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February 27, 2017, 1:45 PM

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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.
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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Lenovo launches new Yoga 720 laptops with fingerprint readers, up to 16GB RAM, 4K displays, and stylus support; 13-inch model starts at $860, 15-inch at $1,100  —  Lenovo is unveiling its latest Yoga laptops at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week.  Unlike the series 900 Yoga laptops …
Matt Humrick / AnandTech:
Sony debuts Xperia XZ Premium and Xperia XZs phones with 4GB RAM, 19MP cameras, and IP68 ratings; 64GB XZs on sale April 5 for $699; XZ Premium's price is 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.
Rich McCormick / The Verge:
Twitch will start selling games worldwide this spring; partnered streamers get 5% of each sale originating on their channel while game creators get 70%  —  It already dominates video game streaming, but Twitch is now getting into a new market: video game selling.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …

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