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5:40 PM ET, March 17, 2015

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Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Sources: Apple offers to share viewer data with partners for online TV service to enable better ad targeting  —  Apple offers to share TV data to entice programming partners  —  Apple is offering to share data with programming partners to get them on board with its cable-like TV network package, The Post has learned.
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
NBC plans cable-dependent Apple TV app for second half of 2015  —  Despite reports that NBC Universal is not involved in negotiations for Apple's upcoming subscription TV replacement service, NBC still hopes to arrive on the Apple TV as soon as the second half of 2015, according to a source with knowledge of NBC's digital roadmap.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple aiming to launch online TV service in September with about 25 channels, anchored by ABC, CBS, Fox  —  Apple in Talks to Launch Online TV Service  —  Service would have about 25 channels, anchored by broadcasters such as ABC, CBS and Fox  —  Shalini Ramachandran and Daisuke Wakabayashi
Jeremy Barr / Capital New York:
Politico Europe to launch April 21, with weekly print edition starting April 23; joint venture with Axel Springer includes main newsroom in Brussels  —  Staffed-up POLITICO Europe to launch April 21  —  POLITICO Europe, the Arlington-based company's foray into the European media market …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Ex-Washington Post columnist Jason Reid has his new ESPN radio show halted after criticizing station owner in a column  —  ESPN radio suddenly halts ‘The Man Cave’, and some blame NFL's Redskins  —  Sports columnist Jason Reid said goodbye to his Washington Post colleagues on Wednesday …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Jay Yarow named executive editor at Business Insider  —  Jay Yarow, formerly the deputy editor at Business Insider, has been named executive editor there, according to an announcement from Business Insider CEO and Editor-in-Chief Henry Blodget.  Yarow replaces former Executive Editor Gus Lubin …
John Cook / Gawker Politburo:
Gawker launches Public Pool, a site that collates original White House pool reports; raw copy normally available only to media on WH email distribution list  —  Here Are All the White House Pool Reports  —  Much of the mundane, day-to-day media coverage of the president's activities …
Discussion: @nora_kelly, @johnjcook and @onthemedia
Bloomberg Business:
Sources: Time Warner Inc. CEO Jeff Bewkes turned down merger pitch from CBS CEO Les Moonves last year  —  Moonves Said to Have Mulled Time Warner Deal as CBS Plots Future  —  (Bloomberg) — CBS Corp. Chief Executive Officer Les Moonves has been preparing for the future — and how Time Warner Inc. might be part of it.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube To Replace Annotations With Smarter, Mobile-Optimized “Cards”  —  For years, YouTube has offered annotations as a way for video creators to add clickable text overlays to their videos as a way to boost engagement with viewers, provide more information, or help in navigation.
Eric Blattberg / Digiday:
The Economist Films: The UK magazine launches its first film studio  —  Nearly 172 years since publishing its first edition, The Economist has arrived at a clear video strategy.  —  On Monday, The Economist Group announced the launch of Economist Films, which will work with Economist journalists to produce original video content.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Trinity Mirror in early stage talks to buy Richard Desmond's Express Newspapers  —  Mirror owner in talks to buy Richard Desmond's Express  —  It is not known if negotiations between Trinity Mirror and Express Newspapers include the Sunday Express and Star titles
Reuters:
Private equity firm Apollo Global Management LLC in advanced talks to buy most of Digital First Media's assets for $400M  —  Exclusive: Apollo in the lead to buy Digital First Media - sources  —  (Reuters) - Buyout firm Apollo Global Management LLC is in advanced talks to acquire …
Janko Roettgers / Medium:
Chromecast can be controlled by select TV remotes, made possible by HDMI-CEC protocol  —  Chromecast now works with your TV's remote control  —  One of the most frequent complaints about Chromecast has been that it doesn't come with a remote control, requiring users to fiddle with their phone …
 
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Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Vanessa Kingori Named British GQ Publisher
Discussion: WWD
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
The Sun launches political website SunNation as a stand-alone site beyond its paywall
Discussion: @sunnation and Business Insider
Chris Mooney / Washington Post:
Google studying ways to assess the quality of websites based on their accuracy
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Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
BuzzFeed UK hit 18.8M unique visitors in February and is expanding editorial staff from 35 to 50 in 2015
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix Stock ‘Unattractive’ with Growing Pressure From HBO, Amazon, Hulu: Analysts
Discussion: CNNMoney and Wall Street Journal
Multichannel News:
NewBay Media reorganizes TV division, changing editors at Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News, Next TV
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
TLDR, podcast spinoff of WNYC's “On the Media”, drops host Meredith Haggerty, continues in “exploratory mode”
Discussion: Poynter and @manymanywords