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9:30 PM ET, January 20, 2016

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Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Gawker sells minority stake to Columbus Nova Tech Partners to fund video and e-commerce growth, lawsuit defense; Columbus Nova's Jason Epstein to join board  —  Gawker Media Plans to Sell Minority Stake to Investment Company  —  Gawker Media plans to sell a minority stake …
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Jayne Mountford / Fashion Times:
Vogue magazine's Creative Director Grace Coddington steps down after 28 years, will become Creative Director at large  —  Grace Coddington Is Leaving Vogue: Legendary Creative Director Steps Down After 28 Years  —  It has been announced this morning that Grace Coddington …
Roger Yu / USA Today:
Penthouse refutes reports of imminent closure of print magazine, citing “gravitas” of print  —  Penthouse plans to retain magazine, launch overhauled site  —  Penthouse, the adult magazine founded by Bob Guccione, said Tuesday it has no plans to shut down print publishing …
Wall Street Journal:
Q&A with ESPN president John Skipper on cord-cutting, streaming TV, and niche sites like The Undefeated and FiveThirtyEight  —  ESPN's John Skipper Plays Offense on Cord-Cutting  —  President of sports network says no reason to abandon cable, even as it tests “over the top” options
Richard Tofel:
Print newspaper circulation numbers for weekdays fell dramatically between 2013 and 2015  —  The sky is falling on print newspapers faster than you think  —  Last October, a McKinsey report declared, “We believe that many of the people likely to abandon print newspapers and print consumer magazines …
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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
UN body says Iran's detention of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian violated international law
Discussion: City Desk
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Verizon Wireless to begin selling data cap exemptions to content providers January 25 with beta trial of its new FreeBee Data 360 service  —  Verizon Wireless selling data cap exemptions to content providers  —  Video, music, app downloads, and ads can be exempted from caps for a fee.
Mike Farrell / Multichannel News:
Activist shareholder SpringOwl releases 99-page report calling for Viacom chairman and management team ouster  —  Viacom Shares Rise on Activist Report  —  SpringOwl Calls For Management Ouster, AMC Pairing  —  Viacom shares were up more than 5% each Tuesday after an activist shareholder released …
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
News Corp denies rumors stemming from CNBC segment that it's interested in buying Twitter  —  Twitter's Stock Surged, Then Slipped on Takeover Speculation  —  Twitter's stock received a healthy boost Wednesday afternoon thanks to market speculation that the media giant News Corp may be interested …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Sources: IBM is in advanced talks to acquire UStream in deal worth around $130M cash plus possible earn-outs and employee retention packages  —  Exclusive: IBM In Talks to Buy UStream  —  IBM is in advanced talks to acquire live video platform UStream, according to multiple sources familiar with the deal.
Discussion: Business Insider
TechCrunch:
Spotify Buys Cord Project And Soundwave To Expand Messaging And Social Features  —  On the same day that streaming rival Deezer announced a new cash injection of €100 million, Spotify has confirmed two new acquisitions, Cord Project and Soundwave.  The startups are based respectively …
Erin Griffith / Fortune:
How Buzzfeed's fastest-growing Facebook page, Proper Tasty, amassed 3.7M followers and 190M video views in one month: niche content tailor-made for the platform  —  BuzzFeed's Foodie Channels Are Blowing Up on Facebook  —  The Internet has an insatiable appetite for food content, and BuzzFeed is going big in the category.
 
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Janko Roettgers / Variety:
AJ+ launches on Apple TV after success on Facebook and despite demise of Al Jazeera America
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
After Cancelling Its IPO, Deezer Raises Another $109M From Access And Orange
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
The Guardian appoints AOL UK's Hamish Nicklin as chief revenue officer
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Nielsen to add Facebook discussions to its Twitter TV Ratings, to be renamed “Social Content Rankings”, eventually will include Instagram