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1:30 PM ET, September 30, 2015

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Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Thrillist and e-commerce site JackThreads raise a combined $54M as they split into separate entities  —  Thrillist and JackThreads Raise $54 Million, Split Into Separate Companies  —  For five years, Thrillist CEO Ben Lerer has made the case that his media and e-commerce businesses should be housed under the same corporate roof.
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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™ …
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, 9to5Mac 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
Discussion: Guardian
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
Independent board to determine which ads are “acceptable” for Adblock Plus whitelist in first half of 2016  —  Adblock Plus to Allow Independent Board to Decide Which Ads Are ‘Acceptable’  —  Parent company Eyeo says it will no longer help decide which ads can pass through its filters
Matthew Kassel / The New York Observer:
Profile of BuzzFeed puzzle editor Caleb Madison, who plans to launch crosswords in mid-October  —  BuzzFeed Is Revolutionizing the Crossword Puzzle  —  Led by puzzle wunderkind Caleb Madison, a new generation of crossword constructors is pushing the boundaries of the word grid
Discussion: BuzzFeed
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
Re/code:
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 …
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
With money from Knight, the AP will create standards for data journalism  —  The Associated Press will receive $400,000 from the Knight Foundation, Knight announced Wednesday.  The money will go toward spreading the use of data journalism and creating a set of standards that will be included …
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 …
 
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