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September 13, 2023, 10:05 AM

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Jez Corden / Windows Central:
Unity announces fees based on a game's installations and the developer's plan tier, starting on January 1, 2024, joining Unreal Engine, which has similar fees  —  By Jez Corden Contributions from Zachary Boddy last updated  —  Unity joins Unreal Engine with a per-install fee.  —  What you need to know
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David Pierce / The Verge:
Apple announces the 6.1" iPhone 15 Pro and 6.7" iPhone 15 Pro Max, with Grade 5 titanium in four finishes, 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 …
Peter Cohen / AppleInsider:
The A17 Pro in iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max offers hardware-accelerated ray tracing; Qualcomm and Samsung have released ray tracing-capable mobile chips  —  Apple's latest flagship, the iPhone 15 Pro, promises the best gaming experience on any smartphone with hardware-based ray tracing …
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Justine Calma / The Verge:
Apple's environmental announcements, including its first carbon-neutral products, are progress but may act as a red herring to distract from its overall impact  —  Apple announced its first-ever carbon-neutral products today, but don't get too excited about what that means for the planet.
Michael Stroup / AppleInsider:
Reuters:
After France ordered Apple to stop selling the iPhone 12 due to radiation levels, Apple says the device was certified by multiple bodies as radiation compliant  —  Apple said on Wednesday its iPhone 12 model was certified by multiple international bodies as compliant with global radiation standards …
New York Times:
A recap of the first day of US et al v. Google, as the DOJ argues that the company illegally protected its internet search monopoly via smartphone maker deals  —  In opening statements for the government's first monopoly trial of the modern internet era, Google defended itself and said people had many choices for online search.
Tim Hardwick / MacRumors:
Apple does not plan to sell the new AirPods USB-C charging case as a standalone product; users will instead need to buy a whole new $249 pair  —  Apple on Tuesday made second-generation AirPods Pro with a USB-C charging case available to order, but unlike its move to wireless charging cases …
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Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:
Apple hikes the prices of the iPhone 15 range in China, Japan, India, and other markets, keeps prices flat in the US, and cuts prices in the UK by £50 to £100  —  - Apple hiked the prices of its latest iPhones in some of its key markets including China, Japan and India, even as it kept them the same in the U.S.
Philip Glamann / Bloomberg:
China claims to have noticed “some security incidents concerning Apple phones”, without elaborating, after the government reportedly curtails staff iPhone use  —  - Beijing makes its first comments since reports of iPhone ban  — The government attaches ‘great importance’ to security
Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:
Symantec: Chinese cyberespionage group Redfly used the ShadowPad trojan to compromise a national grid in an Asian country from February 28 until August 3, 2023  —  An espionage threat group tracked as ‘Redfly’ hacked a national electricity grid organization in Asia and quietly maintained access to the breached network for six months.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Apple announces the iPhone 15, with the Dynamic Island, up to 2,000 nits, or twice as bright as the 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!
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
Binance.US CEO Brian Shroder departs, replaced on an interim basis by Chief Legal Officer Norman Reed, as the company cuts 100+ jobs, a third of its workforce  —  - More than 100 positions are eliminated in second round of cuts  — Platform shifted to a crypto-only exchange after US crackdown
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
Solidus Labs: wash trading on Ethereum-based decentralized exchanges amounted to at least $2B worth of cryptocurrencies since September 2020  —  - Liquidity providers have manipulated prices of 20,000 tokens  — Solidus examined a sample of 30,000 pools on three exchanges
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.
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Ryan Browne / CNBC:
Paris-based Swan, which lets companies integrate banking and other financial services, raised a €37M Series B led by Lakestar, taking its total funding to €58M  —  - French embedded finance startup Swan raised 37 million euros ($39.6 million) in a series B investment led by European venture capital giant Lakestar.

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