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September 16, 2020, 12:05 AM

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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 …
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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 …
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.
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 …
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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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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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.
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.”
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Sources: Microsoft plans to build a WeChat-like experience across its 365 services in the form of a “MetaOS”  —  Microsoft has a strategy to build a WeChat-like experience across its various Microsoft 365 business and consumer services in the form of a ‘MetaOS’ foundational layer.
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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
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Waze is rolling out new features including trip suggestions for frequent destinations, traffic notifications, lane guidance support, and tweaks to Carpool  —  Waze is rolling out a host of new features from today, as the Google-owned navigation app looks to counter the pandemic-driven decrease in transport demand.
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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
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
IBM publishes a roadmap for quantum computing research, estimating it will make a processor with 1,000+ qubits by 2023 and debut a 127-qubit processor next year  —  IBM today, for the first time, published its road map for the future of its quantum computing hardware.

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