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September 8, 2020, 8:05 AM

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Jez Corden / Windows Central:
Sources: Xbox Series X will be priced at $499 and will launch on November 10, 2020 alongside the Xbox Series S  —  The Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X together.  —  Microsoft is set to hold a press event soon to showcase the next-gen console pricing, and it's pretty familiar.  —  What you need to know
Christine Fisher / Engadget:
Microsoft confirms a budget version of its next-gen console, the $299 Xbox Series S, says it is the “smallest Xbox ever”  —  After a flurry of leaks, Microsoft has been forced to prematurely confirm the existence of a second-generation console: the Xbox Series S. The company …
Chun Han Wong / Wall Street Journal:
China launches global data security initiative to to counter US' “Clean Network” program, urges countries to oppose “mass surveillance against other states”  —  Move, unveiled Tuesday is meant to counter U.S. Clean Network effort  —  HONG KONG—China is launching …
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Reed Hastings calls working from home “a pure negative” for employees and that the Netflix workforce will return to its offices once a vaccine is approved  —  Co-CEO of streaming giant discusses company's culture of candor and how working from home is harder
Dawn Chmielewski / Forbes:
Profile of Reed Hastings as Netflix thrives during the pandemic, adding ~1M subscribers/month in the US and Canada and another 2M/month globally since March  —  The man responsible for keeping the world entertained does so, at least this day, alone in front of a computer screen, in his son's largely unadorned childhood bedroom.
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Report: Apple has hired Tim Connolly, a former executive at Hulu and Quibi, to work on Apple TV+, as the company explores bundling content  —  In addition to expanding the amount of content on the service, Apple has shown an interest in bundling Apple TV+ with other properties.
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
TikTok is trying to remove a graphic suicide video from its app and is banning accounts that re-upload the clip, says video was originally streamed on Facebook  —  Clips started circulating on Sunday night  —  TikTok is trying to remove graphic videos circulating the app that show …
Patrick McGee / Financial Times:
How iOS app developers draw on behavioral psychology to design user ratings pop-ups that appear at opportune times, like after a high score or on payday  —  Rating an iPhone app takes just a second, maybe two.  “Enjoying Skype?” a prompt will ask, and you click on a star rating from 1 to 5.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Italy's antitrust authority says it has opened an inquiry into Google, Apple, and Dropbox over cloud computing services, including “unfair clauses in contracts”  —  Italy's competition authority has opened an investigation into cloud storage services operated by Apple …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
France-based Sarbacane, which develops email and text marketing software, raises $27M led by French investment company IDI  —  Marketing technology — and specifically tools that help companies leverage the internet to connect with customers in a way that is compliant with a new wave …
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