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September 30, 2015, 12:55 PM

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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.
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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
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 …
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.
Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code:
IHS estimates iPhone 6s Plus costs about $236 to build, one-third its $749 retail price  —  Apple's iPhone 6s Plus Costs an Estimated $236 to Make — $749 to Purchase  —  It costs Apple an estimated $236 to make and assemble its new iPhone 6s Plus, roughly one-third the $749 retail price of the smartphone …
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
iOS Ad Blockers Begin Dropping In Popularity  —  For the first time since iOS 9 launched, no ad blocker is number one on the paid apps chart for iPhone.  —  Just short of two weeks since ad blockers skyrocketed to the top of the iPhone paid app chart, only one remains in the top five …
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 …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Drop-dead simple exploit completely bypasses Mac's malware Gatekeeper  —  A key limitation makes it trivial for attackers to skirt Gatekeeper protections.  —  Since its introduction in 2012, an OS X feature known as Gatekeeper has gone a long way to protecting the Macs of security novices and experts alike.
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.
More: VentureBeat and CNBC
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 …
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Jon Fingas / Engadget:
GeForce Now puts PC games on your NVIDIA device for $8 per month  —  NVIDIA's GRID service wasn't the be-all, end-all of its cloud gaming ambitions... if anything, the company was just getting started.  The crew in Santa Clara has unveiled GeForce Now, an $8 per month subscription service …
Michael J. de la Merced / New York Times:
Warburg Pincus to invest up to $60M in Civitas Learning, a cloud-based data analytics provider for education  —  Warburg Pincus to Invest Up to $60 Million in Civitas Learning  —  With sophisticated data analysis seeping into nearly every industry, a start-up focused on higher education …

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