Tech Crawl: Twitter suitors dwindle and its stock takes a hit, Samsung moves into the AI fast lane

Posted October 6th, 2016

Good morning, Austin! We have scanned the internet to bring you what's happening in tech news. Here's what's going on:

Just who will bid for Twitter?

The list of potential Twitter suitors is dwindling, with Google and Apple bowing out.

And Disney is dropping its bid for the struggling social media company too.

Twitter shares fell 16 percent in pre-market trading Thursday on news that Google was bailing.

For now, that leaves Salesforce as the only potential buyer for Twitter, though the company has never confirmed publicly that it wants to make a deal.

According to Reuters, Twitter has told potential acquirers it is seeking to conclude negotiations by the time it reports third-quarter earnings on Oct. 27.

Samsung moves into AI fast lane 

While still dealing with fallout from its recalled Galaxy Note 7, Samsung is accelerating its push into the voice-assisted fast lane.

The South Korean electronics company is buying Viv, the machine-learning virtual assistant company started by Siri founder Dag Kittlaus.

With the deal, Samsung joins Apple (Siri), Amazon (Alexa), Microsoft (Cortana) and Google (Google Assistant) in providing a conversational interface to smartphones.

Samsung says Viv should power a Samsung smartphone sometime next year.

Netflix will debut its films in movie theaters

Some of Netflix's original movies will debut on the big screen starting next year.

The streaming service has signed a deal with theater chain iPic Entertainment that will give a same-day theater release to a portion of Netflix's films.

The deal includes 10 of Netflix's upcoming movies, including The Siege of Jadotville and Christopher Guest-directed comedy Mascots.

While this is not the first time Netflix has brought its films to the big screen, it is the company's first long-term partnership with a theater chain.