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September 22, 2016, 5:20 AM

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Financial Times:
Sources: Apple in talks with UK luxury carmaker and F1 team owner McLaren for a full takeover or strategic investment; McLaren's valuation is said to be £1B+  —  Apple has approached McLaren Technology Group, the British supercar engineer and Formula One team owner, about a potential acquisition …
New York Times:
Sources: Apple in talks to acquire Lit Motors, an SF startup that makes a self-balancing motorbike; Apple has previously hired several Lit Motors engineers  —  Apple, which laid off dozens of employees from its secretive car project this month, is increasingly seeking help from outside companies with expertise in vehicles.
Benjamin Zhang / Business Insider:
Hudson Hongo / Gizmodo:
Trump backs Cruz in opposing transfer of Domain Name System to ICANN in October, claiming Internet freedom would be at risk  —  Back in December, Donald Trump suggested fighting terrorism online by “closing the internet in some way,” openly mocking potential First Amendment concerns.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Hands-on with iPhone 7 Plus' Portrait mode beta: works very well in many instances, but currently has issues distinguishing fine lines, wires, and more  —  One of the most talked about features of the iPhone 7 at launch was the new Portrait mode.  —  It's a software feature that used …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative pledges $3B over 10 years to cure and manage diseases, starting with $600M fund for Biohub research center at UCSF  —  Starting with a $600 million “Biohub”  —  The philanthropic initiative founded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan …
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix CFO David Wells says company wants original content to make up 50% of its catalog within a few years, is currently “one-third to halfway” toward target  —  Netflix is driving toward having half the content on its streaming service be original productions over the next few years …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Photo-sharing app Everalbum jumped from #967 in App Store in July to #28 in August after asking users to send SMS invites to their contact lists  —  Developers call it “growth hacking.”  Recipients call it spam.  The latest app to engage in the less-than-wholesome practice of asking users …

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