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2:40 PM ET, January 4, 2016

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Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Yahoo Shutters Video Service Yahoo Screen  —  Yahoo Shutters Video Service Yahoo Screen (Exclusive)  —  Yahoo has shut down Yahoo Screen, the video hub the beleaguered company launched over two years ago to unite its many original and syndicated programming under one roof.
Joe Pompeo / Politico:
Las Vegas Review-Journal taps Providence Journal executive editor Dave Butler to help establish guidelines on covering newspaper's owner  —  Review-Journal brass brings in Dave Butler to guide newsroom  —  New Media Investment Group, the company that continues to manage the Las Vegas Review-Journal …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
ESPN's The Undefeated will launch in 2016  —  ESPN  —  After a series of setbacks that included the outsing of founding editor Jason Whitlock, ESPN's site focusing on the intersection of race and sports is primed for a launch in 2016.  —  That's according to Kevin Merida …
Discussion: NPR, @poynter and FishbowlNY
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Time Warner's Turner indicates it will bring native ads to TV, replacing some 15-60 second ad spots with longer-form content  —  Time Warner's Turner Seeks To Replace Some TV Ads With New Kinds of Content  —  If it looks like a TV show and acts like a TV show, will viewers forget it's really a new kind of TV commercial?
Discussion: @jpeters1221
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Wired is expanding its online coverage, adding Transportation vertical  —  Wired Expands Online Coverage  —  Wired is growing its online world with the addition of a Transportation vertical and the expansion of its Entertainment vertical.  The former is overseen by associate editor Alex Davies …
Discussion: The New York Observer
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Twitter invests in Muzik, maker of high-end wireless headphones; social network will be integrated directly into headphones, allowing users to share music  —  Twitter Invests in Muzik, a High-End Headphone Startup  —  Here is something you didn't expect to hear about coming out of CES this year …
Digital TV Europe:
Netflix reportedly preparing Russia launch this month  —  The SVoD service will launch locally this month on smart TVs, Russia's Izvestia newspaper reported.  —  “We hope that there will be more licensed content in Russia, and with the advent of Netflix people will start to get used …
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
Traffic growth of some digital news sites slows, with Business Insider growing 10% in 2015, compared to 80% in 2014 and BuzzFeed's traffic flat in 2015  —  Digital publishers face a winter of discontent  —  The sunny days of hot growth for digital publishers are fading into a memory as many now face a long, dark winter.
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
US federal government returns music blog OnSmash to owner Kevin Hofman for $7 fee, 5 years after seizing it; Hofman never formally charged with any wrongdoing  —  5 Years and $7 Later, U.S. Returns a Seized Hip-Hop Site  —  In the early hours of Thanksgiving Day in 2010, all the music at OnSmash.com …
Discussion: Techdirt and @djfolk
John Hopewell / Variety:
Netflix to stream Je Suis Charlie documentary on January 7, the first anniversary of terrorist attack which claimed lives of Charlie Hebdo staff  —  Netflix Takes Pyramide-Sold Docu ‘Je Suis Charlie’ (EXCLUSIVE)  —  Pyramide strikes pre-sales on Adele Haenel starrer ‘Les Ogres’ and ‘That Summer Feeling,’ from Mikhael Hers
Discussion: LostRemote
Wall Street Journal:
How Gawker earns revenue through affiliate links, which brought in about $10M in 2014  —  How Gawker Brings In Millions Selling Headphones, Chargers and Flashlights  —  Media company uses affiliate links to help sell products on e-commerce sites  —  Gawker Media, a network of websites known …
Discussion: @digitalshields
Tatiana Siegel / Hollywood Reporter:
Relativity Media's creditors accept company's reorganization plans  —  Relativity Creditors Accept Reorganization Plan  —  The group of creditors involved in the Relativity Media bankruptcy case said Monday that it supports the studio's plan of reorganization.
Discussion: @tatianasiegel27
 
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