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10:20 PM ET, June 30, 2016


 Top News: 
Sources: IBT Media lays off at least 30 journalists, affecting copy desk and tech, media, business, international, and culture news desks  —  IBT Media unexpectedly laid off at least 20 journalists on Thursday, POLITICO has learned.  —  The tech and media desks were hit the hardest.
Justin Fenton / Baltimore Sun:
Judge grants new trial for Adnan Syed of popular “Serial” podcast; murder conviction vacated  —  A Baltimore judge has vacated the murder conviction of Adnan Syed, the subject of the popular “Serial” podcast that explored his case, and granted his request for a new trial.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple in exploratory talks to acquire Tidal, Jay Z's streaming music service; Tidal held similar talks with Rhapsody last year  —  Sources say talks are ongoing and may not result in a deal  —  Apple Inc. is in exploratory talks to acquire Tidal, a streaming-music service run by rap mogul Jay Z …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook is shutting down its Paper newsreading app on July 29th  —  Facebook is shutting down Paper, a bold reimagining of the company's flagship app for iOS that impressed critics but failed to attract a large audience, the company said today.  The app transformed the core Facebook experience …
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Nielsen releases ratings from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon to studio partners interested in receiving streaming metrics about shows/episodes for specific time frames  —  Measurement specialist provides media partners with data on select shows, according to client presentation
Peter Kafka / Recode:
In letter to Apple's general counsel, Spotify says Apple won't approve app update in move to “diminish competitiveness” of Spotify on iOS  —  “We cannot stand by as Apple uses the App Store approval process as a weapon.”  —  Spotify says Apple is making it harder …
David Ranii / Raleigh News & Observer:
Associated Press announces it is using automated writing for games of 142 minor-league baseball teams, with Automated Insights tech and MLB Advanced Media data  —  Durham company has created earnings reports for AP since 2014  —  Automated Insights, the Durham-based producer …
Source: Disney to buy 1/3 stake in video unit of MLB Advanced Media in deal valued at $3.5B  —  Walt Disney Co. agreed to acquire a one-third stake in the video-streaming unit of MLB Advanced Media, in a deal valued at about $3.5 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Olympics in VR: NBC to Present 85 Hours of Virtual-Reality Content on Samsung Devices  —  NBC is leaning into virtual reality — the hot tech flavor of the moment — with plans to pump out some 85 hours of VR programming for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
NBCUniversal to provide 6,755 hours of TV coverage and 4,500 hours of live-streaming from Rio Olympics, also plans on distributing 4K UHD and VR content
Discussion: VentureBeat
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Reuters report: consumers prefer text over video for hard news but big breaking stories increase video interest  —  On November 13, 2015, terrorists coordinated multiple attacks in Paris, killing 130 people and injuring hundreds.  On the day of the attacks, the BBC experienced …
Lions Gate Buys Starz for $4.4 Billion for Premium Cable Outlet  —  Independent film, TV studio will pay cash and stock for Starz  —  Acquisition makes Lions Gate a player on the pay-TV dial  —  Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., the studio that produced “The Hunger Games” and “Mad Men,” …
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Cora Currier / The Intercept:
Classified rules show the FBI can get journalists' phone records using national security letters after OK of two internal officers, including general counsel
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
News Corp buys radio company Wireless Group, owner of TalkSport, for £220M
David Drake / Rolling Stone:
Apple continues to invest heavily in music videos, concert films, and album exclusives to boost Apple Music
Discussion: Variety, Quartz and MacRumors
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Trinity Mirror begins consultations on editorial job cuts, which could affect as few as 15 staffers
Discussion: The Drum, Crikey and Press Gazette
Elsa Keslassy / Variety:
Snapchat opens Paris office and is in talks with Le Monde and other French newspapers for Discover channels
Discussion: Telecompaper
Tyler Falk / Current:
Pacifica Radio Archives Director Brian DeShazor resigns after 25% pay cut weeks after archive staff cut to 3/4 time, raising concerns about archive preservation
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook adjusts News Feed to favor friends and family over publishers