October 4, 2023, 9:20 PM

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Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Google unveils the Pixel 8 Pro with a 6.7-inch LTPO display, a 50MP main camera, 48MP ultrawide and telephoto sensors, a temperature sensor, and more, for $999+  —  Thanks to a flood of leaks, you've probably seen its updated camera bar, read all about the new AI photo features …
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Google unveils the Pixel 8 with a 6.1-inch, 120Hz display, a 50MP wide camera, a 12MP ultrawide camera, a Tensor G3 chip, a 4485mAh battery, and more, for $699+  —  The latest version of the Android handset starts at $699 for the 8 and $999 for the 8 Pro  —  When it comes to hardware releases, Google zigs where the competition zags.
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
Google announces new AI features for the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro, including Best Take, which lets users swap faces in a photo with expressions from additional shots  —  Google announced new AI-powered features today for the new Pixel 8 series phones, such as Magic Editor, which enables background filling …
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Google promises seven years of OS and security updates for the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, up from five years of security updates and three years of OS updates  —  The Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro will be supported with seven years of “OS, security, and Feature Drop updates,” meaning buyers …
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google announces Assistant with Bard, a new mobile assistant version that adds generative AI capabilities, like planning trips and writing social media captions  —  Google Assistant is getting an AI-powered update.  At today's Made by Google live event, the company introduced Assistant with Bard …
Wes Davis / The Verge:
Google rolls out Android 14 with customizable lock screens, expanded passkey support, on-device health features, and more, starting with the Pixel 4A 5G and up  —  Google has released Android 14, the latest version of the Android operating system.  It's available today on Pixel phones …
Will Shanklin / Engadget:
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple releases iOS 17.0.3, which “addresses an issue that may cause iPhone to run warmer than expected”, and iPadOS 17.0.3  —  Apple today released an iOS 17.0.3 update for the iPhone, with the software coming a week after the launch of iOS 17.0.2.
Natalie Korach / The Wrap:
X starts removing preview headlines from posts with article links, showing only the lead image and domain name; Elon Musk mentioned the change in August 2023  —  The platform formerly known as Twitter now only displays outside sites' featured images on its iPhone app
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Google unveils the Pixel Watch 2, with a fast-charging battery that lasts 24 hours, a quad-core chip, an improved heart rate sensor, IP68, and more, for $349+  —  It's a much-needed polish.  —  Google's Pixel Watch had years of development time, but still managed to stumble rather than sprint out of the gate.
Billy Steele / Engadget:
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google rolls out emoji reactions in Gmail for Android, coming to iOS and the web “over the next few months”; non-Gmail users may get emoji reactions as an email  —  Google is bringing emoji reactions to email, starting with Gmail for Android, to let you “express yourself and quickly respond.”
James Batchelor /
French police arrest five ex-Ubisoft execs, including a chief creative officer and VP of editorial and creative services, after a year-long sexual assault probe  —  Serge Hascoët and Tommy François among those in custody  —  News by James Batchelor Editor-in-chief
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Meta rolls out generative AI features for advertisers, including to create backgrounds, expand images, and write versions of ad text based on the original copy  —  Meta announced today it's rolling out its first generative AI features for advertisers, allowing them to use AI to create backgrounds …
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Mia Sato / The Verge:
Patreon rolls out new features for creators and fans, like a new visual brand identity, a revamped mobile app, an updated home feed, and free membership tiers  —  A decade since launching with the mission of helping creatives make money directly through fan support, Patreon is undergoing a major rebrand …
Julia Moskin / New York Times:
Blackbird, a restaurant loyalty tool founded by Resy and Eater co-founder Ben Leventhal and which uses the $FLY native token, raised a $24M Series A led by a16z  —  Ben Leventhal says Blackbird will give many independent restaurants the means to identify and reward regulars for the first time.

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