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September 9, 2020, 10:35 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
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  —  It isn't clear whether any alternative would satisfy President Trump's concerns about Chinese-owned video-sharing app
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.
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.
Biz Carson / Protocol:
Eric Ries' Silicon Valley-based Long-Term Stock Exchange opens for trading, nine years after “The Lean Startup” author first proposed it  —  Trading is starting on the Long-Term Stock Exchange.  Next up?  Attracting a listing.  —  A new stock exchange backed by Silicon Valley heavyweights …
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 …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Portland, Oregon unanimously adopted ordinances banning the use of facial recognition tech by city agencies, including the police, and by private businesses  —  The Portland, Oregon City Council today unanimously voted to adopt two of the strongest bans of facial recognition technologies …
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.
C Nivedita / Reuters:
Unity files S-1 for its IPO, seeking to raise up to $1.05B at a range of $34-$42 per share, giving it a valuation of ~$11.06B  —  (Reuters) - Unity Software Inc will look to raise up to $1.05 billion in its initial public offering, it said on Wednesday, giving the Silicon Valley-based software startup …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
In an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg, 41 civil rights groups based in the US, UK, and New Zealand demand Ankhi Das be suspended pending audit of Facebook India  —  Circumstances ‘show the potential for genocide,’ the groups said in an open letter to Zuckerberg
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.
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.
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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Deel, which provides payroll, compliance tools, and other services for businesses to run remote workforces, raises $30M Series B, months after its $14M Series A  —  Remote working has become the norm for many of us not on the frontlines, and what's been notable is that this is also changing …

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