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Your Media Morning: Gannett Could Announce Deal to Buy Tronc Today, Magazine Audiences Are Up, Google is Looking At Twitter

GOOGLE TAKING A SERIOUS LOOK AT TWITTER
Google co-founders have been contemplating the acquisition of Twitter for nearly as long as the social site -- launched in July 2008 by co-founders Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Biz Stone, and Noah Glass -- has been around. Now Google's Larry Page and Sergey Brin may get the chance. Bloomberg reports that Alphabet, Google's parent company, has hired Lazard Ltd. to evaluate the deal.

MENAL FLOSS'S PRINT EDITION WILL GO OUT WITH 2016
There are more than 20million Flossers reading and watching mental_floss online, and for us, it feels like there are so many opportunities for new adventures. We want to build a stronger digital community. We want to find new ways of telling centuries-old stories. And we want you with us. So savor this magazine. Our remarkable staff 7 worked so hard to pull it together for you, and it feels like a fitting ending. It’s truly one of our loveliest issues. But when you’re done reading, come and play with us online.We’ll be looking for you.

FORMER FOX NEWS BOSS ROGER AILES BELIEVED TO BE MYSTERY BUYER OF THIS $36 MILLION PALM BEACH MANSION
Former Fox News Network founder Roger Ailes is the secret buyer of a house in the swanky town of Palm Beach, Florida, bought earlier this month for $36million, DailyMail.com has learned. And the breathtaking modern-style beachfront house could become a way for Ailes to shield a part of his personal fortune from future sexual harassment lawsuits like those already brought by at least two former Fox News anchorwomen, Gretchen Carlson and Andrea Tantaros.

DID HACKERS BRING DOWN NEWSWEEK'S WEBSITE BECAUSE OF NEGATIVE TRUMP STORY?
Newsweek suspects that hackers are to blame for the crash of its website on Thursday night, after it published an article about Donald Trump’s company secretly conducting business in Cuba in the 1990s.

MAGAZINE AUDIENCES ARE UP COMPARED TO LAST YEAR
The latest Magazine Media 360° Brand Audience Report reveals the average audience for magazine brands is up 9.3% versus a year ago, the largest increase since early 2015, according to the MPA. The August 2016 data shows that print — which includes digital editions — is holding steady, with a slight 1.2% increase in audience.

PERISCOPE LAUNCHES PERISCOPE.TV FOR CURATED BROADCAST CHANNELS
On Periscope, live video brings instant content from around the world. From breaking news and protests to sports and politics, our community shares their perspectives and brings the world along with them. Today, we’re introducing a new way to discover live video on Periscope.tv, where curated broadcast channels shine and it’s easier than ever to search for live videos.

CNN BOSS JEFF ZUCKER, THE MAN BEHIND TRUMP'S RISE?
Looking for someone specific to hold responsible for the improbable rise of Donald Trump? Although there are many options, you could do worse than to take a hard look at Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide. It was Zucker, after all, who as the new head of NBC Entertainment gave Trump his start in reality TV with “The Apprentice” and then milked the real estate developer’s uncanny knack for success for all it was worth in ratings and profits.

MEDIA BUYERS ARE LOVING THE IDEA OF A CBS-VIACOM JOIN UP
Some Media Buyers Cheer Possible Viacom-CBS Deal As Viacom Inc. and CBS Corp. explore a merger that would reunite the two media companies after more than a decade, media buyers who control a large portion of their ad revenues are offering their nods of approval. They envision complementary audiences, ad products and possible discounts for bulk buys across multiple clients.

DISNEY BOSS BOB IGER RUMORED TO BE BUYING EVERYTHING FROM NETFLIX TO TWITTER TO VICE AND SPOTIFY
Disney CEO Bob Iger is awash in acquisition rumors as the company’s hot streak stalls. One week, he is supposedly planning to jump-start growth by bolting on Vice Media, the “gonzo journalism” company. The next week, the rumor mill contends that Iger is interested in Spotify, the internet music service. Don’t leave Netflix out of the speculation mix, despite its $42 billion market cap.

PLAYBOY FOUNDER FALLS VICTIM TO DEATH RUMORS
Reports of Hugh Hefner’s death are greatly exaggerated, police say. Officers responded to the Playboy founder’s home just before 10:30 a.m. Friday, based on information from media outlets who were hearing rumors of his death, said LAPD Officer Mike Lopez. “This obviously did not happen.”

SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED GOOGLE WILL UNVEIL SMARTPHONE TOMORROW
Google will this week launch the first smartphones that carry its own brand and design, as part of a batch of new devices aimed at competing in markets with Apple and Amazon. The new gadgets, which will include a voice-responsive “smart speaker” modeled on Amazon’s Echo, are the first products of a new hardware division set up earlier this year.


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