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September 20, 2019, 9:45 AM

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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.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
iOS 13 review: has some much needed quality-of-life improvements, Dark Mode and new Photos app are great, but it's buggy and there are few truly new features  —  Apple's latest iPhone software brings dark mode, a new Photos app, and bugs  —  iOS 13 is here.
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Jeff Bezos announces the Climate Pledge, for businesses like Amazon to commit to meet the Paris Agreement's zero-carbon goal by 2040, 10 years ahead of schedule  —  During a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington this morning, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos alongside former United …
Colin Campbell / Polygon:
French court rules that European consumers can resell games they bought on Steam, just as they are able to resell packaged, physical games  —  Valve pledges to fight ruling  —  A French high court this week delivered a blow to Valve, ruling that European consumers are legally free …
Bloomberg:
Mark Zuckerberg met with President Trump during his visit to Washington, where the Facebook CEO also met with a number of members of Congress  —  - Senator Hawley urged Facebook to sell WhatsApp, Instagram  — CEO also pressed on privacy, independent content audits, bias
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
On-demand storage and removals company Clutter acquires The Storage Fox, which offers self-storage services in urban areas, for $152M  —  The world of on-demand storage has seen some ups and downs, with some of the biggest hopefuls pivoting into new areas, some as unrelated as cryptocurrency …
Sundar Pichai / The Keyword:
Google says it will invest €3B over the next two years to expand its data centers across Europe, and €600M in 2020 to expand its data center in Hamina, Finland  —  Today I am in Helsinki, Finland, to meet with Finnish Prime Minister Rinne to discuss his priorities for the European Union Presidency …
Business Insider:
A Facebook employee has died in an apparent suicide at the company's Menlo Park headquarters; Facebook says it is cooperating with the police  —  - A Facebook employee is dead by suicide after jumping from the fourth floor of an office building, police said.  — The individual was an adult male.
Peter Rudegeair / Wall Street Journal:
Stripe raises $250M from Sequoia Capital, General Catalyst, and a16z at a $35B valuation, up about 50% from an early 2019 funding round  —  Stripe surpasses Airbnb and Palantir valuations in new funding round  —  Stripe Inc. climbed closer to the top ranks of the highest-priced U.S. startups …
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.
Gareth Corfield / The Register:
UK supermarket Tesco shuts down its parking validation web app after tens of millions of photos of cars with visible license plates were left unsecured online  —  Ranger Services goes to ground over unsecured Azure blob  —  Exclusive Tesco has shuttered its parking validation web app …

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