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September 11, 2019, 7:20 AM

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Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
Apple debuts iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max, with 5.8" and 6.5" screens, no 3D Touch, better battery life, triple camera system with zoom and wide angle, in 4 colors  —  As usual, Apple's latest batch of iPhones aren't exactly surprising, thanks to plenty of detailed leaks throughout the year.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Apple unveils the 6.1" iPhone 11, the XR's successor, with low-light night mode, A13 Bionic chip, dual cameras with an ultra wide lens, in six colors  —  A successor to the default iPhone  —  Apple is introducing a successor to its iPhone XR today, dubbed iPhone 11.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
The biggest surprise at Apple's keynote was not a new feature, device, or service, but an aggressive pricing strategy that's a departure for the company  —  - Company lowers cost of some iPhone, Apple Watch models  — $4.99 a month for TV+ video service undercuts many rivals
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Apple announces Watch Series 5 with built-in compass, always-on display, and new materials, shipping on September 20 from $399; Series 3 price drops to $199  —  Apple has just officially announced the next generation of the Apple Watch, the Apple Watch Series 5.
New York Times:
California passes landmark bill that requires gig economy workers to be treated as employees, going into effect Jan 1, affecting companies like Uber and Lyft  —  SACRAMENTO — California legislators approved a landmark bill on Tuesday that requires companies like Uber and Lyft to treat contract workers …
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:
Uber says it has laid off 170 people from its product team and 265 people from its engineering team  —  Uber has laid off 435 employees across its product and engineering teams, the company announced today.  Combined, the layoffs represent about 8% of the organizations …
The Verge:
Apple Arcade to debut on September 19 for $4.99/month with a one month free trial; Apple says it will add hundreds of games to its catalog in the coming weeks  —  Apple's subscription gaming service is coming soon.  Today, at its latest iPhone event, the company revealed that Apple Arcade …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Mozilla partners with Cloudflare to launch the beta of Firefox Private Network VPN, a VPN service via a browser extension for US desktop users  —  Mozilla today announced that it is bringing back the Firefox Test Pilot program to allow users to try out new features before they are ready for mainstream usage.
John Jurgensen / Wall Street Journal:
Interview with Bill Gates on his public image, Jeffrey Epstein, Steve Jobs, and more ahead of a docuseries, Inside Bill's Brain, debuting on Netflix Sept. 20  —  A new documentary profiles the tech-titan-turned-philanthropist.  In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Gates reflects on his shifting public image.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Apple says iPadOS is coming on September 30, alongside the new 10.2-inch iPad, with support for iPad models going back several years  —  Apple will release iPadOS on September 30th, with support for the last several years of iPad models.  —  While it's mostly just a name change, this is technically the first ever release of iPadOS.
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Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:
Oregon-based Dutchie, a Shopify-like e-commerce platform used by 450 cannabis dispensaries in 18 states, raises $15M Series A  —  Ross Lipson comes from an entrepreneurial family, so perhaps it's no wonder that as a college student, he dropped out of school to jump into the online food space …

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