September 9, 2020, 6:50 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.
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 …
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Chris Mills Rodrigo / The Hill:
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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