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12:40 PM ET, September 17, 2015


 Top News: 
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Ukraine bans 41 international journalists and bloggers for a year, including three BBC reporters, citing threats to national interest, security, and sovereignty  —  Ukraine bans 41 international journalists and bloggers  —  New York, September 16, 2015—The Committee to Protect Journalists deplores …
Alec Luhn / Guardian:
Ukraine allows BBC journalists to remain  —  President Poroshenko reverses decision to ban British trio after they were on a list of correspondents who pose a ‘threat to national security’  —  President Petro Poroshenko has reversed his decision to ban three BBC journalists from Ukraine after an international outcry.
Facebook Media:
Facebook launches Signal, a discovery and curation tool for journalists to find and embed content from Facebook and Instagram  —  Introducing Signal for Facebook and Instagram  —  By Andy Mitchell, Director of Media Partnerships  —  We've heard from journalists that they want an easy …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Independent publishers are collateral damage in the war over ad revenues between Google, Apple, and Facebook  —  Welcome to hell: Apple vs Google vs Facebook and the slow death of the web  —  So let's talk about ad blocking.  —  You might think the conversation about ad blocking …
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Publishers need to focus on sustainable business models and journalism that works in tandem with that model
Harro ten Wolde / Reuters:
Sources: Axel Springer exploring €500M deal to gain controlling stake in Business Insider  —  Axel Springer eyes controlling stake in Business Insider: Manager Magazin  —  German publisher Axel Springer (SPRGn.DE) may want to increase its current 7 percent stake in U.S. news website Business Insider …
Discussion: @agrafemeyer
Altice buys Cablevision for $17.7B including debt  —  Altice to buy Cablevision in $17.7B deal  —  It's surprising they're paying this much, says Rich Greenfield, BTIG analyst, sharing his thoughts on Cablevision's agreement to sell itself to European telecom giant Altice.
Matthew Kassel / The New York Observer:
Changes at NYT Mag: Ana Marie Cox Takes Over ‘Talk’ and ‘Ethicists’ Goes Solo  —  Nearly seven months after its much-heralded relaunch, The New York Times Magazine is changing yet again.  Ana Marie Cox has been named its new Talk interviewer, conducting weekly question-and-answers in the back of the book …
Kara Andrade / The Huffington Post:
Inside Mexicoleaks, Mexico's version of Wikileaks, and the scandals it has uncovered since launching earlier this year  —  Inside Mexico's Very Own Wikileaks  —  A new congress took office in Mexico this month after what proved to be among the country's most violent elections …
Darren Orf / Gizmodo:
Apple News is fine for light media-grazers but those with more nuanced media diets will find it lacking  —  Apple News Is Better Than Newsstand, But That's Not Saying Much  —  Well iOS 9 is here and it's the most minor major—or maybe the most major minor—upgrade to the Apple's mobile software in recent memory.
Roger Parloff / Fortune:
Apple will ask Supreme Court to hear its ebooks price-fixing case  —  Defying the expectations and desires of some—who thought it might be time to move on—Apple AAPL will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a federal judge's finding that it conspired to fix the prices of ebooks …
Discussion: Cult of Mac and Fortune
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
LA City Council members join chorus to restore local leadership at LA Times … The chorus to restore local leadership to the Los Angeles Times grew louder Wednesday as more than a dozen Los Angeles City Council members sent an open letter to Tribune Publishing CEO Jack Griffin and the company's board.
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Penske Media partners with digital media firm Tokyo Sangyo Shimbun to launch Variety Japan; first edition goes online Sept. 28  —  Variety Japan Launches Online Via Penske Media Partnership  —  Penske Media Corporation has partnered with digital media company Tokyo Sangyo Shimbun to launch Variety Japan.
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William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Wall Street Journal Europe to print 50 per cent more content as it switches back to broadsheet
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
CBS All Access now available for Android TV, sources say coming to Apple TV and other platforms soon
Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
How Recode, Reuters, Popular Science, The Week, Mic, The Verge, and USA Today's FTW have continued talking with readers after shutting off comments
Discussion: @burgos
Peter Sterne / Politico:
SEC filing indicates BuzzFeed aims to raise an additional $100M to add to earlier $200M from NBCUniversal
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Janko Roettgers / Variety:
AT&T Taps Former Sirius XM, Cisco Exec as Video and Internet CTO
Discussion: Multichannel News
Andy / TorrentFreak:
Kim Dotcom gets support fighting US extradition in Megaupload copyright case from Larry Lessig
Discussion: Techdirt
Bloomberg L.P.:
Twitter and Bloomberg sign licensing deal increasing Twitter data available in terminals and offering a curated feed of financial tweets