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September 12, 2016, 4:05 PM

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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 …
TechCrunch:
Instagram adds optional filter to hide “inappropriate” comments, and users can also make their own filters; comments from friends will now be shown first  —  Sep 12, 2016, 8:00 amSep 12, 2016, 8:00 am  —  Instagram today is rolling out a feature to all its users that will allow everyone …
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.
Christina Warren / Gizmodo:
A week after “voluntary recall”, Galaxy Note7 owners still can't get info from Samsung or carriers about how and when their phones can be exchanged  —  Samsung's exchange program for Galaxy Note 7 has been a nightmare for customers so far.  —  A week after Samsung's “voluntary” …
Wall Street Journal:
HP Inc. to acquire Samsung's printer business and some printer-related patents for $1.05B; Samsung will invest $100-$300M in HP when the deal closes  —  Silicon Valley company sees deal with South Korean major as bid for expansion into high-volume printer-copier device business
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Google's Cardboard Camera app for creating 360-degree VR images launches on iOS  —  The odds of you using Cardboard Camera, Google's simple app for creating 360-degree VR images, just got significantly higher.  The tool, which has so far only been available on Android, is now available on the iOS App Store.
Niklas Pollard / Reuters:
Volvo Cars and auto safety group Autoliv are forming a joint venture to develop autonomous driving software, with about 200 initial staff from parent firms  —  Chinese-owned Volvo Car Group and auto safety group Autoliv said on Tuesday they would form a joint venture to develop autonomous driving software …
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.

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