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February 28, 2017, 8:55 AM

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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Mozilla buys Pocket, its first acquisition, and says the read-it-later service will continue operating as an independent subsidiary  —  From browser extension to acquisition  —  Mozilla has acquired Pocket, a kind of DVR for the internet, for an undisclosed sum.
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Uber's SVP of engineering Amit Singhal is out after not disclosing to the company that he had left Google amid a dispute over sexual harassment allegation  —  Amit Singhal, a highly regarded engineer in Silicon Valley, denied the claims after top execs at the search giant presented them to him.
Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:
YouTube viewers worldwide watch more than 1B hours of video a day, a 10-fold increase since 2012, threatening to eclipse US TV viewership  —  Google unit posts 10-fold increase in viewership since 2012, boosted by algorithms personalizing user lineups  —  YouTube viewers world-wide …
Takashi Mochizuki / Wall Street Journal:
Matt Brian / Engadget:
New $10 Raspberry Pi Zero W comes with 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0  —  Although major Raspberry Pi announcements are very few and far between, you know that when there is one, it's worth paying attention.  Take for example the Raspberry Pi Zero — the $5 (£4) board that apparently came …
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.
Mehedi Hassan / MSPoweruser:
Windows 10 Creators Update will include a feature, disabled by default, that prevents apps that are not from the Windows Store from installing  —  With the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft is adding a brand new feature to Windows that will help prevent installation of bloatware in Windows 10.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says the AT&T/Time Warner deal won't be presented to the FCC for review, meaning it would only require approval of Justice Department  —  So... it's probably gonna go through  —  FCC chairman Ajit Pai said today that he doesn't expect the commission to review …
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 …
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:
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.

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