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September 12, 2016, 9:40 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 …
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.
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.
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.
Niklas Pollard / Reuters:
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.
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
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 …
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” …

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