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September 16, 2020, 10:10 AM

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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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Wesley Hilliard / AppleInsider:
Spotify calls on authorities to restrict Apple's “anti-competitive behavior”; Apple says alternatives to its services exist, bundling can save customers money  —  Spotify released a public statement after Apple's Time Flies event to protest the newly announced Apple One bundle …
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
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:
Matt Binder / Mashable:
Developers are frustrated at Apple for launching iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and watchOS 7 with just one day's notice  —  Apple fans who were waiting for an iPhone 12 unveiling at the Apple Event today may be a little disappointed.  But, Apple gave them a treat to hold them over instead: an announcement that iOS 14 is being released tomorrow.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
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.”
Reuters:
AT&T says it is considering offering wireless phone plans partially subsidized by advertising as soon as a year from now  —  (Reuters) - AT&T Inc is considering offering wireless phone plans partially subsidized by advertising as soon as a year from now, Chief Executive John Stankey said in an interview on Tuesday.
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
A look at Gen Z Mafia, a Discord server where young people in tech who are seeking to break into the industry can discuss ideas and collaborate  —  A group of young tech enthusiasts are carving their own path on Discord.  —  For young people, breaking into the cutthroat tech industry …
David Meyer / Fortune:
EU's top court says that net neutrality rules ban zero rating, confirming that ISPs can't bundle services whose use is exempted from customers' data caps  —  Our mission to help you navigate the new normal is fueled by subscribers.  To enjoy unlimited access to our journalism, subscribe today.
Kate Conger / New York Times:
A safety driver who was riding in an autonomous Uber vehicle in Tempe, AZ, during its fatal 2018 crash has been charged with negligent homicide  —  Investigators said the woman had been watching a video on her phone when the vehicle killed a pedestrian in Arizona.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: the FTC is preparing a possible antitrust lawsuit against Facebook by year-end, but no final decision has been made on whether to sue Facebook  —  No final decision has been made on the outcome of a yearlong probe as discussions with the social-media giant continue
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
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
Arielle Pardes / Wired:
A look at Facebook ad strategies used in Trump's 2016 campaign, as taught by ex-Facebook staffer James Barnes, now campaigning for Biden with non-profit Acronym  —  The platform was key to the president's upset victory in 2016.  Can a group of former employees use it to boost Joe Biden?
Liam Tung / ZDNet:
Microsoft open sources Project OneFuzz, a testing framework for Azure used to discover vulnerabilities in software projects  —  Microsoft's open-source Project OneFuzz automates the detection of software bugs that could be security issues.  —  Microsoft has released a new open-source …
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:
Zwift, an indoor training app for cyclists and runners, raises $450M Series C led by KKR at a $1B+ valuation, bringing its total raised to $620M  —  Zwift, a 350-person, Long Beach, Calif.-based online fitness platform that immerses cyclists and runners in 3D generated worlds …
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