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Samsung Joins the Smart Home Sensor Battle With Apple, Google

First came the PC, then the Internet, then the smartphone and tablet. Now, technology companies want to link them all to your front door, your bathroom light, or your furnace -- anything with an on-off switch, and some things that don’t yet have them -- using myriad sensors throughout your house.

Apple Could Lease IPhones to Help Spur Upgrades: Macquarie

Apple Inc. could take a page from the auto industry and lease iPhones, providing a lower-cost option for consumers and carriers that could boost the pace of phone upgrades, Macquarie Securities USA Inc. analyst Kevin Smithen wrote in a note Wednesday.

Rebekah Brooks Returns to Lead Murdoch's News Corp. U.K.

Rebekah Brooks will return to her role as chief executive officer of News Corp.’s U.K. subsidiary, four years after resigning from Rupert Murdoch’s company in the wake of a phone-hacking scandal at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid.

The Case That Has Microsoft, Apple and Amazon Agreeing for Once

Microsoft Corp. responded swiftly to a pre-dawn fax from the FBI in January. The two terrorists who killed a dozen people at the newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris had Microsoft e-mail accounts stored on servers in the U.S., and 45 minutes later their contents were en route to the agency, to be shared with French authorities.

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The number of wireless subscribers in India, where carriers recently agreed to spend $18 billion to buy airwaves from the government

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Naspers CEO Defies China Slump to Leapfrog Netflix in Africa

Bob van Dijk’s $55 billion media company gets almost all of its value from a single Chinese investment, yet he’s more concerned about attracting Africans to Naspers Ltd.’s new video-on-demand service than about China’s economic slowdown.

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Hands on with the Gear S2: New Shape and Features

Bloomberg Pursuits' Stephen Pulvirent got a few minutes to check out the new Samsung Gear S2. The second-generation smart watch got a shape shift and will come packed with some interesting new features. The Gear S2 goes on sale in October in the U.S. but no word yet on pricing. (Source: Bloomberg)

Why Pressure Is Mounting on Twitter's Board

In the three months since Twitter started searching for a new chief executive officer, the stock has slipped 22 percent and several product executives have left. Bloomberg's Sarah Frier reports on "Bloomberg Markets." (Source: Bloomberg)

Judge Rules Uber Drivers Can Fight to Be Called Employees

Shannon Liss-Riordan, partner at Lichten & Liss-Riordan, talks with Olivia Sterns about the lawsuit brought by Uber drivers fighting their distinction as contractors, rather than as employees and what it could mean to other companies that are part of the sharing economy. She speaks on "Bloomberg Markets." (Source: Bloomberg)

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