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October 6, 2016, 11:20 AM

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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.
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.
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 …
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:
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.

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