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September 14, 2015, 12:45 PM

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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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft sends invites for October 6 event where Surface Pro 4, Lumia 950 and 950 XL, other Windows 10 devices are expected to launch  —  Microsoft to launch Surface Pro 4 and new phones at October 6th event  —  Microsoft has started inviting media outlets to a special Windows 10 devices launch next month.
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.
More: Fusion, BGR and GuardianTweets: @kashhill
Julia Angwin / ProPublica:
New Hampshire library that set up a Tor relay, the first library to do so, suspends the relay after DHS inquiry  —  First Library to Support Anonymous Internet Browsing Effort Stops After DHS Email  —  A library in a small New Hampshire town started to help Internet users around the world surf anonymously using Tor.
More: Threatpost
Reuters:
NY regulator reaches agreement with banks on Symphony; service to retain messages for 7 years, banks store decryption key copies with independent custodians  —  NY regulator reaches agreement with banks on Symphony messaging  —  New York State's Department of Financial Services said it has reached …
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
YouTube star Michelle Phan's makeup subscription delivery service ipsy raises $100M round led by TPG Growth and Sherpa Capital  —  Makeup Subscription Delivery Service ipsy Raises $100M  —  ipsy, an online makeup subscription delivery service, said today that it had raised $100 million.
More: Fortune, Variety and Racked
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 …
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Netflix and Amazon users sue to stop Chicago's 9% streaming tax  —  It's on.  Subscribers to popular streaming services, including XBox Live and Spotify, have filed a lawsuit that claims the city of Chicago's controversial tax policy on digital entertainment is illegal.

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