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September 18, 2015, 4:05 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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …

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