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12:55 PM ET, March 2, 2016

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Tribune Publishing Co.:
Tribune Publishing reassigns top editors as editor-publishers at 8 papers, reports Q4 revenue up 1% to $462M YoY, ad revenues down 1.9% to $268M  —  TRIBUNE PUBLISHING CO. REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER 2015 RESULTS  —  Michael Ferro Donates Chicago Sun-Times Stake Tribune Adopts Content …
Will Oremus / Slate:
Facebook will now show Live Videos higher in News Feed provided they are currently live and not recordings, making site more like cable news than a newspaper  —  Facebook Is Becoming Less Like a Newspaper ... and More Like Cable News  —  Facebook's News Feed long functioned as a sort …
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Source: Facebook may pay up to six figures for some celebrities to use its live streaming service in promotional push
South China Morning Post:
Headline news: editor at liberal Chinese newspaper fired over front page double meaning  —  Deputy editor is also censured over ‘serious public opinion guidance incident’  —  Nectar Gan and Mimi Lau in Guangzhou  —  Main menu  —  An editor of an outspoken newspaper in southern China …
Mercury News:
Bay Area News Group consolidating multiple newspapers into East Bay Times and The Mercury News starting April 5, with reduction in staff; 3 weeklies to be added  —  Bay Area News Group announces newspaper rebranding  —  The Bay Area News Group announced Tuesday that it is combining …
Crispian Balmer / Reuters:
Sources: Italian daily newspapers La Repubblica and La Stampa likely to merge  —  Italy's L'Espresso, Agnelli family mulling newspaper merger: sources  —  Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and CIR holding are considering merging their two editorial operations, which include La Stampa and la Repubblica newspapers, sources said on Wednesday.
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
IAB/YouGov study of 2K UK adults: 47% of people 18-24 use adblockers, 54% would turn off blockers to access content  —  Study: More than half of all ad blocker users would disable them to read content  —  The latest IAB/YouGov study on the state of ad blocking in the U.K. contains more bad news …
Dan Rys / Billboard:
Tidal sued in claim for royalty payments by Yesh Music, which has also sued Slacker, Deezer, Rdio, Rhapsody, and Beats Music  —  Tidal Hit With Lawsuit Over Royalty Payments  —  EMAIL ME  —  The company calls for tort reform in a statement refuting the suit's claims.
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Yahoo Launches eSports News and Video Site  —  Yahoo has taken a hatchet to big pieces of its media operations, but continues to invest in key vertical segments: The company is launching an eSports gaming news and video site, hoping to lure fans in the fast-growing competitive gaming space.
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Sun editor Tony Gallagher on Brexit, journalism as a trade not profession and how the BBC never breaks stories  —  Sun editor Tony Gallagher said the paper has not yet decided whether it will campaign for Britain's exit from the European Union.  —  But speaking at a conference in London yesterday …
Discussion: @pressgazette
Maureen Morrison / Ad Age:
BBC Teams Up With Viber, WhatsApp to Distribute Content  —  Publisher Goes to Apps As It Seeks Younger Audience  —  Viewability and Verification in the Age of Programmatic  —  In an effort to reach a younger and more elusive audiences, the BBC has struck new agreements to distribute …
Discussion: BBC, BBC and The Drum
Jane Martinson / Guardian:
UK culture secretary to rush closure of loophole allowing viewers to watch BBC iPlayer without a TV license, launches initiative on impact of adblockers  —  Government to bring forward law to close BBC ‘iPlayer loophole’  —  Culture secretary also asks if BBC shows such as Strictly Come Dancing …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
AT&T to launch DirecTV as a streaming service by this fall, to have three tiers including free  —  AT&T and DirecTV to launch streaming TV service later this year  —  AT&T has announced that it plans to offer internet-based streaming TV service later this year.
 
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Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
WNYC used Twilio to program 300K texts to 15K podcast listeners in a week-long series and test on information overload, received 1700 voicemail responses
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Melissa Harris-Perry rejects MSNBC deal in scathing farewell
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The Awl:
New Yorker Managing Editor Silvia Killingsworth to join The Awl as editor-in-chief in April, will relaunch The Hairpin