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February 26, 2018, 8:30 AM

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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.
Matthew Reynolds / WIRED UK:
Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact hands-on: nice redesign, but wireless charging and other features only bring it up to parity with flagship phones from last year  —  The XZ2 and XZ2 make some much-needed improvements over their predecessors but still feel like they hail from an earlier era of smartphones
Ryne Hager / Android Police:
Samsung debuts 6.2" Galaxy S9+ and 5.8" S9 with f/1.5 and f/2.4 dual aperture, dual cameras on S9+, AR Emoji, Snapdragon 845, stereo speakers; ships March 16  —  The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ fuel new discoveries with Super Slow-mo video, best-in-class low light camera and AR Emoji for a more personalized way to express yourself
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
S9 and S9+ hands-on: same look and feel as S8, fingerprint reader placement is a welcome improvement, AR Emoji not as precise as Animoji, Bixby button lives on  —  The Galaxy S9 will feel very familiar to S8 owners  —  Last year, Samsung walked out of the ashes of the Note 7 debacle …
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.
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.
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
HMD unveils the Nokia 8110, a €79 phone coming in May that has a sleek yet classic design, supports HTML5 apps, and runs on KaiOS, a fork of old Firefox OS  —  The year is 1999.  Computer programmer Thomas Anderson sits at his cubicle, contemplating the latest dressing down from his boss.
Scott Scrivens / Android Police:
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Hands-on with Huawei's €1,499 13.9" MateBook X Pro: solid design, very thin bezels, but pop-up camera placement inside the keyboard feels impractical  —  The webcam is built into the keyboard  —  Huawei isn't bringing a new flagship phone to Mobile World Congress this year …
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 …
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