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8:55 PM ET, February 11, 2016


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Sources: Pandora has held preliminary discussions about selling itself  —  Pandora Is Said to Have Held Talks About Selling Itself  —  Pandora Media, the largest Internet radio service, has held discussions about selling the company, according to people briefed on the talks.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Time Inc Acquires Viant, Owner Of Myspace And A Vast Ad Tech Network  —  It looks like Myspace is becoming a big-media property once again.  Today during its quarterly earnings report, Time Inc announced that it has acquired Viant, a profitable company that has built a large ad tech business …
Wall Street Journal:
Time Inc. Q4: revenue down 2% to $877M on profit of $17M; digital ad revenue up 17% YoY to $102M; print and other ad sales down 6.6% to $328M  —  Time Inc. Reports Profit Decline but Gives Optimistic Sales Guidance  —  Magazine publisher to acquire marketing firm Viant, owner of MySpace
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:
Quartz's new iPhone app uses a chat interface and push notifications to deliver curated news stories  —  Quartz's new app wants to text you the news  —  For a brief moment during development, the first app from Quartz — the four-year-old business news publication owned by The Atlantic …
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
CBS meets Q4 estimates with net earnings of $251M on $3.9B in revenue, driven by licensing and distribution  —  CBS Reports Record Fourth Quarter Revenue  —  Network ad sales up 8%  —  CBS reported record revenues during the fourth quarter.  —  Net earnings were $261 million …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Donald Trump settles with Univision over Miss USA Pageant  —  Donald Trump and Univision have settled the lawsuit that arose when Univision dumped Trump's Miss USA pageant telecast.  —  “The terms of the settlement are confidential,” the two sides said in an announcement Thursday afternoon.
Jonathan Shorman / Topeka Capital-Journal:
KU student newspaper sues administrators, alleging funding cuts after critical editorial  —  Administration signed off on cut to fees for The University Daily Kansan  —  The student newspaper at the University of Kansas sued KU administrators Friday, alleging they approved funding cuts …
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
Publishers see improved revenue from Instant Articles after changes to ad policies; some now generate same amount per view as their own mobile sites  —  Facebook's Instant Articles Advertising Fixes Win Over Publishers  —  It's getting easier to generate ad revenue from the platform, publishers say
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Viacom bets on new hires for MTV News, including Jamil Smith from The New Republic, to revive the network's brand  —  Viacom Reboots MTV News in First Step Toward Reviving Network  —  MTV may be about to invoke memories of Kurt Loder and Tabitha Soren.  —  At MTV, those two correspondents …
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Twitter's problem isn't that it stopped growing; it's that people expect it to keep growing  —  Twitter, to Save Itself, Must Scale Back World-Swallowing Ambitions  —  Twitter is the world's most important social network.  —  That might sound like the ravings of an addict …
Twitter reports 320M total MAUs, no change from previous quarter, quarterly revenue up 48% YoY to $710M, meeting expectations
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Dish to disable DVR ad-skip for 7 days after broadcast to resolve Fox suit  —  No precedent on consumers' right to stream content they already paid for.  —  Fox and Dish have settled a years-long copyright dispute over several Dish viewing features, including the Hopper ad-skipping DVR …
Ashley Armstrong / Telegraph:
Guardian sends staff a letter detailing 20% reduction of costs, may consider compulsory layoffs  —  Guardian braces for job cuts as it looks to slash costs by 20pc  —  Guardian Media Group tells employees that ‘staff costs are by far our biggest overhead’
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Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
Thomson Reuters to auction IP and science unit, reports $417M net income on $3.14B revenue for Q4
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google to expand right-to-be-forgotten link removal to all domains when viewed from EU
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Media buyers push for a common platform across TV networks to target viewers based on collective data amid fears of major companies erecting walled gardens
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Trinity Mirror's new aggregation app Perspecs offers 10 stories each day with three different perspectives on each story
Washington Post:
Washington Post launches Re-Engage feature that provides personalized recommendations when mobile users stop engaging with content on article pages
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
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Ashley Armstrong / Telegraph:
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Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
An email newsletter aimed at college students joins over 40 existing New York Times newsletters
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Political reporting focusing on predictions instead of issues produces often-wrong conclusions
Noah Kulwin / Re/code:
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