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September 20, 2022, 6:15 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nvidia announces the RTX 4080 and RTX 4090 GPUs; the $1,599 RTX 4090 is 2-4x faster than the 3090 Ti, comes with 24GB of GDDR6X memory, and ships on October 12  —  Nvidia is officially announcing its RTX 40-series GPUs today.  After months of rumors and some recent teasing from Nvidia, the RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 are now both official.
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
Nvidia details the RTX 4080: 2-4x faster than the 3080 Ti, built on TSMC's “4N” 5nm process, starting at $899 for 12GB and $1,199 for 16GB, arriving in November  —  4090 launches on October 12, with 4080 to follow in “November.”  —  After weeks of teases, Nvidia's next generation …
Tim Copeland / The Block:
Crypto market maker Wintermute says hackers stole $160M from its DeFi operations but the firm remains solvent; 90 assets were stolen, most worth less than $1M  —  - Crypto market making firm Wintermute has been hacked.  — The firm maintains that it is solvent.
Giorgio Sardo / Windows Experience Blog:
Microsoft plans to expand Windows 11's support for 20K+ Android apps and games via the Amazon Appstore to 31 countries “within the next few weeks”  —  Content is at the heart of the Windows PC experience - from the apps that fuel productivity, to movies that transport and games that connect.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
YouTube plans to expand its Partner Program to give 45% of Shorts ad revenue to creators with 1,000+ subscribers and 10M views on Shorts within a 90-day period  —  YouTube just announced a major change to its Partner Program that will allow its short-form video creators to make a lot more money from its platform.
Kyle Wiens / iFixit News:
A teardown of the iPhone 14 Pro Max shows the new X65 satellite modem and a similar internal design to the 13 Pro Max, making the device difficult to repair  —  The iPhone Pro Max 14 is out, and the general consensus among tech reviewers seems to be that it's better than the last one …
J. Clara Chan / The Hollywood Reporter:
Spotify launches a US audiobook service with 300K titles from major and independent publishers; users purchase and download individual books to play in its app  —  The audio giant, which is offering 300,000 audiobooks for purchase at launch, is positioning its books service as separate …
Mia Sato / The Verge:
A Mozilla study using YouTube recommendation data from 20,000+ users and 500M+ videos finds the “dislike” and “not interested” buttons are largely ineffective  —  Even when users tell YouTube they aren't interested in certain types of videos, similar recommendations keep coming, a new study by Mozilla found.
Andrew Hayward / Decrypt:
Nova Labs and T-Mobile sign a five-year deal to launch Helium Mobile, a 5G MVNO service for smartphones that combines coverage from the two companies' networks  —  Helium Mobile will tap both the decentralized 5G network and T-Mobile's service while also offering crypto rewards to users.  —  In brief
Frank Chaparro / The Block:
Sources: the Nasdaq is exploring an institutional crypto custody service, pending regulatory approval, and a crypto-focused division, Nasdaq Digital Assets  —  - Nasdaq has been plotting a move into crypto custody, according to several sources.  — The move is in line with its broader mission …
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
Apple plans to increase the price of App Store apps and IAPs in all territories that use the euro and some Asian and European countries, starting on October 5  —  Apple announced on Monday that it will soon raise App Store prices in multiple countries, including Japan, South Korea, and many others in Europe.
Divya Balji / Bloomberg:
Chamath Palihapitiya plans to close two SPACs, the $1.15B Social Capital Hedosophia VI and $460M Social Capital IV, after failing to find targets to take public  —  Chamath Palihapitiya said he is winding down two special purpose acquisition companies, including his largest ever …
Emily Baker-White / Forbes:
Internal meetings: TikTok employed a two-tiered moderation system with “more lenient” treatment for influencers, celebrities, and other VIPs with 5M+ followers  —  Content from accounts with more than 5 million followers has been routed through a designated, “more lenient” …
Pew Research Center:
Survey of US adults: 31% get news on Facebook, 25% on YouTube, 14% on Twitter, 13% on Instagram, and 10% on TikTok; a third of TikTok users get news on the app  —  Digital news has become an important part of Americans' news media diets, with social media playing a crucial role in news consumption.
Dave Michaels / Wall Street Journal:
Filing: the FTC opens an investigation into Amazon's $1.7B iRobot acquisition, requesting documents from both companies; probes typically take up to a year  —  Federal antitrust agency sought records about deal from Amazon and iRobot this week  —  WASHINGTON—Federal antitrust enforcers …
David Pierce / The Verge:
Slack announces Canvas, a collaboration tool that offers contextual information in each channel, helps users edit documents in Slack, and more, coming in 2023  —  Slack is becoming a document editor.  The Salesforce-owned company announced today at its developer conference that it is building a new feature …
Ryan Weeks / The Block:
Court filing: Alameda Research plans to repay ~$128M in bitcoin and ~$70M in ether to bankrupt crypto lender Voyager Digital and reclaim ~$160M in collateral  —  - Crypto trading firm Alameda Research will repay two large loans demoninated in bitcoin and ether.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Nvidia announces the Drive Thor processor with 77B transistors for self-driving vehicles, arriving in 2024 for cars coming in 2025, starting with Zeekr's 001 EV  —  The AI chip is due to arrive in cars in 2025, Nvidia says at its GTC event to showcase its GPU technology.  —  Stephen Shankland

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