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September 18, 2018, 2:55 PM

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Nilay Patel / The Verge:
iPhone XS and XS Max review: terrific display, great speakers, and long battery life, but expensive, very good camera but not great, portrait mode a hit or miss  —  Solid updates to a winning formula  —  Last year, Apple did something out of character: it introduced the usual update to the iPhone …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Tesla under criminal investigation by DOJ over public statements made by Tesla and CEO Elon Musk, alongside a previously-reported civil inquiry by SEC  —  Tesla is under investigation by the Justice Department over public statements made by the company and Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Google partners with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance to provide Android-powered infotainment systems, with integrated maps, assistant, more, starting in 2021  —  Car makers have been reluctant to cede control to tech rivals; drivers will have better integration of Google's maps, app store and voice-activated assistant
Amphtml / Accelerated Mobile Pages Project:
Google says it is moving the AMP project to an open governance model, forms steering committee with reps from other companies  —  Over the last 2 years AMP has grown from a tiny open source project with just 2 contributors to a much larger one with over 700 folks contributing over 10,000 commits running on many millions of websites.
Dami Lee / The Verge:
Google's Family Link, which allows parents to set screen time limits and more, expands to teens, adds support for Google Assistant, and rolls out worldwide  —  Parents will be able to manage their teens' existing Google accounts with Family Link  —  Family Link, the parental control hub Google introduced …
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
NY AG report on cryptocurrency trading platforms finds many are vulnerable to market manipulation, refers some to regulator for potential legal violations  —  The New York Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has released a report on cryptocurrency trading platforms, finding that many are vulnerable …
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 …
Kate Clark / TechCrunch:
Agriculture tech startup Indigo raises $250M Series E and launches marketplace to help farmers sell grain online; source: funding values firm at $3.5B  —  Indigo, the startup bringing algorithms and machine learning to the agricultural industry, has raised a $250 million Series E, bringing its total raised to $650 million.
More: Axios
Rick Porter / Hollywood Reporter:
HBO and Netflix tie for the most Emmy wins, taking home 23 each; Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel won eight awards; Hulu won four  —  HBO is still the Emmy champion — but it has some company at the top.  —  The streaming era has already turned the TV business upside down …
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Lyft passes 1 billion trips six years after its founding, amid some concerns about its future growth ahead of a potential IPO  —  But can the ride-hailing company keep up the pace?  —  Earlier this month, Lyft crossed a major milestone when it completed its 1 billionth trip.
Megan Farokhmanesh / The Verge:
YouTube extends its $4.99/mo Channel Memberships, previously available only to channels with 100K+ subscribers, to smaller channels with 50K+ subscribers  —  YouTube is extending its channel membership benefits to include smaller creators.  Engadget reports that creators with more than 50,000 subscribers …
More: Engadget
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Pinterest rolls out a new API to help brands find and keep track of influencers  —  Influencer marketing is on the rise, you might have heard.  There's sound logic driving that growth: About 30 percent of consumers are more likely to buy a product recommended by a “non-celebrity blogger,” …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram to run ads in Stories and feed to point US users over 18 to mid-terms voting registration info, will let users add an “I Voted” sticker  —  Facebook is getting ready to purposefully influence the U.S. mid-term elections after spending two years trying to safeguard against foreign interference.

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