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November 30, 2017, 2:45 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
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 …
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:
AliveCor Kardiaband EKG reader gets FDA approval as the first medical device accessory for the Apple Watch  —  The Food and Drug Administration has just cleared AliveCor's Kardiaband EKG reader as the first medical device accessory for the Apple Watch.  —  Europe has been able to use …
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:
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
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.
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Eugene Kim / CNBC:
Google Cloud announces that former Intel executive Diane Bryant will join the division as its COO  —  Diane Bryant is joining Google Cloud as its new Chief Operating Officer.  —  Google Cloud boss Diane Greene made the announcement through a blog post on Thursday.
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.
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