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Russia will block access to Telegram over continued refusal to let authorities read messages

A Russian court has ruled today that access to Telegram will be blocked in the country, Reuters reports. The messaging service has been facing trouble in Russia over refusing to share its encryption keys with state authorities, even after losing multiple legal cases.

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[Deal Alert] Samsung Gear IconX drop to $140, their lowest price yet

With the most recent update, Samsung's Gear IconX became more useful thanks to wireless music transfer, an equalizer, and a few levels of ambient noise transparency to listen to your surroundings. If that sounds worth checking out or if you've been teetering on the edge wanting to grab a pair of fully wireless Bluetooth earbuds but unable to take a plunge, today's deal might be just the thing for you: Amazon is discounting the black IconX to $140.

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[Update: New, clearer screenshots] Gmail is getting a new web UI with snooze, smart replies, and more in Early Adopter Program

According to an email being sent to G Suite administrators, an Early Adopter Program will be available to Gmail users "in the coming weeks" that introduces a "fresh, clean look" for the service's web interface. The program is also set to bring new features like the ability to "snooze" emails to reappear in your inbox later, the way you can in Gmail's more experimental email client, Inbox.

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Android Auto Wireless is now enabled for Nexus and Pixel devices

Android Auto's Wireless mode was rumored for months before we got official confirmation of it. JVC and Kenwood introduced a total of 7 Auto head units with Wi-Fi connectivity as an option at this year's CES, but until now even if you just got one of these new units, you couldn't use the mode as your phone wasn't ready for that. Now Google has flipped the switch: wireless mode for Android Auto is enabled on Nexus and Pixel devices.

According to Cody's teardowns, version 3.0 of Auto was nearly ready for the Wireless mode, but it's v3.1 that's required (APK Mirror link) to get things properly working.

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Google and Netflix collaborate on Lost in Space game for Google Home

As well as having tons of practical uses, Google Home also offers plenty of fun little distractions. You can ask the Assistant to tell you jokes or facts, and even play games with it. Tie-ins were inevitable, and Google joined forces with Netflix for a Stranger Things game last year, in which you could chat with Dustin on his trusty walkie-talkie. Lost in Space is Netflix's latest hit show, and there's a new Google Home game to go with it.

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Samsung hit with lawsuit of up to $2.8 billion for infringing on biometric-related patents

With their fingerprint sensors, iris scanners, and facial recognition tech, Samsung phones feature more methods of biometric authentication than most, if not all, of their competitors. However, the Korean company is now being sued by a US-based "data security firm," PACid Technologies, for infringing on two US patents and one Korean patent with its biometric features.

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ESPN reveals 'major' app update and new ESPN+ streaming service for $5 per month

Based on the results of our Super Bowl poll earlier this year, most of our readers here at Android Police aren't much into sports. And that's fine, neither are we. But for those of you that are interested, ESPN has just announced a new ESPN+ streaming service for only $5 a month, as well as an updated app. The actual selection of live content might leave a bit to be desired, though. 

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[Deal Alert] Certified refurbished Verizon Google Pixel 2 for $499.99 ($150 off) today on Woot

Chances are, if you read Android Police, you either recently bought an Android phone or are looking to buy a new one. If you fall into that latter category, then a device that might be worthy of your consideration is Google's Pixel 2. Right now — and only for a few more hours — Woot has a deal on a set of refurbished Verizon Pixel 2 devices in multiple colors and with both 64 GB or 128 GB of onboard storage.

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[Deal Alert] SanDisk 400GB microSD card down to all-time low of $180 on Amazon ($70 off)

I remember fondly the days of obsessively watching for the best deals on the greatest microSD cards for my phone. I usually used the expandable storage to store custom ROM stuff, like GApps, SuperSU, nandroid backups, and so on. That fervor has long since died down, but if the same fire that burned in me is still going strong in you (or you just want a ton of mobile storage), then listen up. Amazon has SanDisk's 400GB microSD card for $179.99, an all-time low. $70 off a card more massive than I could have imagined in the olden days is a deal worth noting.

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Xiaomi reportedly wants to buy GoPro

Xiaomi is probably recognizable among our readers for its phones, and maybe even for its earbud headphones. But I doubt many of us think of cameras when we think of the 5th largest smartphone manufacturer. That said, someday we might. According to Bloomberg, Xiaomi is considering making an offer on GoPro.

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