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September 13, 2018, 11:15 AM

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Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
The iPhone XR is neatly segmented primarily by virtue of being close enough to the best to be a force in the market for years to come  —  Apple released a new flagship iPhone yesterday, the iPhone XS.  This isn't exactly ground-breaking news: it is exactly what the company has done for eleven years now …
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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New York Times:
Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook is better prepared to fight election interference, catalogs the steps the company has taken to prevent a repeat of 2016  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Mark Zuckerberg began the year by promising to make Facebook safer from election interference around the world.
Bloomberg:
Sources describe Larry Page as more withdrawn than ever, with his immersion in tech solutions of tomorrow distracting him from the problems Google faces today  —  Larry Page was a no-show.  The co-founder and de facto leader of Google is famous for his wild bets on airborne taxis and space elevators …
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.
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
For Curated Our Stories, Snapchat enlists 20 news partners, including CNN, Cosmopolitan, and NBC, to aggregate user-generated content in the Discover section  —  Snapchat is letting more than 20 news partners create curated “stories” with user-generated content from its platform as part …
Rob Copeland / Wall Street Journal:
Profile of Olaf Carlson-Wee, who turned $14K into $150M by betting on cryptocurrency, and his fund Polychain Capital, which earned investors 2,303% last year  —  Now running the world's largest crypto hedge fund, the 29-year-old says he is undeterred by recent losses
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
European Court of Human Rights rules that some aspects of a former UK mass surveillance regime, including bulk data collection, violated human rights law  —  In another blow to the UK government's record on bulk data handling for intelligence purposes the European Court of Human Rights …
Ainsley Harris / Fast Company:
Profile of Arlan Hamilton, founder of Backstage Capital, which is focused on underrepresented founders and is launching a $36M fund for black women founders  —  Backstage in the greenroom of the podcast festival where she's scheduled to appear, Arlan Hamilton is quietly singing the lyrics to Janet Jackson's “Control.”
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: two years before it was hacked, Equifax told the FBI of suspicions that company data including code and HR files may have been stolen by Chinese spies  —  The credit-reporting company went to the FBI with its suspicions—then the investigation stalled
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.
Amy X. Wang / Rolling Stone:
Spotify says users can now download 10,000 tracks on up to five devices for offline listening, up from 3,333 tracks on up to three devices  —  Streaming service expands number of songs that can be downloaded for offline listening  —  A common gripe among Spotify users is that the app limits …
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 …

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