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August 31, 2018, 2:45 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
An iOS developer says Apple Watch is hardcoded to block its gay pride watch face in Russia  —  Developer claims it's hardcoded into the OS  —  Apple first introduced its pride Apple Watch face during the company's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June.
Cherlynn Low / Engadget:
Huawei announces the AI Cube, a 360-degree smart speaker with an ethernet port, LTE, Wi-Fi router, and Alexa integration, coming to Europe for Christmas season  —  When Samsung launched the Galaxy Home speaker earlier this month, people were quick to point out how its name seemed ripped off from Google.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Next major Windows update will be called Windows 10 October 2018 Update and will arrive that month  —  Microsoft is officially unveiling the name for its next major Windows 10 update today.  Previously codenamed Redstone 5, the “Windows 10 October 2018 Update” will arrive at some point in October.
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
New App Store rules, going into effect October 3, require all apps and updates to include a link to their developers' privacy policy in the app metadata  —  In an announcement to developers through App Store Connect last connect, Apple is requiring that all new apps and updates include a link …
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 …
Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:
Sources: Rappi, an on-demand delivery startup operating in Latin America, raises $200M+ led by DST Global at a valuation of $1B+  —  Rappi, an on-demand delivery startup operating in Latin America, has raised more than $200 million in new funding at a valuation north of $1 billion, Axios has learned from multiple sources.
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.
Reuters:
Following the murder of a Didi rider, China's transport ministry says it will conduct comprehensive inspections of all ride-hailing services starting Sept. 5  —  HONG KONG (Reuters) - China will conduct comprehensive inspections on all ride-hailing service companies, the transport ministry said on Friday …
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