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July 5, 2017, 11:45 AM

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Timothy W. Martin / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Samsung is developing a voice-activated smart speaker powered by its digital assistant Bixby, internally code-named Vega  —  Samsung is developing a voice-activated speaker powered by its digital assistant Bixby, joining a proliferating arms race in tabletop devices against the likes of Amazon, Alphabet, Apple and Microsoft.
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
Nokia and Xiaomi sign a business collaboration agreement and a multi-year patent deal, which includes a cross-license to each other's patents  —  The deal will give the companies access to a wider pool of patents and equipment.  —  Nokia and Xiaomi have signed a patent licensing agreement …
Luke Parker / Brave New Coin:
South Korea's largest cryptocurrency exchange, Bithumb, hacked; info of some users accessed and later used in phishing attacks to steal funds from accounts  —  The largest bitcoin and ether exchange in South Korea by volume, Bithumb, was recently hacked.  Monetary losses from compromised accounts …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Baidu acquires Seattle-based natural language startup Kitt.ai, which helps build and power chatbots and voice-based apps across multiple platforms and devices  —  China's search giant Baidu has made another acquisition to continue its push into artificial intelligence, and specifically to help …
More: GeekWire and KITT.AI

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