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September 13, 2016, 7:35 AM

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Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus review: great camera, display, and improved battery life but lack of new design is a let down and transition to wireless audio will be rough  —  In-depth with the new phones, the AirPods, A10 Fusion, the cameras, and more.  —  Up until now, every one of Apple's iPhone hardware updates has been additive.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Source: Twitter won't count media attachments such as polls, gifs, photos, quoted tweets, and videos toward the 140 character tweet limit beginning September 19  —  Images, videos, and other attachments will no longer count  —  Twitter is about to make a big change to the way that tweets work, The Verge can report.
Jeff Benjamin / 9to5Mac:
Apple launches iMessage App Store with various iMessage apps, games, and sticker packs  —  Let the deluge begin... Not long after the Super Mario Run iMessage sticker pack was made available to iOS 10 users, Apple has unleashed the entire iMessage App Store.
Chris Smith / BGR:
Filings from Chinese regulator TENAA show iPhone 7 has 1,960mAh, iPhone 7+ has 2,900 mAh battery; iPhone 6s had 1,715 mAh, iPhone 6s+ had 2,750 mAh battery  —  If you're familiar with Apple's iPhone events, and practically everyone is, then you know Apple will never mention certain things on stage like how much RAM an iPhone has.
TechCrunch:
Facebook announces Messenger now allows payments natively in its 30K chat bots, adds support for webviews in bot conversations  —  Sep 12, 2016, 9:22 amSep 12, 2016, 12:00 pm  —  Facebook today filled the biggest hole in its chatbot platform.  Messenger bots can accept payments natively …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Netflix asked FCC to declare broadband data caps unreasonable in filing last week, saying a 300GB cap would not meet the internet TV needs of average Americans  —  FCC should use broadband deployment power to discourage data caps, Netflix says.  —  Netflix has asked the US Federal Communications Commission …
Melanie Ehrenkranz / Mic:
Mic publishes email from Apple, which began with “off the record”, that was in response to criticism of the lack of diversity at Apple's keynote last week  —  Get Mic daily:  —  O n Friday, I published an article about the gender divide in Apple's last two iPhone events.
Business Insider:
Sources: Ford paid more than $65M for Chariot, a Bay Area shuttle startup that had raised $3M in funding previously  —  Last Friday, Ford bought shuttle-van startup Chariot in an all-cash deal.  But the price wasn't disclosed, so it wasn't clear whether this was a case of a distressed startup selling …
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
About 200 pages of unredacted Stingray user manuals show how accessible mass surveillance is, show features like degrading connections for uninterrupted spying  —  Harris Corp.'s Stingray surveillance device has been one of the most closely-guarded secrets in law enforcement for more than 15 years.
Bloomberg:
Japan's Renesas Electronics Corp. to buy US chipmaker Intersil for $3.2B, as it accelerates efforts to sell more automotive components  —  Renesas is offering $22.50 a share, 14 percent premium  —  Company plans to pay with cash on hand, no new borrowing  —  Renesas Electronics Corp. agreed …

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