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September 12, 2019, 8:45 AM

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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 …
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.
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.
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
Profile of Daniel Dines, the CEO of robotic process automation company UiPath, which has 3,000+ employees around the world and generated $155M revenue in 2018  —  The man who at once epitomizes the hottest new growth area in tech and the burgeoning hopes for entrepreneurship in Eastern Europe twirls …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Healthy.io, which helps patients analyze urine samples with a testing kit and smartphone app, raises $60M Series C led by Corner Ventures  —  Roughly six years ago, former Israel chief technology officer Yonatan Adiri cofounded Healthy.io, a digital health care startup leveraging AI …
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Blake Montgomery / The Daily Beast:
Filing: ICE will pay Cellebrite, an Israeli hacking tools vendor, between $30M to $35M over the next one to five years, more than ten times their 2017 contract  —  The agency's previous contract with Cellebrite was worth $2.2 million.  —  ICE wants to hack more phones.  A lot more.
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.
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Akeneo, which develops a product information service to manage all information about products in stores and online, raises $46M Series C led by Summit Partners  —  French startup Akeneo has raised a $46 million Series C round led by Summit Partners, with existing investors Alven, Partech …
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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.
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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