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September 14, 2015, 11:15 AM

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CNBC:
Apple says iPhone pre-orders are on pace to beat last year's 10M unit first-weekend record  —  Apple: We are on pace to beat last year's iPhone first-weekend record  —  Apple on Monday said it is on pace to beat last year's iPhone first-weekend record.  —  Apple shares rose in premarket trading following the announcement.
Wall Street Journal:
Google X hires Detroit veteran John Krafcik as “CEO” of its self-driving car project, suggests the division could become an independent company under Alphabet  —  Google Brings in Chief for Self-Driving Cars  —  Hiring of Detroit veteran John Krafcik indicates keenness to commercialize the technology
Annalee Newitz / Gizmodo:
How Ashley Madison Hid Its Fembot Con From Users and Investigators  —  The developers at Ashley Madison created their first artificial woman sometime in early 2002.  Her nickname was Sensuous Kitten, and she is listed as the tenth member of Ashley Madison in the company's leaked user database.
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Clive Thompson / New York Times:
Inside Uber's talent raid on Carnegie Mellon's robotics center, and Silicon Valley's sudden interest in the field  —  Uber Would Like to Buy Your Robotics Department … In the center of the lab, CHIMP stretched out one huge arm, then gracefully unfurled its three metal fingers, as if about to beckon someone.
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Xcode confirms 2 GB RAM for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, 4 GB RAM for iPad Pro  —  Hamza Sood has cleverly used asset catalogs with the Xcode 7 GM to confirm the rumors around the iPhone 6s and iPad Pro RAM specifications.  It confirms that the iPhone 6s has 2 GB of RAM, up from 1 GB in the iPhone 6 …
Daniel Pasco / Medium:
Lack of WebKit webview support in Apple's tvOS poses problems for porting many apps that use webviews to display web widgets and pages  —  Apple TV—A World Without Webviews  —  The new Apple TV's operating system—tvOS—has some differences from iOS 9, but one of the most startling ones is the removal of support for webviews.
Nick Bilton / New York Times:
Profile of Facebook executive Matt Jacobson, employee No. 8, and the company's link to Hollywood  —  Matt Jacobson, Facebook's Gatekeeper for Hollywood  —  In 2005, Matt Jacobson was 44 and looking for a new job after leaving Quiksilver, the surf brand.  A friend suggested that he meet …
Rachel Metz / MIT Technology Review:
NASA to send another HoloLens to ISS on Dec. 3 after losing first one in June SpaceX explosion  —  Why NASA Wants Microsoft's HoloLens in Space  —  The rocket carrying two HoloLens headsets to the International Space Station blew up in June, and NASA is planning another launch.

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