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1:40 PM ET, August 13, 2015


 Top News: 
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
News Corp in advanced talks to sell off its education division, Amplify, will cease production of tablet, continue to develop software during talks  —  News Corp Posts Loss on Education Write-Down  —  Media company in advanced talks to sell off Amplify digital-ed unit
Zack Guzman / CNBC:
News Corp beats Q4 expectations with earnings of $0.07/share, misses on revenue with $2.14B
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
NBCU invests $200M in Vox Media, pre-money valuation of $850M, will invest $200M in BuzzFeed  —  NBCUniversal Buys Big Chunks of Vox Media and BuzzFeed  —  Last week Re/code reported that NBCUniversal was investing in BuzzFeed and Vox Media.  —  Now those deals are done, and NBCU and Vox Media are announcing their deal today.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook plans to open Mentions, which houses Periscope competitor Live, to all verified profiles, many of which belong to journalists  —  Facebook Confirms Live Broadcasting Will Soon Open To Journalists And Verified Profiles  —  Facebook plans to open up its Periscope livestreaming competitor to more than just celebrities.
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Vertical video gains acceptance as viewers spend more time on phones and tablets  —  Vertical Video on the Small Screen?  Not a Crime  —  In 2012, Vincent Bova and Damien Eckhardt-Jacobi, two puppeteers who host a YouTube series called Glove and Boots, created a public service announcement …
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
New episodes of Sesame Street to air on HBO, nine months before airing on PBS, starting this fall  —  HBO Strikes Deal for ‘Sesame Street’  —  Partnership means new episodes will air on HBO first, PBS nine months later; deal will double the number of episodes produced yearly  —  Big Bird is flying over to HBO.
Todd Shields / Bloomberg Business:
FCC's proposal could help cable companies in disputes with broadcasters by freeing them to carry out-of-town TV stations  —  Cable May Gain Edge in Fee Disputes With Local Broadcasters  —  A regulator's proposal could help cable companies during fee disputes with local broadcasters by freeing …
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Tribune Media Q2: revenue up 6% to $501.5M, net income fell $3.3M  —  Tribune Media reports loss despite revenue growth in second quarter  —  Ready for some preseason football?  Try sportsPlus today for unlimited sports coverage.
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
GQ cut its webpage load time by 80% by reducing its server calls by 400%, using a single CMS, and decluttering articles  —  How GQ cut its webpage load time by 80 percent  —  It used to be that publishers measured their success in audience size.  Now, with the rise of reading on mobile devices …
Jeff Jarvis / The New York Observer:
While newsrooms shrink, journalists continue to parrot each others' coverage when they should focus on unique value to communities  —  Amid Constant Layoffs, Journalists Should Stop Parroting Each Other  —  Ever dwindling numbers of journalism professionals must provide unique value, not the 101st take
Alexander Spangher / New York Times:
Inside the New York Times effort to rethink its recommendation system for articles, using topics and collaborative modeling  —  Building the Next New York Times Recommendation Engine  —  The New York Times publishes over 300 articles, blog posts and interactive stories a day.
Discussion: @margarita, Thanks:@steverubel
Jared M. Feldschreiber / UPI:
U.S. allocates $500,000 for Baltic journalism programs to combat Russian propaganda  —  The United States Embassy in Vilnius announced a grant of $500,000 to set up training programs for early to mid-career journalists and other media professionals from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to combat Russian propaganda.
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Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
How CNN prepares push notifications for breaking news to promote its various platform
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Bloomberg Business:
Amid sinking stock price, analysts question Viacom's earlier stock buybacks and lack of digital and tech investment
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Martin Beck / Marketing Land:
Periscope says more than 10M accounts created since launch, users watch an average of 40 years of live streams daily on iOS and Android
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Cory Bergman of NBC's Breaking News talks about how the app uses news alerts
Discussion: Talking Biz News
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Internal documents: BuzzFeed had $46M revenue, $2.7M net profit, and spent $5.8M to boost traffic in the first half of 2014