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February 24, 2019, 12:30 PM

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Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Among foldables unveiled in 2019, Huawei's Mate X feels the most complete compared to Royole FlexPai or Galaxy Fold, but questions about their software remain  —  A foldable that folds without a gap  —  Samsung's Galaxy Fold announcement isn't even a week old yet, and we already have a competitor …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Huawei announces Mate X, a $2,600 foldable 5G phone with a 6.6" front screen and a 6.38" back screen that unfolds for a combined 8" display, coming mid-2019  —  The Galaxy Fold isn't the only foldable device in town.  Say hello to the Huawei Mate X.  —  Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's consumer …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Hands-on with a prototype of Oppo's lossless 10x optical zoom system that the company says will ship on a retail device in Q2, 2019  —  Going from 16mm to 160mm inside your phone  —  Oppo has come to Mobile World Congress this year not with a phone, but with a promise.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Hands-on with HMD's $699 Nokia 9 PureView with an in-display fingerprint sensor and five 12MP rear cameras, available in March  —  Screw everything, we're doing five cameras (for real this time)  —  HMD Global has a new Nokia flagship, and it might be the company's most ambitious phone yet …
New York Times:
Lawsuit alleges a NYC Airbnb scheme bypassed Airbnb policy to generate $20M in revenues by creating more than 100 misleading host accounts and 18 corporations  —  Multiple misleading identities, more than 100 host accounts and 18 corporations were created to run an illegal hotel business in Manhattan …
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Xiaomi says that its flagship Mi 9 is coming to Europe on Feb. 28 for €499, and an updated Mi Mix 3 with Snapdragon 855 and 5G modem launches in May for €599  —  The Xiaomi Mi 9 went official in China just a few days ago, and now the company is announcing launch details for its latest flagship in Europe.
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Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Huawei updates MateBook X Pro with faster CPU and graphics, launches lower end 14" MateBook 14, and adds AirDrop-like phone/laptop file transfer feature to both  —  The new lower-tier MateBook 14 also joins Huawei's laptop portfolio  —  Last year, Huawei released the MateBook X Pro …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
From April 1, Viber to start charging chatbot operators $4.5K per month to send up to 500K messages, as part of a controversial new strategy  —  Viber, the messaging app down by Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten, is poised to implement a controversial new strategy that will see it charge companies that run chatbots on its platform.

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