Phones, Watches, TV and More


What Apple Announced at iPhone 11

Apple’s big hardware event for 2019, as expected, brought a bounty of announcements, The Verge reports. Of course, the iPhone 11 happened—and, yes, a version is really called the iPhone 11 Pro Max—but there also were a bunch of other new items including new iPads, new Apple Watches, and launch dates for Apple Arcade and Apple TV+.


Uber Announces Another Round of Layoffs

Uber has laid off 435 employees across its product and engineering teams, TechCrunch reports. Combined, the layoffs represent about 8 percent of the company. These layoffs come shortly after Uber laid off 400 people from its marketing team. In Q2 2019, Uber lost more than $5 billion — its biggest quarterly revenue loss to date.


Private-Equity Firms Bid for Symantec


Symantec Corp. has received interest from a pair of private-equity suitors seeking to buy the cybersecurity firm for more than $16 billion after it agreed to a sale of a big chunk of its business, the Wall Street Journal reports. Permira and Advent International recently approached Symantec proposing a takeover deal valuing Symantec at $26 to $27 a share that would hand them the company’s consumer operation while preserving the sale of its enterprise business to Broadcom Inc.


Publishers Place Their Bets on Sports Gambling 


When it comes to editorial coverage, the sports betting market is already getting crowded. But the action is no longer simply in the coverage, Digiday reports. Publishers are entering the sports betting business themselves, spurred by the Supreme Court overturning a ban on sports betting outside of Nevada in May 2018.


Who’s Leading the Design Industry?


Every year, Fast Company’s Innovation By Design Awards honor the best design in business, from products to buildings to UX. The 22 winners and 483 honorees, selected by a roster of experts from across the design world, represent the best work from an immensely competitive group.


Chrome 77 Makes Its Debut

Google this week launched Chrome 77 for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS, Venture Beat reports. The release includes new performance metrics, form capabilities, and Origin Trials. Users can update to the latest version now using Chrome’s built-in updater or download it directly from


Web Scraping Is Not Unlawful, Court Rules


Scraping a public website without the approval of the website's owner isn't a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, an appeals court ruled this week. The ruling comes in a legal battle that pits Microsoft-owned LinkedIn against a small data-analytics company called hiQ Labs that scrapes data from the public profiles of LinkedIn users, then uses the data to help companies better understand their own workforces, Ars Technica reports.


How Phishing Attacks Trick the Brain

Phishing is the most common form of cyberattack, and there’s a reason it’s so effective, the MIT Technology Review reports. Research being done at Google and the University of Florida has found that phishing takes advantage of how the human brain works—and, crucially, how people fail to detect deception, depending on factors like emotional intelligence, cognitive motivation, mood, hormones, and even the victim’s personality.


Are the Techno-Elites Morally Bankrupt?

The ugly collective picture of the techno-elites that emerges from the MIT-Epstein scandal reveals them as a bunch of morally bankrupt opportunists, writes Guardian columnist Evgeny Morozov. "To treat their ideas as genuine but wrong is too generous; the only genuine thing about them is their fakeness," he contends, adding it's time to close the MIT Media Lab, disband Ted Talks and refuse tech billionaires money.


Robotic Faith


A new priest named Mindar is holding forth at Kodaiji, a 400-year-old Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. Mindar comes with some unusual traits … such as a body made of aluminum and silicone, Vox reports. Designed to look like Kannon, the Buddhist deity of mercy, the $1 million robot is an attempt to reignite people’s passion for their faith in a country where religious affiliation is on the decline.