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11:30 AM ET, November 13, 2015


 Top News: 
Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:
NextVR, which broadcast a Democratic debate and the NBA opener in VR, gets $30M from Comcast, Time Warner Investments, and others in round led by Formation 8  —  Comcast, Time Warner Invest in Virtual Reality  —  Media companies' venture arms join $30.5 million funding round for NextVR
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 …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Pocket moves into Twitter territory with a public feed of your recommended reading  —  Pocket, the service for saving articles and videos to view later, is starting to look a bit more like a social network.  The company is now testing a way for you to share your favorite items to a public profile …
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 …
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
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Publishers are underwhelmed with Apple News app  —  When Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp expressed frustration with his company's performance on Apple News last week, his complaints apparently were just the tip of the iceberg.  Other publishing execs are unhappy about everything from the traffic they're getting …
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.
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 …
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Reuters TV to be available worldwide by end of November, coming to web next week, Android next year, and Chromecast, Xbox, others by mid 2016  —  Reuters TV plots expansion after dropping paywall  —  Two months after giving up on its pay model, Reuters TV is going for scale with its personalized video app.
Peter Sterne / Politico:
BuzzFeed launches its first one-to-one app, Quiz Chat, which lets users take quizzes with each other using Facebook Messenger  —  Buzzfeed launches iPhone app for quizzes  —  Buzzfeed released a mobile app called Quiz Chat today, which lets users take quizzes with one another over Facebook Messenger.
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
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Jamieson Cox / The Verge:
ABC is developing exclusive shows for its Watch ABC app
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