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November 17, 2015, 8:25 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 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google And ASUS Launch The $85 Chromebit, A Chrome OS Desktop On An HDMI Stick  —  Earlier this year, Google and ASUS announced the Chromebit — a full Chrome OS-based computer on an HDMI stick.  Today, the two companies are officially launching this new way of using Chrome OS on any screen with an HDMI port.
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.
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.
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.”
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Facebook Now Using Google App Indexing To Drive Visitors From Search Into Its App  —  Facebook has long opened up some of its walled garden to Google, in order to gain Google traffic.  Now Facebook is stepping up its search engine optimization game by implementing Google App Indexing to ensure …
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