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9:45 AM ET, August 18, 2015


 Top News: 
NBCUniversal announces a $200M investment in BuzzFeed, will explore strategic partnerships  —  NBCUniversal And BuzzFeed Announce Strategic Investment  —  NBCUniversal and BuzzFeed today announced that NBCUniversal has agreed to make a $200M equity investment in BuzzFeed …
Jonah Peretti / BuzzFeed:
In email memo, BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti says NBCUniversal investment will allow the site to extend its reach to TV and film  —  Big News  —  I'm very excited to share that NBCUniversal has agreed to invest $200M in BuzzFeed and partner with us to extend our reach to TV and film.
Shannon Bond / Financial Times:
BuzzFeed partners with Yahoo Japan to launch Japanese version of the site
Raymond Snoddy / Mediatel:
New book, The BBC Today: Future Uncertain, reveals insider details behind BBC's negotiations with government over cuts  —  Revealed: the botched affair between government and the BBC  —  Last month's negotiations between the government and the BBC were far more intense and potentially malign …
Latin American Herald Tribune:
Over 500 writers from around the world sign letter urging Mexico's president to end violence against press  —  Writers Call on Mexico's President to End Violence against Press  —  MEXICO CITY - A group of writers and artists from around the world, including Britain's Salman Rushdie …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
New Dr. Dre album with 25M streams in first week, nearly 500K downloads through iTunes, serves as test for Apple Music  —  New Dr. Dre Album Serves as a Test for Apple Music  —  When Apple introduced its new streaming service, Apple Music, at the end of June, one of the big questions hanging …
Ron Nixon / New York Times:
Former Scripps Networks Interactive CEO John Lansing named as new chief of Broadcasting Board of Governors  —  John Lansing Named as New Chief of Broadcasting Board of Governors  —  WASHINGTON — John Lansing, a retired cable television executive, was named Monday as the new chief executive …
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
TV to get $10B in political ad spending during 2015-16 elections, digital to top $1B  —  Political Ad Spending to Hit $11.4B in 2016  —  TV gets bulk of political dollars, but digital will top $1B, according to Borrell forecast  —  Political advertising is expected to reach a record $11.4 billion …
Discussion: Ad Age and NetNewsCheck Latest
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Six weeks into adoption of paywall plus pay-per-article model, Winnipeg Free Press has about 1,300 readers using system; overall web traffic is down 30%  —  Six weeks into its micropayment strategy, The Winnipeg Free Press preps for a “slow building process”  —  Fair or not, Winnipeggers have a reputation for being frugal.
Discussion: Poynter and @jbenton
Magdy Samaan / Telegraph:
Egypt approves anti-terror law to fine journalists for ‘false’ reporting on attacks  —  Critics say the controversial law would stifle press freedom in Egypt and risk shutting down smaller newspapers  —  The Egyptian government has granted itself sweeping powers to combat terrorism …
Axel Bruns / The Conversation:
A look at digital media competition in Australia as Huffington Post Australia launches  —  Huffington Post is coming - but will Australians care?  —  The past few years have been positively revolutionary for the Australian news landscape.  From a static and highly concentrated media market …
Mdlina Ciobanu /
Paul Smalera, ideas editor at Quartz, talks about getting started in journalism, favorite tools, key skills  —  ‘We are all internet reporters now’ - Q&A with Paul Smalera  —  Paul Smalera, ideas editor at Quartz, shares how he got into journalism and his advice for those starting out in the industry
Discussion: Talking Biz News
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Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
MPAA drops demand for injunction against MovieTube after Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr request to file amicus brief
Discussion: Variety
Frances Perraudin / Guardian:
UK-produced music videos from major labels on YouTube and Vevo will get age ratings under agreement between labels and British Board of Film Classification
Discussion: The Next Web and mirror
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
The Times-Picayune, Heroic During Hurricane Katrina, Braces For More Cuts As 10th Anniversary Nears
Discussion: @samsteinhp and Gambit
 Earlier Picks: 
Bloomberg Business:
Sources: French music-streaming service Deezer is seeking funds at about €1B valuation, roughly $1.1B
Discussion: Business Insider
Nathan McAlone / Business Insider:
Facebook revamps ‘Notes’ to be your next blogging platform
Discussion: The Verge, @davewiner, Fortune and Wired
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Comcast will offer content creators 70% of ad revenue on its new Watchable platform, more than Facebook and YouTube
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Straight Outta Compton Leaves Assault on Female Journo Straight Outta the Movie
Discussion: Rolling Stone and The Wrap