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October 25, 2017, 12:38 PM

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Bloomberg:
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:
Amazon Key bundle launched with a security camera and smart door lock that lets couriers unlock your door; starts from $250, preorder today, available Nov. 8  —  The new in-home service will roll out to 37 US metro areas next month and eventually allow you to let in a dog walker or house cleaner, too.
Ari Levy / CNBC:
Google and Cisco announce cloud partnership, will combine Google's expertise in data centers and software with Cisco's global salesforce, support, and security  —  - Google and Cisco will jointly develop products for use in the cloud and in on-premise data centers.
Mark Wilson / Co.Design:
Microsoft has stopped manufacturing Kinect, the depth camera and microphone that sold ~35M units since 2010, but will continue to support it for Xbox customers  —  But its influence, and core technology, lives on across the industry.  —  Manufacturing of the Kinect has shut down.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
As it expands into TV, Apple is seeking family-friendly shows and avoiding edgy content but some Hollywood insiders doubt the company has a clear strategy  —  A conservative corporation takes its first steps into a new industry.  —  Days before Apple Inc. planned to celebrate the release …
Ellen Read / Stuff.co.nz:
Apple acquires ten-year-old Auckland-based wireless charging company PowerbyProxi  —  Auckland entrepreneur Fady Mishriki set up PowerbyProxi in 2007.  —  Apple has bought Auckland technology company PowerbyProxi for an undisclosed sum.  —  The tech giant released the news on Wednesday …
Michelle Castillo / CNBC:
Twitter will now label political ads with sponsors, including spending and targeting disclosures, and establish a Transparency Center database with all ads  —  - Twitter will clearly label political ads and require campaigns and organizations to disclose who bought the ad and how much they spent.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
DoJ subpoenas Twitter seeking details about five Twitter accounts including @Popehat, following a smiley emoji reply to them from a security researcher  —  So, here's a fun one.  Back in May, the Justice Department — apparently lacking anything better to do with its time …
Jeffrey Dastin / Reuters:
Sources: Target and other retailers are using legal rights in lease agreements to limit what Amazon can do with Whole Foods stores in malls across the US  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Whole Foods Market met a new foe this summer during talks to lease a top retail space in a San Francisco mall: the Target next door.
More: ReutersThanks:@sal19
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Patreon announces new app directory for API plugins, including WordPress and MailChimp, and developer documentation  —  Patreon is letting users directly link its payment platform to WordPress, MailChimp, and other services.  Today, it's launching an “app directory” of plugins based on its existing API …

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