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Recode Daily: It’s suddenly sale season for digital media companies

Plus, this week it’s Comcast that wants to buy part of 21st Century Fox, Williams-Sonoma buys an AR startup for its shopping experiences, and wearable books.

It’s sale season for digital media companies: Univision is selling a minority stake in the Gawker Media sites it bought via bankruptcy auction last year. Univision wants to keep control of what is now called Fusion Media Group; it’s looking for up to $200 million for its sites, which include Deadspin, Gizmodo and Jezebel, plus the Onion and Fusion TV. And Mashable, which has been for sale forever, is going to sell to Ziff Davis for $50 million; in 2016, investors thought it was worth $250 million. [Peter Kafka / Recode]

Meanwhile Axios, the media company launched by former Politico leaders a year ago, has raised $20 million. The company had previously raised $10 million; plans to launch a paywall have been pushed back. But two other high-profile digital media companies — BuzzFeed and Vice — are on track to miss their revenue targets for this year, signaling turbulence in the online ad business. [Ben Mullin / Wall Street Journal]

Last week, we heard Disney was talking to 21st Century Fox about a Big Media Deal; this week, it’s Comcast and Fox. Comcast wants to buy parts of Rupert Murdoch’s international media empire — especially its Sky and Star businesses. But it will have to wait in line: The pending court fight ahead of the AT&T-Time Warner merger will make that deal the bellwether for all future media mergers. And Trump is still a factor.[Edmund Lee / Recode]

Elon Musk showed off Teslas new semi truck. He says production will start in 2019. [Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]

Williams-Sonoma has developed a taste for augmented reality in its shopping experiences, and it’s buying an AR startup called Outward for $112 million in cash. It’s Williams-Sonoma company’s first technology acquisition since Laura Alber became CEO in 2010. [Jason Del Rey / Recode]

Many were skeptical — and even creeped out — when Amazon launched its Amazon Key service just last month. Now security researchers have already found a flaw in a critical safeguard of the service that lets Amazon delivery people into customers’ homes. A simple program from any computer could disable the internet-enabled camera that is supposed to monitor in-home deliveries, potentially enabling crooks access without being detected. [Andy Greenberg / Wired]

Apple’s first-ever vice president of diversity and inclusion is leaving the company after six months in the position. Denise Young Smith, who was previously Apple’s worldwide head of human resources for three years, will be an executive in residence at Cornell starting in January; she will be replaced at Apple by Christie Smith, who spent 17 years as a principal at Deloitte. Apple released its latest diversity report earlier this month. [Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch]

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