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September 7, 2021, 11:50 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 …
Ian Carlos Campbell / The Verge:
Twitter says it is testing edge-to-edge pictures and videos in tweets on iOS to better support visual and text-based conversations  —  An Instagram-like focus on visuals  —  Twitter has announced that it's testing edge-to-edge media in tweets on iOS, creating a more full-screen …
Michael Wayland / CNBC:
Ford announces it has hired former Tesla and Apple executive Doug Field as its chief advanced technology and embedded systems officer  —  DETROIT - Ford Motor has hired former Tesla and Apple executive Doug Field to lead its emerging technology efforts, a key focus for the automaker under its new Ford+ turnaround plan.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Microsoft launches Microsoft Start, a personalized news product via MicrosoftStart.com, Windows integrations, new mobile apps, and its Edge browser new tab page  —  Microsoft today is introducing its own personalized news reading experience called Microsoft Start, available as both a website and mobile app …
Frank Chaparro / The Block:
Crypto exchange FTX lands an endorsement deal with NBA star Stephen Curry, who has 15M+ Twitter followers, joining football stars Tom Brady and Trevor Lawrence  —  The operator crypto exchange FTX has struck its latest endorsement deal, this time with NBA star Steph Curry.
ProPublica:
Investigation finds Facebook has 1K+ contractors moderating private WhatsApp messages and images that were reported by users  —  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.
Jamie Feltham / UploadVR:
Ray-Ban and Facebook's VP of AR and VR Andrew Bosworth appear to be teasing smartglasses with a point-of-view recording feature that could be announced Thursday  —  It looks like we'll be getting the first details about Facebook's collaboration with Ray-Ban on a pair of smartglasses later this week.
Saikat Chatterjee / Reuters:
Bitcoin fell 17%+ to ~$43K before rising to $47K as El Salvador adopts it as legal tender, where high demand led to the Chivo wallet being temporarily unplugged  —  The price of cryptocurrencies plunged and crypto trading was delayed on Tuesday, a day in which El Salvador ran into snags …
Muyao Shen / CoinDesk:
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Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Microsoft says it has acquired in-browser video editing software startup Clipchamp, which had 17M registered users across 390K+ companies as of July  —  - Microsoft is buying Clipchamp, whose video-editing app has over 17 million registered users.  — The deal comes weeks after Adobe …
Wall Street Journal:
Intel's CEO Pat Gelsinger says the company plans to spend up to $95B on two new chip-making facilities in Europe  —  Semiconductor maker pledges to dedicate production capacity in Ireland to car chips to help mitigate shortages  —  Intel Corp. plans to build new chip-making facilities …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Hulu is raising the prices of its two on-demand plans by $1/month October 8; Hulu with ads will now cost $6.99/month and Hulu without ads will cost $12.99  —  On Tuesday, Hulu began notifying subscribers that as of Oct. 8, the price of Hulu's two on-demand plans — with ads and without commercials …
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.

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