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  • SpaceX says it’s booked its first private passenger for a journey around the Moon as part of its BFR launch; full details unknown, but the company says it will reveal the identity of the individual on Sept 17; Elon Musk previously said SpaceX would carry two private citizens into space this year - Link

  • Media agency Moonbug acquires child-centric YouTube channel Little Baby Bum; terms undisclosed; the UK-based channel is the ninth most popular on YouTube; one of its nursery rhyme compilation videos has garnered 2.1B views; Moonbug says it plans to expand the brand to traditional TV as well as creating new content based on characters in its videos - Link

  • AI-centric healthtech firms have raised $4.3B since 2013, according to analytics firm CB Insights; the report also says Chinese startups have signed more deals than any other country this year, overtaking the UK; CB Insights notes drug discovery tools are a key area of focus - Link

  • Singapore-based Golden Gate Ventures closes its third fund at $100M; targets startups across Southeast Asia; portfolio includes marketplace Carousell and payments platform Omise; Golden Gate is also raising an additional $10M for LuneX, its dedicated crypto fund - Link

  • Apple opens pre-orders for iPhone XS, XS Max, and Apple Watch Series 4; devices ship Sept 21; iPhone XR available Oct 19, ships Oct 26 - Link

    Update: shipping times for some iPhone XS Max models slipped to October within an hour of pre-orders opening; Silver and Space Gray - in both 64GB and 512GB - show delivery times of two to three weeks - Link