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September 11, 2019, 11:20 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.
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.
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.
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Jon Fingas / Engadget:
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
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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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 …
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.

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