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October 3, 2015, 1:40 AM

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Mark Bergen / Re/code:
Google Inc. formally became a subsidiary of Alphabet at the close of US markets  —  O Is for Official: Google to Morph Into Alphabet Today  —  At the close of markets today, Google Inc. will formally become a subsidiary of Alphabet, the holding company comprised of Google's two co-founders, its chairman, legal boss and CFO.
Re/code:
How Jack Dorsey evolved as a leader at Square, preparing him to save Twitter  —  Why Jack Dorsey Is Ready to Save Twitter  —  On a fall day in 2010, Jack Dorsey stepped before his staff at Square, his payments startup, to deliver a pep talk at its weekly all-hands meeting.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft acquires game-technology vendor Havok, known for its physics engine, from Intel for an undisclosed sum  —  Microsoft acquires Havok from Intel  —  Microsoft has acquired game-technology vendor Havok from Intel for an undisclosed amount.  —  Microsoft has acquired Havok …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Retail brokerage firm Scottrade says breach from late 2013 to early 2014 compromised up to 4.6M customers' contact information, including SSNs  —  Scottrade Breach Hits 4.6 Million Customers  —  Welcome to Day 2 of Cybersecurity (Breach) Awareness Month!  Today's awareness lesson is brought …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Hackers breach crowdfunding site Patreon, dump nearly 15 GB of stolen data online including site's source code, user email addresses, and hashed password data  —  Gigabytes of user data from hack of Patreon donations site dumped online  —  The inclusion of source code and databases suggest breach was extensive.
Financial Times:
Apple buys UK-based speech technology start-up VocalIQ  —  Tim Bradshaw in San Francisco, Sally Davies and Murad Ahmed in London  —  Apple has acquired a UK-based start-up whose artificial-intelligence software helps computers and people speak to each other in a more natural dialogue, according to people familiar with the deal.
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
East Texas judge shuts down 168 patent cases filed by most prolific patent troll of 2014, eDekka  —  East Texas judge throws out 168 patent cases in one fell swoop  —  Judge's order puts the most litigious patent troll of 2014 out of business.  —  The most prolific patent troll of last year …
Jun Hongo / Wall Street Journal:
Japan officials and Robot Taxi say a pilot program for unmanned taxi service will launch with a small group of riders in 2016  —  RoboCab: Driverless Taxi Experiment to Start in Japan  —  From the country where hotels are operated by robots and androids serve as clerks at department stores comes …
Derek Walter / Greenbot:
Motorola to drop Moto Assist, Migrate, and Connect in transition to Marshmallow  —  Motorola is dropping its signature software enhancements as part of the plan to update its phones to Android Marshmallow.  —  That means no more Motorola Assist, Migrate, and Connect add-ons bundled with your device.
Jai Vijayan / darkREADING:
Researchers find curious Linux.WiFatch malware on tens of thousands of routers and IoT devices that appears to be securing infected systems  —  And Now A Malware Tool That Has Your Back  —  In an unusual development, white hat malware is being used to secure thousands of infected systems, not to attack them, Symantec says.

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