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September 23, 2016, 11:10 AM

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CNBC:
Sources: Twitter may receive formal bid shortly, suitors said to include Salesforce and Google  —  Twitter has received expressions of interest from several technology companies and may receive a formal bid shortly, sources said.  —  The social media company is engaged in conversations …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Salesforce, Google, Microsoft, Verizon are all eyeing up a Twitter bid  —  Twitter continues to inch its way to a sale process, and the latest developments come in the form of alleged bids from potential buyers.  Today CNBC is reporting, and we have also independently heard …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple working on Siri-based smart home device to control appliances, lights, curtains, locks, and more  —  Bloomberg Anywhere Remote LoginBloomberg Anywhere Login  —  Product would control appliances, lights, door locks and more  —  Apple is also trying to improve Siri on iPhones and iPads
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook says it overestimated average video viewing time metric by 60%-80% for 2 years, according to information Publicis Media says it obtained from Facebook  —  Social network miscalculated the average time users spent watching videos on its platform  —  Big ad buyers and marketers …
The Daily Beast:
Oculus's Palmer Luckey funding pro-Trump political organization dedicated to “shitposting” and “meme magic”  —  A Silicon Valley titan is putting money behind an unofficial Donald Trump group dedicated to “shitposting” and circulating Internet memes maligning Hillary Clinton.
Kif Leswing / Business Insider:
Yahoo confirms data from 500M+ accounts was stolen in 2014 by “state-sponsored actor”; info includes email addresses, hashed passwords, security questions, more  —  Yahoo on Thursday revealed a massive data breach of its services.  —  Yahoo “has confirmed that a copy …
Paul Szoldra / Business Insider:
Brian Krebs' site hit by record 620Gbps sustained DDos attack, nearly twice as big as any previous attack seen by Akamai; the site will be “offline for a while”  —  Cloud hosting giant Akamai Technologies has dumped journalist Brian Krebs from its servers after his website came under a “record” cyberattack.
Reuters:
Sources: NSA operative left “Shadow Brokers” hacking tools on remote server 3 years ago, admitted error shortly after, but NSA did not inform affected companies  —  A U.S. investigation into a leak of hacking tools used by the National Security Agency is focusing on a theory …
Fortune:
Sources: Airbnb raises at least $555M in primary equity at $30B valuation, could grow to $850M; WSJ says Google Capital, Technology Crossover Ventures led round  —  Airbnb has held a first close on its massive new funding round, Fortune has learned from multiple sources.
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Apple acquires another machine learning company: Tuplejump  —  Apple is on a machine learning company buying spree.  After buying Perceptio at the end of 2015 and Turi just a few months ago, Apple has now acquired an India/US-based machine learning team, Tuplejump.
Nathan Martz / Google Developers Blog:
Google launches VR SDK 1.0 out of beta, with support for Daydream  —  Posted by Nathan Martz, Product Manager, Google VR  —  At Google I/O, we announced Daydream—Google's platform for high quality, mobile virtual reality—and released early developer resources to get the community started with building for Daydream.

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