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12:00 PM ET, October 12, 2016


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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon launches subscription streaming service Music Unlimited, costs $7.99/mth for Prime members, $3.99/mth for Echo owners, and $9.99/mth for all others  —  Rumors have been swirling around Amazon's plans to launch its own, standalone music streaming service, and now those reports have been proven out …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Pandora launches Pandora Plus, its $5/month ad-free service that also gives users offline playback, more song skips and replays  —  Pandora is not taking today's debut of Amazon's new, on-demand music streaming service lying down.  The company has conveniently timed the launch of its own new paid tier …
Discussion: Pandora Blog and VentureBeat
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Wall Street Journal Editor-in-Chief Gerard Baker tells reporters writing must be sharper, shorter, and more creative as newsroom turns focus to digital  —  The Wall Street Journal is in the middle of a newsroom overhaul.  And, according to its top editor, that transformation will include a sharper focus on cutting out editorial flab.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
How Newsweek journalist Kurt Eichenwald implied connections among Trump, WikiLeaks, and Russia that don't hold up under scrutiny  —  This tweet, retweeted thousands of times, is at best misleading. … Kurt Eichenwald is a reporter and writer who has been dogged in looking at Donald Trump over the course of the campaign.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Sources: Billy Bush to be dropped from NBC's Today show; one source says announcement will happen “in the coming days”  —  On Saturday night NBC was going to throw a surprise party for Billy Bush in Greenwich Village.  Now it has been cancelled.  —  “Surprise,” indeed.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Newsroom memo: Huffington Post's Executive Editor Liz Heron is departing the site  —  Liz Heron, managing editor of The Huffington Post, is leaving that organization about a year after being appointed the newsroom's second-in-command.  —  Heron was hired on in September 2015 after serving …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Discussion: Guardian
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Playboy launches nudity-free magazine in Apple iTunes, Google Play stores, available for $5.99 an issue or $17.99 a year  —  Playboy's 63-year-old magazine — recently stripped of nude pictorials — is now an app.  —  Playboy Enterprises is selling digital copies of the Hugh Hefner's …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Google acquires FameBit to better connect YouTube creators with brands  —  Google announced on Tuesday that it has acquired FameBit, with plans to leverage its technology platform to help YouTube creators better connect with brands.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
BuzzFeed aims to grow commerce revenue with Shop BuzzFeed, its online shop which sells merchandise created by the site's illustrators and designers  —  If you like your socks with milkshakes and French fries, good news: BuzzFeed has a store for you.  —  This summer, the online news …
David Bixenspan / LawNewz:
Gawker Media files new motion as part of bankruptcy proceedings, asking court to authorize investigation into Peter Thiel's financing of lawsuits against it  —  On Tuesday, Gawker Media, the largely defunct media company that recently sold most of its assets to Univision at auction …
France adopts Digital Republic Act, which includes changes to laws surrounding net neutrality, data portability, video games, and copyright  —  Introduction  —  One year ago the French government launched a new democratic experiment: an online public consultation on the draft bill on the ‘Digital Republic’.
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