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March 8, 2018, 3:15 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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Wall Street Journal:
Analysis shows that IRA-backed trolls flooded social media to oppose Romney as a possible secretary of state, following claims that Russia was opposed to him  —  Online campaign targeted the ex-GOP nominee as Donald Trump considered him in late 2016  —  Weeks after Donald Trump was elected president …
More: The Hill
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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