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September 11, 2019, 8:40 PM

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Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Uber says drivers will remain contractors under AB5, as they aren't core to its business which serves as a platform for several types of digital marketplaces  —  The ride-hail company shrugs off a new bill in California, but legal challenges loom  —  Uber won't be reclassifying its drivers …
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 …
Michael Potuck / 9to5Mac:
Apple updates AppleCare+ monthly payments option for newly purchased iPhones, iPads, and Watches, extending it beyond the 2 years, until canceled  —  Last year Apple rolled out the option to pay monthly for some of its two (in some cases three) year AppleCare+ plans for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Google introduces a new Chrome webpage sharing feature in version 77, letting users easily send links to other devices where they use Chrome  —  Not available on macOS just yet  —  Google is starting to make its Chrome 77 browser update available to Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android this week.
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Oracle says co-CEO Mark Hurd is taking a leave of absence for health reasons, releases its earnings a day early, reporting $9.2B in revenue, flat YoY  —  KEY POINTS  — Oracle's Mark Hurd, who was hired by founder Larry Ellison in 2010, is taking a leave of absence, the company said on Wednesday.
Michael Potuck / 9to5Mac:
iOS 13 GM and latest iOS 13.1 beta reference stereo AR headsets and apps, suggesting support for a face-mounted AR experience similar to Google's Daydream  —  As 9to5Mac's Gui Rambo first shared back in April and detailed more specifics just last week, Apple is working on bringing Stereo AR …
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.
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Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Sources: Palmer Luckey's border surveillance tech startup Anduril Industries has raised a funding round at a $1B+ valuation from Andreessen Horowitz and others  —  KEY POINTS  — Anduril has secured a funding round with participation from Andreessen Horowitz that values the defense company at more than $1 billion.
Bloomberg:
Sources: antitrust officials from the FTC have begun interviewing merchants on Amazon to determine whether the e-commerce giant is abusing its market dominance  —  A team of Federal Trade Commission investigators has begun interviewing small businesses that sell products on Amazon.com Inc …
Joseph Cotterill / Financial Times:
Prosus, a holding company for African giant Naspers' stakes in tech groups such as Tencent, opens at €76 on Amsterdam's stock exchange, valuing it at €123B  —  A company holding Naspers' stakes in internet technology groups such as Tencent soared in its Amsterdam stock trading debut …
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