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September 11, 2016, 3:05 PM

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New York Times:
Sources: Apple has shuttered parts of its self-driving car project, laid off dozens of employees as it rethinks its strategy  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is rethinking what it plans to do about self-driving cars, just as other big tech companies appear ready to plow ahead with competing efforts.
Mathew Ingram / Fortune:
Facebook's claim that it isn't a media entity is becoming increasingly untenable as the impact of its content ranking and removal policies continues to escalate  —  Facebook is more than just a site where people share photos of their children or pets.  It has become a crucial way in which hundreds …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Largest online DDoS service vDOS hacked, with details of customers and targets revealed; service earned $600K+ for 150K+ DDoS attacks over past two years  —  vDOS — a “booter” service that has earned in excess of $600,000 over the past two years helping customers coordinate more than 150,000 …
Ina Fried / Recode:
US Consumer Product Safety Commission says it is working with Samsung to announce a formal Galaxy Note7 recall soon, urges consumers to stop using the phones  —  The Consumer Product Safety Commission says people should not use or charge the tablets, whose batteries have been linked to a fire risk.
BBC:
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Report: Google to release 7-inch Huawei-built Android tablet with 4GB RAM this year  —  Here's something you might not have been expecting: alongside two new phones, it possible that Google will also announce a new 7-inch Android tablet very soon.  According to Evan Blass, it will be released …
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Steve Dent / Engadget:
Twitter launches Twitter Reader skill for Amazon Alexa to hear trends, top Tweets, notifications, more  —  Twitter has announced a new “skill” for Echo devices called Twitter Reader.  The company tweeted that you can now “use the Twitter Reader to hear trends, top Tweets, notifications & more!”
Andrew J . Hawkins / The Verge:
Ford buys shuttle startup Chariot, which operates 28 crowdsourced transit routes in the Bay Area, partners with Motivate to create bike-sharing program in SF  —  Ford, purveyors of Built Ford Tough Ford trucks, announced today it was doing more things designed to appeal to people …

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