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February 26, 2018, 12:15 PM

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Robert Hackett / Fortune:
Cryptocurrency-focused financial-services firm Circle acquires crypto exchange Poloniex, source says for ~$400M  —  Circle, a cryptocurrency-focused financial-services firm, will announce today that it is buying crypto exchange Poloniex—a move that immediately makes Circle one of the largest …
Chris Velazco / Engadget:
Sony announces 5.7" Xperia XZ2 and 5" XZ2 Compact with 18:9 aspect ratio, Snapdragon 845, 19MP camera, on sale next month in UK for £699 and £549 respectively  —  Sony has longed to find lasting success in the smartphone market, but none of the devices it released in the past few years have done the job.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Troy Hunt releases new Pwned Passwords API to securely check your login data against a database of 500M+ leaked passwords; 1Password among first to use the API  —  A new system that securely checks whether your passwords have been made public in known data breaches has been integrated into the widely used password manager, 1Password.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
YouTube Live gets automatic English captions, live chat replays, and location tagging  —  YouTube today announced a trio of new features for its YouTube Live streaming service.  —  Arguably the most interesting of the new features is automatic captions.  YouTube has offered captioning functionality since 2006.
Cho Mu-Hyun / ZDNet:
SK Telecom buys a majority stake in Switzerland-based quantum-safe crypto firm ID Quantique for $65M  —  The South Korean telco has acquired quantum-safe solutions provider ID Quantique (IDQ) which will ensure security in the coming 5G era, the company said.
Lulu Yilun Chen / Bloomberg:
Sources: Alibaba to buy out Baidu and other investors in food-delivery service Ele.me, making it the biggest player in China's online food delivery market  —  Alibaba is said to want Ele.me's last-mile delivery network  —  Ele.me had acquired Baidu's food delivery business in August
The Khronos Group:
Khronos Group is bringing Vulkan API specification, the successor of OpenGL, to macOS and iOS in collaboration with Valve, LunarG, and The Brenwill Workshop  —  Valve, LunarG, and The Brenwill Workshop join forces with Khronos to release open source SDKs and runtime libraries …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ preorders start March 2 for $720/$840 from Samsung and T-Mobile, $790/$915 from AT&T, $800/$930 from Verizon, and $792/$912 on Sprint  —  Samsung just announced the Galaxy S9, and now we're getting details on how much retailers and wireless carriers are going to charge for it.
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