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February 27, 2017, 11:00 AM

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Matt Humrick / AnandTech:
Sony debuts Xperia XZ Premium and Xperia XZs phones with 4GB RAM, 19MP camera, and IP68 rating; 64GB XZs on sale April 5 for $699, XZ Premium's price TBD  —  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.
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.
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 …
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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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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Kurt Schlosser / 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 …
Sophie Charara / Wareable:
Samsung announces new Gear VR headset with 101-degree field-of-view, which comes with a 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.
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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