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September 12, 2023, 2:25 PM

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David Pierce / The Verge:
Apple announces iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, built using Grade 5 titanium in four finishes, with a 3nm A17 Pro, a customizable Action Button, and more  —  Apple just announced its new high-end iPhones, the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max.  It's made of titanium, it has an Action button …
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Apple's iPhone 15 features USB-C, the A16 chip from the iPhone 14 Pro, and a second-gen UWB chip; the 6.1" iPhone 15 starts at $799 and 6.7" 15 Plus at $899  —  The iPhone 15 has arrived.  As anticipated Apple's 17th generation handset took centerstage at today's “Wonderlust” event in Cupertino.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Apple announces iPhone 15, with Dynamic Island, up to 2,000 nits brightness, or twice as bright as iPhone 14, a new 48MP main camera, and more, in five colors  —  Apple has just announced the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus, and the big news is a USB-C port.  Finally!
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
New York Times:
A live blog of the US et al v. Google trial, as the DOJ argues that the company illegally protected its internet search monopoly via smartphone maker deals  —  Here is the latest on the Google antitrust trial.  Opening statements are underway in a major antitrust case against Google …
VideoCardz.com:
Intel announces Thunderbolt 5, offering up to 120 Gbps bandwidth and support for DisplayPort 2.1, USB v4, USB 3 20G, and PCIe Gen4, and up to 240W charging  —  Thunderbolt 5 offers up to 3x the speed over Thunderbolt 4  —  Intel has revealed its newest iteration of the Thunderbolt technology.
Hartley Charlton / MacRumors:
Apple unveils the $399 Watch Series 9, with an S9 chip, a four-core neural engine, 30% faster CPU, Double Tap gesture, on-device Siri, and 2,000 nit brightness  —  Apple today unveiled the Apple Watch Series 9, featuring significantly improved performance thanks to the S9 Apple silicon chip …
Sapna Maheshwari / New York Times:
TikTok begins rolling out TikTok Shop to all US users, adding a button to the app's home screen that sends users to a marketplace, and already has 200K sellers  —  The company is beginning to introduce TikTok Shop to all of the app's users in the U.S., hoping to add a major new revenue stream.
Jason Koebler / 404 Media:
As some supposedly “leaked” Harry Styles songs are being sold on Discord, fans and AI-analysis companies struggle to determine if the clips are AI-generated  —  Discord communities within the Harry Styles and One Direction fandom are tearing themselves apart over “leaked snippets” …
Kellen Browning / New York Times:
Lyft announces Women+ Connect, a feature that prioritizes matching female and nonbinary drivers and riders, falling back to men when no other people are nearby  —  The company said it hoped to improve safety and encourage more female drivers.  —  Lyft said on Tuesday that it was introducing …
Sankalp Phartiyal / Bloomberg:
Sources: in a first, Apple plans to release its India-built iPhone 15 in the country and others on the global debut day; the majority will be built in China  —  - Devices from India to debut at same time as China-made ones  — IPhone 15 marks a milestone for India's electronics ambitions
Ian King / Bloomberg:
Investor video: Arm CEO Rene Haas pitches a pivot toward complex design work on specific products, a “purpose-built approach” to address clients' urgent needs  —  - SoftBank-owned chip designer has shifted its strategy  — Arm stock offering is set to get underway later this week
Spencer Soper / Bloomberg:
Amazon announces a service that lets its 2M merchants deliver inventory directly to physical retail stores and warehouses, rolling out broadly later in 2023  —  - Service brings inventory to stores instead of shoppers' homes … Amazon on Tuesday announced that the service …
Financial Times:
An in-depth look at how Google's Transformer model, developed by eight researchers in 2017, radically sped up and augmented how computers understand language  —  Over the past few years, we have taken a gigantic leap forward in our decades-long quest to build intelligent machines: the advent of the large language model, or LLM.
SemiAnalysis:
A look at the Huawei Kirin 9000S, the impact on Apple, Qualcomm, and MediaTek, SMIC's 7nm and future 5nm chips, and what the West can do to limit China's chips  —  Huawei, SMIC, 7nm, H800, Domestic AI Capabilities, ASML, MediaTek, Qualcomm, Apple, RF Capabilities, Potential Sanctions
Steven Levy / Wired:
Q&A with Sundar Pichai on 25 years of Google, competition in AI, ChatGPT in Bing, DeepMind and Google Brain, AI chips, staff's bureaucracy complaints, and more  —  The tech giant is 25 years old.  In a chatbot war.  On trial for antitrust.  But its CEO says Google is good for 25 more.
Sarah Wynn / The Block:
The US sentences Karl Greenwood, who co-founded OneCoin in 2014 alongside Ruja Ignatova, to 20 years and orders him to pay $300M; Greenwood had pleaded guilty  —  - Karl Sebastian Greenwood, who co-founded OneCoin in 2014 with the so-called “Crypto Queen” Ruja Ignatova, was sentenced to 20 years on Tuesday.
Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Mac:
Apple unveils $799 Apple Watch Ultra 2, with an S9 chip, a second-gen UWB chip, up to 3,000 nits brightness, 36-hour battery, and a new Modular Ultra watch face  —  Apple has announced Apple Watch Ultra 2, replacing the top-end model first introduced a year ago.

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