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June 24, 2015, 6:25 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 …
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Apple to block apps like Twitter from scanning users' iPhones and iPads to see which other apps are installed  —  Apple Moves to Block iPhone App-Scanning  —  In order to decide what ad to show to a person, Facebook and Twitter have sometimes drawn on data about other apps that are already installed on that person's phone.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Slack hits 1.1M daily users, 900K third-party integration installs, and 300K paying customers as Twitter's April Underwood joins as head of platform  —  As Slack Hits 1M Daily Users And 900K Integration Installs, It Hires April Underwood As Head Of Platform
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 …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
UK Apple Pay won't require PIN but £20 contactless transaction limit does apply ... for now  —  Apple Pay is going international starting with the United Kingdom next month.  The precise nature of how Apple Pay will work in the UK has been murky, with banks saying different things.
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 …

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