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4:55 PM ET, September 1, 2015


 Top News: 
Bloomberg begins layoffs; sources say layoffs are centered on D.C operations so far  —  Layoffs begin at Bloomberg  —  Bloomberg L.P. began implementing a round off employee layoffs in its newsroom on Tuesday, POLITICO has confirmed.  —  The downsizing, the size of which has been pegged anywhere …
Kevin Dugan / New York Post:
Dawn Kopecki, Bloomberg writer who was critical of the company in ‘climate of fear’ memo sent to senior execs, among 80 layoffs  —  Bloomberg writer behind ‘climate of fear’ memo among 80 layoffs  —  Bloomberg editor-in-chief John Micklethwait
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Sources: Apple escalates talks with Hollywood execs, seeking to have development and production teams ready by 2016 to compete with Netflix  —  Apple Eyes Move Into Original Programming (EXCLUSIVE)  —  The moment the media and technology industries have been expecting for years may finally be arriving …
Luke Morgan Britton / NME:   Apple allegedly made bid for Jeremy Clarkson series ahead of new Netflix-style service
Jorge Ramos / Fusion:
Jorge Ramos of Fusion, Univision on being ejected from a press conference by Donald Trump  —  I won't sit down.  I won't shut up.  —  I'm a journalist; my job is to ask questions.  Donald Trump is a presidential candidate; his job is to explain to voters what he would do if he were elected.
Nick Summers / Engadget:
Samsung creating its own curated news app, UPDAY, for Galaxy devices, as it partners with Axel Springer for mobile media content  —  Samsung's creating its own curated news app for Galaxy devices  —  Apple isn't the only one developing an exclusive news service for its mobile customers.
Discussion: Nieman Lab, @mathewi and Softpedia News
France 24:
Axel Springer, Samsung to collaborate in producing content exclusively for Samsung mobile devices
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Vice Media Lands Carmelo Anthony for New Sports Channel  —  Carmelo Anthony is Vice Media's newest teammate.  —  Anthony, the New York Knicks star, has joined Vice's sports site as a founding partner of The Clubhouse, a new channel where well-known athletes, including Anthony and Rob Gronkowski …
Discussion: FishbowlNY and @ennisnyt
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Amazon's Prime Instant Video Expands Offline Viewing to iOS, Android Devices  —  Subscribers to Prime can now download movies and TV episodes onto their iPhones, iPads and Android phones at no additional charge.  —  Amazon is making it easier for Prime subscribers to watch movies and TV shows.
Zia Weise / GlobalPost:
Vice reporters join dozens of journalists detained in Turkey  —  ISTANBUL, Turkey — Rights groups are demanding the immediate release of two British journalists and their Iraqi translator, who were detained on terrorism charges in Turkey last week.  —  The reporters for US-based Vice News …
Tony Maglio / The Wrap:
Funny Or Die Hires Gary Sanchez's Owen Burke as First Editor-in-Chief, Promotes Chris Bruss to Digital President  —  Funny Or Die has promoted Chris Bruss to president of Digital Content and hired Gary Sanchez creative executive Owen Burke as the company's first editor-in-chief of content.
Discussion: Variety and Hollywood Reporter
Jordan Chariton / The Wrap:
Rupert Murdoch's News Corp Pay Shrinks 42 Percent to $5.1 Million  —  Rupert Murdoch's wallet is thinner this year as his New Corp compensation dropped 42 percent to $5.1 million.  —  A regulatory filing on Tuesday showed the media mogul's pay down for the fiscal year ending in June compared to $8.70 million in 2014.
Discussion: Variety
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
BuzzFeed creates a dedicated Twitter account for Clinton email coverage, enabling a structured, granular timeline and feedback while avoiding boring posts  —  With ‘Only Clinton Emails,’ BuzzFeed brings a distributed approach to politics coverage … When a judge ordered the State Department …
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Amazon, Netflix, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla And Others Partner To Create Next-Gen Video Format  —  Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla and Netflix today announced that they have formed a new open source alliance — the Alliance for Open Media — with the goal of developing …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Wikipedia Bans Hundreds Of “Black Hat” Paid Editors Who Created Promotional Pages On Its Site  —  Sometimes Wikipedia's reliance on volunteers to craft its online content comes back to bite them.  Case in point: this morning, the organization announced that editors on the English version …
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Joe Pompeo / Politico:
As Rezaian verdict looms, Washington Post implores Iran to ‘serve justice’
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Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
After a warning from the New York Stock Exchange of possible delisting, McClatchy authorizes stock buyback, makes debt payment; shares rise