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September 17, 2019, 4:06 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  —  Video by Becca Farsace, Alix Diaconis, Phil Esposito, Andrew Marino, Grayson Blackmon, William Joel, and Mariya Abdulkaf
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  —  Video by Becca Farsace, Alix Diaconis, Phil Esposito, Andrew Marino, Grayson Blackmon, William Joel, Owen Grove, and Mariya Abdulkaf
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.
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) …
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.”
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: President Trump is visiting Silicon Valley for the first time since 2016 for a fundraiser, but its location is a mystery, even to the donors  —  Location of president's fundraiser in the Bay Area is being kept under wraps  —  Three years ago, an uproar among company employees forced …
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Facebook shares more on its upcoming Oversight Board for content decisions and how members are picked, says decisions will be binding even if Facebook disagrees  —  'The board's decision will be binding, even if I or anyone at Facebook disagrees with it,' says Zuckerberg
Harriet Agnew / Financial Times:
France says it has received €5B from institutional investors to invest in tech startups over the next three years, as it seeks to grow more unicorns  —  President Emmanuel Macron announced on Tuesday that France has drummed up €5bn of capital from institutional investors to pour …
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Bijan Stephen / The Verge:
Microsoft has started testing ads on Mixer, including on some partnered channels like Ninja's, but says creators are not getting a cut of ad revenue for now  —  Microsoft's streaming service rolls out its first ad offerings  —  Mixer, Microsoft's answer to Twitch, has just rolled out its first ads …

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