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3:15 PM ET, May 26, 2015


 Top News: 
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Charter to acquire Time Warner Cable for $55B in cash and stock, including debt, values TWC at $78.7B; buys Bright House for $10.4B  —  It's Official: Charter to Acquire Time Warner Cable in Deal Valued at $78.7 Billion  —  Charter Communications, in which John Malone's Liberty Media owns a big stake …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
TWC stock rises 4.33% following Charter bid, Charter shares dip slightly  —  Time Warner Cable Stock Soars On Charter Bid  —  Shares of Time Warner Cable rose noticeably in early trading Tuesday in the wake of an announcement that the New York company had agreed to be purchased …
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
Charter is buying TWC and Bright House Networks to gain edge in high-margin internet services, as TV business declines  —  The charts and maps you need to understand why Charter is buying Time Warner Cable and Bright House  —  Charter Communications is buying Time Warner Cable for $55.1 billion …
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 …
Associated Press:
Media CEOs dominate ranks of top-paid executives  —  7 photos  —  NEW YORK (AP) — They're not Hollywood stars, they're not TV personalities and they don't play in a rock band, but their pay packages are in the same league.  —  Six of the 10 highest-paid CEOs last year worked in the media industry …
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Austin-based startup Knowingly purchases Gigaom assets, plans to relaunch tech site in August  —  Gigaom to Relaunch in August  —  Gigaom is getting another shot.  Knowingly Corp, an Austin-based startup, has purchased the tech site that suddenly shuttered in March, and plans to relaunch it August 15.
Edmund Lee / Re/code:
AOL was approached by three bidders other than Verizon, considered selling Huffington Post, TechCrunch; CEO Armstrong gets bonus of about $59M for making deal  —  AOL Was Approached by Three Other Bidders After Verizon  —  AOL was approached by three other companies for a possible acquisition …
Discussion: @williamalden
Time Inc:
Time Inc. Acquires FanSided, A Sports, Entertainment and Lifestyle Digital Network  —  Time Inc. Chairman and CEO, Joe Ripp said, “The FanSided business is an investment in a modern content strategy plus deeply engaged and passionate audiences.  The entrepreneurial and agile FanSided leadership team …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Sources: Twitter has held talks to acquire Flipboard in an all-stock deal valued at over $1B, but talks are now stalled  —  Twitter Has Held Talks to Acquire Flipboard  —  Twitter has been engaged in an ongoing series of talks to acquire Flipboard, according to multiple sources with knowledge …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News Gets Support From CNN, NBC and CBS in Lawsuit Against TVEyes  —  An important copyright dispute breeds strange bedfellows as a couple of TVEyes' own customers decide to argue the limitations of fair use.  —  How important is the bottom line for TV broadcasters?
Discussion: @eriqgardner
Jason Abbruzzese / Mashable:
Twitter cracks down on infamous conservative troll Chuck Johnson  —  Twitter has used new rules about violent threats to crack down on an infamous conservative troll.  —  Twitter suspended the account of Charles C. Johnson on Sunday after he posted that he had begun to solicit donations that would go toward …
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