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3:00 PM ET, October 21, 2015


 Top News: 
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
YouTube Red Subscription Will Include Original Series From PewDiePie, CollegeHumor, And More  —  YouTube wants to use exclusive series and movies from its biggest stars to differentiate its new $9.99 ad-free video and on-demand music subscription service YouTube Red.
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Inside YouTube's new $10 per month subscription service YouTube Red, which removes ads, adds offline viewing, more, available October 28 in US, soon globally  —  Red Dawn  —  A family is gathered around the dinner table: Dad and the kids have spaghetti on their plates, Mom is standing, serving spoon in hand.
Steven Tweedie / Business Insider:
Google takes on Spotify and Apple Music with new YouTube Music app  —  YouTube unveiled its new music app, “YouTube Music,” on Tuesday at an event in Los Angeles.  —  Designed for people who use YouTube as a main source of music, the new music streaming app works closely with traditional YouTube videos …
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
Disney to launch DisneyLife subscription streaming service in the UK in November, expand to France, Spain, Italy, and Germany next year  —  Disney to launch digital subscription streaming service in UK  —  Walt Disney will next month launch a first of its kind digital subscription service …
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
ESPN confirms layoffs of 300 people; source says in distribution, advertising, technology, content, and others  —  ESPN to Lay Off About 300 Employees  —  Sports-media company looks to control costs in a challenging pay-TV landscape  —  ESPN said it would lay off nearly 300 employees at the company …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Yahoo and Google make search deal: Yahoo will call on Google to provide some results and ads for Yahoo search queries
Rhiannon Williams / Telegraph:
Apple's News arrives in the UK with iOS 9.1 update  —  Apple's News app, an aggregator for your favourite news sources, is now available to download in the UK alongside iOS 9.1  —  Apple's News app is now available for UK iPhone and iPad owners in the UK, acting as a personalised newsfeed agregator for digital media.
Matthew Belloni / Hollywood Reporter:
James and Lachlan Murdoch in First Interview Atop Fox: Politics, Roger Ailes, Dad and Plans for the Future (Exclusive)  —  The brothers, who took over the 21st Century Fox empire July 1, sit down together and open up about who's in charge, sister Liz, the new age of television and whether …
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Downward stocks, retrenchment of IPO market, Trump lawsuit, and other issues mean Univision could delay its planned IPO  —  Univision beset by media world turbulence as it plans IPO  —  Univision Communications' owners were hoping that by mid-October, Wall Street would be cheering …
Leo Barraclough / Variety:
Max Hole to Step Down as Chairman, CEO of Universal Music Group International  —  LONDON — Max Hole is to step down from his role as chairman and chief executive of Universal Music Group International, effective immediately.  The company's regional heads, outside the U.S. …
Wall Street Journal:
Comcast is in talks with TV networks and audience measurement firms to share data harnessed from set-top boxes and apps  —  Comcast Seeks to Harness Trove of TV Data  —  Cable giant is in talks with TV networks and measurement firms to license viewing data from set-top boxes, apps
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
2-year-old Bustle hits 45 million monthly uniques, flirts with profitability, and launches a new website for millennial moms, Romper  —  Bustle, a new media company for millennial women, is launching a second website in November.  —  The website, which will be called Romper …
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Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
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