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3:05 AM ET, September 1, 2015


 Top News: 
Amnesty International UK:
Amnesty calls for release of three journalists working for VICE in Turkey  —  “It is completely proper that that journalists should cover this important story.  The decision to detain the journalists was wrong, while the allegation of assisting Islamic state is unsubstantiated, outrageous and bizarre.”
Agence France-Presse:
Two VICE journalists and their Iraqi translator charged with “engaging in terror activity” on behalf of ISIS, remanded in custody by Turkish court  —  Turkish court arrests British journalists on terror charges: AFP  —  Diyarbakir (Turkey) (AFP) - A court in Turkey's southeastern city …
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Sources: Apple escalates talks with Hollywood execs, seeking to have development and production teams ready by 2016 to compete with Netflix  —  Apple Eyes Move Into Original Programming (EXCLUSIVE)  —  The moment the media and technology industries have been expecting for years may finally be arriving …
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Apple's addition of content blocking in OS X and iOS could make ad-supported business models unviable  —  Life After Content Blocking  —  By Jean-Louis Gassée Ad blocking started as an initiative by independent developers who wanted to improve our browsing experience.
Jeanine Poggi / Ad Age:
TV networks are testing ways to overcome ad-blockers  —  TV Networks Confront Ad Blockers Erasing Their Commercials Online  —  CBS Blocks the Blockers While Fox Explores Friendlier Ad Models  —  Hulu and won't show episodes to people using ad blockers, but the approach isn't universal.
Discussion: Mashable and AdExchanger
Wall Street Journal:
BuzzFeed in talks to lease 250K-square-foot former Ford factory in Los Angeles  —  BuzzFeed Is Laying Groundwork For Major Expansion in Los Angeles  —  BuzzFeed is eyeing a big expansion in Los Angeles.  —  The rising digital media star is in discussions to lease a century-old former Ford auto factory …
Jess Jiang /
NPR celebrates tenth anniversary since launching its podcasts  —  NPR Podcasts Turn 10!  —  New technologies come with a big asterisk.  We can never be sure whether they'll catch on and stick around for more than one or two seasons worth of holiday promotions.
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Hulu Pact Could Get Epix What It Wants Most: Comcast Carriage  —  Securing a new deal with Hulu could better position Epix for an even bigger pact with Comcast, according to analysts.  —  The premium cable net is available in nearly 50 million homes but lacks distribution with the biggest pay-TV provider …
Discussion: Home Media Magazine
Alex Stedman / Variety:
Epix signs multi-year distribution deal with Hulu, will not renew its deal with Netflix after current agreement expires in September
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Sling's Streaming TV Service For Cord Cutters Now Runs On Amazon Tablets  —  Sling TV, the Dish-owned live TV service aimed at cord cutters - or those who never wanted to sign up for a traditional cable or satellite TV subscription in the first place - is today available on Amazon Kindle Fire tablets …
Kevin Dugan / New York Post:
Layoffs at Bloomberg to come this week, with about 80 expected, or 3.3% of global staff  —  Bloomberg News to lay off 80 staffers by Labor Day  —  The news coming out of Bloomberg is both good and bad.  —  While a big round of layoffs is expected to hit this week, the number of pink slips handed …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Defy Media Signs with WME to Develop TV and Film Projects, Inks RatPac Deal  —  WME has signed digital-media studio and programmer Defy Media — whose biggest brands include the Smosh comedy duo on YouTube — and Defy has also entered into a partnership with Brett Ratner and James Packer's …
Discussion: Tubefilter and Hollywood Reporter
Philip Wen / Sydney Morning Herald:
Chinese journalist's “confession” of criminal behavior for writing negative stock market story is a warning to local media  —  Reporter's stock market ‘confession’ a stark warning to Chinese media  —  Beijing: Televised “confessions” have increasingly become the preferred propaganda tool …
Discussion: VICE News and Agence France-Presse
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
NBCUniversal Headed to Trial Over Reporter's Age Discrimination Claims  —  Frank Snepp, former KNBC investigative reporter, was fired at the age of 69.  —  At age 72, Frank Snepp is quietly having a remarkable year and now could be on the verge of trial against NBCUniversal.
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Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Sources: Apple TV 4 coming in October for under $200, Apple TV 3 will support streaming service next year, but won't have App Store or direct Siri controls