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September 19, 2016, 10:50 AM

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Sam Rutherford / Tom's Guide:
iPhone 7, 7 Plus cameras don't produce as sharp or well exposed images as Samsung's Galaxy S7 line, but OIS, f/1.8 aperture, 2x optical zoom are major upgrades  —  While their resolution may have stayed the same, the 12-megapixel rear cameras in Apple's iPhone 7 and 7 Plus look offer a big improvement in picture quality.
Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
As Netflix asserts itself, studios and cable channels fret that the streaming company is headed for a near-monopoly in entertainment  —  The streaming service is spending $6 billion a year on content, choking basic cable and brusquely rattling the relationship business of the town as fears …
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Oracle launches new cloud computing and storage offerings to compete with AWS, as Larry Ellison says “Amazon's lead is over” at OpenWorld conference  —  Just as Larry Ellison said it would, Oracle has unveiled its second generation of cloud infrastructure for third-party developers …
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Salesforce debuts Einstein AI platform that integrates with many Salesforce products like Sales Cloud and Marketing Cloud, and forms Salesforce Research group  —  Salesforce is announcing today the launch of its Einstein artificial intelligence (A.I.) platform that's implemented into several …
Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
Former lead World of Warcraft designer Rob Pardo raises $25M for his new startup, Bonfire Studios, from Andreessen Horowitz and Riot Games  —  Big video games, like movies, are usually created by squadrons of people, including dozens or hundreds of artists and developers.
Madhumita Murgia / Financial Times:
Microsoft to close Skype's London office, making close to 400 employees redundant, as part of its global restructuring  —  Microsoft will shut down Skype's London offices, making most of its employees redundant, and terminating the headquarters of a rare European technology champion.
Sarah McBride / Bloomberg:
How Salesforce Ventures, which has backed at least 31 startups this year, has seen success and avoided clashes with Salesforce CEO Benioff, an active investor  —  Cloud company's VC arm has backed at least 31 startups so far this year.  VC chief sees boss Benioff as more collaborator than competitor.
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