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8:25 AM ET, September 30, 2015

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Cam Bunton / 9to5Google:
Google announces Chromecast support coming to Spotify, Showtime, SlingTV, NBA, more  —  Google is bringing new Chromecast hardware to its range, as we exclusively revealed last week.  But it isn't just new hardware.  Chromecast is adding native support for some new streaming services including Showtime …
Discussion: WebProNews and Android Police
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Michael Crider / Android Police:
Chromecast App Update Will Add Content Discovery, Multiple Device Control, And Comprehensive Video Search  —  In addition to revised hardware for Chromecast and the new Chromcast Audio, Google also announced a new version of the Chromecast app at its San Francisco event.
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Sources: Twitter building new product to let users share tweets longer than 140 characters, enabling publication of long-form content on the platform  —  Twitter Plans to Go Beyond Its 140-Character Limit  —  Twitter is building a new product that will allow users to share tweets that are longer …
Apple:
Apple Music, iTunes Movies, and iBooks now available in China, music free for three months then 10 RMB/month, movies start at 5 RMB, iBooks from 0.5 RMB  —  Apple Brings Apple Music, iTunes Movies & iBooks to Customers in China Starting Today  —  Apple® today announced that Apple Music™ …
Rachel Dovey / KQED Arts:
Libraries increasingly offering free-to-patron music streams; Freegal provides 30K lables to 5K libraries globally, Hoopla serves 816 libraries in North America  —  ‘Spotify for Libraries’: Public Libraries Edge Toward Music Streaming Services  —  As more people stream and fewer buy …
Discussion: @kqed and Librarian in Black Blog
Agence France-Presse:
Charlie Hebdo moves into new high-security office in south Paris nine months after attack  —  Charlie Hebdo moves into new high-security offices  —  Paris (AFP) - Nine months after the Charlie Hebdo attack in which some of France's most celebrated cartoonists were shot dead …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
TiVo unveils 4K-ready BOLT DVR with ad skipping and speed watching features, available this week from $300, with $15/month subscription waived for first year  —  TiVo Unveils BOLT, A Modern, 4K-Ready DVR Designed For The Streaming Era  —  DVR maker TiVo today is announcing the latest addition …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Netflix and Virgin America to offer free in-flight WiFi for movies and shows on select flights through March 2, 2016  —  Netflix partners with Virgin America to offer free in-flight Wi-Fi for movies and TV shows  —  With more and more video-streaming companies offering downloads for offline access …
Allison Schiff / AdExchanger:
IAB is forming Ad Blocking Working Group and plans to distribute code that detects ad blockers  —  Ad Blocking - Unlike Fraud - Comes At The User's Behest  —  If ad blocking is war, long-tail publishers will likely be its earliest casualties.  —  “Ad blocking is a threat to the whole industry …
Shannon Bond / Financial Times:
Activist opposes Media General's planned acquisition of Meredith  —  Media General, the US television station owner, is facing pressure from an activist shareholder to call off its proposed $3.1bn deal to buy Meredith and instead sell itself to Nexstar Broadcasting Group.
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
Financial Times CEO John Ridding on the paper's acquisition by Nikkei and how journalism shot itself in the foot by going for mass-reach, low quality  —  The Financial Times and the Future of Journalism  —  In a generally depressing decade for newspapers, the Financial Times …
Wall Street Journal:
Digital measurement firm ComScore to acquire TV measurement firm Rentrak in all-stock deal  —  Measurement Firm ComScore to Acquire Rentrak  —  Merger could create more formidable rival to No. 1 player Nielsen  —  Measurement firm comScore Inc. on Tuesday said it agreed to acquire rival Rentrak Corp …
 
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Oliver Holmes / Guardian:
British journalists face five years in Indonesian jail for visa violation
Discussion: Agence France-Presse
Brent Lang / Variety:
21st Century Fox Taps Investor Jeffrey Ubben to Join Board
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Rhiannon Williams / Telegraph:
Zane Lowe: 'I'm not sure that Apple Music needs Beats 1'
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Brendan James / International Business Times:
Al Jazeera America Will Not Recognize Union: NLRB Elections Underway
Dave Philipps / New York Times:
U.S Army tried to kill New York Times story by withholding information, hoped to encourage more favorable story from other outlets
Discussion: @jonswaine
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
US gov't: Kim Dotcom paid pirates $3M for movies, should be extradited