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October 8, 2019, 9:45 AM

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Peter Rubin / Wired:
Sony announces PlayStation 5 will launch in time for “holiday 2020,” featuring a new controller with haptic technology and triggers with varying resistance  —  Now that the name is official, we've got more details about Sony's next-gen console—from the haptics-packed controller to UI improvements.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple releases macOS Catalina with new apps Find My and Screen Time, as well as Music, TV, and Podcast apps to replace iTunes, Sidecar for companion iPads, more  —  Apple today released the newest version of its operating system for Macs, macOS Catalina, to the public. macOS Catalina comes …
Dani Deahl / The Verge:
Reuters:
Samsung projects operating income of $6.4B for Q3, beating analyst estimates, but down 56% YoY amid continued weakness in memory chip price and demand  —  SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics on Tuesday reported its third-quarter operating profit likely tumbled 56% …
Bloomberg:
Trump admin blacklists eight Chinese tech companies, including video surveillance camera giants, implicated in human rights violations against Muslim minorities  —  - Move comes as U.S.-China high-level trade talks set to resume  — Action targets Chinese surveillance companies, public entities
New York Times:
The Trump administration is inserting CDA 230-like protections into international trade deals that shield online platforms from lawsuits related to user content  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has begun inserting legal protections into recent trade agreements that shield online platforms …
Michael Hayes / OneZero:
Leaked docs show Cellebrite has sold tech that can let NYC police “unlock and extract data from all iOS and high-end Android devices” on their own since 2018  —  Previously, if law enforcement wanted to get into newer devices, they had to send the phones to one of Cellebrite's …
Mishaal Rahman / XDA Developers:
Google to require new devices launching with Android 9 or later to come with a wellness app and parental controls, either Google's own apps or third-party ones  —  One of the biggest themes of Google I/O 2018 was improving digital wellness.  As consumers realized they're spending way too much time online …
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
iFixit:
iFixit's new teardown of the Galaxy Fold shows Samsung's durability improvements but suggests that the main display and folding mechanism are still fragile  —  Introduction Teardown Update: After Samsung tried to make our initial teardown disappear from the internet five months ago …
Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed News:
Instagram is removing the Activity feed's Following tab, which showed users what their friends were liking, saying that few people used it  —  Instagram is ditching the “Following” tab in the Activity feed.  —  A Catholic priest notices a fellow priest liking gay porn star pics on Instagram.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Adobe is deactivating accounts for all Venezuelan users due to US sanctions, impacting both free and paid Adobe services, and won't be issuing refunds  —  Because of the White House's sanctions, users aren't eligible for refunds either.  —  US software giant Adobe is canceling all subscriptions …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Hulu launches support for offline viewing, letting users download up to 25 titles across 5 devices, initially available only to iOS users on its “No Ads” plan  —  Hulu is finally adding downloads to its streaming service, years after Netflix and Amazon Prime Video did the same.
Hamza Jawad / Neowin:
Microsoft expands Airband, its US rural broadband initiative, to Latin America and Africa, aims to bring the internet to 40M people globally by 2022  —  A couple of years ago, Microsoft launched the Airband Initiative with the aim of serving broadband internet access to two million people living in the rural U.S. by 2022.
Peter C Baker / The Guardian:
Pedestrian deaths in US have steadily increased since 2010, and experts are skeptical that pedestrian detection systems and autonomous vehicles are the solution  —  For drivers, roads are safer than ever - but for people on foot, they are getting deadlier.  Car companies and Silicon Valley claim that they have the solution.

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