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September 17, 2019, 7:25 AM

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Joseph Cox / VICE:
Richard Stallman has resigned as president and director of Free Software Foundation and from MIT's CSAIL over his comments related to Jeffrey Epstein  —  Stallman said the “most plausible scenario” is that one of Epstein's underage victims was “entirely willing.”
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Ahead of the planned September 19 release date, Apple Arcade is rolling out to users running beta versions of 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.
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
Apple Arcade is a no brainer at $4.99/mo., with a strong selection of exclusives and a model that lets devs focus on fun instead of extracting money from users  —  Despite being just $5, Apple Arcade still seems like a tough sell for some gamers, who are already bombarded with other monthly services like Xbox Game Pass.
Chris Velazco / Engadget:
iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max review: improved battery life, flexible triple camera system, and great performance, but ultra-wide camera sometimes lacks detail  —  What does it mean for a phone to earn the name “Pro”?  Lots of power, for one.  Usually great cameras.  And software robust enough to handle arduous tasks with ease.
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 …
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
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.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
LastPass fixes a bug in its Chrome and Opera extensions which exposed credentials entered on previously visited websites  —  LastPass has released a fix last week.  Vulnerability details are now public.  Users advised to update.  —  Password manager LastPass has released an update last week …
Adam Satariano / New York Times:
A new generation of cameras in the UK that feed into facial recognition software, enabling real-time identity checks, raises new privacy concerns among citizens  —  Facial recognition technology is drawing scrutiny in a country more accustomed to surveillance than any other Western democracy.
Gregory Barber / Wired:
AI researchers are beginning to acknowledge and confront the “reproducibility” crisis, which makes it hard for others to replicate the results of AI systems  —  Machine-learning systems are black boxes even to the researchers that build them.  That makes it hard for others to assess the results.
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.

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