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September 9, 2020, 10:35 AM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft to launch its Xbox Series X console on November 10 for $499, with preorders starting on September 22  —  Microsoft is launching its Xbox Series X console on November 10th for $499.  Preorders for the new console will begin on September 22nd, with the company also offering …
Nick Summers / Engadget:
Microsoft says users with the PC version of Game Pass or Game Pass Ultimate will get access to EA Play for no extra cost starting “this holiday” season  —  One of the best deals in gaming is about to get even better.  Today, Microsoft announced that multiple versions of Xbox Game Pass …
Takashi Mochizuki / Bloomberg:
Sources: Nintendo is increasing production of its Switch gaming console by another 20%, raising its goal to as much as 30M units for this fiscal year  —  - Supply chain has recovered, but demand maintains higher pace  — Company's new goal for fiscal year close to 30 million units
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google unveils a feature for its Google Phone app called Verified Calls that lets businesses display a reason for their call, shown under their logo and name  —  Google today is introducing a new feature for Android phones that will help legitimate businesses reach their customers by phone …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Todd Haselton / CNBC:
Apple sues Epic Games for breach of contract and seeks damages, says Epic poses “as a modern corporate Robin Hood” but just wants App Store's benefits for free  —  - Apple on Tuesday filed counterclaims and responses in its legal battle with Fortnite creator Epic Games …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple announces a September 15 virtual event, where it's expected to unveil an Apple Watch Series 6; new iPhones are reportedly set to be unveiled in October  —  - Company plans to announce 5G iPhones in October, not September  — Event to be held virtually from Cupertino due to Covid-19
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Snyk, which helps fix vulnerabilities in open source dependencies and container images, raises $200M at a $2.6B valuation, bringing its total raised to $450M  —  When we last reported on Snyk in January, eons ago in COVID time, the company announced $150 million investment on a valuation of over $1 billion.
More: Yahoo Finance and Snyk
Andrew Marino / The Verge:
Interview with Marc Levoy, former Pixel researcher now working for Adobe, on the limits of smartphone cameras, the megapixel wars, and artistic expression  —  A major focus of any smartphone release is the camera.  For a while, all eyes were on the camera's hardware — megapixels, sensors, lenses, and so on.
Megan Graham / CNBC:
Source: digital advertising platforms Taboola and Outbrain have ended merger talks after failing to agree on revised deal terms, a year after announcing merger  —  - Nearly a year after announcing a deal to unite, merger talks between digital advertising platforms Taboola and Outbrain have ended.
Sascha Segan / PCMag:
Testing carrier networks in 26 US cities shows that while 4G speeds are up overall, 5G does not live up to the hype, with AT&T's 5G largely slower than its 4G  —  After a decade of testing 3G and 4G wireless networks, this year we drove around 26 US cities amidst a pandemic to determine whether 5G is ready for prime time.
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Epic unveils a three week concert series on Fortnite, starting Sept. 12, which will broadcast from a new LA studio specially outfitted for live performances  —  It starts with Dominic Fike performing on Saturday  —  Music is about to become a much bigger part of Fortnite.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Report: Samsung and SK Hynix plan to stop component sales to Huawei on September 15, the day US Commerce Department limits take effect  —  SK Hynix is also reportedly dropping Huawei  —  Samsung and SK Hynix will reportedly stop selling components to Huawei as the Trump administration tightens sanctions on the Chinese phone maker.
Chris Mills Rodrigo / The Hill:
Three Senate Republicans introduced a new bill aiming to narrow the scope of Section 230, modifying platforms' protections through more restrictive language  —  Republican Sens. Roger Wicker (Miss.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.) introduced legislation Tuesday aimed …

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