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4:30 AM ET, February 12, 2016


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Sources: Pandora has held preliminary discussions about selling itself  —  Pandora Is Said to Have Held Talks About Selling Itself  —  Pandora Media, the largest Internet radio service, has held discussions about selling the company, according to people briefed on the talks.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Time Inc Acquires Viant, Owner Of Myspace And A Vast Ad Tech Network  —  It looks like Myspace is becoming a big-media property once again.  Today during its quarterly earnings report, Time Inc announced that it has acquired Viant, a profitable company that has built a large ad tech business …
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
CBS meets Q4 estimates with net earnings of $251M on $3.9B in revenue, driven by licensing and distribution  —  CBS Reports Record Fourth Quarter Revenue  —  Network ad sales up 8%  —  CBS reported record revenues during the fourth quarter.  —  Net earnings were $261 million …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
CBS CEO Les Moonves says talks about streaming services with Apple have ceased for now  —  Les Moonves says talks with Apple have stopped  —  Last year CBS CEO Les Moonves was bullish about his company's talks with Apple about a possible game-changer in TV.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Donald Trump settles with Univision over Miss USA Pageant  —  Donald Trump and Univision have settled the lawsuit that arose when Univision dumped Trump's Miss USA pageant telecast.  —  “The terms of the settlement are confidential,” the two sides said in an announcement Thursday afternoon.
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
UK publishers remain skeptical of micropayments despite various European efforts  —  Nickel and dimed: Micropayments won't solve ad blocking  —  Publishers have flirted with micropayments as a revenue stream for years, mostly unsuccessfully.  Now, with the continued rise of ad blocking …
Discussion: Forbes
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
Publishers see improved revenue from Instant Articles after changes to ad policies; some now generate same amount per view as their own mobile sites  —  Facebook's Instant Articles Advertising Fixes Win Over Publishers  —  It's getting easier to generate ad revenue from the platform, publishers say
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Viacom bets on new hires for MTV News, including Jamil Smith from The New Republic, to revive the network's brand  —  Viacom Reboots MTV News in First Step Toward Reviving Network  —  MTV may be about to invoke memories of Kurt Loder and Tabitha Soren.  —  At MTV, those two correspondents …
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:
Quartz's new iPhone app uses a chat interface and push notifications to deliver curated news stories  —  Quartz's new app wants to text you the news  —  For a brief moment during development, the first app from Quartz — the four-year-old business news publication owned by The Atlantic …
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
How news organizations like National Geographic, Mashable, New York Times, and Vox are experimenting with vertical video for mobile phones  —  Vertical video is becoming more popular, but there's no consensus on the best way to make it  —  Hiking through the hills above Otta, Norway …
Ashley Armstrong / Telegraph:
Guardian sends staff a letter detailing 20% reduction of costs, may consider compulsory layoffs  —  Guardian braces for job cuts as it looks to slash costs by 20pc  —  Guardian Media Group tells employees that ‘staff costs are by far our biggest overhead’
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Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
Thomson Reuters to auction IP and science unit, reports $417M net income on $3.14B revenue for Q4
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Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Dish to disable DVR ad-skip for 7 days after broadcast to resolve Fox suit
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google to expand right-to-be-forgotten link removal to all domains when viewed from EU
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Media buyers push for a common platform across TV networks to target viewers based on collective data amid fears of major companies erecting walled gardens
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
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