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September 14, 2021, 11:15 PM

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Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Apple announces iPhone 13 and 13 mini with a similar design to iPhone 12, smaller notch, A15, diagonal dual-camera system, larger battery, and five new colors  —  The rumors were right.  The centerpiece of today's big Apple event is the latest iPhone.  The latest device lands less than a year …
Cherlynn Low / Engadget:
Apple unveils iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max with ProMotion for 10Hz-120Hz refresh rates, A15, new camera system with 3x optical zoom, and more  —  we expected, Apple unveiled its new iPhone 13 series at its “California Streaming” event today, and they include a pair of more-premium Pro flagships.
Apple:
Apple's iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max will feature a macro photography mode for close-up shots, access to the professional-grade video codec ProRes, and more  —  The most advanced pro camera system ever on iPhone; Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion; a massive leap in battery life …
Monica Chin / The Verge:
Apple refreshes iPad mini with a larger 8.3" display and rounded corners, Touch ID power button, USB-C, 5G, second-gen Pencil support; coming next week for $499  —  No Mini LED, unfortunately  —  Apple has announced its all-new iPad Mini.  It features a new enclosure with narrower bezels and rounded corners.
Apple:
Apple's A15 is a 5nm SoC with two performance CPU cores and four efficiency cores, a 16-core Neural Engine capable of 15.8 trillion operations/second, and more  —  Featuring a sleek and durable design, an advanced new dual-camera system for improved photos and videos in low light, and introducing Cinematic mode
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Apple refreshes entry-level iPad with A13, 12MP ultrawide front-facing camera, iPadOS 15, 64GB minimum storage; available next week starting at $329  —  The ninth-generation iPad has arrived  —  Apple has just announced the latest version of its most popular tablet: the standard iPad.
Source: AppleMore: MacRumors, CNET, AppleInsider, PCMag, Engadget, and iMore
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Hartley Charlton / MacRumors:
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
The Verge:
Nintendo adds Bluetooth audio support to the Switch, which limits the device to two wireless controllers when in use and does not support microphones  —  Out of the blue(tooth)  —  Nintendo has surprise-announced that Bluetooth audio support has come to the Switch through a software update.
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
DOJ court documents: three former US intel operatives, who worked as mercenary hackers for the UAE, face charges of conspiring to violate hacking laws  —  The US Department of Justice has fined three former NSA employees who worked as hackers-for-hire for a United Arab Emirates cybersecurity company.
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
SEC charges App Annie with securities fraud, accusing it of “engaging in deceptive practices” and misrepresenting its data; App Annie will pay a $10M settlement  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Tuesday that it's charging App Annie, the mobile app data provider …
Alex Cranz / The Verge:
Apple unveils Watch Series 7 in 41mm and 45mm sizes, with five colors, thinner borders, 20% larger displays, and IPX6, starting at $399 this fall  —  The latest Apple Watch is a little bigger, too  —  The Apple Watch Series 7 looks a little different than its predecessors.
Andrew Hayward / Decrypt:
Solana has been suffering a network outage for around 8 hours, which its engineers say is caused by “network exhaustion”; validators can “restart if necessary”  —  Solana, a rival blockchain network to Ethereum and one whose native cryptocurrency has surged in value …
Lucas Ropek / Gizmodo:
Anonymous claims to have hacked Epik, allegedly leaking “a decade's worth of data”, including Epik's client information; Epik says it's not aware of any breach  —  The controversial domain registrar, which has been known to host Nazis and other unfortunate groups, apparently just had all of its data boosted.
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Microsoft board of directors approves the appointment of Brad Smith to vice chair  —  - Brad Smith joined Microsoft in 1993 and has overseen the resolution of antitrust cases.  — He holds over $200 million in Microsoft stock.  —  Microsoft said Tuesday its board approved the appointment …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Satori, which streamlines data access and security for cloud-based data stores and infrastructure, raises $20M Series A led by B Capital and Evolution Equity  —  The Transform Technology Summits start October 13th with Low-Code/No Code: Enabling Enterprise Agility.  Register now!
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Sources: Comcast partners with TV manufacturer Hisense to sell two smart TVs under the brand XClass, using Comcast's X1 operating system  —  Comcast is gearing up to launch its own smart TVs: The company has struck a partnership with Chinese TV manufacturer Hisense to sell two smart TV models under …
Yimie Yong / TechNode Global:
Indonesia-based Pluang, an app that allows users to invest in gold, equity indices, mutual funds, and cryptocurrencies, closes $55M round led by Square Peg  —  Indonesia-based wealth-tech company Pluang announced on Monday the close of its $55 million round, which added an additional $35 million to the $20 million raised in March.
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