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September 29, 2016, 4:20 PM

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google combines all of its cloud services under the ‘Google Cloud’ brand  —  Google for Work, Google's Cloud Platform and the rest of the company's cloud-based services are getting a new name.  They have now been combined under the “Google Cloud” moniker.  Google's Diane Greene made the announcement …
Financial Times:
Sources: Spotify is in advanced talks to acquire SoundCloud after its two earlier attempts proved unsuccessful  —  Spotify, the music streaming service, is in advanced talks to acquire SoundCloud, as competition heats up with Apple for the future of digital music, said people briefed on the discussions.
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
KGI: ‘Increasing likelihood’ iPhone 8 will feature glass front and back, stainless steel metal for premium models  —  Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has released a new report further forecasting that the 2017 iPhone will likely adopt and glass front and back design like the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s.
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Sources: Qi Lu, Microsoft's EVP of applications and services, is leaving the company due to health issues; Corporate VP Rajesh Jha to assume many of Lu's duties  —  Rajesh Jha will assume many of Lu's responsibilities  —  Longtime Microsoft executive Qi Lu is leaving the company following medical issues …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Skype iOS app updated with Siri and CallKit support, allowing incoming calls to be displayed and answered on lock screen  —  Skype today updated its iOS app to version 6.25, adding support for new features that were introduced with iOS 10.  Skype now integrates with Siri …
Wall Street Journal:
Apple to open $45M R&D center in Beijing with 500 employees to focus on developing hardware  —  New center will employ 500 workers, Zhongguancun Science Park Administrative Committee says  —  BEIJING— Apple Inc. 's first research center in China will be a $45 million facility located …
Harry Shum / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft consolidates multiple groups to create new combined AI and Research group, which will include Bing and Cortana teams  —  This week at Microsoft Ignite, we showed how we are infusing artificial intelligence (AI) broadly across Microsoft to help our customers.
Microsoft:
The next milestone in Microsoft's AI journey  —  Harry Shum on the creation of the new Microsoft AI and Research Group.
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Marius Nestor / Softpedia News:
Raspberry Pi Foundation unveils PIXEL, a new LXDE-based desktop for Raspbian that is designed to be more appealing with new theme, application icons, more  —  The new desktop environment can be installed right now  —  Raspberry Pi Foundation's Simon Long proudly unveiled a new desktop environment …
 

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