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Situational awareness: SiriusXM Holdings will acquire Pandora in an all-stock deal valued at $3.5 billion, in a move that Axios' Sara Fischer says may improve Sirius' direct-to-consumer relationship and get it into streaming.
Nifty new capabilities in Office to be announced later today are the most tangible fruits of a larger move at Microsoft to infuse artificial intelligence into everything it does.
What's new: At its Ignite conference in Orlando, Microsoft will unveil new Office features including those that:
Why it matters: As Windows and Office markets have both matured, Microsoft is looking for its next big thing, and betting big on AI.
Beyond using AI in its own products, Microsoft is pitching itself as the easiest way for average businesses to get started with the technology.
Acquisitions: Microsoft has made a number of recent deals to boost its AI capabilities. Since May, it has acquired:
The company is also using AI to power several new philanthropic efforts under the umbrella label AI for Good. The programs are a mix of technology commitments, grants and other assistance:
What they're saying: Injecting AI into Office could give the productivity suite a new edge against rivals like Google Apps, says Lopez Research principal analyst Maribel Lopez.
"The real battle in the enterprise AI space will be between Google and Microsoft," Lopez told Axios. "Google's obviously trying hard to break in with Chrome, Android and Suite but its been a slow slog to date. If Google can get companies placing more AI workloads in the cloud, they may be able to minimize the gap."
Salesforce is working with Apple in a technical collaboration aimed at bringing more of its services natively to the iPhone and iPad.
Why it matters: Though not known for its business sales, Apple has steadily grown its enterprise effort, especially around the iPhone and iPad, enlisting establishment players such as IBM, SAP and Cisco as partners.
"Apple is very committed to our products for people, including people in business," said Susan Prescott, the executive who leads Apple's enterprise work.
The details: While its work with IBM and others include joint sales efforts, the work with Salesforce is mostly a technical collaboration. Specifically:
In advance of Wednesday's Senate Commerce Committee hearing on privacy, Google and Apple are planning distinctly different strategies, Axios' David McCabe reports.
Of note: Apple and Google will be testifying alongside representatives from Twitter and Amazon as well as internet service providers AT&T and Charter Communications.
T-Mobile CEO John Legere with the new Metro logo. Photo: T-Mobile
T-Mobile is announcing today a new brand for its prepaid service. What had been Metro PCS will henceforth be known as Metro by T-Mobile, emphasizing the parent company and its network.
Background: T-Mobile acquired Metro PCS in 2013, and quickly shifted customers to its network and expanded Metro PCS to new cities, but has largely kept the brands separate.
The bottom line: T-Mobile hopes to change the perception that its prepaid brand offers a lesser-quality network experience.
"We want to tie ourselves to the T-mobile brand in way we have never done," Metro unit president Tom Keys told Axios.
Yes, but: Several of the major prepaid brands are owned by big carriers (AT&T owns Cricket and Sprint owns Boost and Virgin Mobile). And even more prepaid brands use the major networks. Right or wrong, the perception persists that prepaid offers a second-class experience.
The iPhone XS survived a half an hour soaked in Pabst Blue Ribbon unscathed. Screenshot: SquareTrade via YouTube.
The iPhone XS lives up to Apple's claim that it can withstand a soaking in beer, but still breaks easily when dropped, according to one third-party test.
Why it matters: Repairs to the iPhone XS are especially expensive, with a replacement of the glass case costing more than most Android smartphones ($399 for the front glass and $599 for the back glass).
The details: The phone did fine after a half-hour soak in Pabst Blue Ribbon, but broke on the first drop, according to testing by gadget insurer SquareTrade.
SquareTrade says the XS, while prone to breakage, is at least more durable than the iPhone X, which was the most breakable iPhone ever, according to its testing.
Want to see the testing in action? You're in luck. Here's the video.
Yes, but: Apple says the iPhone XS has its strongest glass ever and CNET said the iPhone XS did better than other smartphones in its drop testing.
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