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September 20, 2021, 11:10 PM

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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.
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.
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:
Kuo revises forecast and says an under-display Touch ID for iPhone will not arrive until H2 2023 and a foldable iPhone is not expected until 2024  —  A week after Apple announced the new iPhone 13 line, reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo have shared a few tidbits about an iPhone …
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
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
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.
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.
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 …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Filing: Twitter agrees to pay $809.5M to resolve claims from 2016 that it provided misleading engagement information to investors  —  Twitter disclosed a binding agreement to settle a class-action lawsuit, under which the social network will pay $809.5 million to resolve claims it provided misleading engagement info to investors.
Michael Kozlowski / Good e-Reader:
Amazon leaks updated Kindle Paperwhite devices with larger 6.8-inch displays in two variants: 8GB for $149 CAD and 32GB for $209.99 CAD, both with 17 LEDs  —  Amazon is going to be releasing a new Kindle Paperwhite in the next few days.  The E-Reader will have a 6.8 inch screen and will come …
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Analysis: Amazon has doubled sponsored product ads at the top of some search results, from two or three to as many as six  —  - Amazon is adding more sponsored product ads to the top of search results.  — Sponsored product ads accounted for roughly 73% of retailers' Amazon ad spend …
Max Chafkin / New York Magazine:
Sources: Thiel told a confidant that Zuckerberg made a deal with Kushner in 2019 to not fact-check political speech in exchange for laying off harsh regulations  —  Sometime around the spring of 1988, several members of the Stanford University chess team traveled to a tournament in Monterey, California, in an old Volkswagen Rabbit.

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