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September 30, 2015, 9:15 AM

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Hiroshi Lockheimer / Official Google Blog:
Google announces Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel C, new Chromecast and Chromecast Audio, updates to Google Play Music and Google Photos  —  S'more to love across all your screens  —  From your watch to your phone to your TV, we want to help you stay connected, entertained and informed across all your screens.
Mat Honan / BuzzFeed:
Behind the evolution of Nexus hardware and why Google chose to roll out two Nexus handsets  —  How Google Changed The Smart Phone: A Deep History Of The Nexus Phone  —  Google's vice president of Android walks us through how Nexus hardware and Android software influence each other and how they always have.
Tweets: @johnpaczkowski
Kevin Fitchard / OpenSignal Blog:
New Qualcomm chips inside Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P support 300 Mbps LTE-Advanced networks  —  Google goes LTE-Advanced with its new Nexus phones  —  Apple isn't the only one taking the leap into faster mobile networking technologies with its new flagship phones.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Cam Bunton / 9to5Google:
Re/code:
Sources: Twitter building new product to let users share tweets longer than 140 characters  —  Twitter Plans to Go Beyond Its 140-Character Limit  —  Twitter is building a new product that will allow users to share tweets that are longer than the company's 140-character limit …
Apple:
Apple Music, iTunes Movies, and iBooks now available in China, music free for three months then 10 RMB/month, movies start at 5 RMB, iBooks from 0.5 RMB  —  Apple Brings Apple Music, iTunes Movies & iBooks to Customers in China Starting Today  —  Apple today announced that Apple Music …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Chromecast is Google's hugely successful Trojan Horse into your home  —  Google's secret weapon for getting inside our homes and deeper within the fabric of our daily lives is not smart appliance maker Nest or even its ubiquitous Android operating system.  It's a $35 HDMI stick …
More: Re/code
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / ZDNet:
Cellular usage through the roof since installing iOS 9?  Wi-Fi Assist may be to blame  —  If you've noticed that your data usage has skyrocketed since installing iOS 9 then this may be a feature rather than a bug.  A lesser-known feature of the update called Wi-Fi Assist may be to blame.
More: PC Magazine and Gizmodo
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Adyen Adds New Funding From Iconiq, Values Dutch Payment Group At $2.3B  —  Adyen, a payment startup based in Amsterdam that provides services for companies like Facebook, Uber and Netflix, made waves last year when it announced a $250 million Series B that valued it at $1.5 billion.
Allison Schiff / AdExchanger:
IAB is forming Ad Blocking Working Group and plans to distribute code that detects ad blockers  —  Ad Blocking - Unlike Fraud - Comes At The User's Behest  —  If ad blocking is war, long-tail publishers will likely be its earliest casualties.  —  “Ad blocking is a threat to the whole industry …
Natt Garun / The Next Web:
Foursquare now lets you make OpenTable reservations without leaving the app  —  Foursquare has partnered with OpenTable since 2012 to make restaurant reservation times available for viewing, but today a small update will now allow users to book tables straight within the app.
Cromwell Schubarth / bizjournals:
SyFy pulls startup reality TV series Bazillion Dollar Club starring Dave McClure and Brady Forrest after first episode  —  Exclusive: Syfy pulls Dave McClure's ‘Bazillion Dollar Club’ from schedule  —  The Syfy channel has pulled “Bazillion Dollar Club” from its schedule one week after it premiered …
Tweets: @jcinsv
Margaret Rhodes / Wired:
Airbnb acquires sensor-centric, high-end Russian design company Lapka  —  Airbnb Just Bought a Bizarro Russian Gadget Company … Airbnb just bought Lapka.  The apartment rental and travel company needs no introduction.  Lapka, on the other hand, probably does: It's a tiny Russian design studio …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Twitter Expands ‘Buy’ Buttons To Bigcommerce, Demandware, Shopify... And Best Buy  —  A year after Twitter launched its first commerce product in the form of “buy now” buttons in Tweets, get ready to start seeing a whole lot more of them in your feed.  The social media company today is expanding …

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