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CloudPets user data, possibly including children's voice messages, hacked and held for ransom

Everything can be hacked, as a certain Overwatch character is fond of saying. That seems to be increasingly true of consumer electronics... including stuffed teddy bears and unicorns. According to security researcher Troy Hunt, a series of web-connected, app-enabled toys called CloudPets have been hacked. The manufacturer's central database was reportedly compromised over several months after stunningly poor security, despite the attempts of many researchers and journalists to inform the manufacturer of the potential danger. Several ransom notes were left, demanding Bitcoin payments for the implied deletion of stolen data.

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Google makes Play Store sales (including free offers) for paid apps and games official

You may have seen earlier this month that Google started testing a few new sale features on the Play Store. Select developers were able to set sale prices that showed up on the purchase button, and (finally) paid listings could be temporarily free. Now, that functionality is official. There's a support page with all the relevant details developers can check out.

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MediaTek unveils the new Helio X30 with CorePilot 4.0 in tow

MediaTek has been busy in the last few months. In December, the semiconductor company launched the Helio X23 and X27 system-on-chips, which were upgrades to the previous X20 and X25, respectively. Then, just earlier this month, we saw the announcement for the Helio P25, a new SoC that hoped to bring some premium smartphone features (especially in regards to photography) to a mid-level chip. And now we have the Helio X30 announced at MWC, MTK's newest high-end entrant that could start a new chapter for the company.

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YouTube now receives one billion hours of watch time every day

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Mozilla announces acquisition of Pocket

If you've never used it, Pocket is a popular app that allows you to save links from several browsers and other applications in an easily-accessible list. Mozilla and Pocket have been working together for a while now, most notably to bring native Pocket integration to Firefox. Now Read it Later, Inc., owners of Pocket, will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Mozilla.

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Epic Games announces Battle Breakers, a tactical RPG coming to Android later this year

Epic Games has released titles exclusive to iOS for years, and now its first Android game is on the schedule for release in 2017. It's called Battle Breakers, and you can pre-register for it on the Play Store right now. There's even some bonus content available if you sign up. You might want to do that considering the expected use of in-app purchases in this free-to-play game.

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The Galaxy S8 may allow users to rearrange its virtual navigation buttons

All the reliable leaks so far have indicated that Samsung's upcoming Samsung flagship phone will use virtual navigation buttons, breaking a design habit that the company has been doggedly sticking to on phones, tablets, and sometimes even smartwatches for years. The big "potatocam" leak from yesterday clearly showed what we're assuming are the Galaxy S8 and the larger Galaxy S8+, complete with curved screens and virtual navigation buttons. But Android Police commenter Ash noticed something we didn't: some of those buttons are moving around.

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ZTE announces the budget Blade V8 Mini and Blade V8 Lite phones

This Mobile World Congress is full of budget phones - from Motorola with the Moto G5 to Nokia with its first Android devices. Now ZTE is sharing two new devices at the event - the Blade V8 Mini and Blade V8 Lite.

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SanDisk announces new 256GB microSD card that meets faster U3 specification

I distinctly recall paying more than $100 for a 1GB SD card many years ago. Now, the cards are smaller, faster, and have much higher capacities. SanDisk announced an Ultra-series 256GB card at CES this year, but the new Extreme card is even faster with support for the A1 U3 standard.

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T-Mobile will offer a free extra line to customers with two or more lines starting March 1st

T-Mobile is no stranger to making big moves in order to attract new sign-ups. That's been its MO for the last few years as it slowly leaches subscribers away from the other carriers. Tmo's service hasn't been as good of a deal lately, but there's a very intriguing promotion starting March 1st. T-Mobile will give most subscribers a free line.

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