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August 18, 2015, 10:30 AM

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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 …
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.
Jamal Eason / Android Developers Blog:
Google reveals Android M, version 6.0, is named Marshmallow; SDK and final preview released  —  Develop a sweet spot for Marshmallow: Official Android 6.0 SDK & Final M Preview  —  By Jamal Eason, Product Manager, Android  —  Whether you like them straight out of the bag …
Evie Nagy / Fast Company:
Midroll relaunches Howl podcast app, free version with limited access, $4.99/mo premium offering with full network archive, WTF, Comedy Central access, 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.
More: Nieman LabThanks:@nethistorypod
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.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
MPAA drops demand for injunction against MovieTube after Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr request to file amicus brief  —  Movie Studios Pull Injunction Demand in MovieTube Lawsuit  —  The MPAA's withdrawal follows intervention from Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
IRS says cyberattacks more extensive than previously reported, with more than 300K taxpayer accounts potentially affected  —  IRS Says Cyberattacks More Extensive Than Previously Reported  —  The Internal Revenue Service said identity thieves' penetration of one of its computer databases …
Wall Street Journal:
Alibaba, facing stiff competition from China's JD.com and others, has made exclusive deals with at least 20 brands including Timberland and Decathlon  —  Alibaba Feels Heat From New Rivals  —  Alibaba is fighting an aggressive ground war to keep its top e-commerce spot against a pack of rivals …
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.

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