Mark Harris / IEEE Spectrum:

How Google set some test parameters when it passed Nevada’s autonomous vehicle testing license exam in 2012  —  How Google’s Autonomous Car Passed the First U.S. State Self-Driving Test  —  Regulations governing Google’s experimental self-driving cars will come into effect on California’s roads starting 16 September.


Chance Miller / 9to5Google:

Motorola to open pre-orders for new Moto X, restock Moto 360 on Tuesday  —  Last week, Motorola finally took the wraps off of a handful of new products.  The new Moto G and Moto 360 went on sale almost immediately, but the new Moto X was teased as being available later this month.


Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:

Facebook is under fire from gay and transgender users who are being forced to use real names  —  There have been multiple reports that Facebook is forcing gay and transgender users to use their legal names instead of their online personas or chosen names, as part of a crackdown on pseudonyms, despite the danger this poses to some users


Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Mashable:

Russian social network VKontakte starts shutting down accounts that promote ISIS  —  Russia’s ‘Facebook’ Cracking Down on ISIS Accounts  —  The Islamic State may soon be running out of social networks  —  When Twitter ramped up its crackdown on several accounts in the wake of the brutal beheading …


Signe Brewster / Gigaom:

Airware partners with NASA to develop drone air traffic control system  —  The San Francisco startup develops hardware and software that help drones avoid collisions and safely return to their operators.  —  News broke last week that NASA is building an air traffic control system …


Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:

Public version of Google Chrome for Mac will go exclusively 64-bit in November  —  Last month Google released a 64-bit version of the Chrome browser for OS X on its developer channel.  However, this version of the app has not yet been made available to the general public.


Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:

Product Hunt Raises $6 Million From A16Z  —  Product Hunt, the aggregation site that many people consider a direct competitor to TechCrunch and other tech blogs due to its ability to surface new tech products and startups, has raised a hefty series A, we’re hearing.


Nick Bilton / New York Times:

Steve Jobs and several other tech execs have imposed time limits on their kids’ use of gadgets  —  Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent  —  When Steve Jobs was running Apple, he was known to call journalists to either pat them on the back for a recent article or, more often than not, explain how they got it wrong.


Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:

Tim Cook on Charlie Rose: no plans for social networking; Apple’s top competitor is Google  —  Tim Cook says Apple could have made a bigger iPhone ‘years ago’  —  Apple CEO tells Charlie Rose the company’s been patient  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company could have made a larger iPhone long ago …

Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:

Accessory makers hit delays as iPhone 6 production eats up Lightning connector supplies  —  Record shipments of Apple’s new iPhone 6 models unveiled this week might mean more headaches for companies building accessories with Apple’s Lightning connectors.  Several sources tell us in the lead …