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August 30, 2018, 7:05 PM

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Guilherme Rambo / 9to5Mac:
Images of the new 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED iPhones leak; both will likely be called iPhone XS and have a gold color option  —  Earlier today Apple officially announced when and where it will hold its next big event.  Apple's September 12th event is expected to include the introduction …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Image of the new Apple Watch Series 4, with a larger, edge-to-edge display and new watch faces, leaks  —  In addition to discovering exclusive iPhone XS details today, 9to5Mac can exclusively share the first look of the new Apple Watch Series 4.  This is the new Apple Watch that we believe Apple …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple announces a product launch event on September 12 at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino where updated iPhones, iPads, and more are expected  —  It's official: Apple will hold its next big event on September 12.  Apple issued media invites with the tagline ‘Gather round’ as a teaser today.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google updates Assistant to support two languages simultaneously, letting users pair English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, or Japanese, with more to come  —  The Google Assistant just got more useful for multilingual families.  Starting today, you'll be able to set up two languages …
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
San Francisco grants permits for one-year e-scooter pilot program to Scoot and Skip; Santa Monica selects Jump, Lyft, Lime, and Bird for its e-scooter pilot  —  Skip and Scoot, two underdogs in the scooter war, won the coveted permits  —  After more than two months of waiting …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Edits made to Mapbox data changed the name of New York City to “Jewtropolis” for 4+ hours, affecting Snap Maps, The Weather Channel, CitiBike, and others  —  New Yorkers who opened up Snapchat, The Weather Channel, CitiBike or a number of other apps and services this morning found …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft will let Office 365 Personal and Home subscribers install Office apps on an unlimited number of devices from October, up from one and 10 respectively  —  Microsoft is making a number of tweaks to its Office 365 consumer subscriptions as of October 2.  Here's what's changing.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Mozilla says Firefox will soon block web trackers by default, starting with trackers that slow page loads in Firefox 63 and cross-site trackers in Firefox 65  —  Mozilla today announced that Firefox will soon block web trackers by default.  In conjunction, Firefox will also let users control what information they share with sites.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Twitter says some organizations that purchase ads related to political issues, like abortion or immigration, will need to disclose more info about themselves  —  Twitter said Thursday that it would begin requiring some organizations that purchase political ads on topics such as abortion …
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Senator Orrin Hatch asks FTC to examine Google's search and digital advertising practices for antitrust issues  —  (R-Utah) is calling on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate whether Google's search and digital advertising practices are stifling the marketplace.
Paul Thurrott / Thurrott.com:
Lenovo announces a range of new Windows laptops, Chromebooks, and the Lenovo Smart Home Essentials line, including a smart plug and smart bulb for $29+  —  Lenovo today announced several new consumer PCs, an “extreme” version of its ThinkPad X1 Carbon, three new Chromebooks, and several new smart home devices.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Google's Titan Security Key set, including a USB key, a Bluetooth key, and various connectors, is now available to all for $50, shipping immediately  —  Google's Titan Security Key is finally available to anyone who wants one.  The two-factor token went live today in the Google store …
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft says companies with 50+ employees seeking contracts will need to offer 12+ weeks of paid maternity leave, to be phased in over the next 12 months  —  Companies that provide temporary workers to the software giant will have to offer 12 weeks paid  —  Companies that want to staff …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Chinese startup Anker unveils a $130 smart speaker and $300 smart vacuum cleaner, both with Alexa integration  —  An emerging theme of IFA 2018 is smart speakers.  Bose announced one (the Bose Home Speaker), followed by Bang & Olufsen (the BeoSound 1 and 2) and Sony (the HT-FZ9).
Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:
Alleged Google Pixel 3 photos leak, show a traditional bezel and 5.5" 2160x1080 resolution display, Snapdragon 845 CPU, Adreno 630 GPU, and 2,915 mAh battery  —  The smaller Google Pixel 3 has managed to avoid the real-life photo leak treatment up to now, but the time has finally come.

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Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson joins Disrupt SF to talk about US crewed spaceflight  —  The space race is back on, but this time it's closer to home: A number of U.S. companies are vying to become …
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