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September 17, 2018, 10:00 PM

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Juli Clover / MacRumors:
iOS 12 officially launches out of beta, with faster performance, Screen Time, smarter notifications, Memoji, Siri Shortcuts, improved privacy in Safari, more  —  Apple today officially released iOS 12, the latest operating system designed for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. iOS 12 is available …
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
iOS 12 review: mostly incremental improvements to iOS 11 rather than breaking new ground, except for Siri Shortcuts, which is a productivity playground  —  We left last year's iOS 11 update with a palpable tension between two platforms.  —  On one hand, following a year of minor changes …
Eugene Kim / CNBC:
Sources: Amazon plans to release at least eight new Alexa-powered devices, including a microwave, an amplifier, and subwoofer, by the end of the year  —  - It reflects Amazon's ambition to make its Alexa voice assistant ubiquitous, especially in areas where people spend most of their time, like the home and car.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Twitter update lets users revert to a chronological timeline, says it is working on a way for users to easily switch between algorithmic and chronological feeds  —  In the meantime, the company says its fixing its timeline settings  —  Twitter has made a surprise change to how it shows tweets to its users …
New York Times:
Trump placing 10% tariffs on an additional ~$200B in Chinese imports on Sept. 24, drops ~300 types of goods, including smartwatches, from list of those affected  —  President Trump, emboldened by America's economic strength and China's economic slowdown, escalated his trade war on Monday …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram Shopping launches personalized Explore channel, expands Stories tags after testing them since June, and lets brands add a shopping bag icon to Stories  —  Instagram is embracing its true identity as a mail-order catalog.  The question will be how much power merchants will give Instagram …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Mobile social network Path, which Google reportedly tried to acquire for $100M and which was once raising money at a $500M valuation, is closing down on Oct. 18  —  It's that time again, folks, time to say goodbye to a social media service from days past.  —  Following the shuttering …
Steven Levy / Wired:
Current and former Apple execs including Eddy Cue, Tony Fadell, Greg Joswiak, and John Sculley recount anecdotes from their time at the Infinite Loop campus  —  Apple's old HQ holds stories of pizza ovens, iPhone secrets, baseball bats, and what happened to Steve Jobs' office.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Amazon opens a checkout-free Amazon Go retail store in Chicago, its first such store outside Seattle  —  Amazon today officially expanded its checkout-less grocery stores outside Seattle, as the ecommerce giant opened its very first Amazon Go store in Chicago, located at 113 S Franklin Street.
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
Cloudflare debuts IPFS Gateway, an easy way to access content from the P2P-driven InterPlanetary File System that does not require installing special software  —  Internet security provider Cloudflare is introducing a new product to help users more easily access the InterPlanetary File System …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
GovPayNow.com, used by ~2,300 US government agencies for online payments, has exposed 14M+ customer records dating back to 2012, says issue has now been fixed  —  Government Payment Service Inc. — a company used by thousands of U.S. state and local governments to accept online payments …
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Salesforce founder Marc Benioff and his wife, Lynne Benioff, to buy Time Magazine for $190M from Meredith Corp., expecting to close within 30 days  —  Benioffs won't have day-to-day operational role at Time Magazine  —  Time magazine will have a new home.
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