September 30, 2016, 12:00 PM

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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  —  As we officially move into the Google Cloud era, Google Cloud Platform (GCP) continues to bring new capabilities to more regions …
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 …
Andrew Dalton / Engadget:
Google opens Waze Rider pilot program to all San Francisco users; drivers and riders limited to two trips per day, with drivers making $0.54/mile  —  Waze Rider, the ride-sharing version of the popular Google-owned navigation app, is now open to the general public in the Bay Area.
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Amazon Game Studios unveils first three games that feature deep Twitch integration  —  Amazon Game Studios, the gaming development arm of Amazon, today revealed its first titles that feature deep integration with Twitch, the live streaming company that Amazon acquired for $1 billion in 2014.
Nat Levy / GeekWire:
Amazon unveils “Alexa Prize”, an annual university competition to advance conversational AI; first challenge is to build a bot conversing coherently for 20 mins  —  Amazon will award up to $2.5 million in prizes and sponsorships in a new annual competition called the “Alexa Prize” …
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.
Jessica Conditt / Engadget:
FCC votes to expand emergency text alerts from 90 to 360 characters, add support for embedded photos and links  —  The FCC has voted to strengthen the Wireless Emergency Alerts system, which sends warnings about missing children, natural disasters and other dangerous events directly to citizens' cell phones.

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