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When my Mom passed away, we cleaned dozens of boxes of Bon Appetit out of her Bonus Room that represented almost 20 years of the magazine. Each had been thoroughly read when received and then stored to basically never be touched again. It wasn’t that content…

Popular Android media casting app Allcast is getting ready to take the leap to iPads and iPhones: Allcast developer Koushik “Koush” Dutta asked users to sign up for a closed beta test of Allcast for iOS on Google+ Friday. Dutta had first announced that he was bringing Allcast to iOS in late August, and at the time shared some first screenshots of the app. Allcast was the first Android app to bring personal media sharing to Chromecast back in 2013 even before Google had officially released the Chromecast SDK.

Remember the funding round that Peel, maker of the remote control apps that you find on handsets from Samsung, HTC and others, raised in June from Alibaba? Thursday, the company announced a number, and it’s a big one: Alibaba invested $50 million in Peel, bringing the total amount raised by the startup to $95 million. I guess replacing a device that everyone hates, but still uses every day, does pay off.

Think there are too many ads on Hulu Plus? You’re not alone: Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins is considering reducing the ad load on Hulu’s paid subscription tier, according to a New York Post report. Hulu has been showing users more than 80 ads per month, compared to 32 on YouTube, according to the Post. Of course, paying Netflix subscribers don’t have to endure any ads — but it’s unlikely Hulu would go that far any time soon: The service just launched in-app subscriptions for its iPhone app, making it even more dependent on advertising for paying users.

The U.K. mobile carrier EE, which also offers fixed-line services, has launched a TV service called EE TV, featuring a set-top box that lets customers use their smartphones or tablets as the remote control. They can also watch programming on their mobile devices, with the possibility for up to four different streams of live or recorded shows. EE said it will in the future allow them to watch while on the move too, through the firm’s 4G network. The service will include standard Freeview live channels as well as the likes of Daily Motion, YouTube and Wuaki.tv.

You thought that building out all that physical infrastructure is what has been slowing down Google Fiber’s expansion? Think again: Google Fiber head Milo Medin has called TV rights the “the single biggest impediment” to growing Fiber, according to the Wall Street Journal, which also quotes Medin saying that TV has been “the single biggest piece of our cost structure.” The problem is that Google, in order to win over cable customers, has to offer the same channels as the competition. But as a newcomer, it has to pay up to twice as much for some of the rights. No wonder internet TV ventures like the ones from Sony and Dish are struggling to keep costs under control.

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This is a really welcome first move. Though I agree that the e-royalties need to be much higher, and for all books, not just direct. Direct sales are a pittance now, but than can change–and seems like one of the few plausible longterm answers to the…

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