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4:05 AM ET, September 24, 2015

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Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
E-book sales fell 10% in first five months of 2015, while print books and bookstores are showing resilience  —  The Plot Twist: E-Book Sales Slip, and Print Is Far From Dead  —  Five years ago, the book world was seized by collective panic over the uncertain future of print.
Parker Higgins / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Copyright case for Happy Birthday song illustrates problems with US copyright law: long terms, unclear records, high legal costs  —  Happy Birthday To Everybody: Victory For The Public Domain (With An Asterisk)  —  It's now (probably) legal to publicly sing the world's most popular song …
Discussion: Fortune, BBC, Guardian and TorrentFreak
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Eriq Gardner / Billboard:
‘Happy Birthday’ Song Copyright Ruled to Be Invalid
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
ThinkProgress to Unionize With Writers Guild of America  —  The news website ThinkProgress said on Wednesday that it would unionize with the Writers Guild of America, East, becoming the latest digital media outlet to organize in recent months seeking better pay and working conditions.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
DC Comics Is Entitled to Copyright on Batmobile, Appeals Court Rules  —  The 9th Circuit rules that the automotive character is sufficiently distinctive to be protected as a work of authorship.  —  DC Comics drove out of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday with a big win that affirms …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BuzzFeed to cover more local news as it expands UK editorial team  —  Fourteen new staff to include regional reporters increasing competition with local newspapers  —  BuzzFeed will make its first foray into more localised news coverage by beefing up its UK editorial team …
Lara O'Reilly / Business Insider:
UBS research note says iOS 9 ad blocking concerns “overblown”, could cost $1B, or .5% of global digital ad spend  —  iPhone ad blocking apps will ‘only’ cost $1 billion in lost advertising revenues  —  The impact of the introduction of ad blocking on iPhones and iPads …
Discussion: Fortune and @basche42
Chad Bray / New York Times:
UBM in ‘Highly Preliminary’ Talks to Sell PR Newswire  —  LONDON — UBM, the British owner of PR Newswire, said on Wednesday that it was in “highly preliminary discussions” with several parties to possibly sell the news release distribution service.  —  PR Newswire distributes news releases …
Steven Millward / Tech in Asia:
Inspired by China, Thailand setting up its own Great Firewall  —  Thailand's unelected junta has moved a major step closer to setting up a China-style Great Firewall that could block and censor websites or apps.  A proposal to set up sophisticated and streamlined web censorship …
Jason Abbruzzese / Mashable:
Symphony Advance Media launches VideoPulse, which uses passive listening to track video consumption; pays users $5-$11 per month  —  A new app will pay you $11 a month to let it track every video you watch  —  Would you download an app that is solely designed to track and report everything you watch?
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Nine journalists subpoenaed to testify in privacy case by Jill Kelley against US government, linked to ex-CIA Chief David Petraeus  —  Journalists subpoenaed in Kelley privacy lawsuit against government  —  Nine journalists have been subpoenaed to give testimony in a Florida's woman's lawsuit alleging …
Atavist Insider:
The Atavist Magazine abandons native apps to focus on web, saying apps have poor discovery, slow approval, tech limitations, smaller readership  —  Goodbye, Native Mobile Apps  —  When we concocted the ideas that would become Atavist and The Atavist Magazine, in 2010 …
 
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
ITV launches new TV streaming service to take on iPlayer and Channel 4
Robert Cookson / Financial Times:
Study finds that Google charges for YouTube ads when fraud-detection systems identify viewer as a robot
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