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The Tech Jawn

No One Was Surprised: The Tech Jawn 97

The Apple Event where the iPhone 15, USB-C Airpods, and new Apple Watches are officially being announced is upon us and we do a bit of speculation on what all the new hotness will look like.

We are so not shocked that, according to a leaked spreadsheet with self-reported salary information, Black Google employees earn $20,000 less than white colleagues.

Apple didn’t meet the EU DMA Gatekeeper status for iMessage, but, is keeping iMessage walled off from other messaging platforms still the right play?

And we spotlight Elise Smith and the startup she cofounded Praxis Labs and dive into a deeper discussion about tokenizing Black female-led startups for the money they receive.

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