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September 7, 2021, 1:15 PM

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Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple announces a “California Streaming” virtual event on September 14 at 10am PT, where new iPhones and Apple Watches are expected  —  Apple today announced that it will be holding a special event on Tuesday, September 14 at 10:00 a.m. The event will take place at the Steve Jobs Theater …
ProPublica:
Investigation finds Facebook has over 1,000 contractors moderating WhatsApp, including private messages and media, undermining assurances of WhatsApp's privacy  —  When Mark Zuckerburg unveiled a new “privacy-focused vision” for Facebook in March 2019, he cited the company's global messaging service, WhatsApp, as a model.
Muyao Shen / CoinDesk:
President of El Salvador says the country bought 550+ bitcoins on Monday, as the law making bitcoin legal tender in El Salvador goes into effect  —  El Salvador President Nayib Bukele announced on Twitter his government bought 200 BTC on Monday, a day before the country's Bitcoin Law …
Financial Times:
Crypto adoption is accelerating in the developing world, especially in regions with a history of financial instability, like sub-Saharan Africa and Asia Pacific  —  In Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital, a software coder bills her client in London and is paid in bitcoin …
Jack Nicas / New York Times:
A look at Freedom Phone, a $500 device aimed at right-wing users and created by a 22-year-old bitcoin millionaire, who admitted it was made by China's Umidigi  —  A 22-year-old Bitcoin millionaire wants Republicans to ditch their iPhones for a low-end handset that he hopes to turn into a political tool.
Jason Schreier / Bloomberg:
Former PlayStation boss Shawn Layden reveals he left due to burnout, and says the industry has a sustainability problem due to rising game development costs  —  This week: a game about ancient history and a massive video game company investment.  But first: the former boss …
Karen Webster / PYMNTS.com:
Survey: 93.9% of US consumers with Apple Pay activated on their iPhones do not use it to buy items in stores, seven years after Apple launched the service  —  Remember this?  —  when Tim Cook took the stage at Apple's WWDC and introduced Apple Pay.  —  What the world saw …
TechCrunch:
ProtonMail is under fire for disclosing a French activist's IP address to Swiss authorities; ProtonMail had claimed to only log IPs in “extreme criminal cases”  —  ProtonMail, a hosted email service with a focus on end-to-end encrypted communications, has been facing criticism …

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