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August 29, 2016, 7:00 PM

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Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
Apple invites media to event on Sept. 7 at 10AM PT at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, expected to announce new iPhones and updated Watch line  —  September 7 will be the day of the iPhone 7.  —  Apple sent invitations to the press for a September 7 product launch event …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple working on new pro software features for iPad expected 2017, a 5K monitor, and Mac updates, including a thinner MacBook Pro with flatter keyboard  —  Deeper stylus integration, faster displays planned for iPads  —  New MacBooks, iMac, and 5K monitor with LG in product pipeline
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo:
FBI issued warning that two state voter registration databases were breached by suspected foreign hackers; sources: Arizona, Illinois databases were the targets  —  The FBI has uncovered evidence that foreign hackers penetrated two state election databases in recent weeks …
Financial Times:
Sources: Apple faces multibillion tax bill in EU ruling over receiving state aid from Ireland; official estimate to be announced tomorrow  —  Apple will on Tuesday be hit with Europe's largest tax penalty after Brussels ruled that the company received illegal state aid from Ireland.
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Fitbit unveils $100 ‘swim-proof’ Flex 2 and $150 Charge 2 with heart rate monitoring  —  Meet Fitbit's next Fitbits.  —  The fitness-tracker company is unveiling two new devices today, the $150 Charge 2 with heart rate monitoring and a larger screen, and the smaller, “swim-proof” …
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Sources: Uber shut out Uber board member and Alphabet exec, David Drummond, from attending board meetings  —  Uber has shut out an Uber board member and senior Alphabet executive, David Drummond, from attending board meetings, according to three people briefed about the unusual arrangement.
Mark Bergen / Recode:
Sources: red tape and internal politics are slowing down moonshot efforts at Alphabet's X  —  Why?  —  Google's famed corporate research lab, first launched as Google X, was a sandbox for the company founders and its band of experimental scientists.  When Google became Alphabet …
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Andy Pasztor / Wall Street Journal:
The first detailed US rules for flights of small commercial drones go into effect today and include pilot licensing requirements and a nighttime flying ban  —  Regulations apply to unmanned aircraft weighing less than 55 pounds  —  The first detailed U.S. rules for flights of small commercial drones …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram Stories diverges from Snapchat by suggesting whom to follow; company says 100M people visit the Explore tab every day  —  Who decides who's cool?  Snapchat refuses to recommend accounts for fear of feeling heavy-handed.  Maybe it learned from Twitter, whose old …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
T-Mobile now lets you watch HD video on its “unlimited” data plan, which currently caps video at 480p, with $3/day passes on the new T-Mobile One Plus plan  —  T-Mobile has figured out a remarkably confusing way of expanding its brand new unlimited data plan.

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