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Here’s what’s on the tech menu for Thursday …

Facebook’s Messenger app looks a little different today, as the company updated it to make it easier to start chatting with others.

South Korean electronics behemoth Samsung is acquiring cloud-services company Joyent, of San Francisco, for an undisclosed amount. The deal is seen as a play by Samsung to build up its own cloud-based offerings.

Uber agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle a lawsuit brought by drivers in San Francisco over background checks.

Twitter makes its “live” button for Periscope available to everyone. Now, when you’re doing a tweet, you can tap on the live button to start up Periscope instead of having to leave the app to do so.

Cavium shares are tanking by as much as 17 percent after the San Jose chipmaker said late Wednesday it will acquire QLogic for $1.36 billion.

Chinese internet giant Tencent is said to be close to acquiring Supercell, the maker of the popular “Clash of Clans” mobile game, for $9 billion.

Amazon looks to boost its artificial intelligence efforts by hiring a really smart guy from Carnegie Mellon to head up a new AI group in San Francisco.

Yahoo’s stock gets upgraded by Citigroup, which said there are “six things” that make it attractive as its sale process winds up.

ICYMI … The “Spam King” who bombarded more than 500,000 Facebook users was sentenced to 30 months in jail earlier this week in San Jose.

Photo: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images).

 

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