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September 19, 2019, 4:20 PM

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Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Apple brings the release date of iOS 13.1 and iPadOS forward by six days to September 24  —  Six days ahead of schedule  —  iOS 13.0 has just arrived, but Apple is already bumping up the release date for its first big update — both iOS 13.1 and iPadOS will now release on September 24th …
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Extensive iOS 13 and iPadOS review: Apple clearly considers iOS to be a platform, not just an OS, and is building upon that with updates for everyone  —  In looking back at major iOS releases from the recent past, it's easy to see how building and positioning these annual updates has become a careful balancing act for Apple.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Apple releases iOS 13 with Dark Mode, QuickPath swipe keyboard, a redesigned Reminders app, and more  —  Dark mode is the big new addition  —  Apple's new iOS 13 update is now available to download on compatible iPhones today, with an iPhone 6S release to follow soon.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
A day before global climate strikes, Jeff Bezos announces the Climate Pledge for businesses to commit to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2040  —  During a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington this morning, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos alongside former United Nations climate leaders unveiled …
Damien Wilde / 9to5Google:
Huawei unveils its first flagship without Google-licensed apps, the 6.53" Mate 30 Pro with Kirin 990 chip, 8GB RAM, 4,500mAh battery, fast 27W wireless charging  —  The Huawei Mate 30 Pro has now gone official with the troubled handset coming with a serious spec sheet that includes the Kirin 990 chipset …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Automattic raises $300M Series D from Salesforce Ventures at a post-money valuation of $3B  —  Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, WooCommerce and soon Tumblr, has closed a $300 million funding round at a $3 billion post-money valuation.  The Series D round has a single investor, Salesforce Ventures.
Patrick Whyte / Skift:
Airbnb, which generated revenue of more than $1B in Q2, says it intends to go public in 2020  —  While $1 billion in revenue is impressive, it's not the first time Airbnb has achieved the number.  What matters for the homesharing platform is the growth narrative.
Official Google India Blog:
Google says Google Pay in India has 67M monthly active users and has processed transactions worth $110B+ in the last 12 months and unveils Pay for Business  —  Rama Devi has taught more than a thousand women how to use the internet in her role as a Saathi—now she's helping farmers become more productive.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Roku unveils smaller $29.99 Express, a faster $99.99 Ultra with a customizable remote, and Roku OS 9.2 with new content discovery tools and voice capabilities  —  The Ultra's remote can open whatever app you want with a single button press  —  Roku is unveiling its fall 2019 lineup …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube to tighten creator verification in October, focusing on channels with a need for proof of authenticity and clarifying verification isn't an endorsement  —  YouTube's verification program is getting a massive overhaul, the company announced today, which will likely result in a number …
Robert Iger / Vanity Fair:
Book excerpt: as he exits Apple's board, Disney's Bob Iger recounts talks with Steve Jobs before Disney bought Pixar, and how their friendship grew  —  As he exits Apple's board, the Disney chief reminisces about his relationship with its mercurial founder—and how their radical visions aligned to save two companies.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
GitHub buys code analysis tool Semmle, which helps identify security vulnerabilities and has Microsoft, Google among clients; Semmle raised $31M in VC funding  —  Microsoft's GitHub today announced that it has acquired Semmle, a code analysis tool that helps developers and security researchers …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases watchOS 6 with new watch faces and built-in app including Calculator, Noise, Cycle Tracking, and Audiobooks  —  Apple Watch has a major new software update out today that brings loads of new features to existing models.  Look for the watchOS 6 update inside the Apple Watch app …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook debuts Portal TV, a TV accessory for video calling, streaming, AR gaming, and co-viewing Facebook Watch shows, shipping November 5 for $149  —  Facebook wants to take over your television with a clip-on camera for video calling, AR gaming, and content co-watching.
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