships “as early as” April  —  BlackBerry's “hail mary” just went official, the BlackBerry “KeyOne.”  Previously referred to as the “Mercury,” …

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Ben Lang / Road to VR: Bigscreen, an app that enables people to use their computer desktops in VR while communicating in a shared virtual space, raises $3M led by a16z  —  Bigscreen Inc, the company behind the social VR desktop app, Bigscreen, last year told us they'd raised a seed round from “Tier 1” VC firms.

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Sebastian Anthony / Ars Technica UK: International Telecommunication Union announces 5G specs: 20Gbps download, 1ms latency, support for up to 1M devices per square kilometer  —  The total download capacity for a single 5G cell must be at least 20Gbps, the International Telcommunication Union (ITU) has decided.

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