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September 16, 2020, 12:43 PM

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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 …
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.
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
Snowflake opens at $245, after pricing its shares at $120, far above the original range of $75-$85 from last week  —  - Snowflake is set to begin trading Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange.  — The company priced its shares at $120 on Tuesday.  —  Snowflake is set to make its market debut …
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.
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 …
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.
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:
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 …
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.”
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.
Reuters:
Sources: India-based Flipkart is preparing for an IPO as early as 2021, aiming for a valuation between $45B and $50B, potentially in Singapore or the US  —  NEW DELHI/BENGALURU (Reuters) - Walmart Inc-controlled WMT.N Indian e-commerce firm Flipkart is preparing for an initial public offering overseas …
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
David Pierce / Protocol:
As Evernote rolls out a redesigned iOS app, CEO Ian Small discusses the challenges facing the company, which rebuilt all of its apps over 18 months  —  “Silicon Valley is addicted to momentum,” Evernote CEO Ian Small said, by way of explaining how his company had come to be, as he put it, stuck.
More: Evernote Blog and EngadgetTweets: @pierce

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