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February 26, 2017, 8:10 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.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
What to expect at MWC 2017: LG G6, Huawei P10, Huawei Watch 2, Blackberry “Mercury”, Moto G5 & G5 Plus, Nokia phones, Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, and a Sony flagship  —  So many new phones  —  It's time for the annual trip to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress 2017.
Matt Humrick / AnandTech:
LG G6: metal body, thin bezels, 5.7" 2880x1440 display, 18:9 aspect ratio, Snapdragon 821, 4GB RAM, dual 13MP rear cameras, 5MP front cam, IP68, 3300mAh battery  —  Today in Barcelona, LG officially unveiled the G6, the next installment of the venerable G-series that's now classified as a lower-end flagship below LG's V-series.
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,” …
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 …
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.

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