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10:35 PM ET, February 12, 2016


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Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Apple is backing Vital Signs, a six-episode scripted television series starring Dr. Dre, likely to be distributed via Apple Music  —  Dr. Dre Filming Apple's First Scripted Television Series (Exclusive)  —  ‘Vital Signs,’ the technology giant's inaugural original …
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.
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
i to expand into Northern Ireland, launch a new website, and hire more than 30 staff
Discussion: Guardian and Guardian
Sources: as early as May, Snapchat will let you subscribe to Discover publishers, ensuring their content always appears on your Stories page  —  Snapchat Wants to Let Users Subscribe to Their Favorite ‘Discover’ Publishers  —  Snapchat is working on new plans to boost traffic to the publishers that use its “Discover” platform.
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Snapchat uses a team of about six journalists to add context to live stories of the presidential campaign  —  Snapchat Bets Big on Quick-Fire Approach to Campaign Coverage  —  BEDFORD, N.H. — Standing toward the back of the room at a Jeb Bush campaign rally here last week, Peter Hamby …
Discussion: @smithbm12 and @macloo
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
YouTube buys BandPage to boost direct-to-fan features  —  “We are very excited to announce that BandPage is joining YouTube, a move which dramatically accelerates our shared goal of helping musicians everywhere thrive,” announced BandPage in a blog post.  —  “BandPage is dedicated …
Nicholas Quah / Nieman Lab:
The New York Times collaborates with This American Life on a special investigative report  —  Last August, a college student named Alan Pean was Tasered and shot in the chest by two security guards shortly after seeking treatment for a psychotic episode at a Houston hospital.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
BitTorrent launches $4.95 annual subscription to remove ads from uTorrent  —  BitTorrent has unveiled a new annual subscription option that removes ads from the torrent-streaming service.  The launch follows a short beta period, and the option — priced at a modest $4.95 per year …
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 …
Susan Svrluga / Washington Post:
Mount St. Mary's College offers to reinstate newspaper adviser Ed Egan; faculty votes to ask college president to resign  —  Mount St. Mary's faculty asks president to resign by Monday morning  —  Amid a national controversy over academic freedom, the faculty of Mount St. Mary's University …
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:
Eddy Cue says Apple has 11M+ Apple Music subs and 782M iCloud users, and Craig Federighi addresses complaints of bugs in Apple apps on John Gruber's podcast  —  Apple Music now has over 11 million subscribers  —  Apple senior vice presidents Craig Federighi and Eddy Cue appeared on John Gruber's podcast …
Ken Doctor / Politico:
Behind the numbers of Tribune Publishing's stalking-horse bid for the bankrupt Orange County Register  —  Santa Ana showdown: Tribune's bid for Southern California  —  Today, in the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Santa Ana, Calif., the Orange County Register …
Discussion: @raju and Orange County Register
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Ashley Armstrong / Telegraph:
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