iOS 9 allows developers to build ad blocking extensions

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A new feature buried in the developer documents for iOS 9 suggests Apple is building in support for ad blocking and privacy apps, with a new API that removes elements from Safari on a system level. The new “Content Blocking” feature allows developers to pass a JSON file with a set of rules for images, popups, cookies, resources and other elements in Safari. Content Blocker is live in iOS 9 beta builds right now, with the menu option explaining that “Content Blockers affect what content is loaded while using Safari” but offering no options yet. Such a feature could allow apps like Disconnect, which…

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