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September 18, 2023, 6:00 PM

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Emma Roth / The Verge:
Microsoft CPO Panos Panay is leaving after 19 years, ahead of the September 21 Surface event; consumer marketing chief Yusuf Mehdi will lead Windows and Surface  —  Panos Panay, the chief product officer at Microsoft, leading Windows development and the company's Surface line, is leaving Microsoft.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Amazon is hiring Microsoft's former CPO Panos Panay to run the Alexa and Echo unit; longtime hardware chief Dave Limp said in August he is retiring  —  Amazon.com Inc. is hiring Microsoft Corp.'s product chief to run the division responsible for Alexa and the Echo smart speakers …
Carly Page / TechCrunch:
Researchers find a GitHub repo run by Microsoft's AI research unit that exposed 38TB of sensitive data, like secret keys and 30K+ Microsoft staff Teams messages  —  Microsoft AI researchers accidentally exposed tens of terabytes of sensitive data, including private keys and passwords …
Jason Schreier / Bloomberg:
At an all-hands, Unity discussed potential changes to its controversial new fees, like capping fees to 4% of a game's revenue for customers with $1M+ in revenue  —  Maker of video-game development tools backtracks after customers threaten boycott  —  Video-game tool maker Unity Software Inc …
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 review: a bigger bet on widgets and the modularization of apps, and needed Stage Manager fixes, but visionOS stole the spotlight this year  —  Well, last year was weird.  —  For the first time since I started writing annual reviews of Apple's two mobile operating systems …
Yoel Roth / New York Times:
Twitter's former head of trust and safety reflects on Donald Trump and Elon Musk attacking him, the resulting abuse, fact-checking, the Twitter Files, and more  —  When I worked at Twitter, I led the team that placed a fact-checking label on one of Donald Trump's tweets for the first time.
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Microsoft adds layers and image transparency to Paint, 38 years after the app's launch, rolling out to Windows Insiders first, after adding background removal  —  Microsoft is finally rolling out support for layers and image transparency to the Paint image editor application 38 years after its launch.
Jason Koebler / 404 Media:
A look around MGM's Vegas properties, where a September 10 cyberattack has led to broken slot machines and payment kiosks, strained employees, and long waits  —  At the Aria, Bellagio, and MGM Grand, evidence of the massive ransomware hack is everywhere, if you're looking for it.
Jennifer Surane / Bloomberg:
Citigroup debuts Citi Token Services, which turns deposits into tokens that can be sent internationally, in a push to offer institutional clients digital assets  —  - New offering turns customer deposits into digital tokens  — Pilot program focuses on trade finance, cash management
Lora Kolodny / CNBC:
Agility Robotics is opening a Salem, Oregon factory to mass produce up to 10K humanoid Digit robots per year, designed to be warehouse and factory “co-workers”  —  - Agility Robotics is opening a first-of-its-kind factory in Salem, Oregon where it will mass-produce a line of humanoid robots called Digit.
Lora Kolodny / CNBC:
In a livestream, Elon Musk says X is moving toward a “small” monthly subscription for all users, as it's the “only way” to combat “vast armies of bots”  —  - Tesla, SpaceX and X Corp. leader Elon Musk and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke …
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
Intel details its work on glass core substrates, a long-term project to replace organic substrates in chips, and plans a launch in the second half of the decade  —  Although Intel's annual Innovation event doesn't kick off until tomorrow, the company is already publishing some announcements ahead …
Rachel Metz / Bloomberg:
AI writing startup Writer, used by L'Oréal, Spotify, and Uber to create digital marketing campaigns, raised $100M led by Iconiq Growth at a $500M+ valuation  —  The company's technology can write and summarize a wide range of text. … Led by Chief Executive Officer May Habib …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Apple's new USB-C AirPods Pro add only dust resistance; an AirPods Pro software update adds Adaptive Audio, Personalized Volume, and Conversation Awareness  —  Last week, as predicted, Apple announced that the second-generation AirPods Pro would start shipping with a USB-C charging case instead …

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