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September 9, 2020, 7:25 PM

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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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft details $299 Xbox Series S arriving November 10, says it delivers 4x processing power of Xbox One, supports 120fps, and has the same CPU as Series X  —  The Xbox Series S has the same CPU as the Series X  —  Microsoft is fully detailing its new Xbox Series S console today.
Wall Street Journal:
Ireland's privacy regulator has sent Facebook a preliminary order to stop sending EU user data to the US, the first big step in enforcing July's Privacy Shield  —  Privacy regulator's order to suspend the company's data transfers to the U.S. cites concerns over American government surveillance practices
Oliver Haslam / iMore:
Epic says Apple is disabling Sign In with Apple for Fortnite on Sept. 11 and impacted users should update their account email address and password now  —  What you need to know  — Epic has tweeted to warn users that Apple is going to block Sign in with Apple for Fortnite.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Motorola unveils the second-gen Razr, with 5G, Snapdragon 765G, 48MP rear camera, and the same 6.2" foldable display as first-gen, available in fall for $1,399  —  Available unlocked for $1,399 later this fall  —  Earlier this year, Motorola relaunched the Razr, modernizing the iconic flip phone brand …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
The inside story of how Microsoft built the Surface Duo, including experiments with different internal architectures, and future plans for dual-screen devices  —  Microsoft is returning to making phones this week, as part of an ambitious project to usher in a new era of dual-screen and folding devices.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
SEC filing: former NSA director Keith Alexander is joining Amazon's board of directors  —  Alexander was the public face of US surveillance during the Snowden leaks  —  Gen. Keith Alexander is joining Amazon's board of directors, the company revealed in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing today.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: ByteDance is continuing its months-long talks with the US, now with greater urgency, about deals to let TikTok avoid a full sale of its US operations  —  Talks have been under way for months but gained more urgency amid geopolitical wrangling  —  TikTok's Chinese parent …
Matthew Boyle / Bloomberg:
Walmart says it has started piloting grocery deliveries from its stores in Fayetteville, North Carolina, using automated drones from Israeli startup Flytrex  —  - Retailer piloting grocery deliveries from North Carolina store  — Amazon recently certified by FAA to operate as drone airline
BBC:
Chinese officials ask Twitter to investigate the possible hacking of the account of the Chinese ambassador to the UK, after it liked posts critical of the CCP  —  China's UK embassy has asked Twitter to “make thorough investigations” after its ambassador's official account liked a pornographic clip.
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
Nicole Lee / Engadget:
Tile launches $100/year Premium Protect plan that reimburses users up to $1,000/year if Tile is unable to help with finding lost items within seven days  —  One of the defining features of Tile's Bluetooth trackers is the ability to tap into a crowdsourced network to help you find your things.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Yubico launches YubiKey 5C NFC with USB-C and support for iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, and Linux, available today for $55  —  It's available today for $55  —  Yubico is announcing a new version of its USB-C equipped YubiKey 5 security key with NFC built in, which should theoretically …
Casey Newton / The Interface:
An analysis of an academic report on the origins and evolution of Section 230 and how it has allowed platforms to underinvest in content moderation  —  One aspect of the 2020 presidential campaign that isn't much discussed is the fact that both candidates want to end the internet as we know it.
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Mike Peterson / AppleInsider:
In the latest iOS 14 beta, Smart App Banners prompt users to open stories in the News app when they open webpages of a News+ partner, instead of publisher apps  —  Apple has made a change to its Smart App Banner API that points users to the Apple News app instead of a third-party app …
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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.

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