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September 14, 2022, 8:25 PM

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Nilay Patel / The Verge:
iPhone 14 Pro review: excellent performance and an incredible 48MP camera, but Dynamic Island's potential isn't fully realized and the camera sharpens too much  —  The dynamic island is a potentially good idea that's waiting for the next step … Apple pulled off some unexpected surprises …
Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Apple iPhone 14 review: an improved selfie camera and good battery life, but feels like an iPhone 13S with no ProMotion and the eSIM transition could be painful  —  A slight camera upgrade, new emergency features, and... not a whole lot else … The iPhone 14 is good.  You probably shouldn't buy an iPhone 14.
New York Times:
California's AG files an antitrust lawsuit against Amazon, focusing on the company allegedly penalizing sellers who list products at lower prices on other sites  —  Rob Bonta, California's attorney general, said the retailer punishes companies that offer lower prices on other websites.
Stephanie Bodoni / Bloomberg:
An EU court backs the European Commission's decision to fine Google over Android antitrust breaches but trims the record €4.3B fine to €4.1B; Google can appeal  —  Google lost most of the first round of its battle to topple a record 4.3 billion-euro ($4.3 billion) …
Hooyeon Kim / Bloomberg:
A South Korean court issues an arrest warrant for Terraform Labs founder Do Kwon and five others located in Singapore, after LUNA and UST's collapse in May 2022  —  A court in South Korea issued an arrest warrant for Do Kwon, the founder of the Terraform Labs cryptocurrency ecosystem …
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Discord rolls out Reddit-like Forum channels, designed for asynchronous chat about specific topics, after testing them with some communities since February 2022  —  If you've ever waded into a new Discord server and immediately been overwhelmed by a fast-scrolling wall of conversation …
Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
Canva unveils new products Docs, Websites, Whiteboards, and Data Visualization, brings background removing to videos, and adds a remote control to Presentations  —  Canva is further establishing itself as more than just a user-friendly graphic design tool.  The Australian company announced …
CNN:
After an employee claimed a package exploded at Northeastern University's VR lab, sources say it included a “rambling” note criticizing Mark Zuckerberg and VR  —  Authorities in Boston have launched an investigation after a package sent to Northeastern University exploded and injured …
Ashley Capoot / CNBC:
Twilio plans to lay off 11% of its workforce, or around 900 staff, as part of a bid to become profitable by 2023; CEO Jeff Lawson says Twilio grew “too fast”  —  - Twilio will lay off 11% of its workforce as part of a major restructuring plan, according to a filing.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
California Governor Gavin Newsom signs AB 587 into law, requiring social networks to share moderation rules, despite concerns it may violate the First Amendment  —  California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a law aimed at making web platforms monitor hate speech, extremism, harassment, and other objectionable behaviors.
The Verge:
In response to SCOTUS overturning Roe v. Wade in June, period tracking app Flo releases an Anonymous Mode for iOS, improving privacy but disabling some features  —  Period tracking app Flo released an “Anonymous Mode” on Wednesday, which lets people use the app without linking their data to their name, email address, or IP address.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: after its funds performed poorly, SoftBank considers launching a third Vision Fund; Vision Fund 2 is now worth 19% less than the $49B invested  —  Despite massive losses, Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son has tried to chart a new path for the tech investment giant
The Verge:
PlayStation VR2 hands-on: easy to set up, a joy to use, the OLED display looks great, the Sense controllers are a marked improvement, gameplay is fun, and more  —  And it's pretty good … Sony's PlayStation VR2 may not be coming out until next year, but after months of drip-feeding news …
Zeyi Yang / MIT Technology Review:
Users say a demo of ERNIE-ViLG, a text-to-image AI model from Baidu, labels certain political words as “sensitive” and blocks them from generating any result  —  The new text-to-image AI developed by Baidu can generate images that show Chinese objects and celebrities more accurately than existing AIs.
Reuters:
South Korea fines Google ~$50M and Meta ~$22M for failing to obtain user consent before collecting behavioral data to infer interests and tailor ads  —  South Korea levied fines running into millions of dollars on Alphabet's (GOOGL.O) Google and Meta Platforms (META.O) following accusations …

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