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September 9, 2021, 6:45 PM

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Alex Heath / The Verge:
Facebook launches $299 Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses in six countries including the US; users can capture photo and video, listen to music, or take phone calls  —  Hands-on with Facebook and Ray-Ban's first pair of smart glasses  —  Starting Thursday, the first pair of smart glasses …
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Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
Interview with Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook's plans for smart eyewear, potential privacy issues, lack of AR features, the inadequacies of smartphones, and more  —  Mark Zuckerberg has big plans for smart eyewear.  Facebook's first stab at the idea is not a huge deal—but it avoids privacy pitfalls that could come later.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft indefinitely postpones the return to its offices in the US, saying it has “decided against attempting to forecast a new date for a full reopening”  —  The pandemic keeps pushing back Microsoft's plans  —  Microsoft is shelving its plans to fully reopen its US offices next month.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Amazon launches the Fire TV Omni Series, its first smart TVs, starting at $410 and shipping in October  —  Amazon is officially in the TV set business.  —  After years of selling Fire TV devices that plug into third-party HDTVs and teaming with TV makers for Fire TV-based products …
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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple has appointed longtime Apple Watch and Health software chief Kevin Lynch as the new head of its Apple Car project after Doug Field's departure  —  - Kevin Lynch replaces Doug Field as head of Apple's car efforts  — Field left Apple's project after three years to work at Ford
Reed Albergotti / Washington Post:
Security researchers say Apple's bug bounty program is undermined by Apple's insular culture, confusion about payments, and long delays in fixing bugs  —  Lack of communication, confusion about payments and long delays have security researchers fed up with Apple's bug bounty program
Matt Levine / Bloomberg:
While SEC rules are hazy, Coinbase's Lend product likely does constitute a security; to avoid SEC oversight, Coinbase would need to be regulated like a bank  —  Is lending your Bitcoins a security?  —  Oh, sure, yes, absolutely.  The rule in the U.S. is that an “investment contract,” …
Frank Chaparro / The Block:
Wall Street Journal:
JPMorgan Chase acquires The Infatuation, a restaurant discovery service that bought Zagat from Google in 2018  —  Deal is the bank's latest effort to cater to big spenders who like to travel and dine out  —  America's biggest bank is buying the company behind the Zagat brand.
Stephen Graves / Decrypt:
Mastercard acquires CipherTrace, which offers a crypto-focused analytics service that specializes in anti-money laundering and forensics  —  Mastercard has announced that it has acquired cryptocurrency tracking firm CipherTrace with a view to providing “additional transparency and support” for the emerging ecosystem of digital assets.
Jack Nicas / New York Times:
Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro temporarily bans social media companies from removing accounts and content that violate their rules, ahead of a presidential election  —  The new rules in Brazil appear to be the first national policy that restricts how tech companies can control their sites, analysts say.
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Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Amazon says it will offer to cover 100% of college tuition for its 750,000 hourly employees in the US after 90 days of employment, starting in January 2022  —  - Amazon is offering to pay the full cost of college tuition, including books and fees, for its 750,000 hourly U.S. employees.
Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
Hackers leak a list of ~500K Fortinet VPN login names and passwords; a source in the IT security industry says at least some of the leaked credentials are valid  —  A threat actor has leaked a list of almost 500,000 Fortinet VPN login names and passwords that were allegedly scraped from exploitable devices last summer.
More: Threatpost and Gizmodo
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Supabase, an open source alternative to Google's Firebase that automates parts of developers' backend work, raises $30M Series A  —  Supabase, the backend-as-a-service startup, announced this week that it raised a $30 million Series A.  —  Supabase is often described as an open source alternative …
Christine Hall / TechCrunch:
Fin, which provides productivity insights for companies by capturing employee workflow data from across apps, raises $20M Series A led by Coatue  —  Work insights platform Fin raised $20 million in Series A funding and brought in Evan Cummack, a former Twilio executive, as its new chief executive officer.
Josh Ye / South China Morning Post:
Sources: Chinese regulators are slowing approvals for all new online games, revealing the move in a meeting with Tencent and NetEase  —  Sources said the move to slow down new video game approvals is in line with Beijing's initiative to reduce gaming addiction in minors It is unclear …

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