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October 6, 2016, 9:00 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:
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.
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.
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.
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
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Profile of MailChimp, the 16-year-old Atlanta-based startup that makes marketing tools for SMBs, hasn't taken VC funding, and is on pace for $400M+ 2016 revenue  —  No venture capital, no Bay Area presence, no crazy burn rate: MailChimp's founders built the company slowly by anticipating customers' needs and following their instincts.

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