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7:45 AM ET, May 27, 2015


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Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Vox Media acquires Re/code in all-stock deal, Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher to stay at Re/code after merger  —  Vox Media Acquiring ReCode  —  ReCode, the news website led by the veteran journalists Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, is being acquired by Vox Media, a deal that reflects …
Vox Media Acquires Re/code Owner Revere Digital  —  We are thrilled to announce that Re/code's parent company, Revere Digital, is being wholly acquired by the highly respected digital-native media company Vox Media.  This is the next big step in our mission to bring you quality tech journalism …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Re/code's reviews team of Katie Boehret, Bonnie Cha, and Lauren Goode to join Verge staff, Mossberg to write reviews, columns for both sites  —  The Verge and Recode are joining forces  —  I'm excited to announce that The Verge's parent company Vox Media is acquiring Recode …
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Vox Media CEO Jim Bankoff explains the Re/code purchase: complementing The Verge's coverage, conference business, more  —  The Vox Media-Re/code deal, explained by Vox Media's CEO  —  On Tuesday night, Vox Media — the parent company of — announced it was purchasing Re/code …
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
BuzzFeed adds Nitasha Tiku to its San Francisco bureau, now grown to 17 people since Mat Honan's hire as bureau chief  —  BuzzFeed hires a dozen reporters in Silicon Valley, including The Verge's Nitasha Tiku, to try to break more tech news  —  BuzzFeed has quietly been hiring like crazy in Silicon Valley …
Miriam Gottfried / Wall Street Journal:
Charter's bid for Time Warner Cable is nearly nine times expected 2016 earnings and 14% more than Friday's closing price, despite industry's challenges  —  Charter's Time Warner Cable Bundle is No Bargain  —  Charter finally got the cable consolidation it was seeking with deals to buy Time Warner Cable and Bright House.
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
Charter is buying TWC and Bright House Networks to gain edge in high-margin internet services, as TV business declines
Lori Weisberg / San Diego Union Tribune:
After sale to Tribune, San Diego Union-Tribune laying off 178 of 603 employees, mostly in printing and delivery, nine from newsroom  —  178 Union-Tribune employees are laid off  —  The San Diego Union-Tribune on Tuesday announced that it is laying off 178 of its 603 employees …
Peter Sterne / Capital New York:25 minutes ago
Gawker writers plan to vote on unionizing next week  —  Three weeks ago, Gawker C.E.O. Nick Denton, president Heather Dietrick, and executive editor Tommy Craggs met for lunch with two organizers from the Writers Guild of America-East and Hamilton Nolan, the senior writer who is spearheading a union drive at Gawker Media.
Wall Street Journal:
Google and Yahoo have both held early acquisition talks with Flipboard in recent weeks but deal price hasn't yet been discussed  —  Google, Yahoo Have Had Talks to Buy Flipboard  —  Twitter's Flipboard discussions have largely stalled since April  —  Several Internet giants have inquired …
Discussion: The Next Web and Re/code
Gabriel Arana / The Huffington Post:
Mac McClelland Says Journalists Need To Talk About Trauma  —  This is the fifth and final installment in our series on mental health in the newsroom.  Here are the first, second, third and fourth installments.  —  Not to peg myself as a total fanboy, but Mac McClelland is one of my journalism idols.
Discussion: @gabrielarana
Alexander Howard / The Huffington Post:
In Saudi Arabia, Embracing New ‘Freedom’ On Social Media May Come With Serious Risks  —  Over the weekend, The New York Times published an article suggesting young people in Saudi Arabia are finding “freedom” on their smartphones.  “Young Saudis are increasingly relying on social media …
Michael Kozlowski / Good E-Reader:
Google Play books publisher program has been closed to new publishers amid piracy concerns  —  Google Play Books Publisher Program Has Been Closed  —  Google has closed their Play Books publisher program amidst concerns of rampant e-book piracy.  —  The Google Play Publisher Program …
Brad StoneSarah Frier / Bloomberg Business:
Snapchat claims 60% of smartphone owners age 13-34 in the US as active users, says they watch 2B videos a day on the service  —  Evan Spiegel Reveals Plan to Turn Snapchat Into a Real Business … Evan Spiegel begins a conversation in the offices of his startup, Snapchat …
Henry Mance / Financial Times:
UK court rules ISPs must block seven e-book piracy sites within 10 days: Ebookee, LibGen, AvaxHome, Freebookspot, Freshwap, Bookfi and Bookre  —  Publishers win landmark case against ebook pirates  —  British publishers have won their first ever blocking order against pirate ebook sites …
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Discussion: New York Times
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
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Jason Abbruzzese / Mashable:
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Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
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Discussion: @eriqgardner
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Discussion: Engadget and Consumerist
Thomas Erdbrink / New York Times:
American Journalist Jason Rezaian Goes on Trial in Iran
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
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