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September 15, 2021, 9:40 AM

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Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
Apple's iPhone 13 and 13 Pro are the first to support dual eSIM, expanding on support for eSIM and regular SIM in previous iPhones  —  Apple introduced eSIM support on iPhone with iPhone XR and iPhone XS in 2018.  However, while you can use a regular SIM and an eSIM simultaneously …
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 …
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
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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.
Dylan Patel / SemiAnalysis:
Apple, in a first, reported no CPU gains for the A15, likely because of the engineer exodus to companies like Nuvia and Rivos  —  Apple has been long hailed for having the best CPU cores for consumer workloads for years.  They have by far the highest performance per clock and efficiency driven …
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft will let users access accounts without a password from today by using Microsoft Authenticator, Windows Hello, a security key, or a verification code  —  You can delete your Microsoft account password  —  Microsoft now lets you remove passwords from Microsoft accounts to embrace a passwordless future.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Xiaomi launches its flagship 11T series, including the 11T Pro with 120W fast charging, claiming 100% charge in 17 minutes, starting at €649  —  A fully charged 5,000mAh battery in 17 minutes  —  Xiaomi has launched its 11T series, the headline of which is the 11T Pro …
BBC:
Google's Grace Hopper transatlantic communications cable, measuring 4,350 miles and operational in 2022, has reached Bude in the UK and Bilbao in Spain  —  A new “massive” undersea transatlantic communications cable has been brought ashore on a beach in Cornwall.
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 Konrad / Forbes:
Collaborative graphic design app Canva raises $200M led by T. Rowe Price at a $40B valuation; its founders pledge to give away 30% of Canva to charitable causes  —  Canva is now one of the world's most valuable startups after raising $200 million in new funding at a $40 billion valuation.
Keith Broni / Emojipedia:
Unicode Consortium launches version 14.0 with a total of 112 new emoji, including multiracial handshake, melting face, saluting face, and heart hands  —  Today the latest emoji list will be released by the Unicode Consortium, with additions including Biting Lip, Troll, Saluting Face …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Manchester-based Matillion, which offers “low-code” tools to manage disparate data, raises $150M at a $1.5B valuation led by General Atlantic  —  Businesses and the tech companies that serve them are run on data.  At best, it can be used to help with decision-making …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Snap hires Jacqueline Beauchere, the chief online safety officer at Microsoft, to be its first global head of platform safety  —  Snap Inc. has hired Jacqueline Beauchere, the current Chief Online Safety Officer at Microsoft, to be its first-ever Global Head of Platform Safety, a spokesperson tells Axios.
Alex Engler / Tech Policy Press:
Enrollment algorithms used by colleges intentionally reduce scholarships and may lead to crises of student loan debt, college dropout, and racial inequity  —  As colleges look for any advantage in the fierce competition to enroll students, hundreds of institutions have turned to algorithms …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple will release iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 on September 20, with updates to FaceTime, Notifications, and more  —  After a summer full of beta testing, Apple today officially announced that it will release iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 to the public on Monday, September 20.
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.
Sanjana Shivdas / Reuters:
Report: Uber CTO Sukumar Rathnam has resigned after a year in the position amid tensions with Uber CPO Sundeep Jain  —  Uber (UBER.N) Chief Technology Officer Sukumar Rathnam is stepping down as the company's head of engineering, Business Insider reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter.
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Andrew Hayward / Decrypt:
Solana is back up after suffering a network outage for around 17 hours, which its engineers say was caused by “network exhaustion”  —  Solana, a rival blockchain network to Ethereum and one whose native cryptocurrency has surged in value and activity in recent months, has been down for nearly four hours as of this writing.

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