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2:40 PM ET, December 8, 2015


 Top News: 
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Arianna Huffington announces The Huffington Post will no longer relegate Trump to its entertainment section, noting his impact on other candidates  —  A Note on Trump: We Are No Longer Entertained  —  Earlier today, the candidate currently leading in the polls for the Republican presidential …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Amazon Starts Building Its Own Bundle by Selling Showtime, Starz and More With Amazon Prime  —  Amazon has a new weapon to boost its video streaming service against competitors like Netflix and YouTube: Other people's streaming services.  —  Starting today, Amazon will give its Amazon Prime subscribers …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
AT&T launching OTT mobile service in January, is considering developing original content  —  AT&T to Launch Mobile Entertainment Service, CEO Says  —  Randall Stephenson at the UBS media and communications conference in New York also discusses hopes to create more original content …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Apple News app updates with a “Top Stories” tab curated by editors and adds Comscore integration so publishers can get credit from advertisers for traffic  —  Apple Updates Its News App to Make It More Like a ... Newspaper  —  Apple is tweaking its News app …
Discussion: 9to5Mac
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Refinery29 promotes EVP of Programming Amy Emmerich to chief content officer, a newly-created role at the company  —  Amy Emmerich Named Chief Content Officer of Refinery29  —  Refinery29 has named Amy Emmerich chief content officer, a new role at the company.  Emmerich was most recently executive vp of programming.
Discussion: WWD and Variety
Sarah Sluis / AdExchanger:
Guardian US CEO Eamonn Store says if he didn't work for the company, he'd block ads; says ad tech not good at identifying unsavoury advertisers and ads  —  Guardian CEO: Why Is It So Hard To Keep Gun Ads Off Our Site?  —  “If I didn't work for the Guardian, I would block ads,” said Guardian US CEO Eamonn Store.
Discussion: @mattpointblank and @mrdrewhuening
Noah Kulwin / Re/code:
GoPro launches channel on Amazon Fire TV, with in-house and curated user-generated content  —  GoPro Launches Channel on Amazon Fire TV Just in Time for the Holidays  —  A few months ago, Amazon released a new model of its Fire TV streaming device, for which it has cut the price as a holiday discount.
Discussion: Variety, The Verge, Fortune, Forbes and Adweek
Joan E. Solsman / The Wrap:
MGM Leads $18.2 Million Investment in Video Start-Up Interlude  —  MGM led an $18.2 million round of investment in Interlude, an Israeli start-up leading development of interactive online video.  —  MGM chairman and CEO Gary Barber also joined Interlude's board as observer.
Discussion: Deadline and Variety
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Disney raises its ownership stake in Vice to 10% or about $400M  —  Disney Doubles Ownership Stake In Vice to 10%  —  Walt Disney Co. has raised its ownership stake in Vice Media to about 10%, or about $400 million, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Discussion: Reuters
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Josh Rucci, general manager of Bloomberg Content Service, talks about video, global licensing, and distribution  —  How Bloomberg sells its content to other media  —  Bloomberg Content Service, Bloomberg Media's licensing and distribution business, provides Bloomberg terminals and business …
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Sun admits ‘6 days to terror’ story over lax Europe border controls was wrong and issues apology  —  The Sun has apologised for publishing a misleading story on Saturday detailing how a freelance journalist travelled from Turkey to Paris without having his passport checked.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
First Look Media wants to model its video efforts on Participant Media's “Spotlight”  —  First Look Media wants to make the next ‘Spotlight’  —  Nearly two years since the company's founding, a new strategy is beginning to take shape First Look Media.
Discussion: and First Look Media
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Axel Springer's venture arm leads $16M round in NowThis Media, producer of short videos about topical stories
Discussion: @jaspjackson and TechCrunch
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Discussion: @roi
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Gabriel Arana / The Huffington Post:
National Association of Black Journalists may close due to $380K estimated budget shortfall, questions raised about financial practices
Discussion: TVSpy