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10:30 AM ET, September 23, 2015

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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 …
Jane Martinson / Guardian:
Al-Jazeera to cut 800-1,000 jobs worldwide as oil prices fall; Al-Jazeera America expected to be protected  —  Al-Jazeera expected to cut hundreds of jobs  —  Surprise move could mark a reduction in state commitment to Qatari-owned media group amid falling oil prices
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
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
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
Jason Burke / Guardian:
Militant Bangladeshi group publishes global hit list of bloggers, activists, and writers: 9 in UK, 7 in Germany, 2 in US, 1 in Canada, 1 in Sweden  —  Militant group publishes hit list of bloggers, activists and writers  —  An Islamic militant group in Bangladesh has issued a hit list of secular bloggers …
 
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Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes:
Forbes blocks small number of ads from one advertiser that served malware from September 8-15
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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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George Gene Gustines / New York Times:
Ta-Nehisi Coates to Write Black Panther Comic for Marvel
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
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