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June 24, 2015, 11:40 PM

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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 …
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 …
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
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.
Russell Holly / Android Central:
Your Qi charger will soon support 15W fast charging  —  Wireless charging is about to become just as capable as wired charging.  —  An update to the Qi charging spec has been announced by the Wireless Power Consortium, and it's all about more power and backwards compatibility.

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