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September 14, 2016, 7:25 PM

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Signe Brewster / TechCrunch:
A look at the experience of riding in Uber's autonomous vehicles as the company begins passenger testing with a fleet of 14 cars in Pittsburgh  —  Beginning today, a select group of Pittsburgh Uber users will get a surprise the next time they request a pickup: the option to ride in a self driving car.
Lauren Goode / The Verge:
Apple Watch Series 2 review: serious fitness tracker with GPS, better performance, but display not visible in direct sunlight, software glitches remain  —  A GPS sensor and better water resistance make the new Apple Watch a serious fitness tracker  —  Let's call it what it is: a fitness tracker.
Michael Kan / PCWorld:
The World Anti-Doping Agency says Russian cyber espionage group hacked its database, stole medical information about Olympic athletes  —  The hacking group Fancy Bear has also been blamed for breaching the DNC  —  The same Russian state-sponsored hackers that allegedly breached …
ABC News:
Tim Cook favors AR over VR, suggests it may be more commercially viable because it allows users to be more “present”  —  In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Apple CEO Tim Cook said he favors augmented reality (AR) over virtual reality (VR), and suggested the emerging technology …
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
New Twitter app launches on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Xbox One, brings free video content from Periscope, Vine, and partners like NFL, NBA, and Bloomberg  —  Twitter needs to figure out a way to continue to grow — and it certainly seems open to looking into a lot of new places outside your phone to figure out how to do that.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Spotify hits 40M paid subscribers, up 10M in five months, compared to Apple Music's growth of about 4M over roughly the same period  —  In a tweet shared by Spotify's official Twitter account today, the company's CEO and Founder Daniel Ek hinted that the service has hit the 40 million subscriber milestone.
Wired:
Changes to Rule 41 of Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure to let FBI hack unspecified number of PCs with single warrant, starting Dec. 1, unless Congress blocks  —  Digital devices and software programs are complicated.  Behind the pointing and clicking on screen are thousands of processes and routines that make everything work.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Microsoft will now let devs distribute repackaged Win32 desktop apps through the Windows Store, which was previously limited to Universal Windows Platform apps  —  The Project Centennial “bridge” for Win32 apps is now ready for production.  —  Traditional desktop Windows applications …
Samuel Gibbs / Guardian:
Noel Randewich / Reuters:
Apple stock hits 2016 high amid iPhone preorder reports and Samsung's Note7 woes, with market cap pushing past $600B, to $615B+, for the first time since April  —  Apple's (AAPL.O) stock hit a 2016 high on Wednesday, with its market value peaking above $600 billion for the first time since April …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook's VP of product management Adam Mosseri says the company is actively working on tech to prevent fake news stories from showing up in Trending section  —  Following the controversial firing of the editorial team who managed the Trending Topics that appear next to Facebook's News Feed …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
LG, Huawei, and Motorola confirm no new Android Wear watches in fall 2016 despite releasing one in Sept. 2015, hinting at a lack of enthusiasm from customers  —  With the Apple Watch Series 2 and Samsung's Gear S3 hitting the market, rivals such as Motorola and LG are sitting out this holiday season.
Aoife White / Bloomberg:
EU publishes proposals for new copyright rules, which would allow news publishers to demand payment from aggregators like Google News  —  Copyright plan may curb online use of news articles, content  —  EU also seeks to bolster rights of music performers, authors

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