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2:20 PM ET, September 3, 2015

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
AOL Confirms It Is Buying Millennial Media In $238M Deal To Expand In Mobile Ads  —  This just in: AOL, itself acquired by Verizon for $4.4 billion earlier this year, has announced that it is making another purchase of its own.  It is buying Millennial Media as it continues to build …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Al Jazeera America Digital Journalists Unionize  —  “A troubling lack of transparency, inconsistent management and lack of clear redress have persisted.”  Digital journalists at Al Jazeera America have voted to unionize, joining a growing number of digital newsrooms that have organized in recent months.
Suzan Fraser / Associated Press:
Turkish official says two Vice News journalists have been released, assistant remains in custody  —  Turkish official: 2 Vice News journalists freed from jail  —  ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Two Vice News journalists who were arrested in Turkey on terror-related charges have been released from jail …
Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
Interview with Heather Chaplin, director of The New School's journalism-and-design undergraduate program  —  Building a j-school from scratch: How The New School aims to bring journalism and design together  —  It's that time of year: Journalism students are returning to campus …
Discussion: @aejmc
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
The New York Times' Anemona Hartocollis travels with and documents a group of migrants and refugees as they move through Europe  —  Why The New York Times is traveling with migrants and refugees through Europe … Along with a group of migrants and refugees, Anemona Hartocollis is now making a journey through Europe.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Publishers will be able to determine when smartphone users are bored and push content at them  —  Soon, publishers will be able to determine when smartphone users are bored and push content at them  —  Researchers out of Spain have developed a machine-learning model that they say can recognize …
Discussion: pielot.org
Jennifer Brandel / Medium:
News organizations should include the public in the reporting process allowing questions to replace focus on post-publishing comments  —  Putting the audience last  —  Here's what I mean by that.  —  So traditionally, the first opportunity the audience has to offer feedback for journalists …
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Fullscreen Shakes Up Original Programming Efforts as Content Chief Departs  —  Michael Goldfine joined the digital media company in October to head its original programming effort.  —  Fullscreen's original content division is getting an overhaul.  —  Chief content officer Michael Goldfine …
Discussion: Variety, Tubefilter and VideoInk
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Universal Music Q2: $1.4B revenue, $138M earnings with 34% increase in subscription and streaming services during first half of 2015  —  Universal Music Posts Strong Results, and Streaming Is a Bright Spot  —  In another sign of the growing importance of online streaming to the music business …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Images of demo site for Comcast's online video service Watchable shows an emphasis on editor-driven curation and featured playlists  —  A Sneak Peek At Watchable, Comcast's Online Video Service (EXCLUSIVE)  —  The cat is out of the bag for Watchable, the online video service that Comcast …
Steven Millward / Tech in Asia:
Alibaba launches Netflix-like subscription video streaming service TBO, priced at about $57 per year  —  Alibaba launches subscription video streaming, priced at $57 per year  —  Alibaba today rolled out its much-anticipated Netflix-style subscription video service.
 
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Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Taking A Cue From Netflix, Music Service Rhapsody Goes After Kids
Ben Grubb / Sydney Morning Herald:
Australian anti-piracy notice scheme delayed
Discussion: iTnews and TorrentFreak
Associated Press:
Lawyers intend to subpoena at least two reporters in privacy case linked to ex-CIA chief Petraeus in attempt to compel testimony about their sources
Discussion: Politico
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
Sony Pictures and former employees reach agreement in principle to settle lawsuit stemming from data breach last fall
Discussion: The Verge
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
After murders, colleagues and rivals rush to side of Virginia's WDBJ
Discussion: @donlday
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