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September 19, 2016, 6:25 PM

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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Google launches Trips, a free Android and iOS app that serves as trip planner and travel guide, with custom itineraries as well as flight, hotel info, more  —  Going places  —  Google today announced Trips, a new app that serves as a trip planner and travel guide for anyone who is exploring a new place.
Dr. Raymond M. Soneira / DisplayMate:
iPhone 7 has the highest color accuracy and peak brightness of any mobile display, making it the “best performing mobile LCD display that we have ever tested”  —  The key element for a great Smartphone has always been a truly innovative and top performing display …
Sam Rutherford / Tom's Guide:
iPhone 7, 7 Plus cameras don't produce as sharp or well exposed images as Samsung's Galaxy S7 line, but OIS, f/1.8 aperture, 2x optical zoom are major upgrades  —  While their resolution may have stayed the same, the 12-megapixel rear cameras in Apple's iPhone 7 and 7 Plus look offer a big improvement in picture quality.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter no longer counts photos, videos, GIFs, polls, and Quote Tweets against the 140-character tweet limit  —  Beyond 140 characters  —  Tweets are holding steady at 140 characters, but a variety of additions to your tweets will no longer count against that limit..As The Verge reported last week …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Google's tech incubator and think tank, Jigsaw, will soon release Conversation AI, a set of tools that use machine learning to combat online trolls  —  Around midnight one Saturday in January, Sarah Jeong was on her couch, browsing Twitter, when she spontane­ously wrote what she now bitterly refers to as …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Wearable tech company Thalmic Labs raises $120 million from Intel, Amazon, and others  —  Thalmic Labs, the Canada-based wearable technology company, has announced a substantial $120 million (USD) Series B funding round led by Intel Capital, the Amazon Alexa Fund, and Fidelity Investments Canada.
BBC:
GoPro to launch foldable Karma quadcopter for $799 on October 23, new Hero5 action cameras and GoPro Plus $5/month sharing service on October 2  —  Camera-maker GoPro has unveiled a foldable drone that fits in a backpack.  —  The Karma aircraft also features a detachable stabiliser that can be used to make handheld shots more steady.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Stripe offers Instant Payouts to all contractors after early rollouts at Lyft, Care.com, goPanache, to help marketplaces pay contractors more quickly  —  Stripe, the startup that competes against the likes of PayPal's Braintree and WePay to provide payment services to digital businesses …
Avery Hartmans / Business Insider:
Sources: GV-backed gym membership startup ClassPass hits $150M run rate, up from $100M in summer of 2015, and now-positive gross profit margin of 17%  —  ClassPass, the Google Ventures-backed gym membership startup, has seen its revenue accelerate despite a change to its pricing model …

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