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February 26, 2017, 12:20 PM

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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.
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.
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.
Jimmy Westenberg / Android Authority:
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.
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.
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 …
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Misconfigured backup drive at New York's 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.
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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