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August 18, 2015, 12:00 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Sources: New Apple TV will run a full-blown iOS core, specifically a TV-optimized version of iOS 9  —  What will September's new iOS 9-based Apple TV bring to the living room?  —  Apple plans to hold one of its annual fall media events on Wednesday, September 9th to introduce the new iPhone 6S …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Verizon Edges AT&T in Network Quality, While Sprint Makes Improvements  —  Price competition is intense in the cellular business, and increasingly, so is the competition for top ratings in network quality.  —  Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure, for example, said at Code Conference that his company …
Jonah Peretti / BuzzFeed:
BuzzFeed gets $200M from NBCUniversal to expand its reach to TV and film, and partners with Yahoo Japan  —  Big News  —  I'm very excited to share that NBCUniversal has agreed to invest $200M in BuzzFeed and partner with us to extend our reach to TV and film.
Ryan Knutson / Wall Street Journal:
Sprint to abandon two year-contracts by end of 2015; announces iPhone Forever leasing plan for iPhones priced from $22/month  —  Sprint to Abandon Two-Year Contracts  —  Two-year contracts are disappearing from the U.S. wireless industry.Sprint Corp. said Monday it is doing away …
Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch:
Product Hunt launches LIVE: scheduled Ask Me Anythings with different product makers and celebrities  —  Product Hunt Takes AMAs A Step Further With The Launch Of LIVE  —  Product Hunt, the online community where members upvote products, games and books they like, is helping that community …
Evie Nagy / Fast Company:
Midroll relaunches Howl podcast app: get access to recent episodes for free, or pay $4.99/mo to access archives of Midroll podcasts, WTF With Marc Maron, more  —  Is Howl The “Netflix Of Podcasts” We've Been Waiting For?  —  There's no true one-stop, all-you-can-eat shop for podcast distribution.
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John Callaham / Windows Central:
Comcast's Xfinity app for Xbox 360 to shut down on September 1  —  Xbox 360 console owners who use Comcast's Xfinity app got some bad news over the weekend.  Microsoft sent messages to those users stating that the app would be removed from the console on September 1.
Farrha Khan / TechRadar.com:
Google Hangouts gets its own dedicated website at hangouts.google.com  —  Google Hangouts breaks out on its own site  —  You don't need Gmail, Google+  —  Google has today announced that Google Hangouts now has its very own website, meaning you no longer need to go through Google+ or Gmail to start chatting.

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