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Google unveils VR headset, new phones; Suitors may submit bids for Twitter this week

Medical IoT Technology in US Hospitals Helps to Reduce Costs and Improve Care

Internet Traffic Spikes By One Third In March

How 37 Years of Default Data Can Prepare Us for the COVID-19 Fallout

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Google unveils VR headset, new phones; Suitors may submit bids for Twitter this week

TOP NEWS

* unit its new Pixel smartphones, aswell as a new virtual reality headsetamong other devices. Pixel, which features a five-inch screen, and Pixel XL,which has a 5.5-inch display, offer 4K video with video stabilization, alongwith free unlimited cloud storage for photos and videos, according to anofficial blog post.

* Potential buyers may submit bids for Twitter Inc. in the week of Oct. 3, with a potentialdeal for the microblogging service expected to cross $20 billion, The Wall Street Journal reports,citing people with knowledge of the details. Looking to gain support frominvestors and other parties, Salesforce.com Inc. CEO Marc Benioff calledTwitter an "unpolished jewel," with data that could prove to bebeneficial for the cloud-storage company in its next-phase of growth, thesources said.

Internet & OTT

* Yahoo!Inc. in 2015 used a software program to customers' incoming emails incompliance with a classified U.S. government demand, Reuters reports,citing three former employees. Also, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision tocomply with the classified order reportedly led to the of the company's ChiefInformation Security Officer Alex Stamos in 2015. 

* Meanwhile, representatives of , , Google, and Twitter saidthey never received such a demand from the government but if they did it wouldhave been challenged in court, TechCrunch.com reports.Companies like Twitter and Microsoft also pointed out their lawsuits againstthe U.S. Department of Justice to seek greater transparency while disclosinginformation about government requests for user data. 

* NetflixInc. and luxury theater-chain iPic Entertainment agreed to screenoriginal Netflix movies in theaters and on the streaming service on the sameday, The Wall Street Journal reports.In 2017, Netflix movies will be shown in iPic theaters in Los Angeles and NewYork City, with an option of playing the movies at iPic's 13 other locations orindependent theaters.

* Pinterest Inc. tapped Twitter's senior finance executiveTodd Morgenfeld to be its first CFO, according to a reportby The Wall Street Journal. Morgenfeldis currently serving Twitter as vice president of finance.

* AT&TInc.'s upcoming streaming service DIRECTV NOW Viacom Inc.'s portfolio of premier networks to itsprogramming lineup. DIRECTV NOW, which is set to launch in the fourth quarter, will offer access to morethan 100 channels, including live and on-demand programming, the companysaid.

Film & TVProgramming

* AT&T entered into an exclusive multiyear, multifacetedpartnership with singer Taylor Swift. The company it would disclose details on thedeal later.

The day ahead

Early morning futures indicators pointed to a lower openingfor the U.S. market.

In Asia, the Hang Seng was up 0.42% to 23,788.31. The Nikkei225 climbed 0.50% to 16,819.24.

In Europe as of midday, the FTSE 100 dropped 0.63% to7,029.75, and the Euronext 100 fell 0.77% to 884.16.

On the macro front

The ADP employment report, the international trade report,the Gallup U.S. job creation index, the PMI services index, the factory ordersreport and the ISM non-manufacturing index are due out today.

Featured news

The Daily DoseEurope: Amazon in talks to settle EU e-book probe; French regulator blocksAltice's SFR offer: Amazon.com Inc. is negotiating for a fine-freesettlement for the EU's investigation into its e-book deals with publishers,while French securities regulator AMF rejected 's buyout offer for SFR.

M&AReplay: Asia-Pacific deals through Sept. 30: Samsung, BandLab,LINE: S&P Global Market Intelligence provides a wrap-up ofAsia-Pacific media and communications deal announcements, completions andupdates from Sept. 19 to Sept. 30.

The Daily DoseAsia-Pacific: Wharf telecom unit sold for $1.2B; Google, HTC partner for Pixelphones: Hong Kong-based Wharf (Holdings) Ltd. agreed to sell its telecombusiness Wharf T&T to a consortium of private equity firms TPG Capital andMBK Partners Ltd.,while Google teamed up with Taiwanese handset maker to produce the new Pixelsmartphones.

The Pay Check:Murdochs' compensation jumps YOY: Fiscal 2016 pay packages of21st Century Fox Inc.Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch and CEO James Murdoch are among thosehighlighted in the latest installment of The Pay Check.

Trump rollsout cybersecurity strategy, calls Clinton 'unfit': GOP presidentialnominee Donald Trump said cybersecurity will be a "top priority" ofhis administration if he is elected and blasted Democratic rival HillaryClinton's handling of her emails as secretary of state.

Data Dispatch:Media & comm PE deal values swell in 2016: The just-endedquarter was a busy one for private equity investments in the media andcommunications space.

SouthernEurope video spotlight: Netflix localizes Turkish platform: In thismonthly feature, S&P Global Market Intelligence provides a roundup of newsrelated to over-the-top, video-on-demand and other online video initiatives ina range of southern European markets, including Portugal, Italy, Spain, Turkeyand Greece.

London techcommunity defiant in wake of Brexit uncertainty: London's venturecapital circles are defiant in a city grappling with its future role followingthe U.K.'s vote to leave the European Union.

Featured research

Economics of Advertising: Databook: Benchmarking Cable TVAdvertising Statistics: An unprecedented wave of advertisingpowered by strong spending on politics and sports events is hitting cableshores. A more conservative trend emerges from our latest long-term forecast,however, as a decidedly more temperate multichannel subscriber outlook balancesout cable's competitive advantage in pinpointing demographics. For our detailedanalysis, see our exclusive new report.

Technology:Virtual CCAP revenue expected to ramp in 2017; ARRIS remains total marketleader in Q2'16: According to new forecasts from SNL Kagan, cableoperators will transition toward more software-focused virtual converged cableaccess platforms beginning in 2017 and will increase their spending on theseplatforms to $670.6 million in 2021.

Economics ofAdvertising: Ad agencies show steady gains in uncertain times:Major ad agency holding groups produced largely positive results in the secondquarter, with gains in digital advertising helping to offset turbulence relatedto currency fluctuations, terrorist attacks around the globe and the U.K.'sdecision to leave the European Union.

Best of SNL:SNL Kagan research and analysis, editor's picks: Presenting the editor'stop picks from SNL Kagan's exclusive research and analysis for the week endedSept. 30.