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October 18, 2021, 7:00 PM

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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 …
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.
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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 …
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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 …
Kollen Post / The Block:
NY AG sends cease and desist letters to two cryptocurrency lending firms; improperly redacted documents suggest the recipients were Nexo and Celsius Network  —  On October 18, the New York Attorney General Letitia James announced cease and desist letters to two cryptocurrency lending firms.
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 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.
Yun Li / CNBC:
SEC says online brokerages like Robinhood are gamifying stock trading, in a report on payment for order flow and this year's meme stock mania  —  - Wall Street's main regulator released its highly anticipated report on the GameStop mania on Monday.  — The SEC said online brokerages …

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