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January 24, 2017, 11:35 AM

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Aurash Mahbod / Android Developers Blog:
Android Instant Apps starts initial live testing, with apps from BuzzFeed, Wish, Periscope, others  —  Posted by Aurash Mahbod, Software Engineer, Google Play  —  Android Instant Apps was previewed at Google I/O last year as a new way to run Android apps without requiring installation.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Image leaks of LG's G6 smartphone with rounded display corners, slated to be launched February 26th; source says the phone will have a headphone jack  —  Mobile World Congress will be missing its usual Samsung flagship star in Barcelona next month, but there's another Korean company ready to fill the void.
Ben Sin / Forbes:
Sources: Samsung is hoarding Qualcomm's supply of Snapdragon 835 for Galaxy S8, forcing rivals like LG and HTC to use older Snapdragon 821 processor  —  A couple days ago I wrote a piece about the HTC U Ultra, wondering why HTC would release a Snapdragon 821 phone in 2017 when the rumor …
Hyunjoo Jin / Reuters:
Samsung reports revenue of $45.8B in Q4 with profits growing 50% YoY to $7.93B, the highest in three years; profit from chips business grew 77% YoY to $4.25B  —  Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) on Tuesday said it expects profit growth in 2017 despite challenges arising from political uncertainty …
Josh Ye / South China Morning Post:
China tightens Great Firewall, declaring Chinese VPN services need prior government approval; large VPN-provider Vypr says it's “working on ways around this”  —  Move means all cable and VPN services need prior government approval and comes as Beijing steps up censorship before power-reshuffle party congress
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
President Trump designates net neutrality opponent Ajit Pai as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission  —  Donald Trump has elevated Ajit Pai to chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, giving control over the agency to a reliable conservative who's been opposed to pretty …
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Tumblr now lets you add stickers and filters to photos and GIFs in its mobile app  —  Tumblr is launching new creative tools for users to personalize their photos and animated GIFs.  Starting today, the Yahoo-owned company is rolling out support for stickers and color filters in its iOS and Android apps …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Samsung is sticking with the Note branding for Note7's successor, despite the ongoing negative publicity from battery explosions  —  Despite the enormous baggage that comes with the Note name, Samsung believes loyal customers will flock back to a new Note.  —  Josh Miller

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