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March 8, 2018, 9:25 AM

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Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus review: great design, display, and speed, has headphone jack, but average battery life, gimmicks galore, and Bixby is a failure  —  The Galaxy S9 is all of the good and all of the bad we've come to expect from Samsung  —  Photography by Amelia Holowaty Krales; Video by Becca Farsace and Tom Connors
David Ruddock / Android Police:
Samsung Galaxy S9, S9 Plus review: variable aperture and 960FPS slow-motion video is nice, rear camera is good, especially in low light, but still not the best  —  When Samsung announced the Galaxy S9, “that's it?” wasn't exactly an uncommon refrain.  The Galaxy S9 is, frankly, kind of boring.
More: Engadget
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google releases Android P developer preview with support for iPhone X-style notch, updates to Quick Settings and notifications, and more  —  But don't install it on your main phone  —  As it has for the last couple years, Google is releasing a developer preview of the next version of Android in March.
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Android P preview: multi-camera API to better use dual cameras, Android Runtime speed boosts of up to 11% across popular apps, tightened API policies, more  —  Preview the next major version of Android with the Android P Developer Preview.  —  In what is quickly becoming an annual March tradition …
Alex Heath / Cheddar:
Sources: Snap plans layoffs to its engineering department, the largest layoffs to date; source says about 100 people, less than 10% of the unit, are affected  —  Snap Inc. is preparing its largest round of layoffs to date, Cheddar has learned.  —  The Snapchat-maker plans to announce …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Amazon updates Alexa to end random laughter, says laugh was triggered when Alexa mistakenly heard “Alexa, laugh”, will change phrase to “Alexa, can you laugh?”  —  Is Alexa laughing at you?  —  In the past few days, some users of Echo home speakers running Amazon …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
SEC issues strongly worded warning on unregulated cryptocurrency exchanges, saying “many” appear SEC-approved when they aren't; Bitcoin is down 8%+  —  Bitcoin falls 10 percent after regulators signal crackdown on exchanges.  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission issued …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Oculus releases software fix to revive Rift headsets that stopped working because of an expired certificate  —  Oculus Rift owners discovered that their headsets had stopped working yesterday, thanks to an expired certificate.  It appears Oculus forgot to renew its security certificate …
Stephen Nellis / Reuters:
Apple says it audited 756 suppliers for its annual Supplier Responsibility Report, finds 44 “core violations” of labor rules in 2017, double the previous year  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) said on Wednesday that it had found violations of its labor and environmental policies for suppliers …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft announces new AI platform for Windows 10 developers ahead of Build, including ability to import different learning models, available in Visual Studio  —  Microsoft is planning to include more artificial intelligence capabilities inside Windows 10 soon.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Eugene Kim / CNBC:
Filings show Amazon has committed to ~$22B in future food purchases, mostly from Whole Foods supplier United Natural Foods, until 2025  —  - Amazon is now on the hook for an additional $22 billion in future purchase obligations following the Whole Foods acquisition, filings show.
More: PYMNTS.com
Lisa Lee / Bloomberg:
Sources: Uber is seeking $1.25B for its second leveraged loan and has been approaching loan investors directly instead of going through banks  —  Uber Technologies Inc. is seeking $1.25 billion in its second foray in the U.S. leveraged loan market, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
More: Crunchbase News and TelegraphTweets: @shiraovide
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Google updates Duo with ability to leave 30-second video messages for users who miss or decline calls, rolling out to iOS and Android users this week  —  30-second ephemeral video messages  —  Duo, Google's take on Apple's FaceTime, is getting video messages today in an update.
David McCabe / Axios:
Senator Lindsey Graham says he wants to hold a hearing to question social media companies about how threats of gun violence spread online  —  Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) says he'd like to grill America's social media companies at a hearing about the way threats of gun violence, including against schools, spread online.
Tweets: @dmccabe

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