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September 24, 2018, 2:10 PM

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Michael Sheetz / CNBC:
SiriusXM to acquire Pandora in a $3.5B all-stock deal  —  Satellite radio company SiriusXM is acquiring music streaming service Pandora in a $3.5 billion all-stock deal, the companies announced Monday.  —  Pandora shares rose 14.4 percent in premarket trading from Friday's close of $9.09 a share …
Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:
Apple releases macOS 10.14 Mojave with Dark Mode, Desktop Stacks, security enhancements, a redesigned App Store, Home, Stocks, Voice Memos, and Apple News apps  —  As promised during September 12's Gather Round event in Cupertino, Apple today released macOS Mojave — aka macOS 10.14 — to the general public.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Roku says its streaming boxes, sticks, and TVs will gain Google Assistant support within the next few weeks letting users launch apps, control playback, more  —  And Spotify is coming back to the platform  —  This is one example of interoperability that I didn't expect to see anytime soon …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
As part of a new strategic partnership with Apple, Salesforce will release a Salesforce Mobile SDK for iOS by end of 2018 and redesign its iOS app by early 2019  —  Salesforce and Apple have announced a partnership “that brings together the number one customer relationship management platform and iOS.”
Saumya Tewari / Livemint:
Facebook names Ajit Mohan, the CEO of streaming service Hotstar, as the managing director and vice-president of Facebook India, to join early next year  —  Ajit Mohan will lead a senior leadership team at Facebook India, looking into strengthening the social media firm's relations with people, businesses and the government
Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
Former ProPublica reporters are starting The Markup, a news site to investigate big tech, with a $20M gift from Craigslist's Craig Newmark and other funding  —  The Markup, dedicated to investigating technology and its effect on society, will be led by two former ProPublica journalists.
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:
Walmart says 17,000+ Oculus Go headsets will be used in its US stores by end of year to train its employees, in an expansion of a pre-existing program  —  Walmart said it is using the headsets to train within three key areas: new technology, compliance, and soft skills like empathy and customer service.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Apple has closed its acquisition of music recognition app Shazam and says it will soon become ad-free, in a deal sources say was for $400M  —  Last year, we broke the news that Apple was buying the music recognition startup and app Shazam for about $400 million, and nearly one year later, the deal has finally closed.
Adam Satariano / New York Times:
Behind the rise of app-only banks in the UK and Europe, where favorable regulations and an influx of venture capital have fueled their growth  —  LONDON — Greg Stevenson was trying to refinance the mortgage on his four-bedroom home in eastern England when things started going awry.

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