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September 23, 2021, 10:00 AM

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Associated Press:
European Commission proposes legislation mandating USB-C charging for mobile devices, citing electronic waste; Apple is the main holdout from using USB-C  —  LONDON (AP) — The European Union unveiled plans Thursday that would require smartphone makers to adopt a single charging method for mobile devices.
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
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 …
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 …
Casey Newton / Platformer:
WSJ's Facebook Files series is Facebook's biggest crisis since Cambridge Analytica, using data Facebook itself produced to highlight its impact on users  —  How the company found itself in its biggest crisis since Cambridge Analytica  —  A week ago, the Wall Street Journal began to publish …
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.
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 …
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
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
London-based Vyne, which works with merchants to build open banking payment services, raises $15.5M seed from Hearst and others  —  Open banking — a new approach to payments and other financial services that disrupts traditional card-based infrastructure by linking directly into banks — is having a moment.
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Facebook details the types of posts that get demoted in News Feed, such as clickbait and spam, but stops short of saying exactly how a demotion works  —  A high-level look at what gets suppressed by Facebook's algorithm  —  The way that Facebook controls its News Feed is often controversial and largely opaque to the outside world.
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:
New York-based Ocrolus, which offers automated tools for businesses to process documents, raises $80M Series C at a $500M+ valuation led by Fin VC  —  If you've ever had to take out a loan, you know just how many documents are involved in the approval process.  —  It's a lot.
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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
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.
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 …

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