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10:15 PM ET, September 22, 2014


 Top News: 
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Beats Music brand will be shut down, product could be rolled into iTunes  —  Apple Plans To Shut Down Beats Music  —  Apple will discontinue the streaming music service Beats Music it acquired in May, according to five sources, including several prominent employees at Apple and Beats.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Apple won't shut down the Beats Music streaming service, but the Beats Music brand may change  —  Apple's Beats Music Brand May Go Away.  Apple's Beats Music Service Is Sticking Around.  —  Earlier this year, Apple bought Beats Music and Beats Electronics for $3 billion.
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
An Article on Shonda Rhimes Rightly Causes a Furor  —  The article on the television producer Shonda Rhimes hadn't yet appeared in Sunday's paper, but the virtual world was ablaze in protest over it on Friday after it was published online.  —  Written by the longtime TV critic, Alessandra Stanley …
The Tyee:
The Tyee Names Jane Armstrong Its New Editor-in-Chief  —  Veteran Canadian journalist set to steer ‘the best newsroom in British Columbia.’  —  The new editor-in-chief of The Tyee is the experienced, highly decorated Canadian journalist Jane Armstrong.  She will take over the day-to-day running …
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
The (Atlantic) Wire Is Shutting Down  —  The Wire, formerly known at The Atlantic Wire, is shutting down, according to an internal memo obtained by Gawker.  The breaking news site will be folded into the main site of The Atlantic magazine.  Co-presidents James Bennett and Bob Cohn sent …
Jim Romenesko:
Moody's sees “little evidence” that digital subs will help US newspapers and magazines  —  Moody's: ‘Our outlook for the U.S. newspapers and magazines sector is negative’  —  No surprise: A new report from Moody's Investors Service says the outlook for newspapers and magazines “is negative through at least late 2015.”
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
HBO, Amazon Prime and Broadband for $40 a Month at AT&T  —  It's still nearly impossible to get HBO, or any other pay-TV channel, without subscribing to a pay-TV package that gives you a bundle of channels, whether you want them or not.  —  But the people who sell you TV are starting to tinker with the model, at least at the margins.
Discussion: Variety and The Verge
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Townsquare snaps up hip-hop mag XXL, plans to go digital-only  —  Townsquare Media is buying XXL, the 17-year old urban hip-hop magazine from Harris Publications, and will immediately stop producing a regular print edition, The Post has learned.  —  The October-November issue of the six-times-a-year title …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
MGM Acquires Stake in Mark Burnett/Roma Downey Production Companies, Revives United Artists Banner  —  MGM has acquired a 55% stake in the production companies jointly owned by Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Hearst Entertainment and has revived the United Artists banner to house the investment.
Jonathan Mahler / New York Times:
Female journalists have been shaping news coverage of the NFL's Ray Rice scandal  —  In Coverage of N.F.L. Scandals, Female Voices Puncture the Din  —  Last week, the ESPN anchor Hannah Storm did something she had never done in her 30-year career in sports broadcasting: She delivered a first-person commentary on the air.
Melissa Eddy / New York Times:
2,000 Amazon workers from 4 distribution centers in Germany walk off the job in wage dispute  —  Amazon Workers Walk Off the Job in Germany Over Wage Dispute  —  BERLIN — Amazon employees in Germany, frustrated by the company's refusal to hold wage talks, walked off their jobs Monday …
Michael Rondon / Folio:
A Look at The FADER's Expansion Plans  —  Video a priority for new VP and EIC.  —  The FADER is making some dramatic changes to its edit strategy, starting with a few key hires, including a new VP of content and an editor-in-chief, and the launch of a dedicated video unit.
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