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September 24, 2021, 4:30 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 USB-C holdout  —  LONDON (AP) — The European Union unveiled plans Thursday that would require smartphone makers to adopt a single charging method for mobile devices.
Jon Porter / The Verge:
EU's proposal forces companies to make fast-charging standards interoperable and “unbundles” charger sales; if adopted, companies will have 24 months to comply  —  With the aim of reducing e-waste  —  The European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter integrates Strike's wallet to let users receive tips in bitcoin, rolls out Tips globally on iOS, and will explore support for NFT authentication  —  Twitter's slate of new product announcements is not slowing down.  The company today introduced a number of new initiatives aimed …
Florence Ion / Gizmodo:
Google announces a range of features for Android, Google TV, Assistant, and Gboard, including some that were previously Pixel exclusives  —  The company just pushed out over a dozen new Android features, including some we thought would be limited to Android 12.  —  Alerts
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Google details several accessibility features coming to Android 12, including facial gesture controls, handwriting recognition, and an app for low-vision users  —  Alongside new Assistant and Gboard additions  —  Google's raft of new features coming to Android this fall includes some interesting new accessibility features.
Bloomberg:
New York City passes bills establishing minimum pay and worker protections for app-based couriers, including those working for Grubhub, Uber, and DoorDash  —  - Legislation includes setting a minimum per-trip payment  — Couriers and customers will be granted more tip transparency
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Facebook says its global head of safety, Antigone Davis, will testify before the Senate Commerce subcommittee on consumer protection on September 30  —  - Facebook agreed to send Antigone Davis, global head of safety, to testify before the Senate Commerce subcommittee on consumer protection on Sept. 30.
Cristiano Lima / Washington Post:
Casey Newton / Platformer:
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 …
FinSMEs:
Hayden AI, an AI-powered autonomous traffic management service, raises $20M Series A led by TYH Ventures  —  Hayden AI, a San Francisco CA-based autonomous traffic management platform provider, raised $20M in Series A funding.  —  The round, which brought the total funding to over $30m …
JD Alois / Crowdfund Insider:
OY! Indonesia, an offline and online payments service, raises $30M Series A led by SoftBank Ventures Asia at a $100M valuation  —  SoftBank Ventures Asia has led the $30 million Series A funding round in OY!  Indonesia.  MDI, Pavilion Capital, AC Venture, CCV, Wavemaker, PT SAT, Saison Capital Pte.
Davey Alba / New York Times:
Interview with Maryana Iskander, Wikimedia Foundation's next CEO, on the org's transparency, handling misinformation on Wikipedia pages, and more  —  Two decades ago, Wikipedia arrived on the scene as a quirky online project that aimed to crowdsource and document all of human knowledge and history in real time.
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Apple releases iOS 12.5.5 and a macOS Catalina security update to fix zero-day vulnerabilities in CoreGraphics, WebKit, and XNU  —  Apple has released security updates to fix three zero-day vulnerabilities exploited in the wild by attackers to hack into iPhones and Macs running older iOS and macOS versions.
Stephen Nellis / Reuters:
IPC, which represents Foxconn, Intel, and others, says a survey found ~80% of manufacturers are struggling to find workers, compounding chip shortage issues  —  Nearly four in five electronics manufacturers say that it has become harder to find qualified workers, compounding problems …
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.

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