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September 6, 2016, 12:40 PM

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Ina Fried / Recode:
Intel is buying Movidius, a startup with about 180 employees that makes vision chips for drones and virtual reality  —  It's the latest in a string of acquisitions for the chip giant.  —  Intel announced late Monday that it is buying Movidius, a small chipmaker that makes computer vision processors used …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Sources: Twitter's board of directors will meet this Thursday and discuss the company's options, including potential sale, trimming or selling off MoPub, Vine  —  Talk of a sale continues to rumble, but finding a buyer won't be easy.  —  Twitter's quiet summer may soon be coming to an end.
LeakedSource:
Over 98M records leaked online from 2012 hack of Russia's Yahoo-like service Rambler.ru, each record contains: username/email address, plaintext password, more  —  Nearly 100 million records have been leaked online in yet another “mega breach”, this time from the website Rambler.ru …
Peter Rudegeair / Wall Street Journal:
Homeowners renting rooms on Airbnb face additional scrutiny from lenders when applying for loans  —  Homeowners who rent rooms are facing additional scrutiny when applying for loans  —  Room-rental services such as Airbnb Inc. are blurring the line between residential and commercial property.
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Palantir files suit against early investor Marc Abramowitz, claiming the investor stole confidential info about key projects, then filed patents independently  —  Palantir, a secretive firm that supplies data analytics to companies and governments, filed a dramatic lawsuit against one of its early investors …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple rolls out weekly personalized playlists, which mimic Spotify's Discover Weekly, to Apple Music subscribers on iOS, macOS betas  —  Ahead of Apple's iPhone event on September 7th, the company has begun rolling out new, personalized music playlists to Apple Music subscribers …
Financial Times:
Snapchat joins the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, which sets the Bluetooth wireless standard; sources say its AR hardware project has gathered momentum  —  Snapchat has given the strongest hint yet of its ambitions to move from apps into hardware, by joining the industry group that runs the Bluetooth wireless standard.
Nicole Lee / Engadget:
Alcatel's new standalone VR headset, the Vision, has 2 1080x1020 displays, 3 hours of battery, is likely to retail for $500-600, but won't use Daydream platform  —  While Samsung's Gear VR requires a smartphone and full-fledged headsets like the Oculus Rift require a computer, Alcatel's newly announced Vision doesn't need either.
More: Mashable and Engadget
Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss / Reuters:
Study: between Bitcoin's creation in 2009 and March 2015, 33% of all Bitcoin exchanges were hacked, and 48% closed  —  When hackers penetrated a secure authentication system at a bitcoin exchange called Bitfinex earlier this month, they stole about $70 million worth of the virtual currency.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Xiaomi's Android set-top box, Mi Box, to launch as soon as October for less than $100 and will be its first mainstream product on sale in the US  —  There's much anticipation about Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi's long-awaited entry into the U.S. market.  And we don't have long to wait.  Kinda.

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