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September 15, 2020, 8:25 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 to 2x faster performance than 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 …
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Apple One bundles launch with discounts on services including Music, TV+, Arcade, iCloud storage, Fitness+, and News+ and tiers between $15 and $30/month  —  The hardware giant leans into its software offerings  —  The long-rumored bundle bringing together Apple Music, Apple TV Plus …
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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.
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple updates entry-level 10.2-inch iPad with A12 chip, bringing “Neural Engine” capabilities, similar design to last model, for the same price of $329  —  Apple today announced the 8th-generation iPad, featuring an A12 chip compared to the previous-generation's A10 processor.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Ben Geman / Axios:
Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ashton Kutcher, and others join a 24-hour freeze of Facebook and Instagram accounts for #StopHateForProfit  —  Kim Kardashian West announced that she will freeze her Instagram and Facebook accounts on Wednesday because the platforms …
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Financial Times:
Sources: ByteDance plans to place TikTok's global business in a standalone US-based company, likely with Oracle, Walmart, and others as minority shareholders  —  Agreement put before US means ByteDance retains majority shareholding, with Oracle holding minority stake
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Google unveils its own Meet hardware bundle meant for conference rooms, including a Smart Camera, Smart Audio Bar, remote control, and more, starting at $2,699  —  The Series One kits will be available for preorder soon  —  Google has rapidly updated its videoconferencing Google Meet software …
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.
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Sources: teens are being paid by conservative youth org Turning Point Action to promote pro-Trump posts on Twitter and Facebook; Twitter suspended ~20 accounts  —  One tweet claimed coronavirus numbers were intentionally inflated, adding, “It's hard to know what to believe.”  Another warned, “Don't trust Dr. Fauci.”
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple says iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14 will be officially released on September 16  —  Apple today announced that iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14 will be officially released on Wednesday, September 16.  Apple has seeded the final Golden Master beta versions of each update to developers in advance.

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