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September 12, 2018, 2:15 PM

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Apple:
Live stream of the Apple Special Event  —  - This stream is best experienced on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using Safari on iOS 10 or later; a Mac using Safari on macOS Sierra 10.12 or later; or a PC using Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge.  Streaming to Apple TV via AirPlay requires an Apple TV …
The Verge:
Live blog of Apple's event from the Apple Park in Cupertino where new iPhones, Apple Watches, and more are expected  —  We're live from Apple Park in Cupertino, CA, where Apple will announce its new iPhones.  Expect an update to the iPhone X called the iPhone XS, a larger iPhone XS Max …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Apple announces the 5.8" iPhone Xs and 6.5" Xs Max with OLED displays, A12 Bionic 7-nanometer processor, available in gold, silver, and space grey  —  Apple has announced its next generation of iPhones, and one of them is by far the biggest iPhone yet.  They look almost identical to their predecessor …
Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:
Apple announces Watch Series 4 with 40mm and 44mm displays, a larger focus on health data, 2x faster 64-bit Dual Core processor, WatchOS 5, and more for $399+  —  Heavily rumored since shortly after the release of its predecessor, and accidentally revealed in pre-event leaks of images and basic specs …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Apple says it is about to sell its two billionth iOS device, up from about ~1.2B iPhones in August 2017  —  As usual, Apple used its annual iPhone event to provide us with a few fresh stats about the state of its business.  The most important one came right at the start of today's event.
James Vincent / The Verge:
Paul Vigna / Wall Street Journal:
Total value of cryptocurrencies fell to under $200B, down from its high of $832B in January, as Bitcoin and the largest altcoins see 35%+ drops  —  Value of cryptocurrencies has slid 76% after exceeding $800 billion earlier this year  —  The cryptocurrency rout that began early this year …
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Nintendo says the Switch's online service, costing $3.99/month or $19.99/year, will launch on September 18 with a free seven-day trial  —  The Nintendo Switch's online service is launching in less than a week.  In a tweet today, Nintendo revealed that the service will be available on September 18th …
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Senate Commerce Committee to hold a hearing on privacy practices of tech firms on Sept. 26 with execs from Apple, Twitter, Google, Amazon testifying  —  Hearing is to help inform consumers and to determine where the federal government may need to assert itself, committee chairman says
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Google and Samsung announce expanded collaboration on RCS messaging support across each companies' chat clients, as Google keeps pushing RCS to rival iMessage  —  Google has secured a bit more buy in from Samsung for a next generation text messaging standard it's long been promoting.
Michael Sheetz / CNBC:
Verizon says Oath CEO Tim Armstrong will depart at the end of 2018  —  Verizon's head of media and advertising Tim Armstrong will leave at the end of the year, the company announced Wednesday.  CNBC reported Armstrong was in talks to leave as of Sept. 7.
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