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October 25, 2017, 1:55 PM

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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.
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.
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.
Bloomberg:
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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