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February 11, 2020, 9:25 PM

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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.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Samsung announces the 6.2" Galaxy S20, 6.7" Galaxy S20 Plus, and 6.9" Galaxy S20 Ultra, with starting prices ranging from $1,000 to $1,600, coming March 6  —  Samsung has announced its latest flagship phones: the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus, and Galaxy S20 Ultra.
Andrew Morse / CNET:
Flipboard launches Flipboard TV, an in-app feature that offers professional short-form video, for $2.99/mo; will be a Galaxy S20 exclusive for first 3 months  —  Flipboard , the popular news aggregator app, is introducing a new subscription video service.  Called Flipboard TV …
Bojan Pancevski / Wall Street Journal:
US officials claim Huawei has, for over a decade, been able to covertly access mobile-phone networks globally through back doors designed for law enforcement  —  Trump administration ramps up push for allies to block Chinese company  —  U.S. officials say Huawei Technologies Co …
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.
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 …
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
US judge rules in favor of T-Mobile-Sprint merger, clearing one of the final hurdles for the deal; Sprint's stock closes up 77.5%  —  - 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 …
Peter Kafka / Vox:
The T-Mobile + Sprint deal is good for you if you like paying more for your wireless plan  —  The Department of Justice has blessed  /LightRocket via Getty Images  Competition among the four big wireless carriers kept prices low for years.  Now the Trump administration, along with a federal judge …
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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.
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 …
Bloomberg:
The number of companies skipping MWC over coronavirus keeps rising, with Facebook, AT&T, Cisco, Sony, Intel, Amazon, Nvidia, and MediaTek among those missing it  —  - Organizers meet Friday to discuss situation and plan response  — Event draws more than 100,000 visitors from across the world
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Source: Spotify is paying close to $200M upfront for the Ringer, to be followed by more than $50M later  —  - Streamer has spent more than $600 million on podcast deals  — Sports columnist Bill Simmons founded the Ringer in 2016  —  Spotify Technology SA is paying close …
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.
Dan Primack / Axios:
Sources: Hollar, an online dollar store that raised $75M+ and hoped shoppers ordering multiple things at once would offset shipping costs, is expected to close  —  Hollar, an e-commerce company that raised more than $75 million in VC funding, is expected to wind down soon, Axios has learned from multiple sources.

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