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September 18, 2015, 1:50 AM

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Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:
Leaked documents show second-generation Chromecast has backdrop feeds, improved Wi-Fi, “Fast Play”, and may launch later this month  —  Exclusive: This is the 2nd gen. Chromecast w/ backdrop feeds, better WiFi, ‘Fast Play,’ more  —  According to internal documents that 9to5Google has obtained …
Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:
Google set to announce this month that Spotify will gain Chromecast support alongside new device  —  Exclusive: Google and Spotify launching Chromecast support later this month  —  While Chromecast has long supported Google Play Music, Netflix, Pandora, and other subscription services …
More: The Verge
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iPad Mini 4 teardown: 2048x1536 LED-backlit display, single-cell 5,124 mAh battery, 2GB RAM; smaller form factor with the power of an iPad Air 2  —  iPad Mini 4 Teardown  —  Teardown  —  Teardowns provide a look inside a device and should not be used as disassembly instructions.  —  Featured Guide
Andy Mitchell / Facebook Media:
Facebook launches Signal, a discovery and curation tool for journalists to find and embed content from Facebook and Instagram  —  Introducing Signal for Facebook and Instagram  —  We've heard from journalists that they want an easy way to make Facebook a more vital part of their newsgathering …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Researchers release Anonize for iOS and Android, designed to enable cryptographically anonymous surveys  —  New Crypto Tool Makes Anonymous Surveys Truly Anonymous  —  At the end of a semester teaching an undergraduate math course a few years ago, Cornell Tech researcher …
Lauren Goode / The Verge:
Amazon announces updated Fire TV with Alexa and 4K support for $100, Fire TV Stick and voice remote bundle for $50, all shipping in October  —  Amazon's answer to Apple TV: a Fire TV box with Alexa and 4K video support  —  Last week Apple sucked up most of the air in the tech press with its newest gadgets …
Megan Geuss / Ars Technica:
Roger Parloff / Fortune:
Apple will ask Supreme Court to hear its ebooks price-fixing case  —  Defying the expectations and desires of some—who thought it might be time to move on—Apple AAPL will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a federal judge's finding that it conspired to fix the prices of ebooks …
Susan Decker / Bloomberg Business:
Federal appeals court rules Apple was entitled to block Samsung from using Apple's patented slide-to-unlock, autocorrect, and quicklinks features  —  Apple Wins Ruling to Force Samsung to Change Products  —  Apple Inc. won an appeals court ruling that may force Samsung Electronics Co …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Google's Project Zero team finds address space layout randomization offers less protection against Stagefright than Google PR claims  —  Google's own researchers challenge key Android security talking point  —  No, address randomization defense does not protect against stagefright exploits.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Sources: VR startup Jaunt expected to announce $50M+ Series C funding as early as next week  —  Virtual Reality Startup Jaunt Raises Massive New Round of Funding (Exclusive)  —  Virtual reality startup Jaunt is about to announce a massive Series C round of financing, Variety has learned.
More: VentureBeatThanks:@jank0

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