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7:10 PM ET, September 15, 2015

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Alex Sherman / Bloomberg Business:
Sources: AMC Networks again in talks to acquire John Malone's pay-TV network Starz  —  AMC Networks Said in Talks to Acquire John Malone's Starz  —  Discussions last year faltered on differences over valuation  —  Malone says Starz would gain from finding media partners
James Warren / Poynter:
One week after ouster of Los Angeles Times publisher Austin Beutner, 80 positions to be cut in Tribune newspapers  —  Big cuts coming to L.A. Times, likely other Tribune papers amid tumult  —  Significant newsroom cuts are being planned at the Los Angeles Times one week after the ouster of its publisher.
Garrett Quinn / Boston Magazine:
Layoffs hit Boston.com, with number estimated by sources as in the “high teens”  —  Bloody Tuesday at Boston.com as Staffers Get Walking Papers  —  The turbulence at the Boston Globe-owned site continues.  —  A number of staffers at Boston.com were given their walking papers on Tuesday according to multiple sources.
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
Two-thirds of Wired's revenue is digital, and brand content is why  —  The sponsored content market is packed to the gills with publishers looking to carve out their own niche in the space.  A core part of Wired's formula: tapping its community of editorial freelancers.
Discussion: @raju, @rafat and Media Wire Daily
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
A profile of The Conversation, an online-only Australian news site with three international editions, for US, UK, and Africa  —  With writing by academics and underwriting from universities, The Conversation finds its place  —  In a basement at the Boston University College of Communication …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Cable network Epix announces offline viewing on its mobile apps for subscribers, available later this month  —  Take That, Netflix: Epix to Launch Offline Movie Viewing  —  Premium cable network Epix later this month will let subscribers watch movies on mobile devices when they're not connected …
Discussion: /Film, TechCrunch and CNET
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
S. Mitra Kalita, managing editor for editorial strategy, talks about how the LA Times is using new beats like Black Twitter and platforms like Snapchat  —  California dreaming: How the L.A. Times is introducing new beats and platforms to grow its audience  —  When the Los Angeles Times announced …
Discussion: @ylichterman
Jeremy Barr / Politico:
Huffington Post to publish 59K word “DocuSerial” from Steven Brill, over 15 days  —  Steven Brill's next project: 59,000 words in 15 days  —  At 26,000 words, Steven Brill's 2013 exposé into the health care industry was referred to as the longest single-authored piece in the history of Time magazine.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
The New Yorker Minute newsletter condenses the magazine's must-reads  —  There is a solution to the problem of your giant stack of unread New Yorker magazines  —  The New Yorker was never a quick read, but nowadays it seems to take longer to get through an issue than ever.
Andy / TorrentFreak:
FBI and Department of Justice shutter ShareBeast, the largest illegal file-sharing site operating in the US according to the RIAA  —  FBI Seizes Domains Of Two Pre-Release Music Sites  —  As efforts to hinder file-sharing sites gather pace around the world, in Europe in particular, criminal actions in the U.S. remain relatively rare.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Lawsuit against Twitter alleges that auto-link shortening in direct messages violates privacy laws, seeks class action status  —  Twitter Hit With Class Action Lawsuit for Eavesdropping on Direct Messages  —  Lawsuit targets algorithms that “intercept” and replace links.
Evie Nagy / Fast Company:
Creator of Dash Radio, Scott Keeney, says Apple's Beats 1 borrowed his idea; he thinks both can succeed  —  The DJ Behind Dash Radio Believes Apple Swiped His Idea For Beats 1—And That's A Good Thing  —  When Apple introduced its revamped Apple Music ecosystem in June …
Discussion: @realmandyrain, Thanks:@joncappetta
 
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David Lieberman / Deadline:
Funny or Die CEO Dick Glover leaving to become CEO for Mandalay Sports Media
Discussion: Variety and Hollywood Reporter
Sam Kimball / Columbia Journalism Review:
After a 10-year ban and a hunger strike, one Moroccan journalist is getting back to work
Nick Cumming-Bruce / New York Times:
Brother of Jason Rezaian, the Reporter Held in Iran, Appeals to U.N. Panel
Discussion: Washington Post and @rickgladstone
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Esquire Puts 82 Years of Past Issues Online in New Subscription Archive
Discussion: Folio
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Guardian:
BBC's Tony Hall defends TV chief over ‘luvvies’ letter' as Tory MP urges inquiry
Bloomberg Business:
Liberty Global and Vodafone struggle to find common ground in merger talks
Discussion: @gavinsblog
Vivienne Zeng / Hong Kong Free Press:
China's Southern Metropolis Daily prints full page of black ink after advertiser buys space to protest new digital media advertising laws
Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
Techmeme at 10: Lessons from a decade in the aggregation business