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October 18, 2021, 10:25 PM

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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 …
Apple:
Apple says 14-inch MacBook Pro with M1 starts at $1,999 and the 16-inch MacBook Pro starts at $2,499, available October 26  —  The new MacBook Pro features a 1080p camera, the best audio system in a notebook, and the most advanced connectivity ever in a MacBook Pro
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 and they'll be available October 26th  —  Apple has just introduced its third-generation AirPods …
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
Sources: Beats Fit Pro earbuds, with active noise cancellation and Apple's H1 chip, will launch on November 1  —  Apple today announced multiple new products at its “Unleashed” special event, such as the new redesigned MacBook Pro, AirPods 3, HomePod mini in new colors, and a new Siri-based plan for Apple Music.
José Adorno / 9to5Mac:
Apple launches a new $5/month “Voice Plan” for accessing Apple Music exclusively with Siri, available in 17 countries  —  During the “Unleashed” Apple event, the company announced a new more accessible plan for Apple Music exclusively with Siri.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple says iOS 15.1, iPadOS 15.1, watchOS 8.1, and tvOS 15.1 will be available next week; macOS Monterey will be released on October 25  —  Apple today announced that iOS 15.1, iPadOS 15.1, watchOS 8.1, tvOS 15.1, and macOS Monterey will all be released as free software updates next week.
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
Reuters:
In a letter to Andy Jassy, US House Judiciary members accuse Amazon execs including 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 …
Edward Ongweso Jr / VICE:
Facebook posts an odd thread attacking 30+ unnamed journalists “finishing up a coordinated series of articles based on thousands of pages of leaked documents”  —  The company decried the use of embargoes to coordinate a coming series of reporting on thousands of pages of leaks, despite regularly using embargoes itself.
Katherine Greifeld / Bloomberg:
Invesco drops its pursuit of a bitcoin futures ETF filing hours before the first such product begins trading on the US stock market  —  Invesco Ltd. has dropped its pursuit of a futures-backed Bitcoin exchange-traded fund hours before the first such product is set to launch on a U.S. exchange.
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
A hacker breached the Argentinian government's IT network last month, stealing citizens' personal details and leaking some, including Lionel Messi's on Twitter  —  A hacker has breached the Argentinian government's IT network and stolen ID card details for the country's entire population, data that is now being sold in private circles.
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
In an SEC filing, Sinclair confirms a ransomware attack is disrupting its TV channels; 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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