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March 6, 2019, 10:50 AM

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Sam Kim / Bloomberg:
Sources: Samsung is working on two new foldable smartphones, a vertical clamshell-like device with an extra outside screen and another that folds like Mate X  —  - Device that folds from top to bottom is next in line  — ‘Outfolding’ model may also challenge Huawei, Xiaomi
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Google is testing shoppable sponsored ads within image search results that highlight products available for sale, with details like prices and brands  —  Google is borrowing a few cues from Instagram and Pinterest to encourage more shopping in its search results.
Shannon Liao / The Verge:
Report: hackers believed to be sponsored by the Chinese government targeted over two dozen universities in an apparent bid to access maritime military research  —  Chinese hackers singled out over two dozen universities in the US and around the world in an apparent bid to gain access …
Natt Garun / The Verge:
Fitbit announces new $160 Versa Lite smartwatch, Inspire and Inspire HR lower-cost fitness trackers, and discontinues the Zip, Flex 2, Alta, and Alta HR  —  It's also discontinuing the Zip, Flex 2, Alta, and Alta HR  —  Fitbit's renewed take on the smartwatch appeared to have worked with the Versa …
Patricia Sullivan / Washington Post:
Proposed agreement from Amazon HQ2 winner Arlington County, Virginia says Amazon must only meet specific office space targets to get about $23M in incentives  —  In exchange for giving Amazon about $23 million in incentives, activists wanted Arlington County to require the retail giant …
Steven Melendez / Gizmodo:
Inside the world of digital hoarders, who enjoy collecting terabytes worth of data and take pride in archiving files that often disappear from the internet  —  This week, we are writing about waste and trash, examining the junk that dominates our lives, and digging through garbage for treasure.
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Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Internal doc: iPhones with batteries installed by third-party repair shops are now eligible for being repaired at Apple Stores and authorized service providers  —  iPhones with aftermarket batteries installed by third-party repair shops are now eligible for service at Genius Bars …
ayah bdeir:
littleBits founder claims the central focus of the recent 60 Minutes segment on women and computing was changed from her company to Code.org during production  —  How 60 Minutes cut women's voices from a segment on . . . girls and women  —  I must have spent four hours on the phone on Monday.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Singapore-based Sea is raising as much as $1.5B from a new share offering, most likely for its Shopee e-commerce business in Southeast Asia  —  Alibaba is about to get a jolt from its largest rival in Southeast Asia.  Sea, the Nasdaq-listed business, is raising as much as $1.5 billion …
More: Bloomberg
Brian Barrett / Wired:
How Corning is working to create truly bendable, ultra-thin glass, as Samsung and others announce folding phones with plastic polymer screens  —  Foldable phones like Samsung's Galaxy Fold and Huwaei's Mate X are coming, whether you're ready or not.  In fact, they're coming whether they're ready or not.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Echo owners can now ask Alexa to control their Roku devices via a new skill, months after a similar capability came to Google Assistant-powered devices  —  Roku this morning announced its devices will now be compatible with Amazon's Alexa.  Through a new Roku skill for Alexa …
Matt Wales / Eurogamer.net:
Valve faces criticism for its hands-off approach to content moderation as upcoming game glorifying rape and sexual assault is listed on Steam  —  Valve's ‘anything goes’ content policy has come under fire once more as a game enabling players to “control the choices of a menacing serial killer rapist” is listed on Steam.

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