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September 18, 2015, 7:15 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 …
Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:
Sources: Google to announce Chromecast Audio device to plug in to speakers September 29  —  Exclusive: Chromecast Audio, codenamed ‘Hendrix,’ is a separate device & made to WiFi-enable your speakers  —  We told you earlier today about the 2nd generation Chromecast, scheduled to be launched later this month.
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 …
Harish Jonnalagadda / Android Central:
Samsung's feature-laden S Health app is now available for all Android smartphones running Android 4.4 or above  —  Samsung's S Health is now available for all Android smartphones  —  Samsung's feature-laden fitness tracking app, S Health, is now available for all Android smartphones, regardless of the manufacturer.
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.
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.
Yashaswini Swamynathan / Reuters:
Comcast settles with California for $33M after posting personal details of 75K customers online  —  Comcast reaches $33 million settlement with California over privacy violations  —  Comcast Corp has reached a $33 million settlement with California over allegations that the cable 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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TechCrunch Disrupt SF:
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Intel:
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