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October 6, 2016, 3:30 PM

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Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Oculus Touch will be available on December 6th for $199; pre-orders open on October 10  —  The Oculus Touch will be available for the Rift on December 6th for $199, the company announced today.  Oculus's Input API works with three different devices, including Touch, so developers can create …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Oculus demos augmented social virtual reality with facial expressions  —  Today on stage at Oculus' Connect conference, Mark Zuckerberg demonstrated a new facial tracking social VR experience that overlays VR avatars of friends who are elsewhere on top of your vision.
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 …
Recode:
Sources: Google will not make a Twitter bid and Apple is also an unlikely suitor; Twitter stock falls around 20% after the 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.
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Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Report: Snap Inc., formerly Snapchat, is planning a $25B IPO for March 2017  —  The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Snap — the now-parent company of Snapchat — is working on an initial public offering for as early as March that could value the company at $25 billion or higher.
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 …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple to move services teams, including Maps, Siri and iCloud, from separate campuses to One Infinite Loop in attempt to improve services  —  @markgurman , More stories by Mark Gurman  —  Cue to move cloud service engineering teams to single campus  —  Company continues shifting services to its own infrastructure
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 …
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.

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