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September 23, 2021, 7:20 AM

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The Verge:
Tim Sweeney says Apple told Epic that it will not consider reinstating Epic's developer account until all legal appeals have concluded, likely years from now  —  Epic CEO Tim Sweeney revealed the conversation in a series of tweets  —  Fortnite will not be returning to the iOS App Store any time soon …
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer says he will step down next year and shift into a part-time adviser role; Andrew Bosworth will become CTO  —  - Veteran executive ‘Schrep’ will shift to senior fellow role  — Hardware boss Andrew Bosworth will be promoted to CTO role
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
Leaked email: Tim Cook says recent leakers of info about Apple products and internal meetings “do not belong here” and the company is tracking them down  —  The CEO says the company is doing everything in its power to track down workers  —  Tim Cook sent an email …
Jessica Guynn / USA Today:
Industry groups representing Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter sue Texas over a law that lets residents sue social networks that ban them for their political views  —  Technology trade groups that represent Facebook, Google's YouTube and Twitter are suing Texas to stop a new state law that cracks …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Discord is testing Watch Together, a feature that lets members broadcast YouTube videos, after Google forced the shutdown of two popular music bots on Discord  —  Discord music returns, kind of  —  Discord is starting to test YouTube integration, just weeks after Google-owned YouTube forced two popular Discord music bots offline.
Igor Bonifacic / Engadget:
Twitter plans to stop tweets from disappearing when the timeline auto-refreshes, in a series of updates over the next two months  —  address a longstanding complaint people have had with its mobile app.  If you use the software frequently, you may have noticed tweets will sometimes disappear …
Aruna Viswanatha / Wall Street Journal:
US federal judge orders Facebook to hand over records on posts removed for promoting violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar  —  Federal judge rules social-media company must hand over information about posts removed for promoting violence against Rohingya Muslims
David Pierce / Protocol:
Read-later apps, pioneered by Instapaper and Pocket, are having a resurgence led by Matter, Upnext, and others, which improve discoverability and other features  —  The internet, as a reading experience, is mostly terrible.  The heavy pages riddled with ads and trackers, the unexpected pop-ups …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft unveils Surface Laptop Studio, replacing Surface Book, with 14.4" 120Hz display that can slide into new positions, Thunderbolt 4, and haptic trackpad  —  The successor to the Surface Book is here  —  Microsoft is announcing the Surface Laptop Studio today, a successor to the Surface Book line of powerful laptops.
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
Researchers say an Exchange Autodiscover bug can be used to obtain Windows users' domain and app credentials; Microsoft is investigating  —  Security researchers have discovered a design flaw in a feature of the Microsoft Exchange email server that can be abused to harvest Windows domain and app credentials from users across the world.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Biden plans to nominate Cornell law professor and cryptocurrency critic Saule Omarova to run the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency  —  - OCC nominee Omarova favors shifting bank accounts to Fed  — She would be first woman to serve as comptroller if confirmed
Ari Levy / CNBC:
Toast shares closed up 56% at $62.51 in its NYSE debut, giving it a market cap of $31B+, after raising ~$870M in its IPO  —  - Toast priced its IPO at $40 on Tuesday, above the expected price range of $34 to $36.  — Annual recurring revenue surged 118% in the second quarter from a year earlier …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
London-based grocery delivery startup Jiffy raises $28M Series A led by Heartland, bringing total funding to $35M  —  Well that was fast.  London grocery delivery upstart, Jiffy — which was only founded in April this year — has nabbed $28 million in Series A funding around half a year after initial £2.6M seed raise.
Austin Carr / Bloomberg:
A look at efforts to close the digital divide in states like Arkansas, as a Microsoft study finds around 120M Americans don't have access to high-speed internet  —  With help from Washington, the 120 million Americans without high-speed internet access have their best shot in a generation at getting it …
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft announces Surface Pro 8 with a 13-inch edge-to-edge 120Hz display, Thunderbolt 4, Surface Slim Pen 2, up to 32GB of RAM, and more  —  The Surface Pro we've been waiting years for  —  Microsoft is announcing the Surface Pro 8 today, the biggest upgrade to its Intel-powered Surface Pro lineup since the Surface Pro 3 in 2014.

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