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October 6, 2016, 12:15 PM

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Recode:
Sources: Google will not make a Twitter bid and Apple also an unlikely suitor; Twitter's stock down 15%+ after news  —  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  —  Which leaves Salesforce, for now.  —  Cross another potential Twitter buyer off the list: Disney isn't pursuing a bid for the social platform, either.  —  Sources familiar with Disney …
Reuters:
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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn now lets users privately signal to recruiters when they are looking for a new job; feature initially available in US, Canada, UK, and Australia  —  One of the hallmarks of any social network is how it pushes people to share their experiences with others, but increasingly we've seen …
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 …
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 …
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.
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
NoSQL database startup ReThinkDB to shut down, says its engineering team is joining Stripe  —  Stripe has picked up the engineering team behind the NoSQL database startup RethinkDB, ending days of speculation in forums about the company's future.  RethinkDB itself is closing its doors …
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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.
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 …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple's cloud services teams under Eddy Cue, including Siri, Maps, iCloud, Apple Pay, and others, to move together into a single campus  —  @markgurman , More stories by Mark Gurman  —  Cue to move cloud service engineering teams to single campus  —  Company continues shifting services to its own infrastructure

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