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September 7, 2021, 6:05 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 …
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 …
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …

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