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September 14, 2022, 6:30 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.
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 …
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) …
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.
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 …
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.
Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
Patreon lays off 80 employees, or about 17% of its staff, and closes its offices in Dublin and Berlin; the company raised $155M in April 2021 at a $4B valuation  —  The creator subscription company Patreon is the latest company to be affected by a long line of tech layoffs.
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 …
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.
Cheng Ting-Fang / Nikkei Asia:
Sources: Apple plans to use TSMC's N3E 3nm chipmaking process, expected in H2 2023, for its A17 chips in some 2023 iPhones and its M3 chips for Macs  —  Move will mark industry's first adoption of updated production technology  —  TAIPEI — Apple aims to be the first company to use …
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 …
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 …
Naomi Nix / Washington Post:
As Meta funnels billions into VR, some developers worry about strict app store rules, acquisitions that dominate the market and throttle competition, and more  —  Virtual reality creators say Meta now has the power to determine which apps will be successful and which will be left in obscurity

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