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August 30, 2023, 5:05 PM

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Emma Roth / The Verge:
Sony plans to raise PlayStation Plus' annual subscription prices in September: Essential from $60 to $80, Extra from $100 to $135, and Premium from $120 to $160  —  Sony is raising the price of its PlayStation Plus subscription next month.  The service's annual Essential plan will go from $60 to $80 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft plans to address a Windows 11 “unintended behavior” that for months has caused malware-like notification pop-ups promoting Bing search to Chrome users  —  I thought I had malware on my main Windows 11 machine this weekend.  There I was minding my own business in Chrome …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is testing 3D printing the stainless steel Apple Watch Series 9's chassis to speed up production, boost sustainability, and lower costs over time  —  - New approach will use less material and be more eco-friendly  — Company is trying out the process with steel Apple Watches
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Microsoft retires Visual Studio for Mac, saying the IDE will get “servicing updates for security issues and updated platforms from Apple” until August 31, 2024  —  Microsoft has announced plans to discontinue Visual Studio for Mac.  The latest version of the company's IDE …
Richard Lawler / The Verge:
An image with the alt text “A person takes a call on a Pixel 8 Pro phone in Porcelain” popped up on a Google Store page, revealing the as-yet-unannounced device  —  Continuing the storied tradition of Google's Pixel devices being some of the most-leaked hardware ever …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Samsung launches Food, an AI-powered food and recipe app in eight languages and 104 countries, with 160K+ recipes based on a database by Whisk, acquired in 2019  —  It builds on Whisk, an app it acquired a few years back.  —  As it promised last week, Samsung has launched Food, a …
Reuters:
Huawei quietly launches the ~$960 Mate 60 Pro, without any advance notice or ads; some investors speculate that the Mate 60 Pro uses a Huawei-produced 5G chip  —  Chinese chip stocks rallied on Wednesday following Huawei Technologies' (HWT.UL) launch of its new Mate 60 Pro phone …
Jennifer Pattison Tuohy / The Verge:
JBL announces the $330 Authentics 200, $700 Authentics 500, and portable $430 Authentics 300, the first smart speakers featuring both Alexa and Google Assistant  —  Three new JBL smart speakers from Harman will be the first to offer simultaneous voice assistants, so you can ask Alexa to start the music and then ask Google to stop it.
Lora Kolodny / CNBC:
In July 2023, the NHTSA ordered Tesla to provide data on Autopilot's “Elon mode”, which eliminates prompts for drivers to their keep hands on the wheel  —  - Tesla received a special order from the National Highway Transportation Administration in late July requiring …
Leo Lewis / Financial Times:
Sources: Chinese hackers accessed Japanese cybersecurity agency NISC's emails for up to nine months; experts: China may be behind Port of Nagoya's July 4 attack  —  Infiltration comes as allies scrutinise Tokyo's defences against hacking  —  The organisation responsible for Japan's national defences …
Caiwei Chen / Rest of World:
Chinese sextortion scammers have flooded X, harassing political dissidents and influential opinion leaders since the site added paid blue checks in April 2023  —  Scammers are targeting Chinese-language users, harassing political dissidents and influential figures.
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Tel Aviv-based AI21 Labs, which develops text-generating AI tools, raised a $155M Series C at a $1.4B valuation, bringing its total raised to $283M  —  AI21 Labs, a Tel Aviv-based startup developing a range of text-generating AI tools, has raised $155 million in a Series C funding round led …
Lora Kolodny / CNBC:
Court filing: X faces 2,200 arbitration cases from employees laid off after Elon Musk took over; the filing fees alone could be $3.5M for such a volume of cases  —  - Elon Musk's X Corp. is facing 2,200 arbitration cases, a court filing in Delaware revealed on Monday.
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Fairphone announces the €699 Fairphone 5, with a 6.46" 90Hz OLED display, dual 50MP cameras, 30W charging, and eight years of patches, shipping on September 14  —  The Fairphone 5 is the latest sustainably produced and repairable handset from Dutch smartphone company Fairphone.

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