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September 17, 2019, 9:30 PM

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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  —  The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max did not arrive at the splashiest Apple event ever.
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 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  —  This is one of the simplest reviews I've ever had to write: the iPhone 11 is the phone most people who are upgrading to a new iPhone this year should get.
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
The new iPhones' improvements, while nice, do not warrant upgrading for those with an iPhone X or later and aren't even must-haves for iPhone 6s owners  —  This is not your typical gadget review.  That's because it is time to rethink when to upgrade your iPhone.
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Sources: after setbacks, Facebook partners with Luxottica to help make “Orion” AR smart glasses designed to replace smartphones, with 2023-2025 launch timeframe  —  KEY POINTS  — Facebook has partnered with Luxottica to develop augmented-reality Ray-Ban glasses, sources familiar with the matter told CNBC.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google Fi debuts a more traditional unlimited plan for $70/mo. for a single line, but “may optimize” video to 480p and will throttle data past 22GB per month  —  Including some limits on video streaming and 100GB of cloud storage  —  Google is announcing a new plan for its MVNO Fi cell service: Unlimited.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Facebook says it has updated its definition of “terrorist organizations” and changed its counterterrorism team's structure to curb white supremacist violence  —  In a blog post this afternoon, Facebook detailed the progress it's made in combatting terrorists, violent extremist groups …
Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:
Sources: Google plans “Nest Wifi” with a different design from Google's routers, featuring Eero-like satellite units with built-in Assistant-enabled speakers  —  Google is planning to launch a refreshed version of its ‘Google Wifi’ router at its hardware showcase next month, according to sources familiar with the matter.
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  —  (Reuters) - WeWork owner The We Company said on Monday it expected to complete its initial public offering (IPO) by the end of the year …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google will start surfacing key moments from videos in search results, highlighting them with direct links to timestamps provided by creators  —  Google today announced an update to how it handles videos in search results.  Instead of just listing relevant videos on the search results page …
U.S. Department of Justice:
US files civil lawsuit against Edward Snowden after the publication of his book Permanent Record, alleging he violated NDA agreements with the CIA and NSA  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The United States today filed a lawsuit against Edward Snowden, a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency …
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn begins the global roll out of Skills Assessments, multiple-choice tests for users to verify their expertise across ~75 skills like coding  —  LinkedIn, the social networking service for the working world, is today taking the wraps off its latest effort to provide its users …
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.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Trulioo, a Vancouver-based electronic identity and address verification startup, raises ~$53M Series C led by Goldman Sachs, bringing its total raised to $96.6M  —  Vancouver-based Trulioo, a startup that provides electronic identity and address verification for 5 billion people …
Daniel Palmer / CoinDesk:
Following JPMorgan's JPM Coin, Wells Fargo announces plans to pilot a US dollar-linked stablecoin for internal settlement beginning next year  —  U.S.-based financial giant Wells Fargo is developing a U.S. dollar-linked stablecoin that will run on the firm's first blockchain platform.
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.
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Despite saying he was leaving 15 months ago, Facebook's former policy chief Elliot Schrage is still working as a full time employee with a new title  —  When Elliot Schrage announced his resignation last June, the buzz was that the Facebook Inc. executive—who had shaped the company's public messaging during …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
VENN, a Cheddar-like TV network that wants to mix esports with Twitch-like game streaming, raises $17M seed round, plans to launch in 2020  —  Video game industry veterans Ariel Horn and Ben Kusin have raised a massive $17 million seed funding round to launch a new gaming-focused TV network called VENN.
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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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Trump to visit Silicon Valley for a fundraiser on Tuesday, but its location is a mystery, even to donors; ex-Sun CEO Scott McNealy is the likely host  —  Location of president's fundraiser in the Bay Area is being kept under wraps  —  Three years ago, an uproar among company employees forced …
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  —  Some tech companies shy away from putting a date on going public - or whether they plan to list their businesses at all.

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