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September 8, 2022, 2:00 PM

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The Verge:
iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max hands-on: iPhone 13 Pro design without the notch, thanks to the playful Dynamic Island; the always-on display looks great  —  A first look at the new always-on display, camera, and more  —  Apple just announced the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
Sami Fathi / MacRumors:
Geekbench's test score reveals the iPhone 14 Pro's A16 chip, built on a 4nm process, is marginally faster than the iPhone 13 Pro's A15, built on a 5nm process  —  A Geekbench score for the iPhone 14 Pro with the new A16 Bionic chip has revealed little performance improvement compared to the iPhone 13 Pro from last year.
Victoria Song / The Verge:
Apple Watch Ultra hands-on: the large, flat 49mm rectangular display, which can hit 2,000 nits, is in a class of its own and the device is lighter than expected  —  Two incremental updates and one big newcomer  —  Today was a big day for Apple wearables.  Not only did Apple announce …
Thomas Ricker / The Verge:
Apple Watch Ultra's app ecosystem challenges Garmin, which dominates the $699+ premium active wearables market, and its usability could erode Garmin's position  —  Apple begins slow-rolling its way onto Garmin's lucrative turf  —  I had a funny feeling watching yesterday's announcement …
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
Laurene Powell Jobs, Jony Ive, and Tim Cook partner to launch the Steve Jobs Archive, a website featuring emails, videos, and historical materials tied to Jobs  —  CodeCon 2022 held an interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook, former design chief Jony Ive, and Laurene Powell Jobs on Wednesday.
Andrew Ackerman / Wall Street Journal:
SEC Chair Gary Gensler signals he would support Congress giving the CFTC authority to oversee and regulate bitcoin and ether, if the SEC can retain its power  —  Former CFTC chief says he could back giving agency oversight of nonsecurity tokens  —  WASHINGTON—Securities …
The Verge:
Tim Cook dismisses Apple adopting RCS in iMessage and suggests that a questioner at Code buy their mom an iPhone to end green bubbles and fuzzy videos  —  Asked about RCS support in iMessage, Apple's CEO said users aren't asking for it  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook dismissed the idea …
Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed News:
Apple's video montages for the new Watch and iPhone 14 safety features, like satellite emergency calling and car crash detection, are ominous and unsettling  —  The newly unveiled Watch and iPhone 14 features — car crash detection, satellite emergency calling, extreme weather — all seem a little ominous.
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Six people, including Coinbase employees and prominent crypto developers, sue the US Treasury, Janet Yellen, and officials in Texas over Tornado Cash sanctions  —  Six users of Tornado Cash, a popular decentralized cryptocurrency service, filed a lawsuit on Thursday against the U.S. Treasury Department …
Reuters:
Apple partners with satellite company Globalstar on Emergency SOS, agreeing to pay 95% of the approved capital expenditure to deploy new Globalstar satellites  —  Apple Inc (AAPL.O) on Wednesday selected Globalstar Inc (GSAT.A) as its partner for a feature that would allow iPhone 14 users …
Peter Kafka / Vox:
At Code, former Disney CEO Bob Iger says the company found “a substantial portion” of Twitter users “were not real” when it considered buying Twitter in 2016  —  Bots were fine.  Nastiness wasn't.  —  Elon Musk wanted to buy Twitter.  Then he decided he didn't.
Reuters:
Russia's trade minister says Russians will be able to buy the iPhone 14 despite US sanctions thanks to the country's parallel import scheme  —  Russians will have the chance to buy the new Apple iPhone 14 despite the U.S. tech company having left the country thanks to Moscow's parallel import scheme …
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:
Jess Weatherbed / The Verge:
Google adds accessibility and productivity features to Android, including a Nearby Share feature to automatically accept transfers between users' own devices  —  Oh, and you can stick Bitmoji on your watch, too  —  Android is introducing a clutch of new features to improve accessibility …
Bloomberg:
CoinDesk:
Chainalysis says it helped the US government recover about $30M stolen from Axie Infinity by the North Korea-linked Lazarus Group earlier in 2022  —  Hackers stole over $600 million from Axie earlier this year.  —  Crypto analytics firm Chainalysis announced Thursday it helped …
Kate Clark / The Information:
Bessemer Venture Partners raised $4.6B for two new funds in August: $3.85B for young startups, the firm's biggest fund to date, and $780M for PE buyouts  —  Venture capitalists aren't striking many deals with tech founders these days.  Initial public offerings are nonexistent and public tech stocks …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Byju's has missed its own deadlines to file audited financials for the year ending March 2021 by nearly 18 months; Indian government demands an explanation  —  It took Byju's 10 years to become India's most valuable startup, expanding its empire of online learning apps to many markets including …
Mia Sato / The Verge:
YouTube launches a video player for education, removing ads, external links, and recommendations, available for Google Classroom and other education apps  —  Plus creator tools for courses and quizzes  —  YouTube is introducing a handful of new features for creators and institutions using the platform for educational content.
Jeff Horwitz / Wall Street Journal:
Meta disbands its Responsible Innovation team, set up to address concerns about the downsides of its products, but says it remains committed to the team's goals  —  Group was put in place to address potential downsides of the company's products; Meta says efforts will continue

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