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September 14, 2015, 7:05 AM

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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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
The White House:
White House announces updated College Scorecard website with 18 years of data from 7K+ colleges, open APIs, new comparison tools, and more  —  Fact Sheet: Empowering Students to Choose the College that is Right for Them  —  Increasing the number of Americans with college degrees is a key part …
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.
Gabe Rivera / LinkedIn Pulse:
10 shocking (or at least interesting) facts about Techmeme on its 10th birthday  —  Ten Years Later, This Is How Techmeme Has Avoided Click-Bait, Auto-Play Ads And More  —  Techmeme launched on September 12, 2005 amid a flurry of blog posts from Robert Scoble, Richard MacManus, and several others.
 

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