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8:30 AM ET, September 29, 2015

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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Axel Springer acquisition of Business Insider sets new mark for digital publisher sales  —  Sold!  Axel Springer Bets Big on Digital, Buys Business Insider.  —  Earlier this year German publisher Axel Springer tried and failed to buy the Financial Times.  Now it's acquiring Business Insider.
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Kenneth Wong / Bloomberg Business:
Axel Springer Buys 88% of Business Insider for $343 Million  —  German media company Axel Springer SE agreed to buy an 88 percent stake in Business Insider Inc. for $343 million.  —  Axel Springer already owns a 9 percent stake in New York-based Business Insider, which runs …
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's Head of News Partnerships, Liz Heron, joins The Huffington Post as Executive Editor, will jointly steer site alongside Arianna Huffington  —  Huffington Post Names Liz Heron Executive Editor  —  Ms. Heron was Facebook's head of news partnerships
Discussion: @mitrakalita
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Medium says it raised $57M in a round led by Andreessen Horowitz, at a $400M valuation according to sources  —  Ev Williams's Medium Raises $57 Million for the ‘Best Stories and Ideas on the Internet’  —  Medium, the publishing platform hatched by Twitter co-founder Ev Williams …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Samsung to Shutter Milk Video Service in November  —  Senior Silicon Valley Correspondent @jank0  —  Samsung is shuttering its Milk Video service in November.  The company announced the shut-down on Google Play Monday, writing: “While we remain committed to providing premium entertainment services …
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Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon's go90 Mobile Video Service Signs Up Publicis in Exclusive Ad Deal  —  Nearly $50 million, yearlong pact includes an exclusive three-month window  —  Verizon Communications ' new mobile content service go90 is only just starting to lure users after kicking off a beta test a few weeks ago.
Discussion: Ad Age and Multichannel News
Doc Searls Weblog:
Ad blocking is a form of boycott that could improve relationships between marketers and customers  —  Beyond ad blocking — the biggest boycott in human history  —  According to Business Insider, ad blocking is now “approaching 200 million.”  —  Calling it a boycott is my wife's idea.
Discussion: @dangillmor
Sam Biddle / Gawker:
App Store removes app with push notifications for drone strikes due to “excessively crude or objectionable content”  —  Apple: Drone Strikes Are Offensive, Farts and Poop Are Cool  —  Apple has for many years attempted to project its incoherent definition of decency onto iPhone users, typically when it comes to sex.
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
Digital Content Next study: fraudulent traffic is 2.8% at member sites like Conde Nast, ESPN, Vox Media, CBS, NBCUniversal, NYT, vs. 11% on wider Web  —  Big Publishers' Fraud Rate is 2.8%, Wider Web's is 11%, Studies Say  —  Online media companies aim to distance themselves from ad fraud
Discussion: Nieman Lab
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Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Over 200 Financial Times journalists sign a letter calling for Nikkei to formalize guarantee of editorial independence  —  Financial Times staff back call for Nikkei guarantee of independence  —  More than 200 journalists sign letter asking paper's new owners to meet senior staff and NUJ representatives to discuss concerns
Lynne Marek / Chicago Business:
Tribune Publishing CEO Jack Griffin says mobile devices are used mainly as search tools, are not suitable replacements for newspapers  —  Trib Publishing's Griffin plays digital catch-up … For a man leading a digital revolution, Tribune Publishing CEO Jack Griffin is surprisingly sanguine about the enduring value of newspapers.
Variety:
Trevor Noah Vows to ‘Continue the War on Bull—’ in ‘Daily Show’ Opening  —  Trevor Noah spent his first four minutes as host of “The Daily Show” paying tribute to his predecessor Jon Stewart and acknowledging the debate that ensued over who should succeed Stewart at the helm of the Comedy Central franchise.
 
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Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Pocket FM portable transmitter spreads FM signal over 6 km radius for people in crisis areas
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Ashley Highfield, CEO of Johnston Press, talks about digital news, the BBC's regional plans, and mergers and competition
Discussion: @alexgubbay
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Catalina Albeanu / Journalism.co.uk:
BuzzFeed News app launches on Android with ‘do not disturb’ mode and emoji
Discussion: Poynter and BuzzFeed
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Slate is taking steps to reduce its page load time by 75 percent
Discussion: @danathan
Jessica Guynn / USA Today:
Facebook making play for TV dollars with new ad products
Discussion: Variety and Multichannel News
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
The Daily News Layoffs and Digital Shift May Signal the Tabloid Era's End