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September 14, 2021, 4:10 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, a Cinematic mode for more advanced “rack focus” techniques, more  —  The most advanced pro camera system ever on iPhone; Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion; a massive leap in battery life …
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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 Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Amazon rolls out an OS update with a new UI for Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, and Kindle Oasis, the first refresh since around 2016  —  Refined look and feel coming to most Kindles released since 2015.  —  Amazon's Kindle e-readers get new software updates regularly, and they're mostly of the nondescript …
Source: AmazonMore: iPhone in Canada Blog
Andrew Hayward / Decrypt:
Solana has been suffering a network outage for around 4 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 …
Erin Griffith / New York Times:
Christine Martinez files a suit against Pinterest claiming breach of implied contract, saying she co-created Pinterest but was never compensated  —  In a lawsuit, a woman who said she had helped create Pinterest claimed the founders had agreed to compensate her but never did.
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 …
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Seattle-based SkyKick, which builds software to help SMBs with their cloud infrastructure management, raises $130M, bringing total raised to date to $200M  —  The pandemic has accelerated digital transformation for companies across various industries.  That's good news for SkyKick …
More: VentureBeat and CRN
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Sendoso, which helps companies send customized physical gifts to clients at scale for a monthly fee, raises $100M Series C led by SoftBank's Vision Fund 2  —  Corporate gift services have come into their own during the Covid-19 pandemic by standing in as a proxy for other kinds …
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Q&A with Parler CEO George Farmer, a British hedge fund partner married to Candace Owens, who says the social network is planning a relaunch after Capitol riots  —  George Farmer seeks to revive ‘free speech’ app that imploded after US Capitol riots  —  Parler, the “free speech” …
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
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Jakarta-based payments infrastructure startup Xendit raises $150M Series C at a $1B valuation led by Tiger Global, following $64.6M Series B six months ago  —  There's a new entrant in Southeast Asia's growing list of unicorns.  Jakarta-based Xendit, best known for its digital payment infrastructure …

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