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September 23, 2016, 5:05 PM

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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 …
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
David Ruddock / Android Police:
Source: Google to launch $129 Google Wifi router, with several units able to link together into a larger wireless mesh network  —  OnHub-schmonhub: two sources are now telling us that Google will introduce an own-brand Wi-Fi router called Google Wifi, and that the device will cost $129.
David Ruddock / Android Police:
Sources: Google Home will cost $129, Chromecast Ultra with 4K support will cost $69  —  Speaking to Android Police, two sources claim that Google will announce its Google Home and the 4K ‘Chromecast Ultra’ devices will be priced at $129 and $69, respectively, at its October 4th event.
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.
Marco della Cava / USA Today:
Uber is rolling out a new feature that will require drivers to confirm their identities via a selfie before each shift  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Uber is rolling out a new feature Friday that will require drivers to confirm their identities via a selfie photo before each shift.
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.

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