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1:35 AM ET, January 14, 2016


 Top News: 
Al Jazeera America to shut down by April 30, with as many as 700 staffers losing jobs, promises to expand digital services in US  —  Al Jazeera America to shut down in April  —  Al Jazeera America will shut down on April 30 after a little more than two years on the air.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
President of Herring Broadcasting, the parent of One America News Network, says he's hired a bank to explore buying assets of Al Jazeera America  —  Al Jazeera America Already Has A Suitor: Herring Broadcasting  —  The news that Al Jazeera America will cease operations as of April 30 is just hours old …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Reporters who investigated doping in baseball and football will not be affected by Al Jazeera America shutdown  —  Al Jazeera unit that did doping documentary unaffected by Al Jazeera America shutdown  —  Just after Christmas, a U.S. media outlet made big waves with a well-hyped investigation …
Jason Lynch / Adweek:
NBC research executive Alan Wurtzel: network shows compare well with Netflix and Amazon hits based on cross-platform ratings tool from Symphony Advanced Media  —  Why NBC Says Netflix Does Not Yet Pose a ‘Consistent’ Threat to Broadcasters  —  ‘Reports of our death have been greatly exaggerated’
Jessi Hempel / Wired:
Snapchat makes it difficult to find new things outside of Discover, missing revenue opportunities  —  Snapchat's Missing Out on Millions Because It Sucks to Find Stuff on Its App  —  Branden Harvey is really good at Snapchat.  If his account were a cable channel, it would be '90s era MTV.
John Paczkowski / BuzzFeed:
Sources: Apple phasing out in-house iAd sales team as it updates platform to be more automated  —  Apple Steps Back From Its iAd Advertising Business  —  Six years after launching its advertising platform, Apple is moving to phase out its in-house iAd sales team in favor of a new publisher-driven system.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Spotify partners with Genius to show backstory and commentary annotations for selected songs, only on iPhone for now  —  Spotify And Genius Team To Stream The Backstory On Music Tracks  —  Spotify, the popular music streaming app with 75 million users, wants to ramp up its profile as a platform for more than just music listening.
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Netflix's growth and strategy should be seen as a threat by TV industry insiders  —  Why Media Titans Need to Worry About Netflix  —  Imagine you run a global media conglomerate.  Say you're Robert A. Iger, the chief executive of Disney, or Brian L. Roberts, of Comcast …
Discussion: @jeffjohnroberts, @fmanjoo and @sub8u
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
HBO Takes On Netflix With A New Kids Section Featuring “Sesame Street” And More  —  HBO's quest to more directly compete with streaming service rivals like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu is kicking off this week, with the company's launch of a new “Kids” section in its mobile application and the rollout …
Noah Kulwin / Re/code:
Sources: The Verge's co-founding editor Joshua Topolsky is raising $5M-$10M for ad-supported digital media project, covering politics, culture, and business  —  The Verge Co-Founder Josh Topolsky Is Raising Money to Launch a Media Startup  —  Joshua Topolsky, co-founding editor …
Discussion: @mtmoe1 and @m_delamerced
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
SoundCloud strikes licensing deal with Universal Music that includes tracks from labels and artists, and also user-generated content and remixes  —  SOUNDCLOUD HAS BAGGED A LICENSING DEAL WITH ITS SECOND MAJOR LABEL: UNIVERSAL MUSIC, FOLLOWING ITS AGREEMENT WITH WARNER MUSIC IN NOVEMBER 2014.
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