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2:40 PM ET, May 25, 2015


 Top News: 
Ed Hammond / Bloomberg Business:
Sources: Charter may announce it is buying Time Warner Cable for $55.1B tomorrow, Bright House Networks will also be merged into the combined company  —  Charter Near Deal for Time Warner Cable at $195 a Share  —  Charter Communications Inc. is near an agreement to buy Time Warner Cable Inc …
New York Times:
Fusion Media Aims at Millennials, but Struggles to Find Its Identity  —  In 2011, when Isaac Lee, president of news for Univision, set out to persuade his company and Disney to back Fusion, a digital news service and cable channel he wanted to start, he promised nothing less than the holy grail …
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian's trial closed to the public  —  FILE, The Washington Post's Jason Rezaian (Zoeann Murphy/The Washington Post)  —  Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian will go on trial Tuesday on espionage charges in a Tehran courtroom that will be closed to the public, including his family.
Washpostpr / Washington Post:
New statement from Martin Baron ahead of Jason Rezaian's trial in Iran  —  Statement from Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron ahead of Jason Rezaian's trial in Iran:  —  The shameful acts of injustice continue without end in the treatment of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian.
Discussion: @postbaron and @mdubowitz
Agence France-Presse:
Sudan seizes print runs of nine newspapers in media crackdown  —  Editors are not given reasons for seizure as security service also suspends publishing licences of four papers  —  Sudanese security forces have seized the Monday print runs of nine newspapers and suspended the publishing licences …
Australian journalist Tracey Spicer says Guardian asked her to write branded content column for 14 cents a word  —  Tracey Spicer claims The Guardian is exploiting freelance writers to produce branded content  —  Journalist Tracey Spicer has accused The Guardian of “exploitation” …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Police source leaked Milly Dowler messages, NoW reporter tells court  —  Neville Thurlbeck says Andy Coulson was unaware that voicemails were illegally intercepted and did not query source  —  A police source leaked transcripts of the missing schoolgirl Milly Dowler's voicemails to Glenn Mulcaire …
Discussion: @mwilliamsthomas and @lisaocarroll
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Amazon negotiating with Penguin Random House, may pull print and e-books from UK online store if deal not agreed  —  Amazon's U.K. Contract With Top Book Publisher Penguin Random House Set to Expire  —  Will Amazon's contract negotiations with the last of the “Big Five” consumer book publisher be its toughest?
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
Bob Iger's big bets on Pixar, Marvel Entertainment, and Lucasfilm pay off for Disney  —  Disney: Let it grow  —  Bob Iger boldly bet on media content when he bought Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm — and it looks like money well spent  —  Sixty years ago this summer Walt Disney opened his first theme park …
Sarah Kessler / Fast Company:
Nieman Fellow Elaine Diaz will use flash drives to distribute news to Cubans without Internet  —  How A Nieman Fellow Is Using Flash Drives—Yes, Flash Drives—To Change Cuban Media  —  Only about 5% of people in Cuba have access to the Internet.  Elaine Diaz has a creative news distribution strategy: “direct to packet.”
Discussion: @sarahfkessler
Clifford Coonan / Hollywood Reporter:
Following acquisition of 8.8% stake in Enlight Media in March, Alibaba Pictures Chair Shao Xiaofeng joining company as CEO  —  Alibaba Pictures Chair Named CEO of China's Enlight Media  —  Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba will look to boost its film efforts and its loss-making movie unit by strengthening its ties with Enlight Media.
Brian Morrissey / Digiday:
Interview with Business Insider CEO Julie Hansen on profit vs. growth, expansion, and mobile  —  For Business Insider, growth beats profits (for now)  —  When Condé Nast and Time Inc. veteran Julie Hansen joined Business Insider in 2008, it was still called Silicon Alley Insider, a blog devoted to New York's tech scene.
Discussion: @jyarow and @hblodget
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