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September 29, 2016, 8:30 PM

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TechCrunch:
Google Apps for Work rebranded as “G Suite”, to get several machine learning-powered features; “Team Drive” brings team-level content management to Google Drive  —  Google announced today that its now ten-year old service Google Apps for Work (formerly Google Apps for Your Domain) …
Brian Stevens / Google Cloud Platform Blog:
Google Cloud Platform says eight new Cloud Regions launching in 2017: Mumbai, Singapore, Sydney, Northern Virginia, São Paulo, London, Finland, and Frankfurt  —  Posted by Brian Stevens, Vice President, Google Cloud  —  As we officially move into the Google Cloud era, Google Cloud Platform …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google combines all of its cloud services under the ‘Google Cloud’ brand  —  Google for Work, Google's Cloud Platform and the rest of the company's cloud-based services are getting a new name.  They have now been combined under the “Google Cloud” moniker.  Google's Diane Greene made the announcement …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Android Wear 2.0 delayed until early 2017, new dev preview adds Play Store on watches, more  —  Announced at I/O with a focus on messaging, customization and fitness, Android Wear 2.0 has been delayed from this fall to early 2017.  Google is using the time to improve the operating system …
Akin Oyedele / Business Insider:
Report: Qualcomm is in talks to acquire NXP Semiconductors in deal likely to be worth over $30B  —  Qualcomm is in talks to buy NXP Semiconductors, according to Eyk Henning, Dana Mattioli and Dana Cimilluca at The Wall Street Journal.  —  Qualcomm is worth $95 billion, while NXP has a market cap of $32 billion.
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
KGI: ‘Increasing likelihood’ iPhone 8 will feature glass front and back, stainless steel metal for premium models  —  Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has released a new report further forecasting that the 2017 iPhone will likely adopt and glass front and back design like the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s.
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.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Skype iOS app updated with Siri and CallKit support, allowing incoming calls to be displayed and answered on lock screen  —  Skype today updated its iOS app to version 6.25, adding support for new features that were introduced with iOS 10.  Skype now integrates with Siri …
Harry Shum / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft consolidates multiple groups to create new combined AI and Research group, which will include Bing and Cortana teams  —  This week at Microsoft Ignite, we showed how we are infusing artificial intelligence (AI) broadly across Microsoft to help our customers.
Wall Street Journal:
Apple to open $45M R&D center in Beijing with 500 employees to focus on developing hardware  —  New center will employ 500 workers, Zhongguancun Science Park Administrative Committee says  —  BEIJING— Apple Inc. 's first research center in China will be a $45 million facility located …
Recode:
Sources: Qi Lu, Microsoft's EVP of applications and services, is leaving the company due to health issues; Corporate VP Rajesh Jha to assume many of Lu's duties  —  Rajesh Jha will assume many of Lu's responsibilities  —  Longtime Microsoft executive Qi Lu is leaving the company following medical issues …

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