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October 25, 2017, 4:25 PM

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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.
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:
Amazon Key bundle launched with security camera and smart door lock that lets couriers unlock your door; price starts at $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 partner on hybrid cloud offerings, slated for release in first half of 2018, that will span on-premises environments and Google Cloud Platform  —  - Google and Cisco will jointly develop products for use in the cloud and in on-premise data centers.
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 …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Nintendo announces Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp for Android and iOS, coming in late November  —  Nintendo has announced Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp for smartphones, due for release on iOS and Android in late November.  The title looks much like other games in the Animal Crossing series …
Bloomberg:
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
Kaspersky says it briefly obtained a 7zip file of Equation Group source code after scanning an infected PC in 2014; PC likely belonged to an NSA contractor  —  Apparently, a pirate download of Microsoft Office could be the root of all the trouble.  —  Kaspersky has acknowledged that code belonging …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon introduces paid subscriptions for Alexa skills, free for Prime members, in a limited roll out starting with Jeopardy!  —  After grabbing70 percent of the voice-controlled speaker market, Amazon says it's now opening up a way for third-party developers to make money from their voice apps, known as skills, on its Alexa platform.

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