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5:55 AM ET, September 30, 2015


 Top News: 
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 …
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
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 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™ …
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.
Kenneth Wong / Bloomberg Business:
Axel Springer Buys 88% of Business Insider for $343 Million
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
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 …
Oliver Holmes / Guardian:
British journalists face five years in Indonesian jail for visa violation  —  Filmmakers Neil Bonner and Rebecca Prosser were arrested by the Indonesian navy off the western island of Batam in May for working on tourist visas  —  Two British journalists are facing five years in jail …
Discussion: Agence France-Presse
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.
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 …
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.
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: MediaNama, ClickZ and Ad Age
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Oliver Laughland / Guardian:
Seven al-Jazeera journalists to request formal pardon from Egyptian president
Discussion: Associated Press
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
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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
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