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September 16, 2019, 6:55 PM

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Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Amazon changed its search algorithm last year to boost items that were more profitable for it, overriding internal dissent from lawyers and engineers  —  The e-commerce giant overcame internal dissent from engineers and lawyers, people familiar with the move say.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Ahead of the planned September 19 release date, Apple Arcade is rolling out to some users running beta iOS 13 or iOS 13.1, with 50+ games to play  —  Apple Arcade appears to be rolling out to a handful of users ahead of its planned September 19 release date, based on a few tweets and emails sent to MacRumors.
Yahoo News:
Sources: Obama's move in 2016 to expel dozens of Russian diplomats and seize estates was in part due to a brazen Russian operation to breach FBI communications  —  On Dec. 29, 2016, the Obama administration announced that it was giving nearly three dozen Russian diplomats just 72 hours …
Ry Crist / CNET:
The Wi-Fi Alliance launches the Wi-Fi Certified 6 program for devices using next-gen 802.11ax Wi-Fi radios, expected to be up to 40% faster than Wi-Fi 5  —  Promising a “new Wi-Fi era,” the nonprofit Wi-Fi Alliance industry group launched the Wi-Fi Certified 6 program Monday.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google announces a hardware event on October 15 in NYC, where it's expected to announce the Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixelbook 2, and new Google Home speakers  —  Pixel 4, Pixelbook 2, new Google Assistant speakers, and more  —  Google has invited media to a hardware event on October 15th in New York City.
Bloomberg:
Sources: SoftBank Vision Fund backers Saudi Arabia's PIF and UAE's Mubadala are reconsidering how much to commit to Vision Fund II as a big bet on WeWork sours  —  - Saudis, Abu Dhabi consider dramatically cutting investment  — Discussions follow WeWork IPO process, drop in valuation
Washington Post:
The dearth of TikTok videos on Hong Kong protests offers a glimpse of how China could shape the perception of real-world events by US and global audiences  —  Hong Kong unrest features prominently on most social media, but not on TikTok  —  A search for “#hongkong” on Twitter reveals …

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