Feb 2, 2019

Reports: Spotify in talks to buy Gimlet Media for more than $200M

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Spotify is in talks to buy Gimlet Media — a Brooklyn-based podcasting company co-founded by former “This American Life” producer Alex Blumberg — for more than $200 million, Recode first reported and the WSJ confirmed.

The big picture: Apple dominates podcast distribution right now. And while Spotify has been promoting podcasts to its base of 200 million users in recent months, this would be the company's first big move into podcasting, as it works to enhance its narrative-audio offerings. It would also mark Spotify’s first purchase of a content production and distribution company.

Between the lines: Podcasting offers media companies ad space where Facebook and Google currently aren't dominant, as the tech giants have almost nothing in podcasts and audio ads, Axios' Felix Salmon notes.

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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know so far

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

Six people died in a shooting at the Milwaukee Molson Coors brewery complex on Wednesday, including the shooter, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at an evening press conference with local police.

What's happening: Police said "there is no active threat" just before 6 pm ET, but noted the scene remains active. Police chief Alfonso Morales told reporters that officers have "more than 20 buildings we have to secure" at the complex and they do not currently have all employees accounted for, as more than 1,000 were at the complex during the shooting.

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Live updates: CDC confirms possible community spread of coronavirus

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

U.S. clinicians have found the novel coronavirus in a person who did not recently return from a foreign country nor have contact with a confirmed case, the CDC said Tuesday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected over 81,000 others. By Wednesday morning, South Korea had the most cases outside China, with 1,261 infections. Europe's biggest outbreak is in Italy, where 374 cases have been confirmed.

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Trump assigns Pence to lead U.S. coronavirus response


President Trump announced at a press briefing Wednesday evening that he'll be putting Vice President Mike Pence in charge of leading the administration's response to the coronavirus.

The big picture: In the wake of a market sell-off and warnings from health officials that there's a real threat of the coronavirus spreading in the U.S., Trump sought to reassure the nation and Wall Street that the U.S. is "ready" for whatever comes next.

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