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5:30 PM ET, February 1, 2016


 Top News: 
Brandt Ranj / Business Insider:
Sesame Street partners with a VC, will invest up to $1 million in a bunch of startups  —  It has already been a big year for Sesame Street, which as of January is brought to you by the letters H, B, and O.  —  But the well-known children's program is now adding something new and seemingly odd to the mix: venture capital.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Time Warner urges Hulu to remove current-season episodes from the service amid renewed talks, seeks 25% stake  —  Time Warner Talks With Hulu Zero In on Current Seasons  —  Media giant says the availability of these shows contributes to people ‘cutting the cord’
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Yahoo's Marissa Mayer to unveil cost-cutting plan that includes up to 15% staff reduction, closure of some units  —  Yahoo's Marissa Mayer to Unveil Cost-Cutting Plan  —  Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer is expected to unveil a plan on Tuesday aimed at slashing the Internet company's costs …
Facebook says it's now using feedback from user surveys in News Feed when selecting stories, warns some Pages will lose referral traffic  —  News Feed FYI: Using Qualitative Feedback to Show Relevant Stories  —  The goal of News Feed is to show you the stories that matter most to you.
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
21st Century Fox Looks to Save $250M in Voluntary Film, TV Staff Resignations  —  The entertainment conglomerate is looking to reduce costs and recalibrate the businesses.  —  21st Century Fox is offering voluntary resignations to staff at its film and TV networks units to reduce $250 million …
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Condé Nast's focus on bottom line and relentless pursuit of web traffic is unsettling some employees  —  Condé Nast Adapts to New Forces, Unsettling Some Inside  —  A few years ago, Anna Wintour, David Remnick and Graydon Carter went to see S. I. Newhouse Jr. …
Dru Sefton /
NewsHour archives of almost 10K episodes from 1975-2007 to be digitized and available online  —  ‘NewsHour’ archives to be digitized and available online  —  More on Quick Takes Subscribe to Quick Takes Follow this author  —  More than three decades of NewsHour are heading to an online home …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
ComScore Closes Rentrak Acquisition, Creating TV, Digital Measurement Giant  —  ComScore has closed the acquisition of Rentrak in a stock-for-stock deal.  —  The company said early Monday that it has completed the deal that creates a digital and TV audience measurement powerhouse looking to challenge Nielsen.
Associated Press:
Egypt releases cartoonist pending investigations  —  CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian cartoonist, whose work is occasionally critical of government figures, was released on Monday pending investigations into his alleged operation of a webpage without a license, his lawyer said.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Fandango Acquires M-GO Movie Service from Dreamworks Animation And Technicolor  —  NBCUniversal-owned online ticketing service Fandango has acquired the movie streaming service M-GO from its joint owners Dreamworks Animation and Technicolor.  Financial terms of the acquisition weren't disclosed.
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
The sun never sets on The Times: How and why the British paper built its new weekly international app  —  Most Thursday mornings start the same way for Seth Jacobson, the editor in charge of The Times of London Weekly, a new app aimed at readers outside the U.K.
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Washington Post:
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