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October 8, 2019, 1:10 AM

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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:
Apple recommends that users such as DJs avoid Catalina until developers update their apps, as the option to export music libraries as XML files has been removed  —  Apple recommends users avoid Catalina until developers update their apps  —  Apple's latest desktop operating system update …
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
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:
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.
Financial Times:
Sources: Apple has recently approached big music labels about bundling together Apple Music and Apple TV+ for one flat monthly fee  —  Apple's hopes of creating a super-bundle of media content for one flat monthly fee have run into early opposition, with some record labels nervous …
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.
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.
Jeremy Burge / Emojipedia:
In iOS 13.1.2, Hong Kong users' emoji keyboard does not include the Taiwanese flag, a year after a more complete ban on the flag for iOS in mainland China  —  iPhone users in Hong Kong have noticed a change in the latest version of iOS: the 🇹🇼 Flag for Taiwan emoji is missing.
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
SCOTUS affirms lower court ruling that found the Americans With Disabilities Act protects access not just to physical businesses but also their websites, apps  —  The Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for blind people to sue Domino's Pizza and other retailers if their websites are not accessible to these people.

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