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October 18, 2021, 1:50 PM

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The Verge:
Live blog of Apple's “Unleashed” virtual event, where new AirPods and Macbook Pros with Apple silicon are expected  —  Apple says something is getting “unleashed.”  —  Apple is kicking off the very best week in tech with a rare Monday event, one it's decided to call “Unleashed.”
Apple:
Livestream of Apple's “Unleashed” virtual event  —  This stream is best experienced on an iPhone 7 or later, iPad (5th generation or later), or iPod touch (7th generation) using Safari on iOS 12 or later; or a Mac using Safari on macOS Mojave 10.14 or later.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Apple debuts third-gen $179 AirPods with an updated design, better sound quality, Spatial Audio in Apple Music, and a MagSafe-enabled case, available next week  —  Preorders start today  —  Apple has just introduced its third-generation AirPods, the latest set of the company's massively popular true wireless earbuds.
Emily Glazer / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: two Microsoft execs, including Brad Smith, told Bill Gates in 2008 that emails with a midlevel female employee were inappropriate; Gates agreed to stop  —  Top lawyer, HR chief informed some Microsoft directors they told billionaire co-founder that his emails with female employee were inappropriate
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple unveils MacBook Pros with 14.2" and 16.2" ProMotion displays with a notch, M1 Pro or Max chips, MagSafe, no Touch Bar, HDMI port, SD card slot, and more  —  As part of its October Unleashed event, Apple today unveiled the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple announces M1 Pro and M1 Max chips for Macs: M1 Pro is 70% faster than M1 and has 2x the GPU performance with a 32GB RAM limit; M1 Max supports 64GB RAM  —  Apple today has officially unveiled the next-generation Apple Silicon chip.  Dubbed the M1 Pro and M1 Max, the Apple says that these chips …
Reuters:
In a letter to Andy Jassy, US House Judiciary accuses Amazon execs, including Jeff Bezos, of misleading Congress or lying about boosting its brands above rivals  —  Five members of the U.S. House Judiciary committee wrote to Amazon.com Inc's chief executive Sunday, and accused the company's top executives …
Wall Street Journal:
Internal documents: Facebook's AI has minimal success enforcing its rules against problematic content, including removing an estimated 3%-5% of hate speech  —  AI has only minimal success in removing hate speech, violent images and other problem content, according to internal company reports
Kim Lyons / The Verge:
Florence Ion / Gizmodo:
What to expect from Google's event on Tuesday: Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro with Tensor custom SoC, improved cameras, bigger batteries, and more colors  —  Will there be any surprises at Google's event next week?  Here's what we know so far.  —  Alerts  —  If you've been holding out on buying …
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
In an SEC filing, Sinclair confirms it suffered a ransomware attack that disrupted its channels on Sunday; Sinclair initially blamed technical issues  —  Sinclair formally confirmed the ransomware attack a day after this initial report in SEC documents.  Original reporting below.

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