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9:35 PM ET, August 13, 2015


 Top News: 
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
NYT builds Blossom, an internal social media suggestion bot for Slack; typical post gets 380% more clicks  —  The New York Times built a Slack bot to help decide which stories to post to social media  —  The New York Times publishes more than 300 stories each day.
Discussion: @dabeard, @skyphoto and @sts10
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.
Bloomberg Business:
Sources: Apple's live TV streaming service now slated for 2016 launch as licensing talks stall  —  Apple Said to Delay Live TV Service to 2016 as Negotiations Stall  —  Apple Inc. customers waiting for the company to revolutionize live television as it did for music and phone service …
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
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Yahoo names former Time Inc. Editor-in-Chief Martha Nelson as global editor-in-chief to oversee digital magazines, reporting to Kathy Savitt  —  Former Time Inc. Editor-in-Chief Martha Nelson Joins Yahoo  —  She joins the tech giant as global editor-in-chief overseeing the company's suite of digital magazines.
Discussion: WWD, Yahoo and @mathewi
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 …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Editorial cartoonists' association calls on Los Angeles Times to review evidence used to justify dropping Ted Rall for factual discrepancies  —  Cartoonists call for review of tape used as evidence to cut ties with Ted Rall  —  The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists is calling …
European Commission extends deadline for Google to respond to antitrust charges to Aug. 31  —  Google gets more time in EU antitrust case  —  Tech giant Google has until August 31 to respond to the Commission.  —  Google has got a second extension — until August 31 …
Mariella Moon / Engadget:
LG to launch Hi-Fi music service for its premium phones with two free song downloads per month  —  LG's premium phones to get a Hi-Fi music service  —  LG is launching a new Hi-Fi music service later this month, but the company's not touting it as an Apple Music or a Spotify rival.
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Time Inc UK bets on fashion ecommerce with investment in visual search engine Snap Fashion  —  Why Time Inc. invested in visual search engine Snap Fashion  —  Thinking outside the box in the search for revenue streams beyond traditional advertising has become the new normal for publishers …
Nicole Spector / Adweek:
Advertisers increasingly investing in Facebook's autoplay video strategy, embedded instead of interstitial and sound muted as default  —  How Facebook's Autoplay Videos Are Ushering in a New Era of Silent Storytelling  —  Getting aurally blasted by a loud, autoplaying video ad …
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
With BI Films, Business Insider ventures into long-form video  —  Business Insider is going long on video, quite literally.  —  On July 28, the business news site launched “League of Millions,” a documentary series centering on e-sports gamers Team Liquid as it pursue the annual “League of Legends” world championship.
Discussion: The Hill
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Jennifer Maloney / Wall Street Journal:
As reading of e-books on phones increases, publishers are rethinking content for small screens
Discussion: TeleRead and Fortune
Jared M. Feldschreiber / UPI:
U.S. allocates $500,000 for Baltic journalism programs to combat Russian propaganda
 Earlier Picks: 
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
How CNN prepares push notifications for breaking news to promote its various platform
Discussion: Talking Biz News and @ylichterman
Alexander Spangher / New York Times:
Inside the New York Times effort to rethink its recommendation system for articles, using topics and collaborative modeling
Discussion: @margarita, Thanks:@steverubel
Bloomberg Business:
Amid sinking stock price, analysts question Viacom's earlier stock buybacks and lack of digital and tech investment
Discussion: @brooksbarnesnyt