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September 15, 2020, 6:30 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 …
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.
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Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple announces Fitness+, a workout class subscription service for Watch, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV for $9.99/month; 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.
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 …
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
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.
Simon Sharwood / The Register:
Researcher finds a database from a Chinese company that details info on 2.4M influential people, their kids, and how to exert influence over them  —  Compiled using mostly open-source intel, shines a light on extent of China's surveillance activities  —  A US academic has revealed the existence …
Anders Melin / Bloomberg:
Source: Stripe plans to make one-time payments of $20K to staff who opt to move out of San Francisco, NYC, or Seattle but will cut their base salaries up to 10%  —  - Moving out of Bay Area, NYC may come with pay cut of up to 10%  — Other tech firms have also mulled cuts for workers who move
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:
Uber partners with TurboVote to launch an in-app feature designed to help users register to vote and will again offer discounted rides to polling places  —  With the 2020 general election coming up in November, Uber has partnered with TurboVote to launch an in-app feature designed to help riders …
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.
Robert Stevens / Decrypt:
SEC settles with Seattle-based esports and gambling startup Unikrn for $6M, over its $31M ICO held in 2017, and says it must stop using the UGK token  —  The US Securities and Exchange Commission has settled with Unikrn, a Seattle-headquartered crypto eSports and gambling platform …

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