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8/31/2015: Apple eyes move into original programming

The moment the media and technology industries have been expecting for years may finally be arriving: Apple is exploring getting into the original programming business.

Sources indicate the Cupertino, Calif. colossus has held preliminary conversations in recent weeks with executives in Hollywood to suss out their interest in spearheading efforts to produce entertainment content. The unit putting out the feelers reports into Eddy Cue, who is Apple’s point man on all content-related matters, from its negotiations with programmers for Apple TV to its recent faceoff with Taylor Swift.

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6/11/2015: James and Lachlan Murdoch take reins; Chase Carey steps aside as COO

However, sources emphasize that even with James taking on the CEO title, Rupert Murdoch will remain actively involved in the day-to-day management of the company. “He’s not going anywhere,” a source said of the 84-year-old media titan.

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5/14/2015: New York Times ramps up search for David Carr’s replacement

The New York Times is zeroing in on a possible replacement for David Carr, the influential media-industry columnist who died suddenly in February, according to people familiar with the situation.

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4/11/2017: Bill O’Reilly Is Going on Vacation. Will His Show Return?

A Fox News spokesperson confirmed O’Reilly will return on April 24.

But according to four network sources, there’s talk inside Fox News that tonight’s show could be his last.

3/29/2017: What George W. Bush Really Thought of Donald Trump’s Inauguration

But, according to three people who were present, Bush gave a brief assessment of Trump’s inaugural after leaving the dais: “That was some weird shit.” All three heard him say it.

8/7/2016:
Roger Ailes Used Fox News Budget to Finance ‘Black Room’ Campaigns Against His Enemies

As Rupert Murdoch seeks to stabilize Fox News in the wake of Roger Ailes’s ouster, a crucial question remains unanswered: How was Ailes able to spend millions of dollars to settle sexual harassment claims without it setting off alarm bells?

According to three highly-placed sources, part of the answer is that there were few checks on Ailes when it came to the Fox News budget. “It was the culture,” one Fox executive said. “You didn’t ask questions, and Roger wouldn’t entertain questions.” One former News Corp executive explained that because Fox made more than $1 billion in annual profits, the funds that were used for settlements amounted to little more than “a rounding error.”

5/12/2015: The New York Times–Facebook deal is here

Tomorrow morning, in what marks a tectonic shift in the publishing industry, the New York Times is expected to officially begin a long-awaited partnership with Facebook to publish articles directly to the social media giant, a source with direct knowledge of the talks told me. According to people familiar with the negotiations, the Times will begin publishing select articles directly into Facebook’s news feed. Buzzfeed, NBC News and NatGeo are said to be also joining the roll out, among others.

Status: We’ll find out tomorrow.

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1/12/2017: Inside Twitter, employees reckon with Trump

“The political climate then was still pretty giddy about Trump and how he’s a total joke,” said one employee who quit late last spring. But Trump’s surprise win prompted soul-searching for many of Twitter’s 3,800 employees. “Fast-forward to the day after election,” the former employee said. “I could feel it in my timeline — there was a strong sense of ‘what have we done’ from Twitter employees.”

3/22/2016: Google is making a keyboard for the iPhone

Google has been developing a third-party keyboard for iOS that would put the company’s search engine in a highly used part of the interface, The Verge has learned. The keyboard, which incorporates a variety of search options, has been in development for months, according to people familiar with the matter. It’s unclear whether or when Google plans to release it. The company declined to comment.

7/9/2015: Facebook says it’s not building a streaming music service

A source familiar with the matter said the last thing Facebook wants to do right now is take on Apple in a streaming war. Facebook’s talks with the major labels are still in the early phases, but sources reiterated Facebook wants to create something unique and unlike any other service currently on the market.

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5/5/2015: Twitter gives control of its hapless marketing department to its chief financial officer

As an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, Anthony Noto orchestrated Twitter’s initial public offering. Now Noto is Twitter’s chief financial officer, and he’s changing the score again, moving the social network’s hapless marketing department under his control. Marketing is not typically the purview of a CFO, and a source familiar with the situation told The Verge that the unusual structure was discussed in a meeting at Twitter headquarters Monday. “Noto is consolidating power, so to speak,” the source said.

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5/4/2015: Apple pushing music labels to kill free Spotify streaming ahead of Beats relaunch

The Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission are looking closely into Apple’s business practices in relation to its upcoming music streaming service, according to multiple sources.

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“All the way up to Tim Cook, these guys are cutthroat,” one music industry source said.

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