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SiriusXM Eats Pandora; Crash Test iPhone; OnePlus Next Phone
 

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September 24 · Issue #91 · View online
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SiriusXM Eats Pandora; Crash Test iPhone; OnePlus Next Phone

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Listen up. Perhaps I missed it, but when did Pandora go on the block? Usually you hear a lot of chatter when a company is on the hunt for a strategic partner, but I feel like I got caught flat-footed on the news that satellite radio company SiriusXM is acquiring Pandora (yes, that Pandora) for $3.5 billion. Pandora actually has more double the subscribers SiriusXM has, which might account for the price. It’s also an all-stock deal, which might account for how SiriusXM is swinging the price. In any case, this is the kind of deal that could mean all kinds of cool listening synergy for existing subscribers on all sides and, likely, makes the rest of the music-streaming industry a little nervous.
SiriusXM to buy Pandora in all-stock deal valued at $3.5 billion SiriusXM to buy Pandora in all-stock deal valued at $3.5 billion
Smash tests. Now that Apple’s iPhone Xs and Xs Max are out in the wild, people are dunking, dousing and smashing them. It looks like the phones are, as my tests showed, able to take a bath in pretty much any kind of liquid, but they still struggle with a big drop.
iPhone XS phones are beer-resistant, but the glass can still shatter on drops – BGR iPhone XS phones are beer-resistant, but the glass can still shatter on drops – BGR
Tough on privacy. Speaking of Apple, the company is set to appear before a U.S. Senate Committee looking into whether or not we need federal, digital privacy regulations. Apple, reportedly, will say, “Heck, yeah.” This might be a relatively easy ask for Apple since, unlike Facebook, Google and Twitter, they don’t need your data to sell and target advertising. Apple CEO Tim Cook has made it clear that not only does Apple walk a different path when it comes to customer data, but that they believe privacy is a fundamental human right. He’s also said, “We reject the excuse that getting the most out of technology means trading away your right to privacy,” which most believe was a direct shot at Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg who is, I bet, unlikely to tune into this new testimony.
Apple to tell Senate it backs "comprehensive" privacy rules - Axios Apple to tell Senate it backs "comprehensive" privacy rules - Axios
It’s handset season. OnePlus’s phones often look a lot like competitor handsets, so it’s no surprise that, based on leaked images at least, OnePlus 6T is a dead ringer for the iPhone Xs…or is it? Yes, there’s a familiar edge-to-edge screen and even the notch, but there is something special about the OnePlus 6T. In the leaked images, there’s the image of a thumbprint on the lock screen. It’s there, rumor has it, to accommodate an under-the screen fingerprint reader. It’s something people once thought Apple might try. It looks like OnePlus will do it first.
This might be our first look at the OnePlus 6T – BGR This might be our first look at the OnePlus 6T – BGR
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