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September 17, 2020, 7:55 AM

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Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat:
PS5 will launch on Nov. 12 in N. America, Japan, Mexico, AU, and NZ for $500 for Blu-ray drive version and $400 for Digital Edition, 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 …
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:
Sources: as part of its proposal to the Trump admin, Oracle would get full access to TikTok's source code and updates to search for back doors from ByteDance  —  - Administration officials say concerned about ByteDance control  — Trump says he'll be briefed on TikTok-Oracle deal on Thursday
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.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Q&A with Mark Zuckerberg on the impact of the pandemic on making VR mainstream, AR glasses, and why he doesn't want to “put an Apple Watch on your face”  —  How Facebook's CEO is thinking about the future of augmented reality, virtual reality, and more  —  Social networks contain multitudes.
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 …
Nicole Lee / Engadget:
Casey Newton / The Verge:
A critique of The Social Dilemma documentary, which seems to exist only to stoke fear and outrage while promoting a distorted view of how social platforms work  —  The world is more complicated than filmmakers want to believe  —  I. A dilemma  —  On Sunday night, after being encouraged …
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:
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 …
Matthew Choi / Politico:
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:
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 …
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 …
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.

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