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March 8, 2018, 12:25 PM

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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
Nick Statt / The Verge:
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 …
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 …
Dan Primack / Axios:
Sources: Fantasy sports site FanDuel in talks to go public, likely through a reverse merger with Platinum Eagle Acquisition Corp.  —  FanDuel is in advanced talks to go public, but not via an IPO.  —  The plan: Multiple sources tell Axios that the fantasy sports site is likely to participate …
StarWars.com:
Iron Man director Jon Favreau to write and produce a live-action Star Wars series for Disney's new streaming service  —  The director of Iron Man and The Jungle Book will helm the series for Disney's new direct-to-consumer platform.  —  Lucasfilm is excited to announce that Emmy-nominated producer …
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Android P preview: multi-camera API for dual cameras, runtime speed improvements, tightened API policies, idle apps can't access sensors such as camera and mic  —  Preview the next major version of Android with the Android P Developer Preview.  —  In what is quickly becoming an annual March tradition …
Dieter Bohn / 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.
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.
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft confirms Windows 10 S will no longer be a dedicated operating system and will become a “mode” of Windows 10 in 2019  —  Windows 10 S will no longer be a dedicated version next year  —  Microsoft says its plans to move Windows 10 S from a dedicated operating system to a special …
Tom Warren / The Verge:

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