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September 8, 2023, 4:55 PM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
What to expect from Apple's “Wonderlust” event on September 12: four iPhone 15 models with USB-C, the Apple Watch Series 9 with a new chip and sensors, and more  —  Company will spotlight titanium iPhone 15 Pro and cameras, switch to USB-C chargers and faster smartwatches.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Roblox unveils Roblox Assistant, a conversational AI assistant that lets creators enter prompts to generate virtual environments, get help with coding, and more  —  Roblox announced a new conversational AI assistant at its 2023 Roblox Developers Conference (RDC) that can help creators …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple no longer plans to launch any MacBook models with an M3 chip “before the end of this year”  —  Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has bad news for Apple fans hoping to see a lineup of M3-powered Macs this year.  According to Kuo, Apple is no longer planning to release …
Amitoj Singh / CoinDesk:
Local media: Turkey sentences Faruk Fatih Özer, the CEO of defunct crypto exchange Thodex, to 11,196+ years; 400K+ users of Thodex lost $2B+ in crypto deposits  —  Thodex was one of Turkey's largest crypto exchanges before it suddenly went offline in April 2021 and Özer went missing.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Spotify plans to test a free audiobook bundle for its paying subscribers that offers up to 20 hours of content per month, as part of an audiobook push  —  Audio streamer to test program with listeners to learn about customer demand for audiobooks  —  Spotify plans to test …
Gergely Orosz / The Pragmatic Engineer:
Q&A with Threads engineers Jesse Chen and Zahan Malkani on building the app with Instagram's tech stack, handling Threads' unexpectedly intense launch, and more  —  The Threads app was downloaded by more than 100M people on launch week.  How did the engineering team build the app, and handle an unexpectedly intense launch?
Anna Tong / Reuters:
Similarweb: ChatGPT's worldwide desktop and mobile website visits fell 3.2% MoM to 1.43B in August, following ~10% drops from each of the previous two months  —  OpenAI's ChatGPT, the wildly popular artificial intelligence chatbot launched in November, saw monthly website visits decline …
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
The IRS says it has started using AI to investigate complex cases of tax evasion at multibillion-dollar partnerships, large hedge funds, PE groups, and others  —  The tax agency is opening examinations into large hedge funds, private equity groups, real estate investors and law firms.
Sean Lyngaas / CNN:
An excerpt from Walter Isaacson's Elon Musk biography: Musk cut off Starlink internet access near Crimea to disrupt a Ukrainian sneak attack on a Russian fleet  —  Elon Musk secretly ordered his engineers to turn off his company's Starlink satellite communications network near the Crimean coast …
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Huawei debuts the Mate 60 Pro+ and the Mate X5 foldable, both likely powered by Huawei's mysterious HiSilicon Kirin 9000S; sources say the phones are 5G devices  —  The Mate 60 Pro+ and Mate X5 are likely based on Huawei's locally-made chip.  —  Following Huawei's surprise launch …
Mackenzie Hawkins / Bloomberg:
Joe Warminsky / The Record:
Apple releases macOS, iOS, iPadOS, and watchOS updates to address two zero-day flaws that Citizen Lab says were used to deliver NSO Group's Pegasus spyware  —  Apple released software updates on Thursday to address two zero-day vulnerabilities that researchers said were used …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Reliance's Jio Platforms and Nvidia partner to build an LLM trained on India's languages and AI cloud infrastructure that outperforms India's top supercomputer  —  Reliance Industries's Jio Platforms has partnered with GPU giant Nvidia to work on building a large language model that is trained …
Jess Weatherbed / The Verge:
Google releases its relevance and measurement APIs for Privacy Sandbox in general availability, making them available in Chrome without browser flags or trials  —  Google's Chrome browser is now one important step closer to its goal of phasing out third-party cookies by the end of 2024.

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