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August 30, 2018, 11:35 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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Google, via a deal with Mastercard, gets data that lets it match clicks on retailer ads to purchases in offline stores; Google says data is anonymized  —  Google found the perfect way to link online ads to store purchases: credit card data  —  For the past year …
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.
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 …
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.
Yimian Wu / China Money Network:
China-based P2P lender X Financial files for $250M US IPO, says it has booked $270M in revenues in 2017, up 676% YoY  —  Chinese online P2P lender X Financial has filed for an initial public offering in the US seeking to mop up to US$250 million, according to its IPO prospectus.

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