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September 20, 2016, 12:55 AM

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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.
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Google sends out invites for October 4 “made by Google” hardware event in San Francisco, will livestream it on YouTube  —  Google today tweeted out an indication that it will unveil new devices on October 4.  People have been expected Google to show new mobile devices …
Andrew J . Hawkins / The Verge:
New federal rules for autonomous vehicles arriving Tuesday, call for 15-point “safety assessment”, aiming to avoid inconsistent patchwork of state laws  —  The White House vs. robot cars  —  So far, manufacturers of self-driving cars have operated in uncharted waters …
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 …
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.
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 …
Reuters:
Indonesia asks Google to pay for 5 years of back taxes; bill for 2015 alone could be about $400M  —  Indonesia plans to pursue Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google for five years of back taxes, and the search giant could face a bill of more than $400 million for 2015 alone if it is found to have avoided payments, a senior tax official said.

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