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March 8, 2018, 5:45 PM

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Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Galaxy S9 and S9+ review: great design, display, and speed, better fingerprint sensor placement, but average battery life, gimmicks galore, Bixby still sucks  —  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
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google says it is taking the lessons it has learned from AMP and is applying them to web standards that could allow instant loading for non-AMP web content  —  Can the most contentious piece of the web form the basis of a new standard?  —  In a blog post today, Google is announcing …
Maria Temming / Science News:
Study of 4.5M+ tweets from 2006 to 2017 confirms inaccurate news spreads faster and further than true stories, and humans, not bots, are primarily to blame  —  An analysis of 4.5 million tweets shows falsehoods are 70 percent more likely to get shared  —  There's been a lot of talk …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Netflix data shows that while only 25% of users sign up on TVs, most viewing, ~45% after one month and 70% after six months, happens on TVs  —  Most Netflix subscribers sign up on phones or computers.  But 70 percent of viewing happens on TVs.  —  You can watch Netflix in almost every country in the world, on any device you want.
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 …
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Uber's VP of Product, Daniel Graf, is leaving and will be replaced by Assaf Ronen, Amazon's VP of Voice Shopping  —  Assaf Ronen has been running the e-commerce giant's voice shopping efforts.  —  In another high-profile executive departure at Uber, product head Daniel Graf is leaving the company, according to sources.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
McAfee acquires Canada-based VPN provider TunnelBear, is likely to integrate it into its Safe Connect VPN service  —  McAfee announced that it has acquired Canada-based virtual private network (VPN) company TunnelBear.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Frank Chaparro / Business Insider:
Coinbase hires Eric Scro, previously head of finance at the NYSE, as its VP of Finance  —  - The New York Stock Exchange lost an executive to cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, according to a blog post by the company.  — Eric Scro is set to join the San Francisco-based company as vice president of finance.
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 …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Grab is close to acquiring certain markets of Uber's Southeast Asia business, may sign a deal this week or next; Uber will take ~15-20% stake in Grab  —  Grab, the dominant ride-hailing service in Southeast Asia, is close to finalizing a deal to acquire Uber Technologies Inc.'s business …
Alex Heath / Cheddar:
Snap confirms it has laid off just over 120 people in its engineering department, less than 10% of the unit, in its largest round of layoffs to date  —  Snap Inc. is preparing its largest round of layoffs to date, Cheddar has learned.  —  The Snapchat-maker plans to announce …
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 …
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