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August 17, 2022, 10:25 PM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is aiming to hold an online event on September 7 to unveil the iPhone 14 line; the phones are expected to be released on September 16  —  Apple Inc. is aiming to hold a launch event on Sept. 7 to unveil the iPhone 14 line, according to people with knowledge of the matter …
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
iOS, iPadOS, and macOS receive updates to fix kernel and WebKit security flaws that allowed arbitrary code execution and were reportedly being exploited  —  Kernel and WebKit bugs can allow arbitrary code execution on Apple's devices.  —  Apple has released a trio of operating system updates …
Sebastian Herrera / Wall Street Journal:
Source: Amazon is testing a feature, reportedly called Inspire, in its app that would show users a TikTok-style feed of product photos and videos  —  Beta feature is being assessed internally by employees, could eventually be launched more broadly  —  Even Amazon.com Inc. AMZN -2.60%▼ wants to be a little like TikTok.
Adam Morgan McCarthy / The Block:
Genesis Trading CEO Michael Moro steps down after six years and the company will cut 20% of its staff, following huge losses from a loan to Three Arrows Capital  —  - Genesis Trading CEO Michael Moro is set to leave the firm after seven years; just over six were spent as CEO.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Code inside the Netflix iPhone app suggests that the ad-supported tier arriving in early 2023 won't let users download shows for offline viewing  —  Netflix Inc. isn't planning to let users of its new ad-supported tier download shows and movies to their devices for offline viewing …
TechCrunch:
TikTok makes its Elections Center available in the US, offering state-by-state info ahead of the midterms, and details its misinformation policies  —  TikTok announced its midterms Elections Center will go live in the app in the U.S. starting today, August 17, 2022, where it will be available …
Alex Barinka / Bloomberg:
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft is rolling out widget notifications on the Windows 11 taskbar, with live updates from widgets such as weather, finance, sports, and breaking news  —  The notifications include weather and stock alerts  —  Microsoft is rolling out a taskbar notification system to its Windows 11 widgets this week.
Bloomberg:
Nick Clegg shares Meta's plans to help secure the US midterms, building on Meta's 2020 policies, like restricting new political ads one week prior to the vote  —  After years of revising and updating its election strategy, Meta Platforms Inc. is pulling out a familiar playbook for the US midterms …
Politico:
Justina Lee / Bloomberg:
Study: ahead of 10%-25% of Coinbase listings since 2018, some traders on decentralized exchanges bought more of those tokens, hinting at insider trading  —  The US charge against a former Coinbase Global Inc. employee may not be the only instance of insider trading at the cryptocurrency exchange, according to a new study.
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
HyperTrack, a logistics startup that offers APIs for freight order planning, assignment, and tracking, announces a $25M Series A led by WestBridge Capital  —  In a sign that the market for logistics and transportation tech isn't cooling (economic downturn be damned), HyperTrack …
Sisi Jiang / Kotaku:
Former Nintendo female contract testers in the US describe years of sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and a lack of advancement opportunities for women  —  Female game testers at Nintendo had ‘frat house’ experiences within a gaming company known for its wholesome image
Emma Roth / The Verge:
WhatsApp launches a native app for Windows out of beta, usable without linking a phone; WhatsApp is currently working on a native macOS app  —  You no longer need to connect your phone  —  WhatsApp's new app on Windows no longer requires you to link your phone to send, receive, and sync messages.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
TikTok is rolling out a new sharing feature to let users publish their TikTok Stories to Reddit, Facebook, and Instagram  —  Facebook and Instagram may be busy trying to clone TikTok within their own apps as Reels, but a new feature rolling out now from TikTok will see the short-form video …
Jessica Bursztynsky / Fast Company:
Airbnb introduces “anti-party technology” in the US and Canada to automatically block reservations at a high risk of leading to unauthorized parties  —  Airbnb is piloting new anti-party technology in the U.S. and Canada in its ongoing efforts to fend off users who are looking …

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