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7:05 PM ET, September 29, 2015

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Sources: Twitter building new product to let users share tweets longer than 140 characters, enabling publication of long-form content on the platform  —  Twitter Plans to Go Beyond Its 140-Character Limit  —  Twitter is building a new product that will allow users to share tweets that are longer …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Axel Springer acquisition of Business Insider sets new mark for digital publisher sales  —  Sold!  Axel Springer Bets Big on Digital, Buys Business Insider.  —  Earlier this year, German publisher Axel Springer tried and failed to buy the Financial Times.  Now it's acquiring Business Insider.
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Kenneth Wong / Bloomberg Business:
Axel Springer Buys 88% of Business Insider for $343 Million  —  German media company Axel Springer SE agreed to buy an 88 percent stake in Business Insider Inc. for $343 million.  —  Axel Springer already owns a 9 percent stake in New York-based Business Insider, which runs …
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's Head of News Partnerships, Liz Heron, joins The Huffington Post as Executive Editor, will jointly steer site alongside Arianna Huffington  —  Huffington Post Names Liz Heron Executive Editor  —  Ms. Heron was Facebook's head of news partnerships
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
Financial Times CEO John Ridding on the paper's acquisition by Nikkei and how journalism shot itself in the foot by going for mass-reach, low quality  —  The Financial Times and the Future of Journalism  —  In a generally depressing decade for newspapers, the Financial Times …
Doc Searls Weblog:
Ad blocking is a form of boycott that could improve relationships between marketers and customers  —  Beyond ad blocking — the biggest boycott in human history  —  According to Business Insider, ad blocking is now “approaching 200 million.”  —  Calling it a boycott is my wife's idea.
Discussion: @jbenton and @dangillmor
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Allison Schiff / AdExchanger:
IAB is forming Ad Blocking Working Group and plans to distribute code that detects ad blockers
Discussion: Ad Age and ClickZ
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Comcast launches web video service Watchable with 30 partners including Vice, Vox, and Buzzfeed  —  Comcast Launches Watchable: Can Web Video Help Save Cable TV?  —  Cable giant debuts service with 30 content partners, available on set-tops, apps and online
Shannon Bond / Financial Times:
Activist opposes Media General's planned acquisition of Meredith  —  Media General, the US television station owner, is facing pressure from an activist shareholder to call off its proposed $3.1bn deal to buy Meredith and instead sell itself to Nexstar Broadcasting Group.
Brendan James / International Business Times:
Al Jazeera America Will Not Recognize Union: NLRB Elections Underway  —  After several weeks, the management at Al Jazeera America (AJAM) has decided not to recognize the union drive announced by staffers on Sept. 3, putting into motion an election in which votes will be cast by employees …
Wall Street Journal:
Digital measurement firm ComScore to acquire TV measurement firm Rentrak in all-stock deal  —  Measurement Firm ComScore to Acquire Rentrak  —  Merger could create more formidable rival to No. 1 player Nielsen  —  Measurement firm comScore Inc. on Tuesday said it agreed to acquire rival Rentrak Corp …
Rhiannon Williams / Telegraph:
Zane Lowe: 'I'm not sure that Apple Music needs Beats 1'  —  The Beats 1 and former BBC DJ said he is uncertain as to why Apple's streaming service Apple Music needs his station Beats 1  —  DJ Zane Lowe has admitted he's unsure if Apple Music needs the digital radio station Beats 1 …
Discussion: The Next Web and Digital Spy
Billboard:
Mary G. Berner named CEO of broadcast radio company Cumulus, Lew Dickey becomes vice chairman, John Dickey leaves company  —  Lew Dickey To Step Down As Cumulus Chairman  —  The move follows a tumultuous few months for Cumulus, which has seen its stock fall 83.9 percent year to date.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
YouTube announces Shopping ads, which overlay the video player, with testing this fall  —  YouTube Introduces Shopping Ads  —  YouTube videos are going to get more shoppable, with the company announcing a new ad unit today called Shopping ads.  —  The Google-owned video site has been moving …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Samsung to Shutter Milk Video Service in November  —  Senior Silicon Valley Correspondent @jank0  —  Samsung is shuttering its Milk Video service in November.  The company announced the shut-down on Google Play Monday, writing: “While we remain committed to providing premium entertainment services …
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Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon's go90 Mobile Video Service Signs Up Publicis in Exclusive Ad Deal
Discussion: Ad Age, Multichannel News and Adweek
 
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Brent Lang / Variety:
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Dave Philipps / New York Times:
U.S Army tried to kill New York Times story by withholding information, hoped to encourage more favorable story from other outlets
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Sun reporter Mazher Mahmood to face trial charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice
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