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September 18, 2015, 2:20 PM

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Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Marco Arment pulls ad-blocking app Peace, the top paid app for 36 hours, citing the unfairness of indiscriminate ad blocking  —  Just doesn't feel good  —  I've pulled Peace from the App Store.  I'm sorry to all of my fans and customers who bought this on my name, expecting it to be supported for longer than two days.
Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:
Leaked documents show second-gen Chromecast has new backdrop feeds, improved Wi-Fi, “Fast Play”, to be announced September 29  —  Exclusive: This is the 2nd gen. Chromecast w/ backdrop feeds, better WiFi, ‘Fast Play,’ more  —  According to internal documents that 9to5Google has obtained …
Mark Harris / Guardian:
Documents show Apple held discussions with California DMV for self-driving car; Project Titan gets an Engineering Program Manager  —  Apple meets California officials to discuss self-driving car  —  The meeting in California, which is developing regulations for driverless vehicles …
iFixit:
iPad Mini 4 teardown: 2048x1536 LED-backlit display, smaller single-cell 19.1 Wh battery, 2GB RAM; smaller form factor with the power of an iPad Air 2  —  iPad Mini 4 Teardown  —  Everyone knows that Fall is the season for Apples, and they're finally starting to drop.
Leena Rao / Fortune:
Insurance startup Clover Health raises $100M equity and debt funding, with $4M equity from First Round Capital  —  How this startup is trying to upend health insurance  —  As the health insurance industry consolidates, Silicon Valley is starting to focus on making it more efficient to better serve patients and hospitals.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
BlackBerry Venice hands-on video: Android slider has touch keyboard, universal search, and Google services  —  BlackBerry's Android phone, codenamed Venice, continues to see leak after leak.  Following the slew of images we've already seen, we now have a hands-on video.
Tom Simonite / MIT Technology Review:
Facebook to start using browsing data from Like and Share buttons in its ad targeting system next month, opt-out setting available  —  Facebook's Like Buttons Will Soon Track Your Web Browsing to Target Ads  —  Facebook's “Like” buttons have been logging data on our browsing for years …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Intel Invests $67M Into 8 Chinese Companies, Including Segway Owner Ninebot  —  Fresh off a $60 million deal with Shanghai-based drone maker Yuneec, Intel is continuing to ramp up its investment in Chinese tech startups after the U.S. firm revealed it has pumped $67 million into eight companies in the country.
Stan Higgins / CoinDesk:
Lawsuit says $1.8M worth of Bitcoin was stolen from BitPay as a result of phishing attack on the firm's CFO and CEO, insurer being sued over claims payout  —  BitPay Sues Insurer After Losing $1.8 Million in Phishing Attack  —  BitPay has filed suit against a Massachusetts insurance company …
Pavithra Mohan / Fast Company:
Facebook offers new option to pay only for fully visible ads, partners with Moat for video ad analytics  —  Facebook Now Lets Advertisers Pay Only For Fully Visible Ads  —  Facebook has slowly but surely tried to endear itself to advertisers, most recently with an option that only charged …

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