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8:35 AM ET, September 24, 2015

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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Mail Online reports digital ad revenue growth of 16% in 11 months to end of August, compared to 49% for same period last year  —  Mail Online digital advertising slows down to 16% annual growth  —  Mail Online has reported digital advertising growth of 16% in the 11 months to the end of August …
Bridie Jabour / Guardian:
Peter Greste, six other journalists convicted in absentia continue lobbying to have convinctions quashed in Egypt  —  Peter Greste says fight not yet over despite al-Jazeera colleagues' freedom  —  Pardon granted to Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed by Egyptian president 'great news …
Discussion: Al Jazeera PR
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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.
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Politico introduces paid-for ‘professional’ subscription services to Europe five months after launch  —  Politico has launched a paid subscriptions for Europe five months after moving to the continent.  —  The title, which launched a Europe edition in Brussels early this year in collaboration …
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.
Arunabh Saikia / Newslaundry:
Times Group codifies how journalists are to create and use Twitter accounts, source says part of salary will be linked to Twitter performance  —  The Times Group now says journalists' salaries will be linked to their Twitter activity  —  Last year in August, the Times Group asked its employees …
Discussion: MediaNama and @raju
Victoria Ward / Telegraph:
UK cinema staff to use night-vision goggles in screenings of James Bond film in piracy crackdown  —  Staff to patrol cinemas in night-vision goggles in a crackdown on piracy as new James Bond film is released  —  Security will be beefed up across the country as experts vow to catch criminals …
Kelsey Sutton / Politico:
Literary magazine The American Reader to shutter  —  The American Reader, the three-year old literary magazine that prompted excited buzz at its 2012 launch and seemed to buck expectations for the prospects for publishing highbrow journals in print, is shutting down after its October issue, POLITICO has learned.
Discussion: The American Reader
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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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
Discussion: Fortune and @basche42
Atavist Insider:
The Atavist Magazine abandons native apps to focus on web, saying apps have poor discovery, slow approval, tech limitations, smaller readership
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
Discussion: MediaPost and Business Insider
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