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Andrew J . Hawkins / The Verge: New federal rules for autonomous vehicles arriving Tuesday, call for 15-point “safety assessment”, aiming to avoid inconsistent patchwork of state laws  —  The White House vs. robot cars  —  So far, manufacturers of self-driving cars have operated in uncharted waters …

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Jordan Novet / VentureBeat: Google sends out invites for October 4 “made by Google” hardware event in San Francisco, will livestream it on YouTube  —  Google today tweeted out an indication that it will unveil new devices on October 4.  People have been expected Google to show new mobile devices …

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Steve Kovach / Business Insider: Intermittent and random glitch with iPhone 7's new Lightning EarPods stops volume controls from working; Apple says fix coming soon  —  Some iPhone 7 users have found an annoying glitch with the wired Lightning EarPods that come with the iPhone 7.  —  The issue, which I've also experienced …

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Jordan Novet / VentureBeat: Google buys API.ai, a startup with dev tools for speech recognition and a conversational assistant app with 20M+ users  —  Google today said that it's acquired API.ai, a startup with tools for speech recognition and natural language understanding.  Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

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Anne D'Innocenzio / Associated Press: Walmart completes deal to buy Jet.com for $3B in cash plus $300M in stock  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart says it has completed its deal to buy fast-growing online retailer Jet.com for $3 billion in cash plus $300 million in stock.  —  The announcement late Monday came from Wal-Mart's CEO Doug McMillon via his Instagram account.

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BBC: GoPro to launch foldable Karma quadcopter for $799 on October 23, new Hero5 action cameras and GoPro Plus $5/month sharing service on October 2  —  Camera-maker GoPro has unveiled a foldable drone that fits in a backpack.  —  The Karma aircraft also features a detachable stabiliser that can be used to make handheld shots more steady.

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Avery Hartmans / Business Insider: Sources: GV-backed gym membership startup ClassPass hits $150M run rate, up from $100M in summer of 2015, and now-positive gross profit margin of 17%  —  ClassPass, the Google Ventures-backed gym membership startup, has seen its revenue accelerate despite a change to its pricing model …

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Reuters: Indonesia asks Google to pay for five years of back taxes, bill for 2015 alone could be $418M  —  Indonesia plans to pursue Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google for five years of back taxes, and the search giant could face a bill of more than $400 million for 2015 alone if it is found to have avoided payments, a senior tax official said.

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Kurt Wagner / Recode: Facebook buys Nascent Objects, a startup with tools for rapidly prototyping hardware ideas  —  The company will join Facebook's new top-secret hardware lab, Building 8.  —  Facebook has acquired Nascent Objects, a small Bay Area startup that offers what the company calls a …

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Casey Newton / The Verge: Google Photos expands on auto-generated montage videos with “concept movies” that have a theme based on content and gets in-app sharing  —  Getting emotional  —  Since the day it launched, one of Google Photos' more compelling features has been its automatically generated montage videos.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Stripe offers Instant Payouts to all contractors after early rollouts at Lyft, Care.com, goPanache, to help marketplaces pay contractors more quickly  —  Stripe, the startup that competes against the likes of PayPal's Braintree and WePay to provide payment services to digital businesses …

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Dr. Raymond M. Soneira / DisplayMate: iPhone 7 has the highest color accuracy and peak brightness of any mobile display, making it “the best performing mobile display that we have ever tested”  —  The key element for a great Smartphone has always been a truly innovative and top performing display …

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Casey Newton / The Verge: Twitter no longer counts photos, videos, GIFs, polls, and Quote Tweets against the 140-character tweet limit  —  Beyond 140 characters  —  Tweets are holding steady at 140 characters, but a variety of additions to your tweets will no longer count against that limit..As The Verge reported last week …

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Todd Longwell / VideoInk: Vimeo debuts $599/year Vimeo Business plan for 5TB storage, white label, more, licenses Lionsgate shows for television store coming on Oct. 18 in 150 countries  —  Video hosting platform Vimeo announced today that mini-major studio Lionsgate will be the exclusive launch partner licensing content …

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Casey Newton / The Verge: Google launches Trips, a free Android and iOS app that serves as trip planner and travel guide, with custom itineraries as well as flight, hotel info, more  —  Going places  —  Google today announced Trips, a new app that serves as a trip planner and travel guide for anyone who is exploring a new place.

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Andy Greenberg / Wired: Google's tech incubator and think tank, Jigsaw, will soon release Conversation AI, a set of tools that use machine learning to combat online trolls  —  Around midnight one Saturday in January, Sarah Jeong was on her couch, browsing Twitter, when she spontane­ously wrote what she now bitterly refers to as …

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Richard Lai / Engadget: HTC co-founder Peter Chou on his work with VR startup Futuretown, its new 5D Totalmotion modular VR simulator ride, and where VR headsets are headed  —  For a man who spent 18 years at HTC turning smartphones from mere business tools into ubiquitous consumer gadgets, Peter Chou knows a thing …

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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat: Wearable tech company Thalmic Labs raises $120 million from Intel, Amazon, and others  —  Thalmic Labs, the Canada-based wearable technology company, has announced a substantial $120 million (USD) Series B funding round led by Intel Capital, the Amazon Alexa Fund, and Fidelity Investments Canada.

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Nick Wingfield / New York Times: Former lead World of Warcraft designer Rob Pardo raises $25M for his new startup, Bonfire Studios, from Andreessen Horowitz and Riot Games  —  Big video games, like movies, are usually created by squadrons of people, including dozens or hundreds of artists and developers.

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Jillian D'Onfro / Business Insider: Google Maps lead Jen Fitzpatrick on the advantages that rich geographic data gives Google in smart assistant race  —  Over the last several months, Google has mapped out a vision of its future where you'll have a smart assistant following you from phone to wrist to flatscreen and beyond …

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Eugene Kim / Business Insider: Updated Nutanix IPO filing: revenue of $444.9M, up 84% YoY, billings of $637M, up 106% YoY, $165M operating loss, up 40% YoY, positive $3.6M operating cash flow  —  Nutanix, the $2 billion infrastructure company, has updated its regulatory filing on Monday, hinting that its stalled IPO could be back on track.

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Sam Rutherford / Tom's Guide: iPhone 7, 7 Plus cameras don't produce as sharp or well exposed images as Samsung's Galaxy S7 line, but OIS, f/1.8 aperture, 2x optical zoom are major upgrades  —  While their resolution may have stayed the same, the 12-megapixel rear cameras in Apple's iPhone 7 and 7 Plus look offer a big improvement in picture quality.

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Jordan Novet / VentureBeat: Oracle launches new cloud computing and storage offerings to compete with AWS, as Larry Ellison says “Amazon's lead is over” at OpenWorld conference  —  Just like Larry Ellison said Oracle would, today at Oracle's OpenWorld conference in San Francisco, the company unveiled …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Oracle buys Palerra, a cloud security startup co-founded by Oracle alums Rohit Gupta and Ganesh Kirti, which had raised $25M  —  Oracle is kicking off a big customer confab in San Francisco this week, and to mark the event, it's announced an acquisition.  Oracle is buying Palerra …

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Sarah McBride / Bloomberg: How Salesforce Ventures, which has backed at least 31 startups this year, has seen success and avoided clashes with Salesforce CEO Benioff, an active investor  —  Cloud company's VC arm has backed at least 31 startups so far this year.  VC chief sees boss Benioff as more collaborator than competitor.

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