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
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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