October 17, 2016, 2:55 PM

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Sources: Apple's car team gets late 2017 deadline to prove feasibility of the self-driving system, amid hundreds of job cuts and strategy disagreements  —  Company to decide fate of self-driving platform by late 2017  —  Hundreds of software, hardware engineers leave amid struggles
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 …
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Flights will now tell you when fares are likely to increase and help you find cheaper tickets  —  Google's airfare search destination Google Flights already offered a variety of features aimed at helping you find low-cost tickets, but today it's rolling out one more …
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Samsung announces Exynos 7 Dual 7270, a 14nm SoC with integrated LTE modem for wearables  —  Samsung's mobile division is in crisis mode right now, so of course the company is happy to talk about one division that is doing well: chips.  It just unveiled the Exynos 7 Dual 7270 …
Miranda Katz / Backchannel:
Three years after Tracy Chou asked “Where are the numbers?”, diversity reports are routine, but tech companies show modest gains  —  If you want to make tech less white and male, you need numbers.  But data didn't exist until one pissed-off engineer took action.
Lauren Goode / The Verge:
Lenovo Yoga Book review: great looks, very thin and light, long battery life, but not very powerful, keyboard is difficult to use, Android version not latest  —  Awkward.  That's the word that comes to mind when I think of all of the 2-in-1, “convertible” laptops that have come to market in recent years …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
With 5M MAUs, streaming startup Pluto TV raises $30M at $140M valuation from ProSieben, Scripps Networks, others to expand to Europe, buys Berlin-based Quazer  —  Pluto TV, a video streaming service targeting cord cutters by offering a TV-guide like experience that connects you to hundreds …
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Ozlo virtual assistant exits private beta, launches on iOS and the web  —  Calling itself one of the last independent AI-powered assistants, the Ozlo personal assistant was made publicly available for the first time today on iOS and the web.  —  Ozlo will expand to become …
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Cisco buys YC-backed meeting app Worklife for an undisclosed sum, plans to continue to provide it as a free standalone service  —  Cisco announced today that it was acquiring Worklife, a member of the Y Combinator winter 2015 class, for an undisclosed sum.  —  Worklife was founded with the idea …
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.

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