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10:25 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?
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.
Craig Silverman / Tow Center for Digital Journalism:
News in the Grey: Rumors and Debunkings in Online Media  —  Our new fellow, Craig Silverman, launched his research project at the Online News Association conference in Chicago this week.  The timing was perfect: It's been a big week for rumors and debunkings.  —  On Monday this week there were rumors that:
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and @emilybell
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
As Roku grows, it's moving towards pay-to-play for successful channels  —  Getting your app onto Roku's platform is free.  But once you start to make real money, the company will ask you to sign a new deal — to the surprise of some publishers.  —  With 1,800 channels and growing …
Discussion: FierceCable
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
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
Comcast appoints VP to fix customer experience, admits it may take years to improve reputation  —  Comcast: honestly, ‘it may take years’ to improve our reputation  —  The company has appointed a new executive in charge of reforming customer service  —  Comcast, which makes more money …
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 …
Laurie Oakes / HeraldSun:
Proposed Australian anti-terror law could send journalists to jail for doing their jobs  —  Our free press is under siege  —  IN opposition, Tony Abbott and his Coalition colleagues were great defenders of press freedom, fighting off with ferocity Labor's attempts to introduce new media laws.
Discussion: CNET and Guardian
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