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September 19, 2018, 11:20 PM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Apple Watch Series 4 review: beautiful screen, great battery life, and health-tracking features, but Siri is unreliable, and there is no always-on screen option  —  The screen steals the show  —  The greatest Apple product comeback story of the past few years has, without a doubt, been the Apple Watch.
Spencer Soper / Bloomberg:
Sources: Amazon is considering a plan to open up to 3,000 Amazon Go cashierless stores by 2021  —  - Rapid expansion would rank it among biggest convenience chains  — Retailer is testing different formats for AmazonGo strategy  —  Amazon.com Inc. is considering a plan to open …
Chris Hall / Pocket-lint:
Amazon.co.uk listing leaks Amazon Smart Plug, an Alexa-enabled plug to add voice control to any electrical socket, listed at £95 and releasing on Oct. 11  —  Amazon is going to be offering its own Smart Plug, letting you add Alexa voice control to any plug socket.
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Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Threat researcher: hackers stole customer credit cards in a month-long data breach at online retailer Newegg, between August 14 and September 18  —  Newegg is clearing up its website after a month-long data breach.  —  Hackers injected 15 lines of card skimming code on the online retailer's payments page …
Sarah Krouse / Wall Street Journal:
Google partners with T-Mobile to send Google Maps-like location data from Android phones in the US to emergency call centers  —  Android phones will soon send Google Maps-like location data to emergency call centers  —  Emergency call operators will soon have an easier time pinpointing the whereabouts of Android phone users.
Jillian D'Onfro / CNBC:
Alibaba's Jack Ma recants promise to Trump, made early last year, to help US economy add one 1M jobs, citing the current state of US-China trade relations  —  - Jack Ma, founder of Chinese retail giant Alibaba, has recanted his promise to Donald Trump to create 1 million U.S. jobs.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Filings from Chinese regulator TENAA: iPhone XS and XS Max have 4GB of RAM, iPhone XR has 3GB; iPhone XS Max and XR have larger 3,174 and 2,942 mAH batteries  —  The battery capacities and RAM inside the new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR have surfaced in regulatory filings Apple …
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Jon Porter / The Verge:
Code snippets in iOS 12.1 beta suggest new iPad to be announced this fall, possibly an iPad Pro with Face ID and an edge-to-edge notched display  —  Expected this Fall  —  Apple's recently released iOS 12.1 beta contains code that suggests a new iPad is coming this fall.
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Cody Wilson, 3D printed gun advocate, charged with a second degree felony count of sexual assault of a child  —  The far-right figure allegedly met a teen on SugarDaddyMeet.com, where he told her he was a ‘big deal.’  —  The founder of a an alt-right crowdfunding site and a 3-D gun-printing company …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Researcher shares flaw, reported to Western Digital in April 2017, that bypasses admin password for WD's My Cloud NAS drives; WD says fix coming in a few weeks  —  A security researcher has published details of a vulnerability in a popular cloud storage drive after the company failed to issue security patches for over a year.
BuzzFeed News:
Ethereum cofounder Gavin Wood wrote a blog post in 2013 in which he described having sex with an 11- or 12-year-old girl dying of AIDS; Wood says it was fiction  —  Cryptocurrency entrepreneur Gavin Wood wrote — and then deleted — a post about having sex with a preteen girl who was dying of AIDS.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
eMarketer study: Amazon's ad business will bring in $4.61B this year, putting Amazon at 3rd place, ahead of Microsoft, in its share of the US digital ad market  —  Amazon's ad business will bring in $4.61 billion this year, according to a new eMarketer study, up a whopping 60% from the projection of $2.89 billion in March.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Counterpoint Research: in Q2, Apple sold 43% of all $400+ phones and 88% of $800+ phones globally, and took 62% of global handset profits  —  Apple's iPhone earnings were over 3.6 times that of Samsung and over three times the profits of the top four brands in China, as the company sold 43 percent of all “premium” phones globally.
Aoife White / Bloomberg:
EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager says regulators are probing how Amazon gathers and uses info on sales made by competitors on Amazon Marketplace  —  - EU's Vestager is checking how Amazon uses rival sales data  — Amazon has dual purpose as retailer and host to other sellers
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
GitLab raises $100M Series D led by Iconiq Capital at a valuation of $1.1B  —  Code collaboration and DevOps platform GitLab has raised $100 million in a series D round of funding led by Iconiq Capital, with participation from existing investors GV and Khosla Ventures.

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