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November 30, 2017, 4:40 PM

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Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Alphabet is considering folding Nest Labs into Google's hardware team, reversing its split two years ago, to better compete with Amazon's home devices  —  Integration of Alphabet units would reverse an element of 2015 split as Google and Nest chase Amazon in home devices
Cheng-Ting-Fang / Nikkei:
Sources: Apple is designing its own power-management chips for use in iPhones from as early as 2018; current supplier Dialog Semiconductor sees shares drop ~19%  —  Frankfurt shares of current developer Dialog Semiconductor hit  —  TAIPEI — Apple is designing its own main power management chips …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft makes Edge for iOS and Android generally available, after unveiling it last month  —  Microsoft unveiled a beta version of its Edge web browser last month for iOS and Android.  Testers had to sign-up to get special access to the new browser, but Microsoft is making both the Android and iOS versions generally available today.
Ryan Knutson / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon says it plans to start offering home broadband over its 5G wireless network in late 2018, starting in Sacramento, CA; pricing and other details TBD  —  Customers will likely have to place a box in their windows to convert signals  —  Verizon Communications Inc. VZ 2.21% plans …
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Amazon announces Alexa for Business, with launch partners who have developed skills for business customers, and a new marketplace for business apps  —  As CNBC reported on Wednesday, Amazon's market-leading cloud business has introduced Alexa for Business, a set of tools for using the Alexa voice-activated virtual assistant at work.
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Christina Farr / CNBC:
Apple partners with Stanford University to launch heart research study using a new Apple Watch app to detect and collect data on abnormal heart rhythms  —  - Apple is facilitating a massive heart study that will use the Apple Watch to detect a heart abnormality called atrial fibrillation …
Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch:
Bloomberg:
UK-based consumer group sues Google, alleging the company used an algorithm to trick iPhone's Safari browser into releasing personal data in 2011-2012  —  Group says affected consumers could get hundreds of pounds  —  Google will contest case, says it isn't new and has no merit
Taylor Martin / CNET:
Google Home adds support for two voice commands at once  —  You no longer have to separate all your commands when talking to Google Home.  It can handle two requests at once.  —  One of the more frustrating experiences when using a smart speaker is trying to accomplish several things at once.
Stephanie Condon / ZDNet:
AWS unveils new services for IoT management, security, and analytics, and a new OS, called Amazon FreeRTOS, for microcontroller-based IoT devices  —  Of all the buzzwords relevant to AWS, IoT may be “delivering the fastest,” AWS CEO Andy Jassy said, but there's plenty of room for development.
Blair Hanley Frank / VentureBeat:
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Wall Street Journal:
Sources, docs, and public remarks show how Tencent, Alibaba, Baidu, others help Chinese government surveil citizens by turning over data, policing content, more  —  Tencent and Alibaba are among the firms that assist authorities in hunting down criminal suspects, silencing dissent and creating surveillance cities
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