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11:40 AM ET, October 7, 2015


 Top News: 
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Accelerated Mobile Pages Project, Backed By Google, Promises Faster Pages  —  Google, along with Twitter, is expected to announce a new open initiative aimed at making pages load more quickly on mobile devices, a counter to moves by Facebook & Apple.  —  Wouldn't you like to have stuff …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Google's AMP code available on GitHub as of Thursday, The Guardian, Washington Post, Vox, and others already using it  —  Google has a new plan to speed up the mobile web.  Today, the company announced a technical preview for a system called Accelerated Mobile Pages (or AMP) …
Josh Kosman / New York Post:
Sources: Media General drops plans to buy Meredith for $2.4B  —  Media General drops bid to acquire Meredith  —  Media General's $2.4 billion agreement to acquire Meredith Corp. is dead, two sources close to the deal said.  —  One day after The Post reported exclusively …
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:10 minutes ago
New York Times memo outlines plans to double digital revenue to $800M in 2020, says 12% of readers currently deliver 90%  —  Times Co. Outlines Strategy to Double Digital Revenue  —  The New York Times Company released a strategy memo to its staff on Wednesday outlining an ambitious plan …
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Pandora Acquires Ticketfly For $450m In A Bid To Sell Tickets To Live Music Shows  —  Pandora has a new tool in its belt to fight against Apple Music and Spotify.  The music streaming just announced it will purchase Ticketfly, a TicketMaster-type site, for $450m in cash and stock.
Lisa Campbell / Bookseller News:
Waterstones, the UK's largest book retailer, removes Kindles as sales continue to decline  —  Waterstones is removing Kindles from stores  —  Waterstones is removing Amazon's Kindle devices from many of it stores as sales “continue to be pitiful”.  —  The company's m.d James Daunt …
Alan Clendenning / Associated Press:
Digital news site El Español launches Wednesday in Spain, led by Pedro J. Ramirez, who was ousted from El Mundo last year  —  Legendary Spanish editor launching new digital publication  —  4 photos  —  MADRID (AP) — The legendary Spanish newspaper editor is flush with 18 million euros …
New York Times:
New York Attorney General opens inquiry into fantasy sports sites, asks DraftKings and FanDuel for internal data and details on how they prevent fraud  —  New York Attorney General Opens Inquiry Into Fantasy Sports Sites  —  The New York attorney general began an inquiry Tuesday into the prospect …
Chris Littmann / Sporting News:
ESPN anchor says network pulling sponsored daily fantasy sports segments after accusations that fantasy sports firms' employees bet with inside information
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Johnston Press announces closures of 11 free titles to focus on ‘digital offering’  —  Johnston Press has announced the closures of 11 free newspapers.  The regional publisher has axed eight free print titles in the Midlands and folded a further three into paid-for titles in the North West and South.
Greg Howard / Deadspin:15 minutes ago
Insiders say ESPN's black sports and culture site The Undefeated has failed to launch because of corporate fear of offending readers and lack of investment  —  How ESPN's Fear Of The Truth Defeated “Black Grantland”  —  Last month, The Atlantic published an 18,000-word article by Ta-Nehisi Coates called …
Alex Spence / Politico:
EU publishers push European Commission to enact rules entitling them to compensation from news aggregators and search engines  —  EU newspaper barons push Brussels to bash Google  —  Industry wages an uphill battle against Silicon Valley giants.  —  LONDON — Battered by the transition …
Discussion: @politicoeurope
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Twitter Moments Are Like Snapchat's Live Stories, Except They're on Twitter  —  Let's say you're a person who doesn't care about Twitter's stock price, org chart or MAU growth.  What's the best way to describe “Moments,” the new multimedia feature the company launched today?  —  It's like Snapchat's Live Stories.
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Twitter releases editorial guidelines for Moments, stating rules to keep curators free from bias and conflicts of interest
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Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
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Agence France-Presse:
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Ben Wolford / Medium:
Latterly, a small, ad-free digital magazine for narrative international reporting, buys travel-oriented Compass Cultura, which had a similar business model
Wall Street Journal:
Increasing concerns about Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone's health raise succession questions; seven-person trust will control Viacom and CBS after his death
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Bauer Media diversifies with investment into Dabbl, a new e-commerce voucher product
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Brad Stone / Bloomberg Business:
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Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Major TV networks, including CNN, ABC, NBC, and CBS, sign onto Global Safety Principles and Practices, a list of guidelines on safety for freelancers

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David Besbris / Official Google Blog:
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