September 14, 2020, 9:00 PM

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Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Oracle confirms it is part of a proposal submitted by ByteDance to the US Treasury to become TikTok's “trusted technology provider”  —  - Oracle and TikTok share an interest in marketing, but while Oracle pursues business from big companies, TikTok aims for a wide scale among consumers.
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Oracle and Walmart are still pursuing a stake in TikTok US, as ByteDance banks on Trump backing off requiring a full sale of TikTok US to avoid a ban  —  - TikTok is banking on President Trump backing off comments that a full sale of U.S. operations is needed to avoid an American ban.
South China Morning Post:
BuzzFeed News:
Internal memo from a fired Facebook data scientist shows how large amounts of inauthentic bot activity has boosted many countries' leaders and FB is slow to act  —  Facebook ignored or was slow to act on evidence that fake accounts on its platform have been undermining elections …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources detail Apple's Tuesday event: Apple Watch Series 6 with faster CPU and blood oxygen meter, new mid-tier iPad Air, and no new iPhones  —  - Company to debut new Apple Watches and iPad Air on Tuesday  — Smaller HomePod, headphones in the works; iPhones coming later
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Kuo: the 5.4" iPhone 12 will feature a narrower notch but none of the iPhone 12 models will have a 120hz display; iPad Air will feature Touch ID in side button  —  Ahead of tomorrow's Apple event, reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is out with a new investor note highlighting his expectations for the remainder of 2020.
Google says its carbon footprint is now zero, after becoming carbon neutral in 2007, and aims to run all data centers and offices on carbon-free energy by 2030  —  Google says it has wiped out its entire carbon footprint by investing in “high-quality carbon offsets”.
Chris Jaffe / YouTube Blog:
YouTube says it is launching an early beta of YouTube Shorts, a 15-second video feature, in India  —  - By Chris Jaffe VP of Product Management Sep.14.2020 … YouTube has always been a place to be entertained — from your favorite dance trends, like Evolution of Dance, Roller Skate Dances …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook introduces Watch Together for Messenger, letting up to eight people in a mobile chat or 50 people in a Room watch videos together  —  Facebook today is rolling out a new feature that will allow friends and family to watch videos together over Messenger.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Low-code database service Airtable raises $185M Series D at $2.58B post-money valuation and launches Airtable Apps, a JavaScript-based no-code development tool  —  The spreadsheet-centric database and no-code platform Airtable today announced that it has raised a $185 million Series D funding round …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Google announces it will unveil the Pixel 5 as well as a new smart speaker and Chromecast on September 30  —  5G versions of the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A are on the way  —  Google is planning to launch its Pixel 5 smartphone, a new Chromecast, and a new smart speaker later this month.
Rick Smith / WRAL TechWire:
US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission finds that IBM discriminated against older workers when making thousands of layoffs between 2013 and 2018  —  RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK - Tech giant IBM discriminated against older workers when making thousands of layoffs between 2013 and 2018 …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
CISA: hacking groups linked to China's Ministry of State Security have exploited F5, Citrix, Pulse Secure, and Microsoft Exchange bugs to hack US gov't networks  —  CISA says attacks have started a year ago and some have been successful.  —  The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency …
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Leaked promotional videos show Oculus Quest 2 powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon XR2 with an “almost 4K display”, 6GB RAM, up to 256GB storage, and 3D audio  —  A full launch of the headset is rumored for later this week  —  The Oculus Quest 2 VR headset has leaked in full via …
Danny Crichton / TechCrunch:
GoodRx, a US online drug coupon and price comparison site, says in amended S-1 it offered founders ~$500M in stock, raised $100M from Silver Lake ahead of IPO  —  GoodRx is a rare breed of modern tech IPO: a startup that is actually profitable and heading to the public markets.
Riley de León / CNBC:
Swedish online payments startup Klarna raises $650M led by Silver Lake Partners, valuing the company at $10.6B  —  - Klarna nearly doubled its prior valuation in the new $650 million round, led by Silver Lake Partners, from $5.5 billion to $10.6 billion.  — Known for its “buy now …

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