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September 15, 2015, 2:40 PM

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Jenna Golden / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter partners with Square to let users in US make political donations through a tweet  —  Political donations, now through a Tweet  —  When people have conversations about politics, they have them on Twitter.  It's what voters learn and share in these conversations that routinely motivates political action.
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Google Capital invested $32.5M in Oscar in a deal valuing the health insurance startup at $1.75B  —  Google Bets on Insurance Startup Oscar Health  —  Insurance startup Oscar Health Insurance Corp. has a powerful new ally in its costly battle to win customers from entrenched insurance giants …
More: VentureBeat and Business InsiderTweets: @jasonlk
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Salesforce Announces New Internet of Things Cloud, As Dreamforce Opens  —  When you think of Salesforce.com, you probably don't think about the burgeoning Internet of Things, but Salesforce wants to help customers make sense of all of the data coming from the growing number of connected devices …
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Snapchat's latest update lets users pay $0.99 to replay three disappeared snaps, adds “Lenses” feature for animating selfies  —  Snapchat is letting users pay $.99 to replay disappearing snaps, and it just added a ‘lens’ feature to animate your selfies
John Paczkowski / BuzzFeed:
Tim Cook on whether people will favor iPad Pros over Macs, privacy concerns, and the possibility of deleting some default iOS apps  —  Twenty Minutes With Tim Cook  —  The Apple CEO addresses new iPhone features, privacy concerns, the iPad Pro as a desktop replacement …
Casey Johnston / The Awl:
How ad blocking could accelerate the shift to native advertising and publishing directly to social networks and platforms  —  Welcome to the Block Party  —  In a 1997 segment on the short-lived tech TV show The Site, host Soledad O'Brien sits at a bar in front of a laptop computer …
Nicole Lee / Engadget:
Flickr demonstrates 360-degree panoramic photos on Oculus, hopes to roll out initial stages of Flickr VR by 2016  —  Flickr wants you to explore photos in VR  —  Some day you could be flipping through your vacation photos while wearing a VR headset.  At the XOXO Festival taking place in Portland …
Sarah Kessler / Fast Company:
How apathy and inconvenience led to decline of peer-to-peer markets for low-cost products  —  The “Sharing Economy” Is Dead, And We Killed It  —  Five years ago, everybody was excited about the idea of using tech to borrow things like power drills.  In practice, though, not so much.
Tweets: @mrteacup
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 to support 600 Mbps LTE-Advanced, LTE-U, and Quick Charge 3.0 spec which is up to 27% faster at charging than Quick Charge 2.0  —  Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 packs 600Mbps LTE and smarter charging  —  Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 hype train is getting to be a bit much …

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