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September 21, 2023, 6:55 PM

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David Pierce / The Verge:
Microsoft unveils the 14.4" Surface Laptop Studio 2, offering Intel's 13th Gen i7 H chips, Nvidia's RTX 4050 or RTX 4060, and up to 2TB of storage, for $1,999+  —  Microsoft just showed off its new high-end convertible laptop, the Surface Laptop Studio 2, at its launch event in New York City.
Kris Holt / Engadget:
Nathan Edwards / The Verge:
Microsoft announces a unified Copilot built into Windows 11, launching on September 26 across all its apps and services, including Microsoft 365, Edge, and Bing  —  Microsoft today announced a new, unified Copilot experience launching on September 26th.  The new “AI companion,” …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft plans to release its next Windows 11 update, 22H2, on September 26, with an AI-powered Copilot and Paint, a redesigned File Explorer, and more  —  Microsoft will release its next big Windows 11 update on September 26th.  The update will include the new AI-powered Windows Copilot feature …
Wes Davis / The Verge:
Microsoft plans to release Microsoft 365 Copilot on November 1 for Microsoft 365 customers on certain business and enterprise plans for $30 per month per user  —  Microsoft's 365 Copilot AI assistant will be available starting on November 1st for Microsoft 365 customers on certain business and enterprise plans.
Bloomberg:
Cisco plans to acquire cybersecurity company Splunk in cash for $157 per share, a 31% premium on Splunk's September 20 closing price, in a deal valued at ~$28B  —  - Acquisition is largest deal ever for networking stalwart  — Cisco is trying to lessen dependence on one-time sales
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube debuts YouTube Create, an app that lets creators edit videos, adding effects, GIFs, royalty-free tracks, and more, in beta on Android in eight markets  —  YouTube this morning introduced a new app for creators, YouTube Create, that will offer a suite of easy-to-use and free tools …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Mastodon releases Mastodon 4.2, which makes it easier for users to get started, use its network even when logged out, more easily search for content, and more  —  As changes at Elon Musk's X continue to push former Twitter users to seek alternatives, the open-sourced, decentralized social network Mastodon …
Ashley Stewart / Insider:
Jason Schreier / Bloomberg:
South Korea-based game publisher Krafton says Striking Distance Studios' CEO Glen Schofield, COO, and CFO are leaving, months after its new horror game flopped  —  Video-game developer Striking Distance Studios, a subsidiary of Korean publisher Krafton Inc., is appointing new management several months …
Wired:
Docs: up to a dozen of Neuralink's primate subjects had to be euthanized after suffering complications; Elon Musk said no primates died because of the implants  —  Elon Musk says no primates died as a result of Neuralink's implants.  A WIRED investigation now reveals the grisly specifics …
Jonathan Weil / Wall Street Journal:
Tether confirms resuming lending its stablecoins to clients, less than a year after committing to end such loans; $5.5B of its assets were loans as of June 30  —  Cryptocurrency issuer had said it would cut loans to zero in 2023  —  Tether Holdings resumed lending out its own stablecoins to customers …
Wall Street Journal:
Inside Apple's failed plan to cut out Qualcomm and develop its own modem chip for the iPhone 15 lineup; sources say the chip was slow and prone to overheating  —  The company set out to design a silicon chip that would allow it to cut ties with Qualcomm, a longtime supplier and bitter foe
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
Bastian Lehmann's TipTop launches an app that scans for past purchases in users' Gmail and Amazon accounts and offers to buy their used products at a fair value  —  Billed as a “reverse Postmates,” TipTop has launched its first app, TipTop Cash, with the promise to help shoppers resell products like used iPhones.

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