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September 20, 2023, 11:20 AM

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BBC:
After Meta criticizes potential UK encryption rules, the UK says Meta “failed to provide assurances” over keeping its platforms “safe from sickening abusers”  —  Facebook's owner Meta has hit back at a new government campaign strongly critical of its plans to encrypt messages.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
The UK's parliament passes the Online Safety Bill, in the works since 2019, paving the way for Royal Assent and the bill becoming law in the coming days  —  Controversial UK legislation that brings in a new regime of content moderation rules for online platforms and services …
CNBC:
Sources: as equities soared in 2020, Apple and Goldman were working on a stock trading feature for iPhones, shelving the project in 2022 as markets turned  —  - Apple was exploring the launch of an iPhone feature that would let users buy and sell stocks, according to three sources familiar with the plans.
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
Meta expands its Meta Verified program to businesses on Facebook and Instagram in select markets, for $21.99/month/page for each or $34.99/month/page for both  —  Meta announced today that it is expanding Meta Verified to businesses after first launching it for creators in March.
The Verge:
Memo: Phil Spencer tells staff the FTC v. Microsoft documents leak is “disappointing” and that the company failed to live up to its confidentiality expectations  —  / ‘We all put incredible amounts of passion and energy into our work, and this is never how we want that hard work to be shared with the community.’
Mariam Sunny / Reuters:
Neuralink opens enrollment for the first human trial of its brain implant for paralysis patients, expected to take about six years, likely to include <10 people  —  Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's brain-chip startup Neuralink said on Tuesday it has received approval …
WABetaInfo:
WhatsApp releases a beta via Apple's TestFlight that works natively with the iPad, built using Mac Catalyst, after years of requests for the app from users  —  WhatsApp has just submitted a new update through the TestFlight beta Program, bringing the version up to 23.19.1.71.
Qianer Liu / Financial Times:
Sources and analysis: four of the eight CPUs in the Kirin 9000S SoC use Arm designs and four use Huawei-modified Arm designs, HiSilicon made the GPU, and more  —  Facing US sanctions, Chinese company emulates Apple by using its own designs in chips for Mate 60 Pro
Mackenzie Hawkins / Bloomberg:
Nikkei Asia:
In a WeChat post, China's Ministry of State Security accuses the US of hacking Huawei's servers, stealing critical data, and installing backdoors since 2009  —  Beijing says Washington forces tech companies to install backdoors for spying  —  China has accused the U.S. of hacking Huawei's servers continuously since 2009.
Victoria Song / The Verge:
Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 review: Precision Finding, Double Tap is great, and some Siri and brightness improvements, but many of the tweaks feel minor  —  Iterative updates aren't flashy, but these smartwatches are mainly for folks who don't have Apple Watches yet.
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Bard's “Google it” feature adds the ability to “double check” answers by highlighting phrases with supporting or contradicting information found by Search  —  Can you stop chatbots from making stuff up using search?  —  Today let's talk about an advance in Bard …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
The Linux Foundation launches the Unified Acceleration Foundation to create an open standard for accelerator programming, an evolution of the oneAPI initiative  —  At the Open Source Summit Europe in Bilbao, Spain, the Linux Foundation today announced the launch of the Unified Acceleration (UXL) Foundation.
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Amazon announces the $150 Echo Show 8 with a new design, a centered camera, a smart home hub, Spatial Audio, and a changing home screen based on proximity  —  Amazon kicked off today's Fall Devices Event with an update to its Echo Show 8.  The small smart screen features smart home hub functionality and improved audio quality.
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
OpenAI launches the Red Teaming Network, a contracted group of experts to help inform the company's AI model risk assessment and mitigation strategies  —  In its ongoing effort to make its AI systems more robust, OpenAI today launched the OpenAI Red Teaming Network, a contracted group …

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