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2:45 PM ET, September 1, 2015


 Top News: 
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 …
Luke Morgan Britton / NME:   Apple allegedly made bid for Jeremy Clarkson series ahead of new Netflix-style service
Bloomberg begins layoffs; sources say layoffs are centered on D.C operations so far  —  Layoffs begin at Bloomberg  —  Bloomberg L.P. began implementing a round off employee layoffs in its newsroom on Tuesday, POLITICO has confirmed.  —  The downsizing, the size of which has been pegged anywhere …
Kevin Dugan / New York Post:
Dawn Kopecki, Bloomberg writer who was critical of the company in ‘climate of fear’ memo sent to senior execs, among 80 layoffs  —  Bloomberg writer behind ‘climate of fear’ memo among 80 layoffs  —  Bloomberg editor-in-chief John Micklethwait
Hugh Langley /
Senior Netflix executive Cliff Edwards says company will not consider offline viewing  —  Netflix: offline viewing is ‘never going to happen’  —  Amazon wades into the debate  —  For some time now, services like BBC iPlayer and 4oD have offered the ability to download shows for offline viewing, yet Netflix hasn't
Discussion: CNNMoney and Multichannel News
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Amazon's Prime Instant Video Expands Offline Viewing to iOS, Android Devices  —  Subscribers to Prime can now download movies and TV episodes onto their iPhones, iPads and Android phones at no additional charge.  —  Amazon is making it easier for Prime subscribers to watch movies and TV shows.
Nick Summers / Engadget:
Samsung creating its own curated news app, UPDAY, for Galaxy devices, as it partners with Axel Springer for mobile media content  —  Samsung's creating its own curated news app for Galaxy devices  —  Apple isn't the only one developing an exclusive news service for its mobile customers.
Discussion: Nieman Lab, Softpedia News and @mathewi
France 24:
Axel Springer, Samsung to collaborate in producing content exclusively for Samsung mobile devices
Jorge Ramos / Fusion:
Jorge Ramos of Fusion, Univision on being ejected from a press conference by Donald Trump  —  I won't sit down.  I won't shut up.  —  I'm a journalist; my job is to ask questions.  Donald Trump is a presidential candidate; his job is to explain to voters what he would do if he were elected.
Tony Maglio / The Wrap:
Funny Or Die Hires Gary Sanchez's Owen Burke as First Editor-in-Chief, Promotes Chris Bruss to Digital President  —  Funny Or Die has promoted Chris Bruss to president of Digital Content and hired Gary Sanchez creative executive Owen Burke as the company's first editor-in-chief of content.
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and Variety
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Vice Media Lands Carmelo Anthony for New Sports Channel  —  Carmelo Anthony is Vice Media's newest teammate.  —  Anthony, the New York Knicks star, has joined Vice's sports site as a founding partner of The Clubhouse, a new channel where well-known athletes, including Anthony and Rob Gronkowski …
Discussion: FishbowlNY and @ennisnyt
Joe Pompeo / Politico:
As Rezaian verdict looms, Washington Post implores Iran to ‘serve justice’  —  As Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian awaits a verdict in his Iranian espionage trial, the Post on Monday evening called on Iran to “serve justice and reassure the international community” by freeing its long imprisoned Tehran bureau chief.
Discussion: Washington Post and FishbowlDC
Jordan Chariton / The Wrap:
Rupert Murdoch's News Corp Pay Shrinks 42 Percent to $5.1 Million  —  Rupert Murdoch's wallet is thinner this year as his New Corp compensation dropped 42 percent to $5.1 million.  —  A regulatory filing on Tuesday showed the media mogul's pay down for the fiscal year ending in June compared to $8.70 million in 2014.
Discussion: Variety
James Ball / BuzzFeed:
Secret Memos Reveal Details Of Julian Assange's Troubled Three-Year Stay In Ecuador's Embassy  —  Leaked internal documents reveal discussions of secret escape plans, clashes between the WikiLeaks founder and embassy staff, and fears over his health.  —  Special Correspondent, BuzzFeed UK
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