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September 13, 2018, 5:30 AM

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Apple announces 5.8" iPhone Xs and 6.5" Xs Max with OLED displays, A12 Bionic 7-nanometer processor, dual-SIMs, 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.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Hands-on with iPhone Xs and Xs Max: both feel like the iPhone X, and Xs Max feels better than any Plus model iPhone ever has  —  Apple just announced the iPhone XS and XS Max.  They're iterations on last year's iPhone X, but the XS Max at least stands out in one very notable way: it's so much larger.
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Jillian D'Onfro / CNBC:
Breitbart posts leaked video of Google execs responding in dismay to Trump's election; Google says employees' personal views do not influence its products  —  - A leaked video shows Google's leaders responding in dismay at an all-hands meeting after the 2016 presidential election.
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 …
Apple:
Apple Watch Series 4 can detect low rate and irregular heartbeats, like AFib, and perform ECG when user taps the crown; these features expected later this year  —  Featuring a Stunning New Display, Electrocardiogram and Fall Detection  —  Cupertino, California — Apple today introduced …
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Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
Google says it's decided to discontinue its email app Inbox, which focused on simplicity, by the end of next March  —  Back in 2014, the folks at Google responsible for Gmail did something unexpected: They introduced a new email app.  On the back end, Inbox was the same thing as Gmail, and worked with your existing Gmail address.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Reddit says EU's copyright law is “a significant blow to the open Internet”; Wikimedia says it's disappointed by “the missed opportunity to modernize copyright”  —  Google declined to directly criticize the directive  —  Today, the European Partliament voted in favor …
Megan Wollerton / CNET:
Apple says new HomePod features, including setting multiple timers, making and receiving calls, and searching for Apple devices, are coming September 17  —  Apple on Wednesday announced a few updates to its $349 HomePod smart speaker, all expected to hit on Sept. 17.  They include:
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / ZDNet:
Apple's AirPower wireless charging mat, once slated for “early” 2018, has been almost entirely removed from its website; sources: AirPower was “too ambitious”  —  A year after teasing us with the AirPower all-in-one wireless charger for the iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods …

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