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September 15, 2020, 2:20 PM

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Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Apple debuts Apple Watch Series 6 for $399 in new colors, including red and graphite, with a similar design, a chip that's up to 20% faster, blood oxygen sensor  —  Including a Product (RED) model for the first time  —  Apple has announced the Apple Watch Series 6, the latest in its line of popular smartwatches.
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
Apple unveils Apple Watch SE with a Series 4-type design, S5 chip for up 2x faster performance than Watch Series 3, and GPS support, for $279 or $12/month  —  Apple today introduced the new Apple Watch SE.  The new Apple Watch SE has the same design as the Apple Watch Series 4 and later …
David Gilbert / VICE:
Activists say ethnic violence in Ethiopia in recent months has been supercharged by hate speech on Facebook, which says it has increased monitoring of content  —  Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox?  Sign up here.  —  Throughout his life, Ethiopian singer Hachalu Hundessa sang about love …
BuzzFeed News:
Internal memo from a fired Facebook data scientist says large amounts of inauthentic bot activity has boosted many countries' leaders, with Facebook slow to act  —  Facebook ignored or was slow to act on evidence that fake accounts on its platform have been undermining elections …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Sony has cut PS5 production for this fiscal year by 4M units to ~11M, following production issues with its custom-designed SoC  —  - Low yields of company's custom-designed silicon a bottleneck  — Sony facing aggressive pricing from Microsoft's Xbox team
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Apple updates iPad Air with 10.9" edge-to-edge display, iPad Pro-like design, Touch ID in power button, USB-C, and A14 chip, shipping next month from $599  —  Apple has a familiar-looking design for its latest iPad Air update  —  Apple is unveiling a new iPad Air today that looks very similar to the company's iPad Pro.
Bloomberg:
Source: Apple tells staff it's no longer offering credit cards via Barclays, which offers zero interest financing, as it shifts to Apple Card financing plans  —  - Longtime credit-card deal offered Apple customers no interest  — Company to focus on Apple Card installment payments instead
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Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple announces Fitness+, a workout class subscription service for Watch and iPhone, for $9.99/month with three months free with an Apple Watch purchase  —  Apple today announced a new fitness service, set to rival the likes of Peloton.  Apple Fitness+ will integrate with the Apple Watch and the Fitness app on the iPhone.
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TechCrunch:
Home buying startup Opendoor announces it's going public by merging with Chamath Palihapitiya's SPAC  —  Today, Social Capital Hedosophia II, the blank-check company associated with investor Chamath Palihapitiya, announced that it will merge with Opendoor, taking the private real estate startup public in the process.
Kurt Schlosser / GeekWire:
After retrieving a submerged shipping-container-size data center from Scotland's Orkney Islands, deployed in 2018, Microsoft says the project was a success  —  Two years after deploying a shipping-container-size data center to the depths off Scotland's Orkney Islands, Microsoft has reeled it back in …
Cyrus Farivar / NBC News:
As Big Fish Games announces $155M class action settlement in WA, 21 users describe how they were hooked on casino-style apps and lost significant sums of money  —  Shellz, 37, a nurse from Houston, spends at least two hours a day with her husband playing a casino-style smartphone game called Jackpot Magic.
Justine Calma / The Verge:
Facebook launches an information center to combat climate change misinformation and pledges to cut greenhouse gases from its global operations this year  —  It's also working to bring more reliable climate information to its users  —  Facebook today pledged to slash greenhouse gases …

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