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3:45 PM ET, March 17, 2016


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Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Tribune Publishing wins $56 million auction to acquire OC Register  —  One of the largest newspapers in California may soon have a new owner.  —  Tribune Publishing, the newspaper chain whose holdings include the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, has agreed to purchase …
U.S. Department of Justice:
US Department of Justice files antitrust suit to block Tribune Publishing from buying the Orange County Register and Riverside Press-Enterprise  —  Justice Department Files Antitrust Lawsuit to Stop L.A. Times Publisher from Acquiring Competing Newspapers  —  Acquisition Would Monopolize Newspapers …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube and Google Play agree to join T-Mobile's Binge On Program, following criticism of video throttling  —  YouTube and Google Play Movies & TV will now participate in T-Mobile's “Binge On” program, which offers cellular subscribers the ability to watch a variety of services without those streams counting against users' data plans.
Jane Martinson / Guardian:
Guardian Media Group to cut 250 jobs in bid to break even within three years  —  Publisher of the Guardian and Observer says it hopes cuts, which include target of 100 editorial roles, will all be voluntary  —  Guardian Media Group is planning to cut 250 jobs - including 100 in editorial …
Owen Williams / The Next Web:
Twitter quietly turned on its new algorithmic timeline for everyone  —  Twitter's new algorithmic timeline was heralded as the end of the service by many, but when it launched, it amounted to nothing more than the natural evolution of the prior ‘while you were away’ feature.
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
The New York Times should have alerted readers and explained post-publication changes to Bernie Sanders article  —  Were Changes to Sanders Article ‘Stealth Editing’?  —  Bernie Sanders supporters have been unhappy with The Times in recent months, but it looked as if they were beginning …
Jasper Jackson / Guardian:
The Independent launches £12.99 a month subscription app in advance of print closure, includes news, business, comment, sports, and columns  —  Independent launches paid-for digital edition  —  Independent Daily Edition subscription app contains news, business, comment and sport sections, offered in free trial
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
The Independent's hiring writers to do both native ads and edit content  —  With its print papers ceasing production in the next two weeks, The Independent is being forced to quickly re-fashion itself as a pure digital-only business.  —  That means native ads, naturally.
Peter Sterne / Politico:
Hulk Hogan's legal team trying to stop court from releasing documents before Gawker verdict  —  Hulk Hogan's legal team is trying to delay the public release of documents related to his $100 million invasion of privacy suit against Gawker Media until after the jury hearing the case renders a verdict.
Micah Singleton / The Verge:
Kickstarter acquires Drip, a music-streaming service and fan community for independent labels  —  Kickstarter acquires its first company  —  Kickstarter has acquired Drip, a music-streaming service and fan community for independent labels, the company announced today.
Amanda Meade / Guardian:
Fairfax Media to cut 120 full-time jobs at Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian Financial Review, and The Age  —  Fairfax Media journalists on strike until Monday after 120 jobs axed  —  Staff at Sydney Morning Herald, Age and Australian Financial Review respond after editorial director announces major redundancy program
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Fullscreen Buys StageBloc, Startup That Powers Fan Engagement for Metallica, Keith Urban  —  Through acquisition, Fullscreen promises new ways to let top creators monetize their fanbases  —  Fullscreen is promising digital stars new ways to make money from their legions of devoted followers …
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