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October 17, 2016, 2:25 AM

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David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Source: Peter Thiel pledging $1.25M in support of Donald Trump, his first such donation  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Peter Thiel, true to his reputation as the most contrarian soul in Silicon Valley, is doubling down on Donald J. Trump.  —  The only prominent supporter of the Republican candidate …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Y Combinator boss Sam Altman says he's not going to cut ties with Peter Thiel for supporting Donald Trump  —  “Cutting off opposing viewpoints leads to extremism and will not get us the country we want.”  —  The head of Silicon Valley's most famous startup factory says he's sticking with Peter Thiel …
Phil Oakley / Android Police:
Samsung Chromebook Pro specs and pics leak: aluminum body, stylus, 12.3" 2400x1600 touchscreen, 360° hinge, 10 hour battery, USB-C, 6-core CPU, and 32GB storage  —  Since Google revealed that Android apps and the Play Store will be coming to Chromebooks, most have been eagerly anticipating using …
Vera Eckert / Reuters:
German transport authority tells Tesla to stop using the term “Autopilot” in advertising  —  German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt has asked Tesla (TSLA.O) to stop advertising its electric vehicles as having an Autopilot function as this might suggest drivers' attention is not needed, his ministry said on Sunday.
Amanda Hess / New York Times:
Some celebrities are resorting to cyberbullying tactics like posting revenge porn, sharing secret phone recordings, and rallying online mobs for PR offensives  —  The reality TV star Rob Kardashian had a family matter to discuss, so naturally, he turned to Twitter.
April Glaser / Recode:
Tencent launches $299 Ying drone that can capture 4K video and live stream it to WeChat at 720p  —  The most popular social messaging platform in China now has its own foldable drone.  —  Tencent  —  Tencent, the maker of WeChat, has a new drone on the way, expected to be available for sale by the end of October for $299.
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
The White House open sources President Obama's Facebook Messenger bot  —  The White House today shared open source code for President Obama's Facebook Messenger bot to help other governments build their own bots.  —  The White House says it's sharing the code “with the hope that other governments …

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