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October 12, 2015, 10:10 AM

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Bloomberg Business:
Dell to Buy EMC in Deal Worth About $67 Billion  —  Dell Inc. agreed to buy EMC Corp. for about $67 billion in the largest technology acquisition ever, creating a corporate-computing giant that will use a wider product lineup to woo customers as demand slows and competition stiffens.
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Symphony Secures $100M From Google And Other Investors  —  Symphony, the secure cloud-based communications platform, announced today that it has received $100 million round from a list of investors that includes Google, Inc.  —  Google's part in the investment was first reported last week …
Adam Pasick / Quartz:
Sources: Eric Schmidt-backed startup, The Groundwork, has become a major tech vendor to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign  —  The stealthy, Eric Schmidt-backed startup that's working to put Hillary Clinton in the White House  —  An under-the-radar startup funded by billionaire Eric Schmidt …
More: Soshable
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:
Google OnHub Rooted, Turns Out To Be A Chromebook In Router's Clothing  —  Google hasn't said much about how its new OnHub router works—it's a mysterious black box (blue cylinder, technically) with inactive radios and updatable firmware.  The modders from Exploitee.rs have gotten their hands on an OnHub …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google SVP for search: More than half of Google searches worldwide now happen on mobile, more than 100B links within apps indexed  —  Worldwide, More Than Half Of Google's Searches Happen On Mobile  —  Earlier this year, Google announced that for the first time, it was seeing more search activity on mobile than desktop.
More: The Verge and Re/code
Xiomara Blanco / CNET:
Amazon Fire HD 10 review: great way to take advantage of Prime perks, but tablets with a better screen available in price range  —  Amazon Fire HD 10 review: A cheap, big-screen conduit to Amazon's digital content  —  A cheap, big-screen conduit to Amazon's digital content
Matthew Fulco / CNET:
Acer launches Windows 10-optimized convertible tablet, an all-in-one laptop, and a 5.5-inch smartphone  —  Acer unveils its first wave of Windows 10 devices  —  The Taiwanese tech company has shown off three new Windows 10 devices — a convertible tablet, an all-in-one laptop and a 5.5-inch smartphone.

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Microsoft:
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IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
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