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3:15 PM ET, February 17, 2016


 Top News: 
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Facebook announces that all publishers and bloggers worldwide can adopt Instant Articles beginning April 12  —  Facebook is opening up Instant Articles to newsrooms everywhere.  Will a flood of distributed content follow?  —  In a long-awaited move, Facebook announced this afternoon …
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Vox Hires Choire Sicha to Oversee Partnerships With Facebook, Snapchat  —  Awl Network co-founder will be director of partner platforms  —  Vox Media has long counted its own content platform as a key to its success.  But now it says the future lies in platforms run by others …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Bill Simmons' new site The Ringer to start as an email newsletter launching in mid-March, website to launch in late spring or early summer  —  Bill Simmons unveils new site's name: The Ringer  —  Bill Simmons' new Grantland will be called The Ringer, and it will be populated by many ex-Grantland staffers.
Peter Sterne / Politico:
Yahoo Tech Editor in Chief Dan Tynan is out amid reports of Yahoo shuttering tech, food, autos, health, and music verticals  —  The ax falls at Yahoo  —  Yahoo is shutting down about half of its content verticals, POLITICO Media has learned.  —  Yahoo Tech editor in chief Dan Tynan …
Hollywood Reporter:
ABC Chief Paul Lee Forced Out, Channing Dungey Named Entertaiment President  —  EMAIL ME  —  The news comes a year or so after Ben Sherwood replaced Anne Sweeney as President of Disney/ABC TV Group.  —  ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee is out, and his drama chief Channing Dungey will assume his role.
Mark Kleinman / Sky News:
Sources: Trinity Mirror to launch new weekday tabloid New Day on February 29, priced at 25p  —  Trinity Mirror To Unveil ‘New Day’ Tabloid  —  Trinity Mirror to unveil ‘New Day’ tabloid on 29 February  —  The publisher of The Daily Mirror will this month unveil a weekday newspaper called …
Indonesia bans Tumblr over porn  —  Indonesia has banned the blogging platform Tumblr, saying that the site distributes pornographic content.  —  Azhar Hasyim, e-business director at Indonesia's Information Ministry, told the BBC the decision had been made without consultation with the New York-based company, which is owned by Yahoo.
Tim Baysinger / Adweek:
Old New Yorker Stories Are Being Turned Into Compelling Short Films for Amazon Prime  —  How did David Remnick feel when he saw Burkhard Bilger's 2014 story, “The Ride of Their Lives”, about young Texas bull riders, turned into a film?  —  “In a way, it was more emotional,” said Remnick …
Tess Stynes / Wall Street Journal:
Gannett Q4: revenue down 9.7% YoY to $739.3M, advertising revenue down 13%, circulation declined 7.9%  —  Gannett's Revenue Falls on Continued Ad, Circulation Declines  —  Media company posts a profit of $20.4 million  —  Gannett Co. said its fourth-quarter revenue fell 9.7% on continued declines …
Jeremy Barr / Ad Age:
Advertisers respond positively to Playboy's no-nudity, with 55.5% increase in ad pages for March issue  —  The No-Nudity Playboy Is Doing Well With Advertisers, So Far  —  Magazine's March Issue Sports 55.5% More Ad Pages  —  Ad Age Digital Conference 2016
Owen Williams / The Next Web:
The original Popcorn Time is back from the dead — but nobody knows who's running it  —  Popcorn Time suddenly went offline last year with the Motion Picture Association of America claiming it had successfully shut down the service by catching the people behind it.  Now, it's suddenly back from the dead.
Discussion: TorrentFreak, BGR and TIME
Sean Captain / Fast Company:
Cable and tech companies line up political allies and fund consumer coalitions ahead of FCC vote Thursday on TV set-top box rules  —  The Future Of How You Watch TV Could Change This Week  —  Behind an FCC proposal to lower cable equipment fees is a fight for control of television involving Google, pay-TV services, and Hollywood.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Cablevision customers can now live stream CBS when away from home  —  Cablevision and CBS have just announced a deal that, effective immediately, lets the cable company's subscribers watch a live stream of CBS both in and out of the home.  Under traditional TV Everywhere deals …
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