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1:55 AM ET, September 30, 2015

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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 …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Axel Springer's $343M purchase of Business Insider sets new high mark in digital publisher sales, beating AOL's 2011 purchase of Huffington Post for $315M  —  Sold!  Axel Springer Bets Big on Digital, Buys Business Insider.  —  Earlier this year, German publisher Axel Springer tried and failed to buy the Financial Times.
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Kenneth Wong / Bloomberg Business:
Axel Springer Buys 88% of Business Insider for $343 Million  —  German media company Axel Springer SE agreed to buy an 88 percent stake in Business Insider Inc. for $343 million.  —  Axel Springer already owns a 9 percent stake in New York-based Business Insider, which runs …
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.
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™ …
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 …
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
TiVo Bolt: 4K-ready with SkipMode ad skip and ability to speed up playback for $300 plus subscription, waived for the first year  —  TiVo Unveils BOLT, A Modern, 4K-Ready DVR Designed For The Streaming Era  —  DVR maker TiVo today is announcing the latest addition to its Series 6 lineup of players with the arrival of the TiVo BOLT.
Oliver Laughland / Guardian:
Seven al-Jazeera journalists to request formal pardon from Egyptian president  —  Pardons last week of two al-Jazeera colleagues clears legal pathway for group of seven, including Australian reporter Peter Greste, to have convictions overturned  —  Seven al-Jazeera journalists convicted …
Discussion: Associated Press
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: ClickZ and Ad Age
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Brent Lang / Variety:
21st Century Fox Taps Investor Jeffrey Ubben to Join Board
Rhiannon Williams / Telegraph:
Zane Lowe: 'I'm not sure that Apple Music needs Beats 1'
Discussion: The Next Web and Digital Spy
Brendan James / International Business Times:
Al Jazeera America Will Not Recognize Union: NLRB Elections Underway
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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
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Sun reporter Mazher Mahmood to face trial charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice
Discussion: iMediaEthics
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's Head of News Partnerships, Liz Heron, joins The Huffington Post as Executive Editor, will jointly steer site alongside Arianna Huffington