September 6, 2022, 3:00 PM

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Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google announces an in-person Pixel hardware event for October 6 at 10am ET in Brooklyn, where the company will detail the Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and Pixel Watch  —  Google this morning announced that it will be hosting its Pixel hardware event on Thursday, October 6.
Nitasha Tiku / Washington Post:
Signal appoints former Google manager Meredith Whittaker as its first president, to guide strategy, communications, and policy; she plans to focus on donations  —  Meredith Whittaker, the former Google manager, is Signal's first president.  She is out to convince users to pay for the free app.
Peter Frontini / Reuters:
Brazil orders Apple to stop selling iPhones without a charger in the country and fines the company ~$2.38M, citing “deliberate” discrimination against consumers  —  Brazil's government on Tuesday ordered Apple Inc (AAPL.O) to stop selling iPhones without a battery charger in the country …
Carly Page / TechCrunch:
The Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest in the US with 600,000+ students, says a ransomware attack over the weekend disrupted its operations  —  The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has confirmed it was hit by a ransomware attack that is causing ongoing technical disruptions.
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Google updates Chrome to address an actively exploited high-severity zero-day vulnerability in Mojo runtime libraries, its sixth Chrome zero-day patch in 2022  —  Google has released Chrome 105.0.5195.102 for Windows, Mac, and Linux users to address a single high-severity security flaw …
New York Times:
The trial of former Uber Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan, over allegedly covering up a 2016 data breach and paying off the hackers, begins this week  —  Joe Sullivan, Uber's former chief of security, faces criminal charges for his handling of a 2016 security breach.
Ian Hamilton / UploadVR:
Meta announces its Connect conference will be held virtually on October 11, when it is expected to debut its high-end Quest Pro standalone VR headset  —  Meta Connect is on for October 11th, 2022 as a one-day virtual event with announcements outlining the company's next steps in VR and AR.
Cindy Cohn / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Peter Eckersley, who worked at EFF for 12 years, including as its chief computer scientist, and founded the free Let's Encrypt certificate authority, dies at 43  —  With deep sadness, EFF mourns the loss of our friend, the technologist, activist, and cybersecurity expert Peter Eckersley.
Zurich-based, which runs the 21Shares crypto investment service, has raised $25M led by Marshall Wace at a $2B post-money valuation  —  Crypto investment product firm, the parent of 21Shares, said on Tuesday it had raised $25 million in a funding round led by Marshall Wace that valued the company at $2 billion.
Sony says longtime PlayStation hardware architect Masayasu Ito plans to retire on October 1; Ito joined Sony in 1986 and moved to the console division in 2000  —  Sony Group Corp.'s PlayStation unit is set to lose its longtime hardware architect Masayasu Ito, who will retire at the end of this month.
Russia is scrambling to buy semiconductors, transformers, transistors, and other tech parts for weapons, many of which are sanctioned, for its Ukraine war  —  It's the microchips that look set to get Vladimir Putin in the end.  Six months into its invasion of Ukraine, Russia is being throttled …
Iris Deng / South China Morning Post:
Huawei launches the Mate 50 series, the first smartphones to link with China's BeiDou global satellite navigation system, on sale without 5G for ~$720 to ~$980  —  Huawei Technologies Co on Tuesday launched its new flagship Mate 50-series smartphones that support satellite communications …
Ana Swanson / New York Times:
The US Department of Commerce releases its plan for dispensing the $50B CHIPS Act: ~$28B for grants and loans, $10B for expanded manufacturing, and $11B for R&D  —  The Commerce Department issued guidelines for companies angling to receive federal funding aimed at bolstering the domestic semiconductor industry.
Benoit Berthelot / Bloomberg:
Tencent plans to invest €200M in Ubisoft to increase its direct stake from 4.5% to 9.99% at an implied €80 per share, alongside another €100M in the company  —  Tencent Holdings Ltd is set to more than double its stake in Ubisoft Entertainment SA, providing an injection of cash …
Lauren Hirsch / New York Times:
CVS Health plans to acquire Signify Health, which offers analytics and tech to help 10,000 doctors provide in-home health care to 2.5M US patients, for ~$8B  —  The deal for Signify Health, which has a network of doctors who make home visits, would cement the drugstore chain's move away from its traditional roots.

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