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10:20 PM ET, May 26, 2015


 Top News: 
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 …
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.
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
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
Charter is buying TWC and Bright House Networks to gain edge in high-margin internet services, as TV business declines
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 …
Discussion: @nitashatiku and Talking Biz News
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 …
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 …
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 …
Proceedings of the Natural Institute of Science:
A statistical analysis of the characters used by cartoonists in The New Yorker  —  The different characters of the cartoons of The New Yorker and the cartoonists who draw them  —  The last two weeks, we've been analyzing all the cartoons published by The New Yorker in 2014.
Discussion: @valaafshar and Vox
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Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
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Thomas Erdbrink / New York Times:
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William Turvill / Press Gazette:
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