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September 9, 2019, 8:15 PM

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Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Attorneys general from every US state, excluding California and Alabama, as well as DC and Puerto Rico, launch an antitrust investigation into Google  —  KEY POINTS  — Texas will lead a joint state investigation into Google over antitrust concerns, state Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Monday.
New York Times:
Apple says it's now handicapping its own apps in App Store search results after analysis finds they have ranked first for at least 700 search terms  —  If you opened the App Store on an iPhone in May 2018 and typed “podcast” in the search box, you would have seen something like this.
Financial Times:
Sources: SoftBank urges WeWork to cancel IPO following cool reception from investors, amid fears it could affect SoftBank's Vision Fund fundraising efforts  —  SoftBank, the biggest outside shareholder in WeWork, is urging the lossmaking property group to shelve its hotly anticipated initial public offering …
Steve Moser / MacRumors:
Based on an internal build of iOS 13, 2019 iPhones will include an R1 sensor coprocessor, adding support for more sensors than the existing M-series coprocessor  —  Apple is planning to add a new coprocessor, codenamed both “Rose” and “R1,” to the A13 series chips in its upcoming iPhones set to debut on Tuesday.
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
900+ Amazon employees have pledged to walk out September 20 to protest Amazon's huge carbon footprint, demanding a commitment to get to zero emissions by 2030  —  Nearly 1,000 employees have pledged to walk out September 20 to demand the company go to zero emissions by 2030.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft unveils a redesigned To-Do app, now just called To Do, to look and feel more like Wunderlist, which it is set to replace  —  Microsoft encourages Wunderlist users to switch to its To-Do app  —  Microsoft is making some big tweaks to its To-Do app this week, with a redesign …
Megha Rajagopalan / BuzzFeed News:
Privacy International finds popular period tracking apps, including MIA Fem and Maya, are sending monthly timings, contraception use, symptoms, more to Facebook  —  Period tracker apps are sending deeply personal information about women's health and sexual practices to Facebook, new research has found.
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Federal appeals court rejects LinkedIn's effort to stop hiQ Labs from scraping public profile data, reaffirming a ruling from August 2017  —  (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Monday rejected LinkedIn's effort to stop a San Francisco company from using information that users …
BuzzFeed News:
Photos and videos on private Facebook and Instagram accounts can be shared publicly by followers via source URLs, even after Stories expire or media is deleted  —  Photos and videos posted to private accounts on Instagram and Facebook aren't as private as they might seem.
Ivan Mehta / The Next Web:
The Vivaldi browser comes to Android with swipe gestures for navigation, advanced tab management, notes, screenshots, no-tracking, dark mode, and more  —  Almost three years after launching its desktop version, cross-platform browser Vivaldi has finally released its mobile version today.
Yogita Khatri / The Block:
Stellar Foundation says it will give away 2B XLM tokens, currently worth ~$120M, to users of Keybase's chat app over the next 20 months  —  Stellar Development Foundation (SDF), the non-profit organization behind the Stellar blockchain network, has set the stage for yet another sizable airdrop, according to an announcement Monday.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
China Labor Watch: at the largest iPhone factory ~50% of workers were temps in August, breaking a 10% limit set by China; Apple, Foxconn admit it was an issue  —  - Companies confirm report on excessive use of temporary workers  — China Labor Watch alleges harsh conditions before iPhone event
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Germany-based Volocopter, which wants to launch an autonomous air taxi service, raises €50M Series C led by the owner of Volvo, bringing total raised to €85M  —  The promise of flying cars has become an idea more synonymous with the tech world's shortcomings than its exciting potential …

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