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February 11, 2020, 2:47 PM

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Samsung:
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Samsung announces Galaxy Z Flip with a foldable 6.7" FHD+ AMOLED display, 3,300 mAh battery, dual front-facing cameras, coming February 14 starting for $1,380  —  Foldable phones still feel like a dream, but to kick off the 2020 smartphone season, Samsung is hoping to change that.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Live blog from Galaxy Unpacked 2020  —  Samsung Unpacked is back  —  Samsung is back with another Unpacked event in San Francisco.  The Verge is here to live blog the keynote, which begins at 11AM PT / 2PM ET.  What should you expect?  Phones, lots of phones.
Chris Velazco / Engadget:
Hands-on with Samsung's new S20 lineup: 120Hz refresh rate makes the screens stand out, the Ultra is significantly bigger, and the cameras are ambitious  —  If you were planning to buy a premium Android smartphone this year, you can rest easy knowing they'll all come with more or less the same things.
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Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Sources: CIA secretly owned Crypto AG, the leading supplier of encryption systems globally, and could read allies' and adversaries' communications for decades  —  For more than half a century, governments all over the world trusted a single company to keep the communications of their spies, soldiers and diplomats secret.
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
US judge rules in favor of T-Mobile-Sprint merger, the final hurdle for the deal; Sprint's stock rises 70%+  —  - A U.S. District judge ruled in favor of Sprint's $26 billion deal to merge with T-Mobile.  — The ruling clears one of the final hurdles for the deal, which still can't close until …
Kadhim Shubber / Financial Times:
The FTC is asking Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft about acquisitions from the past decade that were small enough to not be reported to the gov't  —  FTC to review acquisitions made by Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft  —  The Federal Trade Commission …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft shows how containerized and dual-screen apps will work in Windows 10X with a new emulator and SDK and also refreshes its Android-based Duo SDK  —  Microsoft is delivering its promised Windows 10X emulator and SDK, plus a refresh of its Android-based Duo SDK as its next milestones along its dual-screen device path.
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Google partners with non-profit Defending Digital Campaigns to offer its Advanced Protection tools, including Titan keys, to US political campaigns for free  —  Candidates can also get trained up on how to use Advanced Protection to keep their accounts safe.
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Nielsen: streaming makes up 19% of US TV watching, with Netflix comprising 31% of streaming on TVs, followed by 21% on YouTube, 12% on Hulu, and 8% on Amazon  —  Netflix is big and it's getting bigger.  And we're not just watching it on our phones and tablets: That dominance translates …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft backtracks on forcibly installing the Bing extension in Chrome for Office 365 ProPlus enterprise customers and changing the default search engine  —  Sanity prevails: Microsoft is no longer planning to automatically deploy its Microsoft Search in Bing browser extension to Office 365 ProPlus users.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Airbnb had a $322M net loss for the nine months through Sept. 2019, down from a $200M profit a year earlier, raising concerns ahead of its expected IPO  —  Coronavirus impact also could delay closely watched markets debut  —  Airbnb Inc. swung to a loss for the first nine months …
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Sources detail how popular email apps like Edison, Slice, and Cleanfox scrape users' inboxes, using harvested data to power market research products  —  The popular Edison email app, which is in the top 100 productivity apps on the Apple app store, scrapes users' email inboxes …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Docugami, which uses AI to let companies create and analyze documents in aggregate, as if they were in a database, raises $10M seed round led by SignalFire  —  Docugami, a startup aiming to reinvent the way businesses create and extract information from documents, has raised an extraordinary $10 million …
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