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September 16, 2020, 8:10 PM

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Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat:
PS5 will launch Nov. 12 in N. America, Japan, AU, and NZ for $500 for Blu-ray drive version and $400 for Digital Edition, will launch in more regions on Nov. 19  —  Sony provided more details about the upcoming PlayStation 5.  During a video event today, the company explained what you can expect …
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
Facebook announces Oculus Quest 2, starting at $299, with a lighter design, 50% better resolution, 90Hz refresh rate, up to 256GB storage, coming October 13  —  The Oculus Quest 2 is here, and it sounds like a tremendous upgrade over the original in every way.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Oculus Quest 2 review: sharp screen, great price, and strong ecosystem, but requires a Facebook sign-in, Link cable and better strap cost extra, and it's bulky  —  The new default for VR, if you're okay with Facebook — As someone who writes about virtual reality and has been stuck at home …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Oracle's bid for TikTok falls short of addressing Trump administration's national security concerns; a final decision has not yet been reached  —  Oracle Corp.'s bid for TikTok falls short of resolving concerns of Trump administration officials that the Chinese-owned video-sharing app poses …
Bloomberg:
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Facebook says it has partnered with Ray-Ban maker Luxottica to develop consumer “smart glasses”, coming next year, but shared few details  —  The company partnered with Ray-Ban maker Luxottica  —  Facebook says its first pair of consumer “smart glasses” will be releasing next year …
Scott Stein / CNET:
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
Snowflake opened at $245, after pricing its shares at $120, far above the original range of $75-$85 from last week, and closed at over $250  —  - Snowflake began trading Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange.  — Stock began trading at $245 per share.  —  Snowflake begins trading in the biggest software IPO ever
Dan Primack / Axios:
Cloud data warehousing company Snowflake raised $3.4B in its IPO, making it the largest software IPO ever, valuing the company at over $44B  —  Snowflake, a Silicon Valley cloud data warehousing company, on Tuesday night raised $3.4 billion in what is the largest software IPO ever.
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
DOJ charges five Chinese citizens with hacks targeting 100 companies and institutions in the US and elsewhere; two Malaysian businessmen were arrested  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has charged five Chinese citizens with hacks targeting more than 100 companies and institutions …
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.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
NYT and Facebook announce a multi-year partnership to co-develop AR filters and effects on Instagram that help users access and contextualize NYT stories  —  The New York Times and Facebook have struck a multi-year partnership to co-develop augmented reality (AR) filters and effects on Instagram …
James Vincent / The Verge:
In a new filing, Apple says “Epic started a fire, and poured gasoline on it”, arguing that the game developer's injuries are “entirely self-inflicted”  —  Apple lays out its case for keeping Fortnite off the App Store  —  Apple has responded to Epic's demands …
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Sources: at an all-hands, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek defended keeping Joe Rogan's transphobic podcasts available; Spotify passed on some other old Rogan episodes  —  Multiple sources inside Spotify described an all-hands meeting in which Spotify CEO Daniel Ek discussed the company's handling of the controversial podcaster.
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Music adds podcasts for free across its subscription and ad-supported tiers, with 70K+ titles to start, much smaller than Apple's 1M+ or Spotify's 1.5M  —  Company looks to draw new listeners with 70,000 titles, including originals from DJ Khaled  —  Now playing on Amazon Music: podcasts.
Spencer Soper / Bloomberg:
Sources: Amazon plans to open 1,000 small delivery hubs in cities and suburbs across the US, with a goal of about 1,500 hubs, to speed up deliveries  —  Amazon.com Inc. plans to open 1,000 small delivery hubs in cities and suburbs all over the U.S., according to people familiar with the plans.
Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
Internal documents show Google is expanding moderation of internal forums, as the company has seen a recent rise in forum posts flagged for racism or abuse  —  - Google is expanding its internal content moderation practices, requiring employees to more actively moderate resources they control …
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.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Researchers unveil a Bluetooth LE attack impacting billions of devices, leaving them vulnerable to spoofing; most vendors do not have patches but Apple does  —  New BLESA attack goes after the often ignored Bluetooth reconnection process, unlike previous vulnerabilities, most found in the pairing operation.

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