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September 14, 2015, 3:55 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.
Julia Angwin / ProPublica:
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.  Until the Department of Homeland Security raised a red flag.
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
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
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Facebook open-sources React Native for Android to speed up mobile development  —  Facebook today announced the release of React Native for Android, a new open-source software project intended to speed up the process of making sophisticated native apps for Android using JavaScript.
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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