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12:00 PM ET, October 12, 2015


 Top News: 
Marty Baron / Washington Post:
New statement from Martin Baron on The Post's Jason Rezaian  —  Statement from Martin Baron, Washington Post executive editor: The guilty verdict announced by Iran in the trial of The Washington Post's Jason Rezaian represents an outrageous injustice.  Iran has behaved unconscionably throughout this case …
Discussion: NBC News, Mediaite, Poynter and The Week
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Washington Post's Jason Rezaian sentenced in Iran; verdict is unknown
Hadas Gold / Politico:
BuzzFeed to begin creating native video ads for politicians and political causes  —  BuzzFeed launches native video political advertising  —  <p>BuzzFeed will begin creating native video ads for politicians and political causes, the website will announce Monday.</p><p>Rena Shapiro …
Jane Martinson / Guardian:
Interview with The New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet on the news org's finances, digital rivals, Jill Abramson, more  —  Dean Baquet: ‘My goal is to keep the number of reporters really high at the New York Times’  —  The NYT executive editor on his paper's global appeal …
Patrick Redford / Deadspin:
ESPN's Grantland loses four employees to as yet unknown project run by Bill Simmons  —  The Grantland Exodus Has Begun  —  On the third episode of Bill Simmons's podcast, Simmons had former Grantland movie critic Wesley Morris on.  They talked about movies in a particularly Simmonsy way …
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Snapchat Adds Refinery29 to Its Stable of Discover Publishers  —  Publishers are still jumping at the chance to give Snapchat their content.  Next in line: Fashion and beauty site Refinery29, which launched its Snapchat Discover channel Monday morning.  —  Snapchat now features 15 publishers …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
FCC weighs cable, entertainment, and tech industry arguments about who can make changes to UI of TV set-top boxes  —  Does the Future of Television Belong to the Device or the App?  —  This week, the FCC hears reaction to a controversial proposal.  The MPAA says it violates the U.S. Constitution.
Leo Barraclough / Variety:
Liberty Global invests $10.8M for 14% stake in London-based cross-platform production company Bigballs Media, owner of YouTube soccer channel Copa90  —  John Malone's Liberty Global Invests $10.8M in Bigballs Media  —  LONDON — John Malone's international cable company Liberty Global …
Jon Lafayette / Multichannel News:
Grantland co-founder Dan Fierman joins MTV News as VP and editorial director  —  MTV News Goes Digital With Editorial Director Hire  —  Former Grantland Editorial Director Fierman Takes Post  —  MTV, whose young viewers are increasingly online and streaming, hired a digital media executive …
Discussion: Variety
Aida Alami / New York Times:
Moroccan Government Cracks Down on Journalists and Activists  —  RABAT, Morocco — As he sits in a jail cell with seven other inmates, Hicham Mansouri, an investigative journalist, worries about his colleagues on the outside.  —  For now, at least, they remain free.
Press Association:
Julian Assange: police removed from outside Ecuadorian embassy  —  Scotland Yard says it still intends to arrest WikiLeaks founder if he leaves embassy but it is ‘no longer proportionate’ to monitor building  —  Police officers are no longer stationed outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London …
Discussion: @aliceross_
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Dish and Tegna reach a multiyear carriage deal, ending 24-hour blackout on 46 TV stations in 38 markets  —  Dish Network, Tegna Reach Deal Ending Station Blackout in 38 Markets  —  Dish Network is restoring 46 Tegna-owned network affiliate stations to its lineup, ending a more than 24-hour blackout in 38 markets.
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
Inside Boston Globe's niche website strategy as it plans to launch its third standalone news site Stat on health, medicine, and life sciences this fall  —  Inside The Boston Globe's niche website strategy  —  Publishers have traditionally heard “niche” and thought small.
Discussion: AdExchanger
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Discussion: @digiday
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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is winding down Project Titan, its decade-long effort to make an electric car; Apple plans to move some impacted staff to generative AI projects

Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Filing: Nintendo sues the makers of Switch emulator Yuzu in US federal court, alleging it is designed to circumvent Nintendo's encryption and facilitates piracy

Jason Schreier / Bloomberg:
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