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9/29/2016

Amazon, Alphabet, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft have come together to form "Partnership on AI," a group that aims to be inclusive of businesses of all sizes and to openly share research on AI topics such as privacy and ethics.

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AI, Facebook, Amazon, IBM, Microsoft
9/29/2016

The cyberattack on Yahoo that led to 500 million accounts being stolen was the result of a criminal effort and not a state-sponsored attack, InfoArmor says. Intel experts say that the focus should be on finding and catching criminals, rather than punishing the companies that fall victim to hacking attempts and data breaches.

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PCWorld, FedScoop
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Yahoo, Intel, InfoArmor
9/29/2016

Amazon's voice-activated assistant is appearing on more devices both in and outside of Amazon's branded device lineup. Alexa will be loaded on Jam Audio's forthcoming $70 smart speaker, which hits shelves Oct. 30 at Best Buy, and on Amazon's new $40 Fire TV stick, which will ship Oct. 20.

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Amazon, Alexa, Best Buy
9/29/2016

Fitbits are still the most popular wearable, data from a Raymond James survey indicate. Of 500 respondents, 14% owned a Fitbit and 16% planned to purchase one, though Apple is gaining in popularity, with only 2% ownership but 9% planning on purchasing an Apple Watch.

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Apple, Raymond James, Fitbit, Fitbits
9/29/2016

Virtual reality represents an opportunity to rethink and reinvent games in a new way, even for video game makers that have been in the industry for a long time. "We always wanted to build places and worlds, not just games, and [VR] just does that," said Rand Miller, a designer behind games "Myst" and "Obduction."

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Virtual reality
9/29/2016

An acquisition deal is reportedly in the works for music streaming service Spotify to purchase competitor SoundCloud. Bloomberg in July reported that SoundCloud was exploring a sale that could value the company at $1 billion.

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Reuters
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SoundCloud, Bloomberg, Spotify
9/29/2016

Two MZ mobile games -- "Mobile Strike" and "Game of War" -- have ascended to claim the No. 1 and 2 spots among iOS and Android games, while "Pokemon Go" has slipped to third place. "Pokemon Go" has seen a sharp falloff in popularity since its summer peak, but only after 500 million downloads and nearly half a billion dollars in revenue generated.

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iOS, Android
9/28/2016

The Consumer Technology Association called out the "Top 5 Technology Trends to Watch for 2017" at its annual Innovate and Celebrate event in San Jose, Calif. CTA says the trends to keep an eye on next year include the advancement of digital assistants, augmented reality, driverless vehicles, and medical and sports technology.

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TWICE
9/28/2016

Consumers may enjoy the convenience and mobility of smartphones, tablets and laptops, but desktop computers still deliver the best customer satisfaction, an American Customer Satisfaction Index report has found. Desktops scored 81 on the satisfaction scale, while tablets rose to 78 and laptops to 77, the survey showed.

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The Motley Fool
9/28/2016

Samsung is keeping an eye on the hype around virtual reality to see if it will be beneficial to debut a stand-alone VR device in addition to its Gear VR headsets, which require a smartphone. If VR goes more mainstream, the devices could open up opportunities for Samsung to start making 10K mobile displays, Samsung President Young Sohn said.

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Samsung, Virtual reality