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October 6, 2016, 9:30 AM

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Recode:
Sources: Google will not make a Twitter bid and Apple also an unlikely suitor; Twitter's stock down about 10% after hours  —  Amid speculation, the tech giants have other aims  —  According to sources close to the situation, Google does not currently plan to make a bid for Twitter.
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sources: Disney will not bid for Twitter, leaving Salesforce as the last potential bidder  —  Cross another potential Twitter buyer off the list: Disney isn't pursuing a bid for the social platform, either.  —  Sources familiar with Disney, which was mulling a possible Twitter purchase last week …
Reuters:
Sources: Twitter has told potential acquirers it's seeking to conclude negotiations by Oct. 27, the day it reports its Q3 earnings  —  Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) has told potential acquirers it is seeking to conclude negotiations about selling itself by the time it reports third-quarter earnings on Oct. 27 …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Samsung acquires Viv, a next-gen AI assistant built by the creators of Apple's Siri  —  Samsung has agreed to acquire Viv, an AI and assistant system co-founded by Dag Kittlaus, Adam Cheyer and Chris Brigham — who created Siri, which was acquired by Apple in 2010.
New York Times:
Government official: Yahoo got FISA order to scan incoming email for terrorist digital signature, used existing spam filtering, no longer collecting this data  —  Yahoo was ordered last year to search incoming emails for the digital “signature” of a communications method used by a state-sponsored …
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Lizzie Plaugic / The Verge:
Netflix signs deal with theater chain iPic Entertainment to screen its original movies, which will debut on the streaming service simultaneously  —  Next year, some of Netflix's original movies will have a debut home on the big screen.  The streaming service just signed a deal …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Many features available on Pixel phones will not be available on Android 7.1, including Google Assistant, unlimited photo/video backup, smart storage, more  —  At Google's hardware event this week, the new version of the Android operating system, Android 7.1 (Nougat 7.1), was barely mentioned.
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
US Justice Department confirms arrest of NSA contractor accused of stealing classified information  —  A government contractor has been arrested and charged with stealing highly classified information from the U.S. government, authorities announced Wednesday.
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
ASUS ZenBook 3 review: lots of powerful hardware, thin, cheaper than competitors, but keyboard and trackpad hard to use  —  Apple's tiny MacBook was a revelation when it debuted last year.  It was thinner and lighter than most ultraportables on the market, and its refined design brought over some cues from Apple's mobile hardware.
Timothy B. Lee / Vox:
Marc Andreessen on why AI can spawn a new generation of big, important technology companies  —  Recent breakthroughs in artificial intelligence and machine learning are enabling computers to understand the world and respond intelligently to it.  Google is already embracing these technologies for Android …
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Stephanie Kirchgaessner / Guardian:
Apple to open its iOS Developer Academy in Naples on October 6, with 200 students getting free tuition in the first year and 400 in the second year  —  With 200 pupils set to start training, the mood is high in the unlikely suburb chosen for tech giant's latest venture
Marisa Kendall / SiliconBeat:
Cloud startup Coupa Software prices IPO at $18 per share, raising $133M but its valuation drops from $1B to about $866M  —  San Mateo-based Coupa Software raked in $133 million Wednesday evening in Silicon Valley's latest tech IPO.  —  The good news is that's at the top of what the company was projecting.

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Microsoft:
Testing a datacenter under the sea  —  Envisioned to be resilient and self-sustainable, Project Natick enters a new research phase off the Scottish coast.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
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