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6:10 PM ET, November 12, 2015


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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.
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: WWD and Media Wire Daily
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 …
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.
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  —  The New York Times hopes its first virtual reality film, “The Displaced,” kicks off mass adoption of VR  —  “This is probably …
Discussion: TOWCenter, Washington Post and Fortune
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
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 …
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: publishers struggle to extract as much ad revenue from Facebook's Instant Articles as they do from their own sites; Facebook mulls changes to ad rules  —  Facebook Mulls Ad Changes for Instant Articles After Publisher Pushback  —  Publishers encountered challenges because of restrictions imposed by the social network
Spotify News:
Spotify launches personalized concert recommendations near you based on your listening history, rolling out today to iPhone and Android users  —  Never Miss Another Show with Personalized Concert Recommendations  —  Looking forward to seeing your favorite bands play live but don't know when they're in town?
Rami Musa / Associated Press:
Libyan Center for Freedom of Press says journalist Motaz Kraif kidnapped in Tripoli  —  Rights group says Libyan journalist kidnapped in Tripoli  —  BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — A Libyan rights group says armed men have kidnapped a Tripoli-based journalist in front of his home.
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