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4:10 PM ET, October 12, 2015


 Top News: 
Joe Pompeo / Politico:
New York alt-weekly The Village Voice sold to company controlled by investor Peter D. Barbey  —  Village Voice sold to new owner  —  The Village Voice has been sold to a new owner, marking the beginning of the latest chapter in the history of the storied weekly newspaper co-founded by Norman Mailer in 1955.
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 …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
WNYC to launch WNYC Studios, a podcasting division to develop new shows, expand syndication, plans to raise $15M  —  WNYC to Open New Podcast Division  —  WNYC, the public radio powerhouse in New York, is about to grow even bigger through a new division that will develop programs for the expanding podcast market.
Hadas Gold / Politico:
BuzzFeed to begin creating native video ads for politicians and political causes  —  BuzzFeed launches native video political advertising  —  BuzzFeed will begin creating native video ads for politicians and political causes, the website will announce Monday.
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 and @nickbelluk
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.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
With Italian debut, VICE News continues expansion abroad  —  VICE News, the journalism outfit within VICE Media's sprawling international empire, just added another outpost to its growing list of foreign editions.  —  VICE News Italy, which launches today, is the latest worldwide expansion of VICE News …
Discussion: @gmpaiella
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.
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
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
TuneIn Adds Every NFL Game to Its Paid Premium Tier  —  Senior Silicon Valley Correspondent @jank0  —  Internet radio platform TuneIn has teamed up with the NFL to bolster its paid premium tier: TuneIn Premium subscribers now have access to live play-by-play coverage of all NFL games …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
McClatchy to shutter foreign bureaus in reorganization of D.C. operation  —  McClatchy's foreign correspondents are headed to the U.S. as part of a broader restructuring of the Washington, D.C. bureau, the newspaper company announced Monday.  —  The announcement, made in a memo to editors …
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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:
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