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September 13, 2022, 1:30 AM

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The Verge:
Sources: Google canceled the next version of its Pixelbook laptop slated for 2023 and dissolved the team building it, as part of recent cost-cutting measures  —  Google is getting out of the laptop game  —  Google has canceled the next version of its Pixelbook laptop and dissolved the team responsible for building it.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple plans to add a Clean Energy Charging feature to iOS 16 in 2022, optimizing iPhone charging times for when the power grid is using cleaner energy sources  —  iOS 16 is now available to iPhone users everywhere, but there are still many other new features coming this year.
David Pierce / The Verge:
iOS 16 review: lock screen widgets, while not interactive, are an instant upgrade and the myriad other changes make the iPhone more functional and easier to use  —  The story of iOS 16 is all the things that your phone does when you're not using it.  Apple has been saying for years that we need …
Svea Herbst-Bayliss / Reuters:
Sources: a majority of Twitter's shareholders voted in favor of the $44B sale to Elon Musk, whose $54.20-per-share deal looks pricey in the current environment  —  A majority of Twitter Inc's (TWTR.N) shareholders have voted in favor of the social media company's $44 billion sale to Elon Musk …
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:
Hartley Charlton / MacRumors:
The new Apple Watches' S8 chip appears to have the same CPU as the S6 and S7, which may explain why Apple has lately only used the S5 or earlier for comparisons  —  The S8 chip in the Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch Ultra, and second-generation Apple Watch SE features the same CPU as the S6 and S7 chips …
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Kanishka Singh / Reuters:
The US SEC charges VMware with misleading investors by obscuring financial performance; VMware will pay $8M to settle without denying or admitting the findings  —  The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Monday it has charged cloud computing company VMware Inc (VMW.N) …
Wall Street Journal:
Internal Meta research: Instagram users spend 17.6M hours/day on Reels vs. 197.8M hours/day on TikTok; ~1/3 of Reels are recycled posts from other platforms  —  Reels faces formidable competition from the leading short-video platform; creators follow the views
Emma Roth / The Verge:
A Facebook user shares a video of a “Meta Quest Pro” VR headset, claiming Meta left the device, labeled “Not for resale - engineering sample”, in a hotel room  —  A prototype of Meta's VR headset has surfaced  —  Images and, later, a video of a “Meta Quest Pro” …
Mike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE:
Meta plans to give control of its PyTorch AI framework to the Linux Foundation's new PyTorch Foundation that includes AMD, AWS, Google, Meta, Azure, and Nvidia  —  Facebook parent company Meta Platforms Inc. announced today that it's handing over control of the popular PyTorch artificial intelligence platform …
Cade Metz / New York Times:
Uber has agreed to pay New Jersey $100M in back taxes after the state said that the company had misclassified its drivers as independent contractors  —  New Jersey demanded back taxes from the ride-hailing company, claiming it misclassified drivers as independent contractors.

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