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August 31, 2021, 12:05 AM

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Zheping Huang / Bloomberg:
State media says China is restricting online gaming time of minors to 3 hours most weeks of the year, from 8pm to 9pm on Fridays, weekends, and public holidays  —  - The country is imposing its strictest limits yet on play time  — Beijing is waging a campaign to groom productive youths
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Source: Apple's planned satellite capabilities for the iPhone are focused on emergencies, enabling texts and crisis reports in areas without cellular coverage  —  - Apple plans an emergency-reporting tool for future iPhones  —  Apple Inc.'s push to bring satellite capabilities to the iPhone …
Hartley Charlton / MacRumors:
Micah Singleton / Billboard:
Apple acquires classical music streaming service Primephonic, giving its users six free months of Apple Music, and will debut its own classical music app in '22  —  Apple has acquired Primephonic, the classical music streaming service, for an undisclosed amount, the company tells Billboard.
Dave Nyczepir / FedScoop:
WH announces the US Digital Corps, a two-year fellowship aiming to recruit early-career software engineers and other technologists to work at federal agencies  —  The White House launched a two-year fellowship Monday designed to place early-career software engineers, data scientists and other technologists at federal agencies.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
In an email to some Square Invoices users, Square says it's working on Invoices Plus, a paid version with some features from the free version, plus new ones  —  Square's popular free invoicing software is becoming the company's next big subscription service.
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
Some Apple employees say their privacy is not well protected by Apple, as they decry norms and rules that encourage personal iCloud accounts be used at work  —  Jacob Preston was sitting down with his manager during his first week at Apple when he was told, with little fanfare …
Kate Rooney / CNBC:
Paypal has hired the co-founder of online brokerage TradeKing to lead the “Invest at Paypal” unit, which, sources say, plans to let US customers trade stocks  —  - PayPal is exploring ways to let users trade individual stocks, according to two sources familiar with the plan.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Sensor Tower: Telegram crossed 1B global downloads, with ~214.7M installs in H1 2021, up 61% YoY, and 22% of total global downloads coming from India  —  Popular instant messaging app Telegram has joined the elite club of apps that have been downloaded over 1 billion times globally, according to Sensor Tower.
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IDC:
Global smartphone shipments are expected to grow by 7.4% in 2021, reaching 1.37B units, with iPhone shipments growing 13.8% and Android shipments growing 6.2%  —  While the supply chain situation hasn't drastically improved, the smartphone market has shown positive results in recent quarters.
Andrew Ackerman / Wall Street Journal:
Kraken and others want access to Federal Reserve payment systems to process digital asset sales faster; ahead of the Fed's decision, traditional banks push back  —  Efforts by the new breed of financial entities, if successful, could create more competition for traditional banks

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