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January 24, 2017, 1:25 PM

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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.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft counters Chromebooks in schools with new “Intune for Education” device and app management service, and low-cost PCs starting at $189  —  Google has made major inroads in U.S. schools in recent years, and not just with its search engine.
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 …
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.
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
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft names Kevin Scott, LinkedIn infrastructure chief, as Microsoft CTO  —  Kevin Scott, the head of infrastructure for LinkedIn, is now Microsoft's Chief Technology Officer and a member of its inner circle of management leaders.  —  Kevin Scott, the Senior Vice President of Infrastructure …

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