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5:55 PM ET, September 26, 2014


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John Ourand / SportsBusiness Daily:
An Inside Look At ESPN's Decision To Suspend Bill Simmons For Goodell Comments … It was around 5:00pm ET Wednesday afternoon when Marie Donoghue, one of ESPN's highest-ranking female execs, picked up the phone in the network's Manhattan office to call Bill Simmons.
Anne Helen Petersen / BuzzFeed:
Here's Why The New York Times Television Coverage Is So Bad  —  How did the New York Times, the national paper of record, and the recipient of 114 Pulitzer Prizes, find itself with the worst television criticism section of any mainstream, popular publication?
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Thom Yorke releases album via BitTorrent Bundle with free single and video, $6 album  —  BitTorrent adds paygate option to its direct-to-fan publishing platform Bundle, will take a 10% cut after fees  —  BitTorrent today announced it is adding a new paygate feature to BitTorrent Bundle …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Vast Majority of Top Films, TV Shows Are Available Legally Online: Study  —  Hollywood is delivering more movies and TV shows via legal outlets than ever, although most titles are available for purchase or rental rather than subscription VOD.  —  As of December 2013, 94% of 808 top films analyzed …
Discussion: SYS-CON MEDIA, IP&TV News and @mpaa
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Comcast's Netflix competitor Streampix no longer stand-alone offering, now part of Xfinity TV  —  Comcast: Nobody Really Liked Our Netflix Wannabe Streampix  —  In February of 2012 Comcast unveiled Streampix, their effort at trying to prevent cord cutting by offering a Netflix-esque service of their own.
David Meyer / Gigaom:
Russia orders Google, Facebook and Twitter to comply with local storage and censorship laws  —  The U.S. firms have reportedly been told they must store Russians' local data and metadata on Russian soil, and abide by the same restrictions on free speech to which traditional Russian media must adhere.
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
Amazon's deal to acquire Twitch for $970M is now complete  —  Amazon completes acquisition of Twitch  —  Summary: Amazon has sealed the deal on Twitch, a game-streaming service the company says is an “awesome” cultural fit.  —  Amazon's acquisition of Twitch is complete …
Discussion: VentureBeat and
Press Gazette:
Mirror publisher in £125k hacking payouts to Sven, Doctor Who actor, Beckham nanny and three others  —  Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson (pictured, Reuters) and actor Christopher Eccleston have settled their phone-hacking damages claims for £30,000 each.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Goodreads updates its iOS app with new home feed, streamlined navigation and improved shelving  —  Amazon's Goodreads App Finally Gets A Makeover  —  Goodreads, the social network for book lovers, has at last seen its first major update since Amazon bought the company last March.
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
One secret to the success of Quartz, BuzzFeed and Gawker: They look at news as a service  —  Most traditional media outlets are used to thinking of journalism or news as something they create and then distribute to a waiting audience — but seeing it as a product or service instead can change …
Craig Silverman / American Press Institute:
The best ways for publishers to build credibility through transparency  —  As so much in the world of news and information changes, the fundamental bond of trust between journalists and the communities they serve is one of the few things that doesn't.  In fact, its importance has grown.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Syrian Activists Report From ISIS-Controlled City News Outlets Can't Reach  —  NEW YORK — Abu Ibrahim Raqqawi fled Raqqa, a city in north-central Syria, a few weeks ago, yet he remains a go-to source for news coming out of the de facto capital of the Islamic State.
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