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September 11, 2019, 5:45 PM

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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 quietly switches AppleCare+ to a monthly subscription for some devices, letting users pay for a plan past the previous two or three year limit  —  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.
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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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
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 …
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.
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.

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