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September 17, 2019, 12:00 PM

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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.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max review: its camera system outperforms the Pixel 3 and Note10 in bright light and, with Night mode, usually beats Pixel 3 in low light  —  And the best camera you can get on a phone  —  Video by Becca Farsace, Alix Diaconis, Phil Esposito, Andrew Marino, Grayson Blackmon, William Joel, and Mariya Abdulkaf
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
iPhone 11 review: has a terrific battery life and excellent camera, and is the best phone for the average consumer, but iOS 13 is buggy  —  This was not a hard review  —  Video by Becca Farsace, Alix Diaconis, Phil Esposito, Andrew Marino, Grayson Blackmon, William Joel, Owen Grove, and Mariya Abdulkaf
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.”
Joshua Franklin / Reuters:
WeWork parent says it expects to complete its IPO by the end of the year after shelving plans to launch an investor road show this week  —  Joshua Franklin, Anirban Sen  —  (Reuters) - WeWork owner The We Company said on Monday it expected to complete its initial public offering (IPO) …
Bloomberg:
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Amazon launches Amazon Music HD, offering lossless audio for streaming or downloading, for $14.99/month or $12.99/month for Prime customers  —  RIP Tidal?  —  Amazon is launching a new tier of its music service today, dubbed Amazon Music HD.  It offers lossless versions of audio files …
ProPublica:
Medical images and health data, including X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans, with names and birthdates, from 16M scans worldwide are available unprotected online  —  Hundreds of computer servers worldwide that store patient X-rays and MRIs are so insecure that anyone with a web browser or a few lines of computer code can view patient records.
Apple:
Apple awards an additional $250M from its Advanced Manufacturing Fund to Corning, bringing its total investment in the precision glass maker to $450M  —  Harrodsburg, Kentucky — Apple today announced it is awarding $250 million from its Advanced Manufacturing Fund to Corning Incorporated …
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:
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
DevOps platform GitLab raises $268M Series E co-led by Iconiq Capital and Goldman Sachs at a $2.75B valuation, says its annualized revenue is growing 143% YoY  —  Covering venture capital, software and startups  —  Some tech companies shy away from putting a date on going public - or whether they plan to list their businesses at all.
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.
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
NBCUniversal says its ad- and subscription-supported streaming service will be called Peacock and will launch in April 2020 with over 15,000 hours of content  —  Direct-to-consumer chairman Bonnie Hammer talks with The Hollywood Reporter about Peacock, the battle over library content and how the service impacts the cable brands.
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.
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 …

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