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5:30 PM ET, February 13, 2016


 Top News: 
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 …
Simon Oxenham / Big Think:
Inside Sci-Hub, which bypasses journal paywalls to give access to academic work and plans to continue despite legal pressure  —  Meet the Robin Hood of Science  —  The tale of how one researcher has made nearly every scientific paper ever published available for free to anyone, anywhere in the world.
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:
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 …
Tom Phillips / Guardian:
China's young reporters give up on journalism: 'You can't write what you want'  —  The ever greater constraints placed on news reporting by Xi Jinping mean many Chinese journalists see no point in pursuing a media career  —  hen a 7.9-magnitude earthquake ripped through Sichuan province in May 2008 …
Discussion: @marklittlenews, Thanks:@refsrc
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.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
i to expand into Northern Ireland, launch a new website, and hire more than 30 staff
Discussion: Guardian
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 …
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Global expansion helps The New York Times strengthen its reporting around the world and expand potential readers and revenue streams  —  Is Global Expansion Good for Times Readers?  —  If all goes well for The Times in its latest incarnation — a Spanish-language site …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Following latest release of his emails by Gawker, Clinton press aide Philippe Reines accuses Washington DC media and Erik Wemple of hypocrisy  —  Philippe Reines rips Beltway media, Erik Wemple Blog for ‘hypocrisy’  —  Earlier this week, Gawker reporter J.K. Trotter highlighted a new set …
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.
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Inside Business Insider Deutschland as it expands original coverage and exchanges content with other Axel Springer publications
The Open Notebook:
Study finds bylines on science stories equally split among male and female journalists, but longer pieces mostly penned by men
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