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September 19, 2019, 11:30 PM

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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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Om Malik / Wired:
An in-depth look at Apple's six-core A13 Bionic processor, found in the new iPhones, which promises 30% more efficiency than last year's A12 chip  —  Here's how the chip in each new iPhone works, and what it tells us about the future of mobile technology.  —  About 72 minutes …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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