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February 26, 2017, 8:30 AM

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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.
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:
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.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai plans to halt rule that would require ISPs to protect the security of their customers' personal information  —  FCC chair plans to halt security rule and set up vote to kill privacy regime.  —  The Federal Communications Commission plans to halt implementation …
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
TCL debuts $549 BlackBerry KeyOne with hardware keyboard, Snapdragon 625, 4.5-inch 1620x1080 display, and Android 7.1; phone ships “as early as” April  —  BlackBerry's “hail mary” just went official, the BlackBerry “KeyOne.”  Previously referred to as the “Mercury,” …
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 …
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:
Google is shutting down Spaces, its experimental group messaging app, on April 17, will make app read-only on March 3  —  After nine months of existence, Google is throwing in the towel on group messaging app Spaces.  It's going read-only on March 3rd and will be completely offline on April 17th.
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.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Cloudflare fixes bug active since September 2016 that leaked private user info, says search engine caches have now been cleared of sensitive information  —  Service used by 5.5 million websites may have leaked passwords and authentication tokens.  —  Cloudflare, a service that helps optimize …

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