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10:40 AM ET, July 1, 2016


 Top News: 
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 …
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.
IBT Media announces restructuring, spinning Newsweek off into separate operating entity and clustering other IBT brands including International Business Times  —  Restructuring Designed To Support Future Plans  —  New York, June 30, 2016 ( - IBT Media, a privately held publishing firm …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Author Gay Talese disavows his latest book amid credibility questions  —  In his forthcoming book, “The Voyeur's Motel,” acclaimed journalist and nonfiction author Gay Talese chronicles the bizarre story of Gerald Foos, who allegedly spied on guests at his Colorado motel from the late 1960s to the mid-1990s.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Justice Department declines changes to music royalty rules, denying requests for more publisher control over digital licensing  —  The Justice Department dealt a blow to the music industry this week when it declined to change the longstanding regulatory agreements that govern Ascap and BMI …
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  —  Secret FBI rules allow agents to obtain journalists' phone records with approval from two internal officials — far less oversight than under normal judicial procedures.
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