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5:00 AM ET, September 16, 2015

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Alex Sherman / Bloomberg Business:
Sources: AMC Networks again in talks to acquire John Malone's pay-TV network Starz  —  AMC Networks Said in Talks to Acquire John Malone's Starz  —  Discussions last year faltered on differences over valuation  —  Malone says Starz would gain from finding media partners
Abby Sewell / Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors votes unanimously to call on Tribune Publishing to restore local leadership to the Los Angeles Times  —  Supervisors ask L.A. Times owner to restore local ownership  —  Los Angeles County supervisors have called on Chicago-based Tribune Publishing Co. to …
Discussion: LA Observed
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James Bradshaw / Globe and Mail:
Toronto Star pins hopes of younger audience on new tablet app  —  In pursuit of elusive younger readers who could bolster falling newspaper advertising revenue, the Toronto Star is pinning its hopes on a new edition made for tablets, a promising platform that has yet to radically shift reading habits.
Andy / TorrentFreak:
FBI and Department of Justice shutter ShareBeast, the largest illegal file-sharing site operating in the US according to the RIAA  —  FBI Seizes Domains Of Two Pre-Release Music Sites  —  As efforts to hinder file-sharing sites gather pace around the world, in Europe in particular, criminal actions in the U.S. remain relatively rare.
Associated Press:
AP: Hungary police forced journalist to delete footage  —  ROSZKE, Hungary (AP) — The Associated Press is protesting the brief detention of one of its journalists by Hungarian police as he covered migrants crossing the border, saying he was forced to delete footage that included images of a police dog knocking down a refugee.
Glyn Moody / Ars Technica UK:
Paywalled science publisher Elsevier donates 45 ScienceDirect accounts to Wikipedia editors; some open-access advocates object  —  “WikiGate” raises questions about Wikipedia's commitment to open access  —  Jimmy Wales asked to reconsider arrangement with paywalled science publisher Elsevier.
Discussion: @mbeisen, @scipublab and @scipublab
The Nation:
Thai government frees Nation journalist Pravit Rojanaphruk, held for “attitude adjustment”, after he signs pact promising not to help anti-coup efforts  —  Nation writer, politicians let go after signing pact  —  WASAMON AUDJARINT, JITRAPORN SENWONG, KASAMAKORN CHANWANPEN
Discussion: news.vice.com and BenarNews
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
A profile of The Conversation, an online-only Australian news site with three international editions, for US, UK, and Africa  —  With writing by academics and underwriting from universities, The Conversation finds its place  —  In a basement at the Boston University College of Communication …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Cable network Epix announces offline viewing on its mobile apps for subscribers, available later this month  —  Take That, Netflix: Epix to Launch Offline Movie Viewing  —  Premium cable network Epix later this month will let subscribers watch movies on mobile devices when they're not connected …
Sam Kimball / Columbia Journalism Review:
After a 10-year ban and a hunger strike, one Moroccan journalist is getting back to work  —  In the courtyard of his 19th century Andalusian house among the winding alleyways of the city of Tetouan, in Morocco's verdant Rif Mountains, journalist Ali Lmrabet, 55, types slowly on his laptop …
 
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David Lieberman / Deadline:
Funny or Die CEO Dick Glover leaving to become CEO for Mandalay Sports Media
Discussion: Variety and Hollywood Reporter
Nick Cumming-Bruce / New York Times:
Brother of Jason Rezaian, the Reporter Held in Iran, Appeals to U.N. Panel
Discussion: Washington Post and @rickgladstone
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Esquire Puts 82 Years of Past Issues Online in New Subscription Archive
Discussion: Folio
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Lawsuit against Twitter alleges that auto-link shortening in direct messages violates privacy laws, seeks class action status
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Evie Nagy / Fast Company:
Creator of Dash Radio, Scott Keeney, says Apple's Beats 1 borrowed his idea; he thinks both can succeed
Discussion: @realmandyrain, Thanks:@joncappetta
Guardian:
BBC's Tony Hall defends TV chief over ‘luvvies’ letter' as Tory MP urges inquiry
Bloomberg Business:
Liberty Global and Vodafone struggle to find common ground in merger talks
Discussion: @gavinsblog