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5:05 PM ET, September 22, 2015

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Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Source: Google acquired Oyster's tech, discovery tools, and editorial content, including literary magazine The Oyster Review, but not its publisher contracts  —  Google's grab of Oyster suggests ebooks, like news, are becoming “content” read on big platforms
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Netflix-like e-book subscription service Oyster to shut down; part of team moving to Google Play Books, including CEO and co-founders according to sources
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Facebook ramps up its Instant Articles as Washington Post says it will publish all of its articles on Facebook and over a dozen new publishers join  —  Facebook Ramps Up Its Instant Articles, and the Washington Post Is All In  —  Last spring Facebook started hosting stories from the New York Times …
George Gene Gustines / New York Times:
Ta-Nehisi Coates to Write Black Panther Comic for Marvel  —  Ta-Nehisi Coates can be identified in many ways: as a national correspondent for The Atlantic, as an author and, as of this month, as a nominee for the National Book Award's nonfiction prize.  But Mr. Coates also has a not-so-secret identity …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Tribune Publishing pleads its case with investors; share price falls further  —  Tribune Publishing hosted a brief “investor update” call Tuesday, making more explicit its earlier statements that the Los Angeles Times was under-performing financially and dragging down company-wide results.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Complex, a network of pop culture magazines, raises $21M from Hearst  —  Another Old Media-New Media Bet: Hearst Invests $21 Million in Dude-Centric Complex  —  Big media companies have lots of cash.  But they're worried that won't help them if they can't find new audiences.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Sources: Axel Springer within weeks of closing deal for full control of Business Insider, valuing it about $560M  —  Axel Springer Wants to Buy Business Insider for Around $560 Million  —  German publishing giant Axel Springer is closing in on buying Business Insider …
Sophia Yan / CNNMoney:
New York Times not available in Thailand on Tuesday after local printer declines to print it because of sensitive story about country's monarchy  —  Why you can't find today's New York Times in Thailand  —  The international edition of The New York Times wasn't printed Tuesday in Thailand.
Discussion: New York Times and NPR
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Bloomberg editor-in-chief John Micklethwait announces global technology coverage reorganization under Brad Stone  —  Brad Stone, author of ‘The Everything Store,’ to lead Bloomberg's tech coverage  —  Brad Stone, the Bloomberg Businessweek senior writer and author of “The Everything Store …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
VICE has invested heavily in coverage of the prison system, with a HBO documentary and more than 50 pieces to be published in coming weeks  —  Vice Went To Prison With Obama.  Now It's Going Deep Into Inmate Issues.  —  “It was too good an opportunity not to throw the kitchen sink at it.”
Samuel Gibbs / Guardian:
Google's appeal against global enforcement of right to be forgotten removals rejected by French data protection authority CNIL  —  French data regulator rejects Google's right-to-be-forgotten appeal  —  Search engine's attempt to block French order to apply delistings to its google.com domain …
Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
Investigative reporting podcast Reveal works to expand its network beyond current five news partners as it prepares for weekly shows in January  —  A cross-country network helps Reveal boost its investigative reporting power  —  One of the great benefits of working in audio …
Discussion: @sacpressclub and @corriemac
 
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Jack Murtha / Columbia Journalism Review:
Columbia J-School launches Columbia Global Reports, a longform, non-fiction publisher of works averaging 25K words in length
Clare Swanson / Publishers Weekly:
Paul Slavin named president of Open Road Integrated Media, reports to cofounder Jane Friedman
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Tony Maglio / The Wrap:
Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs' Revolt TV Names Derek Ferguson COO
Discussion: Variety
Patrick Foster / RadioTimes:
RadioTimes poll of 9,000 readers shows 91% support the BBC license fee
Glenn Peoples / Billboard:
RIAA finds streaming revenues grow 23.2%, downloads fall 4%, vinyl sales grow 51.3%, in first half of 2015
Devon Maloney / Jezebel:
Why I Quit My Dream Newspaper Job After Four Months
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Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
NYT makes 50 of its best pieces of journalism free to read
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Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Simple.tv to launch ShowDrive, a cloud DVR to store/stream up to 1K hours of TV, in UK within weeks, cost £1/month for 100 hours, £5/month for 1K hours
Discussion: FierceCable
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Charter and Time Warner Cable shareholders approve merger, which still needs regulatory approval
Discussion: Variety and Reuters
 

 
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Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal:
A profile of CrowdStrike, founded in 2011 and used by 300 companies in the Fortune 500; Gartner: CrowdStrike has ~15% of the global security software market

Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Over 200 Bethesda Game Studios workers unionize with the CWA, forming the first “wall-to-wall” union at a Microsoft game studio; Microsoft recognized the union

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The UK and US announce the arrest of a 17-year-old boy from Walsall, UK, suspected of being connected to the ransomware attack against MGM Resorts in 2023

 
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