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September 11, 2019, 3:20 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.
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.
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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.
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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TechCrunch Disrupt SF:
Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson joins Disrupt SF to talk about US crewed spaceflight  —  The space race is back on, but this time it's closer to home: A number of U.S. companies are vying to become …
Intel:
Here's how Intel is powering breakthrough research in astronomy, medicine, AI and beyond  —  Fastest supercomputer in academia - Frontera, is based on 2nd generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.

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