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September 14, 2015, 9:45 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.
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
US appeals court rules copyright owners must consider fair use before issuing takedown notices, siding with EFF  —  Appeals court strikes a blow for fair use in long-awaited copyright ruling  —  Copyright owners must consider fair use, and Universal now faces a trial over it.
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook is working on a standalone video app that will support 360-degree footage; launch details uncertain  —  Facebook Looks to Bring Virtual Reality to Mobile Devices  —  360-degree video app would allow users to change viewing perspective by tilting their phones
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Stripe announces Relay, a set of tools for retailers to enable instant purchases in third-party apps, with Twitter as a launch partner  —  Stripe Unveils A New Tool To Help Retailers Build Native Buying Experiences In Apps  —  Stripe unveiled a new set of tools, called Stripe Relay …
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.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
VLC and Plex Apps Coming to New Apple TV  —  Apple's latest fourth-generation Apple TV includes a dedicated App Store, which will allow users to access many apps and features that were not previously available on the older Apple TV.  Popular media streaming apps Plex and VLC, for example …
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: BGR, Guardian and FusionTweets: @kashhill
Jillian D'Onfro / Business Insider:
Adrian Wong, the Google Glass engineer who defected to Facebook, quietly rejoined Google  —  Adrian Wong, the former Google Glass lead electrical engineer who left the company last year to join Facebook-owned virtual reality startup Oculus, has quietly rejoined Google to work for parent company Alphabet, according to his LinkedIn page.
Thanks:@lexnfx
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.
 

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