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9:30 AM ET, February 12, 2016


 Top News: 
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
ESI Media confirms Independent on Sunday to cease printing and Independent to go digital-only in late March; Johnston Press buys i for £24M  —  Independent newspapers closed, but will continue online, after i sale to Johnston Press  —  The Independent and Independent on Sunday newspapers are to close, it has been confirmed.
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
SoundCloud files financial results showing $44.27M loss in 2014 with revenue of $19.7M; board forecasts it will need more capital investment in 2016  —  SoundCloud financial results show €39.1m loss in 2014  —  SoundCloud's revenues rose 54% to €17.4m in 2014 …
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.
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:
CBS CEO Les Moonves says talks about streaming services with Apple have ceased for now
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 …
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
UK publishers remain skeptical of micropayments despite various European efforts  —  Nickel and dimed: Micropayments won't solve ad blocking  —  Publishers have flirted with micropayments as a revenue stream for years, mostly unsuccessfully.  Now, with the continued rise of ad blocking …
Discussion: Forbes
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 …
Paul Farrell / Guardian:
Guardian Australia reporter Paul Farrell's police record contains more than 200 heavily redacted pages documenting federal police investigation of his sources  —  The AFP and me: how one of my asylum stories sparked a 200-page police investigation  —  When Guardian Australia reporter Paul Farrell put …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
How the presidential campaign looks through the eyes of a foreign journalist  —  WEST DES MOINES — Marco Rubio is talking about the decline of the American military.  Mattias Kolb can hardly believe what he's hearing.  —  Standing at the back of a packed and overheated sports bar, Kolb …
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
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
How news organizations like National Geographic, Mashable, New York Times, and Vox are experimenting with vertical video for mobile phones  —  Vertical video is becoming more popular, but there's no consensus on the best way to make it  —  Hiking through the hills above Otta, Norway …
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’
Discussion: Press Gazette and @bethrigby
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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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Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
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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
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