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2:55 AM ET, November 13, 2015

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Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Snapchat Signs Up Another Publisher: The Wall Street Journal  —  The Wall Street Journal is going after a new audience.  So, apparently, is Snapchat.  —  The Journal will soon be joining Snapchat's group of Discover publishers, according to multiple sources, the first major business publication …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
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Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
Hearst to Launch Snapchat Channel Called ‘Sweet’
Discussion: Media Wire Daily
Ben Popper / The Verge:
YouTube Music standalone app launches on iOS and Android; YouTube Red subscribers get offline listening and no ads  —  YouTube Music is here, and it's a game changer  —  YouTube is first and foremost a video portal, the world's largest and most popular online collection of moving images.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Hulu in early talks to sell stake to Time Warner in deal valuing Hulu at $5B-$6B; Time Warner would invest cash, commit to license content  —  Hulu in Talks to Sell Stake to Time Warner  —  Deal could help streaming-video service compete with Netflix, Amazon
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Play Books improves comic book reading by adding vertical scrolling mode, curated pages for discovery, on Android in coming days, iOS soon  —  Google Improves Comic Book Reading Experience In Play Books For Android  —  Google today launched an upgrade to its Google Play Books store …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Beats Music confirms it will fade out on November 30th  —  Now that Apple Music is firmly in place (and even on Android) it's time for Beats Music to go.  An app update back in June greased the skids and an updated support page — as well as emails going out to Sonos users reiterating …
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Tribune Publishing approves buyouts for 7 percent of its employees … Tribune Publishing has approved buyouts for approximately 7 percent of its eligible 7,000 employees across its media portfolio, according to a Thursday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
George Slefo / Ad Age:
Ad tech firm Sizmek buys Pointroll for $20M from a division of Tegna, once part of Gannett  —  Sizmek Acquires Pointroll in $20 Million Deal  —  Ad tech company Sizmek has agreed to buy Pointroll in a $20 million deal that is set to close immediately, Sizmek said Thursday during its earnings call.
George Szalai / Billboard:
Liberty Media to Create Three Tracking Stocks for SiriusXM, Braves, Media Group  —  Selena Gomez and Mike Piff at SiriusXM to promote her new album “Revival” on Oct. 12, 2015.  —  Michael Simon/startraksphoto.com  —  John Malone's Liberty Media said Thursday it will pursue a reclassification …
Raphael Minder / New York Times:
El País cancels column by Miguel Ángel Aguilar after he criticizes growing debt and dependence of Spanish news media  —  El País Columnist Says Dismissal Tied to His Criticism of Media Independence  —  MADRID — A veteran journalist said on Wednesday that El País …
Todd Shields / Bloomberg Business:
Trade group USTelecom, representing AT&T, Verizon, and others, asks FCC to put limits on Charter-TWC merger and Charter's largest shareholder, John Malone  —  AT&T, Verizon Lobby Asks U.S. for Limits on Charter Cable Merger  —  Group asks U.S. to limit John Malone's role in new Charter
Discussion: The Hill and Broadcasting & Cable
Nicole Winfield / Associated Press:
Vatican puts 2 reporters under investigation in leaks probe  —  VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican said Wednesday it had placed two Italian journalists under investigation in its probe over leaked documents that revealed waste, greed and mismanagement at the highest levels of the Catholic Church hierarchy.
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
CNN's iReport to shift from users contributing photos and videos to directly sourcing them from Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter users  —  Defeated by social media, CNN overhauls iReport  —  Big platforms' media dominance is forcing traditional publishers to change many parts of how they do business …
Discussion: Fortune
 
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Jamieson Cox / The Verge:
ABC is developing exclusive shows for its Watch ABC app
Discussion: Variety
Spotify News:
Spotify launches personalized concert recommendations near you based on your listening history, rolling out today to iPhone and Android users
Rami Musa / Associated Press:
Libyan Center for Freedom of Press says journalist Motaz Kraif kidnapped in Tripoli
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
The Verge's car coverage now drives as much as 30 percent of its traffic
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Madeline Welsh / Nieman Lab:
The New York Times hopes its first virtual reality film, The Displaced, plus mass distribution of Google Cardboard kick off greater VR adoption
Discussion: TOWCenter, Fortune and Washington Post
David Harris / Boston Business Journal:
Comcast launches Stream, its $15/month streaming service in Greater Boston; available only for Xfinity customers, and only within subscribers home
Discussion: The Next Web and Multichannel News