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November 17, 2015, 7:30 AM

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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
With Rdio Buy, Pandora Envisions Apple Music Model for New Service  —  Pandora, the Internet radio service, says that after buying Rdio, a music subscription service, it wants to offer a new subscription service of its own next year.  —  What will that service look like?  Pandora execs won't say.
Pandora:
Rdio to shut down its service, file for bankruptcy, with Pandora acquiring key assets for $75M in cash  —  Pandora to Acquire Key Assets from Rdio  —  Adding technology, IP and talent to accelerate development of new capabilities; Pandora hosting investor call to outline growth strategy at 1:30 p.m. PT today
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google's natural language search gets smarter, can now handle superlatives, ordered items, time based, and more complicated queries  —  Google's Natural Language Search Gets Smarter  —  Google is saying their search engine is getting better at understanding our natural language searches …
Jessica E. Lessin / The Information:
Sources: Google wearable tech group Project Aura working on three prototypes, one with screen, and two without that rely on bone conduction like original Glass  —  Google Glass Successor Dumps Some Glass  —  So much for the screen.  We've learned that Google's revamped Google Glass project …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter is testing multiple emoji reactions to tweets  —  The heart's reign of terror as the only emoji-based reaction to a tweet may be coming to an end.  Twitter user _Ninji noticed the ability to select multiple emoji from the heart, including the frown, the grimace, the party noisemaker, and the 100.
Chris Dixon / Medium:
What media firms can learn from the PC video game industry's embrace of freemium models, remixes, mods, and crowdsourcing  —  Lessons from the PC video game industry  —  The future of media is here—it's just not evenly distributed  —  The success or failure of tech and media products depends …
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Mike Ayers / Wall Street Journal:
Oxford Dictionaries selects “face with tears of joy” emoji as 2015 Word of the Year  —  Oxford Dictionaries Selects an Emoji as Word of the Year  —  The Oxford Dictionaries has chosen its Word of the Year for 2015: An emoji depicting the “face with tears of joy.”
Alex Wagner / TmoNews:
MetroPCS introduces new plans that exempt music streamed from over 30 different music services from data caps  —  MetroPCS gets its own versions of Music Freedom and Binge On  —  Hot on the heels of T-Mobile's Binge On announcement, T-Mo is showing some love to its MetroPCS customers.
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook allows Google to crawl and index public profiles, Pages, Groups, and Events from its mobile app  —  Google Gets Surprise Ally in Mobile-App Search Push: Facebook  —  Google's effort to keep its search engine relevant in a world of mobile apps just got a boost from a big rival.

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