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September 28, 2016, 8:55 PM

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Financial Times:
Sources: Spotify is in advanced talks to acquire SoundCloud after its two earlier attempts proved unsuccessful  —  Spotify, the music streaming service, is in advanced talks to acquire SoundCloud, as competition heats up with Apple for the future of digital music, said people briefed on the discussions.
New York Times:
Sources: after hacks and questions about security, Marissa Mayer denied Yahoo security team financial resources, rejected proposal to reset all user passwords  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Six years ago, Yahoo's computer systems and customer email accounts were penetrated by Chinese military hackers.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
BlackBerry will stop in-house development of phones and outsource it to partners, as the company switches focus to software and security  —  The struggling company will cease on internal development of hardware, instead outsourcing it to partners.  It will focus instead of security and software.
Jonathan Prynn / London Evening Standard:
Apple planning new 500K sq. ft. UK HQ at London's Battersea Power Station, to open in 2021, where 1,400 staff will be moved from eight locations around London  —  “It has always been our clear objective to create one of London's most thriving new communities and this commitment from Apple will undoubtedly help us achieve this goal."
Roger Parloff / Fortune:
Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM, Microsoft launch Partnership on AI nonprofit organization to advance best practices; the group isn't intended to lobby government  —  Five tech giants announced on Wednesday that they are launching a nonprofit to “advance public understanding” …
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Twitter rolls out the ability to create and curate Moments for all users via the web app, coming soon to mobile  —  Twitter Moments — those collections of tweets about certain subjects, often the ones that are in the news and are being discussed by lots of users — now make a lot more sense.
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
Leaked document: Apple records some metadata related to whom you're trying to contact on iMessage, including your IP address, and stores it for 30 days  —  Apple promises that your iMessage conversations are safe and out of reach from anyone other than you and your friends.
Julia Love / Reuters:
Apple partners with Deloitte, which will provide more than 5K advisers to help corporate clients work with Apple devices  —  Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and Deloitte LLP announced a partnership on Wednesday in which the consultant will open a new practice to help corporate clients work with Apple products …
James Rufus Koren / Los Angeles Times:
Online payday lender LendUp ordered to pay $6.3M in refunds and penalties for deceptive practices  —  Richard Cordray is director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which has fined San Francisco online lender LendUp.  (AFP/Getty Images)  —  Online lending start-up LendUp …

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