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June 24, 2015, 5:15 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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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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