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Apple reportedly planning to integrate Beats Music with iTunes as music sales decline

As digital music sales drop, Apple may be looking to rebuild its subscription-based Beats Music and integrate it completely into iTunes. Apple's digital music sales reportedly fell between 13 and 14 percent this year. The integration of Beats Music into iTunes would reportedly take place some time next year, according to the Wall Street Journal:

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iPad mini 3 tear down reveals that it's mostly the same as the iPad mini 2

The iPad mini 3 is now the latest Apple device to get the tear-down treatment. iFixit opened the device up to get a look inside, and found what amounts to last year's iPad mini with the addition of a Touch ID sensor, as well as a gold option.

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Sprint iPhone for Life plan will now let you upgrade annually, iPhone 5s added to the mix

Sprint is adjusting their iPhone for Life rental plan, giving customers the option of upgrading yearly, rather than every two years. Customers will be able to rent the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on a twelve-month plan beginning November 14.

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Deezer acquires Stitcher, adding talk radio and podcasts to its collection

Cross-platform music streaming and discovery service Deezer has purchased Stitcher. The company plans to aid efforts worldwide and break into the US by acquiring the podcast and talk radio service to provide more content on its own platform.

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Tim Cook says Apple working on bringing Apple Pay to China

Tim Cook reiterated the importance of the Chinese market on the last day of his trip to China, saying that Apple wants everything they do to work in the country. This includes Apple Pay. While Apple is in the process of figuring out how the payment system will work in China, Cook said that they need to understand completely what needs to happen to actually get the payment system to work in the country, according to Xinhuanet:

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T-Mobile wants better coverage inside your home and it's asking the FCC for help

T-Mobile wants its phones, tablets, and devices to work better in your homes and buildings, and to do so it is petitioning the FCC to make that happen. The Un-carrier wants to be able to buy more low-band spectrum to improve in-building coverage in the next FCC auction, and T-Mobile wants the FCC to alter a few rules to help it succeed.

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TestFlight lets developers send up to 1,000 invites to beta test apps

Apple's TestFlight program now allows developers to send out emails via the iTunes Connect app to up to 1,000 beta testers. TestFlight allows developers to test their apps before releasing them to the App Store with up to 25 internal members of the team and 1,000 external testers through an email invite.

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Visa announces additional banks which will be supporting Apple Pay

Visa has announced a whole slew of banks that will be supporting Apple Pay "in the coming weeks". It's a long list, with hundreds of institutions on board. Bank of America, Capital One, Citi Bank, Chase and Wells Fargo Bank are already Apple Pay-ready through Visa.

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Apple and GT Advanced Technologies reach a settlement

GT Advanced Technologies has officially reached a settlement with Apple in a deal that lines up with the one reported earlier this week. GT will wind down its sapphire production in Arizona and Massachusetts, and they will retain the right to sell their production materials. As part of the settlement, GT Advanced will be let out of any exclusivity agreement with Apple.

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Christian Bale confirmed as playing Steve Jobs in upcoming biopic

Last week, Hollywood trade publications said that actor Christian Bale was in talks to play Apple's late founder Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic. Now the movie's screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has confirmed that not only has Bale won the role of Jobs but predicts that he "is gonna crush it."

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