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September 21, 2021, 5:30 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: the SEC has launched an investigation into Activision Blizzard, including how it handled employees' allegations of sexual misconduct and discrimination  —  Agency has issued subpoena to videogame company and several executives including CEO Bobby Kotick
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Kuo: an iPhone SE with 5G is coming in H1 2022; a cheaper 6.7" iPhone and two high-end models with a punch-hole display and 48MP wide camera are due in H2 2022  —  Following last week's release of the iPhone 13 lineup, reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is out with new expectations for what to expect from the iPhone 14.
José Adorno / 9to5Mac:
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Review of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, which are now available: focus modes are great, Safari update is an acquired taste, and iOS' Dark Sky-style Weather is excellent  —  Apple's latest updates lay good groundwork, but don't add many big new features  —  iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 are strange updates.
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
In-depth iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 review: many quality-of-life updates, especially to core apps, but few bold new features and no big iPad productivity leaps  —  In my career as an iOS reviewer, I don't think I've ever seen a response as universally positive and enthusiastic as the general public's reception of iOS 14 last year.
Lisa Richwine / Reuters:
Netflix launches a free plan in Kenya with a quarter of the content from its paid plans, available only on Android phones  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Netflix Inc on Monday began offering a free mobile plan with about one-quarter of its TV shows and movies in Kenya, a strategy aimed …
Benjamin Bain / Bloomberg:
Coinbase quietly updates its blog to say it is tabling the launch of Lend, a product intended to pay users interest for lending out tokens, after SEC pressure  —  - Company faced threat by agency to sue if it pursued plan  — SEC has taken a tougher line on crypto under Gary Gensler
Ryan Weeks / The Block:
Paris-based Sorare, a soccer-focused NFT trading platform, raises $680M Series B led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2 at a $4.3B valuation  —  Quick Take  — The fundraise values the Paris-based NFT startup at $4.3 billion.  — It comes off a period of rapid growth for Sorare, which now boasts 600,000 registered users.
Pew Research Center:
Survey: 47% of US Facebook users regularly get news on the platform, down from 54% in 2020; 29% of US TikTok users regularly get news from the app, up from 22%  —  More than half of Twitter user get news on the site regularly  —  To better examine the ways Americans get news in a digital age …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Amazon announces its next hardware and services event will be on September 28 at 9am PT  —  New Echo devices could be coming soon  —  Amazon has officially announced the date for its big fall hardware event: it'll take place on Tuesday, September 28th at 12PM ET / 9AM PT. As always …
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
Europol, alongside Italian and Spanish police, arrest 106 people accused of working for the Italian Mafia and laundering over €10M made through cybercrimes  —  European police accused several people of SIM swapping, phishing, and hacking in support of Italian organized crime.
Jeran Wittenstein / Bloomberg:
Tech stocks drop amid broader market selloff, similar to Sept. 2020's slump; Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Alphabet, and Microsoft lost $500B+ in value since Sept. 7  —  - Echoes a 3-week drop a year ago as stocks gave back gains  — Stocks bounced back, but now stung by China slowdown worries
Alexandra Garrett / CNET:
DoorDash will now deliver alcoholic beverages to customers in 20 US states and DC, Canada, and Australia  —  The option for alcohol delivery will also be available in Canada and Australia. … The DoorDash delivery app will now spirit wine, beer and other alcoholic beverages to customers.

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