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4:05 PM ET, October 5, 2016


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Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Sources: Twitter board consulting advisers on how to deal with internal disagreement over possible sale, with Ev Williams in favor of and Dorsey against it  —  A few days before Twitter's Sept. 8 board meeting, as the company's finance team readied a presentation, it received conflicting directions on a crucial question.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
BuzzFeed attacked by hacker group OurMine after publishing story identifying a member; group alters articles, claimes to have seized database, threatens release  —  A number of BuzzFeed posts were vandalized by hackers this morning in apparent retaliation for a story that claimed to expose a member of their group.
Scott Moritz / Bloomberg:
Sources: over next 2-5 years, AT&T will expand into original programming via acquisitions; CEO Stephenson has target list of 40+ companies, some worth $2B-$50B  —  @MoritzDispatch , More stories by Scott Moritz  —  Largest U.S. pay-TV provider wants to cut programming costs
Discussion: Consumerist, Light Reading and Fortune
Michelle Fields / The Huffington Post:
Sources: Glenn Beck's The Blaze, which once aimed to be a right-wing Huffington Post, has dropped from 25 editorial employees to six, staff feel it will close  —  Glenn Beck's The Blaze was once the envy of other right-leaning sites.  Not anymore.  —  WASHINGTON Glenn Beck's website …
Discussion: FishbowlDC and Mediaite
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
The New York Times to move away from standardized banner ads on its website, replacing them with its own proprietary display ad formats  —  Publisher to replace standardized banner ads with its own flexible format that works across devices and looks more ‘native’ to its site
Mitchel Broussard / MacRumors:
Shazam launches an iMessage app for easily identifying and sharing songs  —  Popular music-detecting app Shazam today rolled out an update that adds support for the service within Messages, so users can send new artist and song discoveries directly to friends and family members.
Abby Ohlheiser / Washington Post:
A two-week examination of sources in Facebook's Trending section shows frequent use of Yahoo, USA Today, and HuffPo, with HuffPo getting greatest engagement  —  The Intersect ran a little experiment a few weeks ago: During the work day, we'd check in with Facebook each hour, on the hour …
Aisha Gani / BuzzFeed:
Index on Censorship, Labour MP put pressure on Home Office over case of Syrian journalist Zaina Ehraim whose passport was confiscated at request of Assad regime  —  Labour MP Helen Goodman joined freedom of speech groups in condemning UK authorities for taking away the passport of Zaina Erhaim …
Discussion: Guardian and Press Gazette
Abhimanyu Ghoshal / The Next Web:
Amazon rolls out Prime Reading, giving Prime members free access to more than 1,000 Kindle books and magazines including Sports Illustrated  —  In addition to faster shipping for products from its online store, Amazon's Prime subscription plan offers numerous benefits, including unlimited photo storage …
Discussion: Nieman Lab and VentureBeat
Sources: Gannett and Tronc are working out details of a sale, with no imminent announcement  —  Bloomberg Anywhere Remote Login  Final deal on merger of newspaper publishers said not imminent  —  Gannett said in talks to buy rival for $18.50-$19 a share  —  Gannett Co. and Tronc Inc …
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Timothy Pratt / Columbia Journalism Review:
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Sources: Amazon in talks with EU regulators to settle antitrust probe into e-book contracts with publishers
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