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3:40 PM ET, January 30, 2015


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Charlie Lankston For / Daily Mail:
Daily Mail online publisher DMG Media acquires millennial-focused website Elite Daily  —  DMG Media acquires top global millennial website Elite Daily  — Elite Daily is one of the world's leading news sites for millennials, people aged between 18 and 34
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
How Elite Daily sold for $40-50 million to Daily Mail  —  Daily Mail just acquired the media startup Elite Daily for $40 million to $50 million, according to multiple sources familiar with the deal.  —  But when Daily Mail's US CEO Jon Steinberg was first told to meet with Elite Daily in June, he blew it off.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
AOL To Lay Off About 150 People, Mostly In Sales; Folding Joystiq, TUAW Into Engadget  —  Some more details are emerging around AOL's reorganization plans.  Sources tell us that the company will lay off around 150 people, with the majority in sales.  As part of it, AOL is also consolidating some websites.
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Snapchat's first original web series debuts tomorrow in Discover, with episodes available for 24 hours  —  Snapchat's first web series debuts tomorrow in Discover, with episodes available for 24 hours
Adam Schreck / Associated Press:
Amnesty: Saudis postpone blogger's flogging for 3rd week  —  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Authorities in Saudi Arabia delayed the planned flogging of a blogger convicted of insulting Islam for a third straight week Friday in the face of growing international pressure against the punishment …
David Ljunggren / Reuters:   Wife of flogged Saudi blogger says his health is worsening
Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
The Internet Archive to boost its collections using $600,000 Knight News Challenge grant  —  The Internet Archive hopes to boost its collections through funding from the Knight News Challenge  —  The staff at the Internet Archive is fond of Raiders of the Lost Ark, thanks in no small part to the film's famous final scene.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Daily News to shutter borough bureaus  —  In New York's tabloid war, the Daily News has generally been the combatant with an army on the ground in the outer boroughs, while the New York Post has consolidated power around its Manhattan-centric base.  —  That's about to change …
Discussion: FishbowlNY and @joepompeo
Tara Conlan / Guardian:
Police urge TV stations to scale back live coverage of any London terrorist siege  —  Met commissioner says he fears that broadcast of live images could increase difficulties for police and military and risk lives of hostages  —  Vikram Dodd, Mark Sweney and Tara Conlan
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / Wall Street Journal:
Google Now adding cards from third-party apps including media like The Economist, Guardian, and Shazam  —  ‘Google Now’ Will Suck In Outside App Data  —  Google Inc. doesn't want to lose its perch atop the search market, and it's looking to the likes of Airbnb, eBay , Lyft and a couple dozen other companies to help it do just that.
Ina Fried / Re/code:
FCC AWS-3 spectrum auction bidding breakdown: AT&T: $18.2B, Dish Network: $13.3B, Verizon: $10.4B, T-Mobile: $1.8B  —  T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon Win Spectrum in FCC Auction That Raised $41.3 Billion  —  The Federal Communications Commission revealed the list of winning bidders …
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Politico tries to replicate its own business model around targeting influentials in local and international markets, others should follow its lead  —  Newsonomics: From national, Politico expands into global — and local  —  Twenty years ago, Jim VandeHei took an unassuming job …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
ESPN to sell live, on-demand access to the Cricket World Cup on web for $100, mobile apps coming on Feb. 11  —  ESPN Takes Another Step Outside the Bundle, Starts Selling Cricket World Cup Subscriptions  —  ESPN is going to try selling sports directly to viewers over the Internet …
Discussion: CNNMoney and Consumerist
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Justice Department's IG report disputes Attkisson's computer-intrusion allegations  —  Many of the allegations made by former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson regarding alleged computer intrusions by the U.S. government are disputed in a report by the Justice Department's inspector general.
Todd Shields / Bloomberg Business:
FCC considers formal complaint process for reviewing paid peering deals like those for Netflix  —  Netflix Deals With Broadband Providers Said to Get Oversight  —  Don't Miss Out —  (Bloomberg) — U.S. regulators plan to issue rules next month allowing them to review …
Japan, Jordan working closely on fate of captive Japanese journalist  —  (Reuters) - Japan was working closely with Jordan on Friday to find out what was happening to a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants after a deadline passed for the release of an Iraqi would-be suicide bomber on death-row in Jordan.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Amazon Spent $1.3 Billion on Prime Instant Video in 2014  —, which is gunning for Netflix in the subscription-video space, invested $1.3 billion in its Prime Instant Video last year, according to founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.  —  Netflix, by contrast, spent $3.8 billion in 2014 …
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