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September 15, 2016, 3:01 AM

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Patrick McGeehan / New York Times:
LinkNYC removes browsing from NY kiosks after complaints people were monopolizing spots and watching porn, is working with city officials on options  —  The Wi-Fi kiosks were designed to replace phone booths and allow users to consult maps, maybe check the weather or charge their phones.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
GitHub debuts improved comments moderation and project management features, tweaks API for better 3rd-party integrations, offers early-access program  —  GitHub is hosting its Universe developer conference in San Francisco today.  Unsurprisingly, the company used this event to announce …
Wired:
Changes to Rule 41 of Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure to let FBI hack unspecified number of PCs with single warrant, starting Dec. 1, unless Congress blocks  —  Digital devices and software programs are complicated.  Behind the pointing and clicking on screen are thousands of processes and routines that make everything work.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
LG, Huawei, and Motorola confirm no new Android Wear watches in fall 2016 despite releasing one in Sept. 2015, hinting at a lack of enthusiasm from customers  —  With the Apple Watch Series 2 and Samsung's Gear S3 hitting the market, rivals such as Motorola and LG are sitting out this holiday season.
Michael Kan / PCWorld:
The World Anti-Doping Agency says Russian cyber espionage group hacked its database, stole medical information about Olympic athletes  —  The hacking group Fancy Bear has also been blamed for breaching the DNC  —  The same Russian state-sponsored hackers that allegedly breached …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple hires former Time Warner Cable exec Peter Stern as VP of cloud services, who will report to Eddy Cue  —  Former Time Warner Cable executive Peter Stern has joined Apple to work on the cloud services team, reports The Wall Street Journal.  Stern will serve as a vice president, reporting to iTunes chief Eddy Cue.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Microsoft will now let devs distribute repackaged Win32 desktop apps through the Windows Store, which was previously limited to Universal Windows Platform apps  —  The Project Centennial “bridge” for Win32 apps is now ready for production.  —  Traditional desktop Windows applications …
Noel Randewich / Reuters:
Apple stock nears 2016 high on better than expected reports about new iPhone preorders and Samsung's Note7 woes  —  Apple's (AAPL.O) stock hit a 2016 high on Wednesday, with its market value peaking above $600 billion for the first time since April as Wall Street bet the technology company's newest iPhone …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Spotify hits 40M paid subscribers, up 10M in five months, compared to Apple Music's growth of about 4M over roughly the same period  —  In a tweet shared by Spotify's official Twitter account today, the company's CEO and Founder Daniel Ek hinted that the service has hit the 40 million subscriber milestone.
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
New Twitter app launches on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Xbox One, brings free video content from Periscope, Vine, and partners like NFL, NBA, and Bloomberg  —  Twitter needs to figure out a way to continue to grow — and it certainly seems open to looking into a lot of new places outside your phone to figure out how to do that.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Sapphire Ventures, whose sole investor is SAP, has closed a new $1B late-stage startup fund  —  Sapphire Ventures has closed on a $1 billion fund to invest in privately held start-ups, easing fears about a downturn in the venture capital industry.  —  Sapphire Ventures …
ABC News:
Tim Cook favors AR over VR, suggests it may be more commercially viable because it allows users to be more “present”  —  In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Apple CEO Tim Cook said he favors augmented reality (AR) over virtual reality (VR), and suggested the emerging technology …
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