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5:10 PM ET, June 30, 2016


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Sources: IBT Media lays off at least 20 journalists, primarily from tech and media desks  —  IBT Media unexpectedly laid off at least 20 journalists on Thursday, POLITICO has learned.  —  The tech and media desks were hit the hardest.  Michael Learmonth, the tech, media and culture editor of IBTimes …
IBT Media announces restructuring, spinning Newsweek off into separate operating entity and clustering other IBT brands including International Business Times  —  Restructuring Designed To Support Future Plans  —  New York, June 30, 2016 ( - IBT Media, a privately held publishing firm …
Discussion: Recode
Peter Kafka / Recode:
In letter to Apple's general counsel, Spotify says Apple won't approve app update in move to “diminish competitiveness” of Spotify on iOS  —  “We cannot stand by as Apple uses the App Store approval process as a weapon.”  —  Spotify says Apple is making it harder …
Lions Gate Buys Starz for $4.4 Billion for Premium Cable Outlet  —  Independent film, TV studio will pay cash and stock for Starz  —  Acquisition makes Lions Gate a player on the pay-TV dial  —  Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., the studio that produced “The Hunger Games” and “Mad Men,” …
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Nielsen releases ratings from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon to studio partners interested in receiving streaming metrics about shows/episodes for specific time frames  —  Measurement specialist provides media partners with data on select shows, according to client presentation
Source: Disney to buy 1/3 stake in video unit of MLB Advanced Media in deal valued at $3.5B  —  Walt Disney Co. agreed to acquire a one-third stake in the video-streaming unit of MLB Advanced Media, in a deal valued at about $3.5 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Discussion: @ourand_sbj and @pkafka
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Olympics in VR: NBC to Present 85 Hours of Virtual-Reality Content on Samsung Devices  —  NBC is leaning into virtual reality — the hot tech flavor of the moment — with plans to pump out some 85 hours of VR programming for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
Justin Fenton / Baltimore Sun:NEW!
Judge grants new trial for Adnan Syed of popular “Serial” podcast; murder conviction vacated  —  A Baltimore judge has vacated the murder conviction of Adnan Syed, the subject of the popular “Serial” podcast that explored his case, and granted his request for a new trial.
Discussion: @cjbrownlaw, The Wrap and The Week
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Hyper, the Mic-owned app for curated videos, comes to iPhones  —  Hyper founder and CEO Markus Gilles said he has a simple goal — to create “the single best video app.”  —  We covered the company last August when it launched its first app on the iPad.  Since then, it's been acquired …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
News Corp buys radio company Wireless Group, owner of TalkSport, for £220M  —  Wireless Group was founded by former Sun editor and current columnist, Kelvin Mackenzie, who sold it to UTV in 2005  —  News Corporation, the parent company of the Sun and Times, has struck a £220m deal …
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Facebook adjusts News Feed to favor friends and family over publishers

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