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June 24, 2015, 2:40 PM

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Billboard:
Apple Music signs thousands of independent labels after changing royalty structure during trial period  —  Apple Music Signs Beggars Group, Merlin: Sources  —  Beggars comprises the imprints 4AD, XL, Matador and Rough Trade and has had a hand in the careers of Adele, Radiohead and Arcade Fire …
Matt Galligan / Medium:
Circa is shutting down indefinitely after failure to monetize and close funding deals; CEO Matt Galligan says firm is working on deal involving underlying tech  —  Farewell to Circa News  —  It's with great disappointment that we let you know that Circa News has been put on indefinite hiatus.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Messenger no longer requires a Facebook account to sign up, just a first name, last name, and phone number in the US, Canada, Peru, Venezuela  —  Messenger No Longer Requires A Facebook Account  —  Facebook wants even the people who hate Facebook to use Messenger …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Samsung is actively disabling Windows Update on at least some computers  —  Samsung is actively disabling Windows Update on at least some of the computers it sells.  Microsoft MVP Patrick Barker made the discovery and documented the details on his blog after trying to help a user troubleshoot issues with his Samsung machine.
Wall Street Journal:
GoFundMe to be acquired by investor group led by Accel and Technology Crossover, at a valuation source says is around $600M  —  GoFundMe Founders to Reap a Fortune in Buyout  —  The two founders of crowdfunding site GoFundMe are relinquishing control and reaping a fortune by selling …
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Box to offer integration with IBM content management and security tools as part of a wide-ranging cloud partnership  —  Box And IBM Ink Wide-Ranging Cloud Partnership  —  IBM is going Levie.  —  This evening, Box and IBM announced a partnership that will see their technologies integrated, and their cloud products commingled.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft launches Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for phones running Android 4.4 or higher  —  Microsoft releases Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Android phones out of preview  —  Microsoft today launched Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Android phones.  Previously in preview …
Re/code:
DraftKings Won't Raise $250 Million From Disney, but Will Still Get ESPN Ad Deal  —  Fantasy sports site DraftKings, which had discussed raising money from Disney, is going to get its funding somewhere else instead.  —  But the two companies will have a relationship anyway …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
You can now watch Periscope replays on the web  —  Since live streams began taking over Twitter feeds earlier this year, a common complaint has been that they end before you could watch them.  Periscope did enable replays within 24 hours after a stream ended, but only on its apps for Android and iOS.

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