Harvey hasn’t left Texas, where millions of people continue to battle catastrophic flooding and torrential rain that is expected to last for several more days. FEMA estimated that about 300,000 people will seek shelter, and that federal aid will be needed for years. The government of Mexico offered to send assistance to the storm’s victims.[The New York Times]
Apple’s Sept. 12 iPhone event is the company’s most important product briefing keynote in years. New iPhones are expected, of course, along with a new Apple TV set-top box, a new Apple Watch, and a more expansive push for its forthcoming HomePod smart speaker — but most of all, Apple needs to show it can still make the best stuff, while also driving its sales growth streak. [Dan Frommer / Recode]
Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi formally told his company he wanted to leave to become Uber’s new CEO. Khosrowshahi’s salary for the Uber turnaround has been estimated at $200 million, and he may have to divest his shares in UberFreight competitor Convoy. This video interviewreveals a savvy, composed, funny-enough, articulate executive who has an influential network of relatives across Silicon Valley. Early Uber investor Benchmark is still suing former CEO Travis Kalanick, by the way. [Peter Kafka / Recode]
Yesterday was Whole Foods Market’s first day as an Amazon subsidiary and Amazon’s first day as the owner of a brick-and-mortar grocery chain. Along with slashing prices by as much as 43 percent, some Whole Foods stores signaled the new world order with displays of Amazon Echo and Echo Dot speakers greeting customers near the entrance. [Jason Del Rey / Recode]
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