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September 14, 2021, 1:22 PM

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Apple:
Livestream of Apple's “California Dreaming” event  —  Watch today at 10 a.m. PDT.  View online at apple.com or on the Apple TV app.
The Verge:
Live blog of Apple's event, where the iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7, and redesigned AirPods are expected  —  On such a winter's day  —  The time has come for yet another iPhone announcement — plus whatever else Apple might have up its sleeve.  Sleeve's the right metaphor, actually …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Wall Street Journal:
Internal docs: Facebook's own research shows Instagram is harmful to a sizeable percentage of users, especially teen girls, but it has taken few remedial steps  —  Its own in-depth research shows a significant teen mental-health issue that Facebook plays down in public
Bloomberg:
Last week's court ruling leaves the door open for Apple to still attempt to collect a 30% commission from app developers who use their own payment methods  —  - Judge questioned, but didn't lower iPhone maker's commission  — Maximizing revenue poses logistical challenges, political risk
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
A breakdown of Apple vs. Epic decision, which was a near total victory for Apple, and the limitations of the injunction on App Store's anti-steering provision  —  The vast majority of Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers decision in Epic v. Apple is both straight-forward and predictable …
Sohee Kim / Bloomberg:
South Korea fines Google $177M for abusing market dominance, saying it prevented companies like Samsung from developing or using modified versions of Android  —  - Company said to have impeded development of competing software  — Regulator orders change to Google contracts with manufacturers
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Citizen Lab says it found evidence of ForcedEntry on an activist's iPhone and the exploit worked on iPads, Macs, and Watches as well, prior to recent updates  —  Citizen Lab says the ForcedEntry flaw affects all iPhones, iPads, Macs and Watches  —  Apple has released security updates …
Sun Yu / Financial Times:
Chinese police are using a state-backed anti-fraud app, installed on 200M+ devices, to identify and question people who have viewed overseas financial news  —  Police identify and question people on back of software meant to prevent online scams  —  Chinese police are using …
Karen Hao / MIT Technology Review:
Researcher discovers an AI-powered service that makes it incredibly easy for users to generate nonconsensual deepfake porn by uploading a picture of a face  —  Deepfake researchers have long feared the day this would arrive.  —  The website is eye-catching for its simplicity.
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Biden to nominate Georgetown law professor Alvaro Bedoya, who focuses on privacy issues, to be a commissioner at the FTC  —  Alvaro Bedoya has spearheaded pivotal research into how the government's use of facial recognition software hurts America's most marginalized
Jack Poulson / American Prospect:
A former AI research scientist at Google details how tech companies and the US government hide their surveillance projects in plain sight  —  Learning about the Pentagon's drone program through FOIA requests and public filings  —  An MQ-9 Sea Guardian unmanned maritime surveillance drone flies …
Samantha Subin / CNBC:
Intuit says it has agreed to acquire Mailchimp for $12B in cash and stock  —  - Intuit will buy email marketing company Mailchimp for $12 billion, the companies announced Monday.  — Intuit said it will use the acquisition to accelerate growth among small business clients.
Jeffrey Dastin / Reuters:
Amazon says it is increasing its average US hourly starting wage to $18 and plans to hire 125,000 more warehouse and transportation workers  —  Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) has increased its average starting wage in the United States to more than $18 an hour and plans to hire another 125,000 warehouse …
Katie Roof / Bloomberg:
Nextiva, a communications software company similar to RingCentral and Vonage, raises $200M from Goldman Sachs at a $2.7B valuation, its first outside funding  —  - First outside funding round for Arizona-based software startup  — Nextiva clients include Taco Bell and the Buffalo Bills

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