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August 30, 2017, 7:50 PM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: next high-end iPhone model to have a software bar with new gesture controls to replace home button, an iPad-like app dock, redesigned multitasking  —  Premium device is said to come with new gesture controls to replace home button, taller screen with rounded corners.
Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
Amazon and Microsoft partner to let Alexa summon Cortana, and vice versa, by year's end  —  In an unusual partnership, Amazon and Microsoft are working together to extend the abilities of their voice-controlled digital assistants.  —  SEATTLE — The crowded pack of voice-controlled digital assistants …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
Concerns raised after New America Foundation, a think tank funded by Google, fired Barry Lynn, a senior fellow who praised EU's antitrust fine against Google  —  WASHINGTON — In the hours after European antitrust regulators levied a record $2.7 billion fine against Google in late June …
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
In first appearance before Uber staff, Khosrowshahi says timeline for Uber IPO is 18-36 months, and he wants to bring in a chairman to be his partner on board  —  In first appearance before ride-hailing firm's employees, Dara Khosrowshahi says timeline for IPO between 18 to 36 months
Dan Primack / Axios:
Alex Webb / Bloomberg:
Sources: 17 automotive engineers left Apple for self-driving car startup Zoox after Apple pared back its autonomous car ambitions  —  Startup grabs specialists in areas like braking, suspension  —  Apple working on self-driving systems rather than its own car
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
FDA recalls around 465,000 St. Jude Medical pacemaker models in US, many implanted in patients, for firmware patching of vulnerabilities; OTA fix not an option  —  Heart patients will have to visit their doctors to have their pacemakers patched for the “voluntary” recall — but there are risks.
Joe Maring / 9to5Google:
Samsung debuts $199 Gear Fit2 Pro fitness tracker with built-in GPS and Gear Sport smartwatch with round 1.2" AMOLED screen and Tizen UI, pricing TBD  —  Samsung held a press conference in Berlin today ahead of the official opening of IFA 2017, and unveiled its two new wearables that we've …
Expedia, Inc.:
Expedia names CFO Mark Okerstrom as its new CEO, replacing Dara Khosrowshahi, who left for Uber  —  Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) today announced that its Board of Directors has approved the appointment of Mark Okerstrom, currently Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Operations …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Assistant coming to new speakers from Anker, Mobvoi, and Panasonic, will be integrated with LG home appliances  —  Earlier today, at German consumer electronics and appliances show IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung) in Berlin, Google announced that the Google Assistant will be coming to new smart speakers and home appliances.

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