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September 9, 2020, 3:55 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.
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
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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Inside story of how Microsoft built the Surface Duo, including experiments with different internal architectures, and its 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.
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 …
Chris Mills Rodrigo / The Hill:
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
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 …
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.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Google's Area 120 launches Fundo, an app for creators to host small paid online events, available now in the US and Canada; Google takes a 20% cut of revenue  —  Fundo has been in beta for the past year with a few hundred “trusted testers,” who can set the price for access to online events …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google announces the launch of Android 11, says it will begin rolling out today on select Pixel, OnePlus, Xiaomi, OPPO, and realme phones  —  Google today launched Android 11, the latest version of its mobile OS, and pushed the source code to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).
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.
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

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