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September 12, 2018, 1:30 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 …
Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:
Apple announces Watch Series 4 with 40mm and 44mm displays, a larger focus on health data, ECG capability, 64-bit Dual Core processor, up to 2x faster, and more  —  Heavily rumored since shortly after the release of its predecessor, and accidentally revealed in pre-event leaks of images and basic specs …
Shivam / All Things How:
Apple product sitemap appears to confirm 5.8-inch iPhone XS, 6.5-inch XS Max, and 6.1-inch XR; XR to be available in six colors  —  Ahead of the unveiling of the 2018 iPhone devices, Apple has updated its product sitemap file which clearly states the name of the upcoming devices — iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.
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.
More: MacRumors and 9to5Mac
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 …
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.
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
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Profiles of tech CEOs that mostly focus on personality, like the recent New Yorker piece on Zuckerberg, can at best shed light on platforms' problems indirectly  —  On the limits of tech company CEO interviews  —  Can Mark Zuckerberg fix Facebook before it breaks democracy?
Sara Salinas / CNBC:
In a letter, the FCC has told Sprint and T-Mobile that it needs more time to review their proposed merger  —  - The agency has paused an “informal” 180-day transaction clock “to allow for thorough staff and third-party review” of recently submitted materials.
Corinne Purtill / Quartz:
A look at how AI is helping kidney patients in the US by accelerating donor matching times on paired exchanges  —  There used to be only three ways off of a kidney transplant waiting list.  The first was to find a healthy person from within one's own pool of friends and family …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Mobile jobs app Job Today, which operates in the UK and Spain, expands its $20M Series B from November 2016 with an extra $16M from 14W  —  Accel-backed mobile-first jobs app Job Today has pulled in another $16M — an expansion to its November 2016 $20M Series B round.
More: PE Hub Blog and Tech.eu
Ina Fried / Axios:
Verizon says its wireless 5G home broadband service will launch Oct. 1 in Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Sacramento starting at $50/mo after free trial  —  Verizon announced that, starting Thursday, customers in its four 5G launch markets will be able to sign up for Internet service.

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