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12:45 PM ET, September 23, 2015

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 Top News: 
Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
E-book sales fell 10% in first five months of 2015, while print books and bookstores are showing resilience  —  The Plot Twist: E-Book Sales Slip, and Print Is Far From Dead  —  Five years ago, the book world was seized by collective panic over the uncertain future of print.
BBC:
Egypt pardons Al Jazeera journalists Fahmy and Mohamed  —  Egypt's president has pardoned one of the three Al Jazeera TV journalists convicted of broadcasting false news.  —  Mohamed Fahmy, a Canadian citizen, is included on a list of 100 prisoners given pardons by Abdul Fattah al-Sisi.
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Al Jazeera English:
Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed released from prison following Egyptian pardon  —  Al Jazeera journalists freed from Egypt prison  —  Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed have been released from prison following Eid al-Adha pardon.  —  Jailed Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy …
Discussion: @ajenews, @benjaminnorton and Fusion
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BuzzFeed to cover more local news as it expands UK editorial team  —  Fourteen new staff to include regional reporters increasing competition with local newspapers  —  BuzzFeed will make its first foray into more localised news coverage by beefing up its UK editorial team …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Buzzfeed, denied credentials for pope visit, calls it ‘retaliation’ for previous coverage  —  Buzzfeed has been blocked from covering the Pope's visit to the United States, Buzzfeed claims in a letter to officials in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. The letter, addressed to Don Clemmer …
Matthew Farwell / Maxim:
Sources: Serial podcast to cover Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the US soldier who mysteriously disappeared from his post in Afghanistan in 2009  —  Exclusive: Serial Podcast Eyes Bowe Bergdahl for Upcoming Season  —  Soldiers who served with the ex-POW in Afghanistan tell Maxim they have been interviewed by Serial host Sarah Koenig.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
“Happy Birthday” Ruled To Be In the Public Domain  —  A judge grants summary judgment to a filmmaker challenging Warner Chappel's copyright to a song more than a century old.  —  The world's most popular English language song is now free from copyright after a federal judge ruled on Tuesday …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
ITV launches new TV streaming service to take on iPlayer and Channel 4  —  ITV Hub will replace ITV Player TV and ITV.com and be home for live streaming and on-demand services  —  ITV is to scrap the ITV Player TV service and ITV.com and launch a new online hub that will be the home …
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Los Angeles Times memo fails to ease layoff fears  —  If the editor of The Los Angeles Times was hoping to temper his staff's fears about impending layoffs, the memo he sent on Tuesday didn't do the trick.  —  “We need to accelerate our evolution,” Davan Maharaj wrote — a promising message …
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Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Tribune Publishing pleads its case with investors; share price falls further
Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes:
Forbes blocks small number of ads from one advertiser that served malware from September 8-15  —  Forbes Shuts Down Ads Serving Malware  —  A small number of ads on Forbes.com were serving malware this month.  —  This publication was informed by security company FireEye on 17 September about the malvertising issue.
Robert Cookson / Financial Times:
Study finds that Google charges for YouTube ads when fraud-detection systems identify viewer as a robot  —  Google charges for YouTube ads even when viewed by robots  —  Google has been charging marketers for advertisements it places on YouTube even when the video platform's fraud-detection systems identify …
Discussion: Business Insider and Guardian
 
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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
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
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Clare Swanson / Publishers Weekly:
Paul Slavin named president of Open Road Integrated Media, reports to cofounder Jane Friedman
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Ta-Nehisi Coates to Write Black Panther Comic for Marvel
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
Tony Maglio / The Wrap:
Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs' Revolt TV Names Derek Ferguson COO
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From Techmeme:

Katharine Gemmell / Bloomberg:
The UK CMA says Microsoft's revised offer to acquire Activision, which includes selling some gaming rights to Ubisoft, appears to address its concerns

Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Apple releases emergency updates for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and watchOS to patch three new zero-day vulnerabilities, for a total of 16 zero-days fixed in 2023

Jay Peters / The Verge:
X plans to deprecate Circles on October 31, 2023; users will not be able to create new posts nor add people to their Circle but will be able to remove people

 
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