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September 11, 2019, 12:15 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 6 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.
The Verge:
Hands-on with iPhone 11 Pro: looks slightly better than XS, but the camera bump is big and Apple is not trying to hide it, the new camera interface is great  —  The glass is nice, but we can't judge the cameras yet  —  Apple just announced the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.
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:
All iPhone 11 models have the U1 ultra-wideband chip for spatial awareness, whose underlying tech would enable Apple's rumored Tile-like tracking tags  —  Apple introduced the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro with nary a mention of its rumored tracking tags, but the underlying technology appears to be present and accounted for.
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.
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
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 …
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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.
Faiz Siddiqui / Washington Post:
After criticism, Lyft hopes to improve rider safety by mandating driver education and adding a new notification system for potentially dangerous off-track rides  —  The company will mandate driver safety education and use prediction to determine if riders or drivers need help.
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