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2:25 PM ET, September 30, 2014


 Top News: 
Alina Selyukh / Reuters:
U.S. FCC votes to do away with sports TV blackout rule  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday voted unanimously to eliminate a decades-old rule that has prohibited pay-TV providers from airing some home sports games, such as NFL football, if tickets to those games did not sell out.
Brendan Sasso / National Journal:
FCC may treat some online video services like cable and satellite TV providers
Discussion: Variety and Mashable
New York Times:
Netflix, Weinstein Co. to simultaneously release “Crouching Tiger” sequel on Netflix and IMAX  —  With ‘Crouching Tiger’ Sequel, Netflix Takes Aim at Hollywood  —  In a first deal of its kind, Netflix and the Weinstein Company said Monday that they planned to release next year's sequel …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Piers Morgan joins Daily Mail Online as Editor-at-Large for the US  —  Piers Morgan joins Daily Mail Online  —  Piers Morgan, the former CNN anchor, has joined the UK-based Daily Mail Online as Editor-at-Large for the United States, where he will write commentary “several times each week” on major news stories.
Ernst-Jan Pfauth / Medium:
Out of De Correspondent's nearly 19K backers, 11K renewed their subscription after a year  —  Here's what happened to that world-record in journalism crowdfunding  —  In November 2013, GigaOm's Mathew Ingram reported on the Dutch journalism crowdfunding campaign which led to the founding of our publication, De Correspondent:
Discussion: Nieman Lab, @davidbauer and @kevglobal
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Judge Rules Against Grooveshark in Copyright Infringement Case  —  In the music industry's second big legal victory in a week, a federal judge in New York ruled on Monday that Grooveshark, an online music service long vilified by the major record companies, infringed on thousands of their copyrights.
Peter Sterne / Capital New York:
The Toast hires Roxane Gay to lead new sister site ‘The Butter’  —  The Toast, the women's site co-founded by Mallory Ortberg and Nicole Cliffe, has hired author Roxane Gay to lead a new sister site called The Butter, Toast publisher Nick Pavich told Capital.
Steve Buttry / The Buttry Diary:
Amy O'Leary: Why the New York Times didn't publish its Innovation report  —  In a post earlier today, I asked the question I would have asked Friday at a panel on the New York Times Innovation report (I was at the microphone, next to speak, when time ran out).  —  My question:
Discussion: Poynter, @jayrosen_nyu and @ivanlajara
Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
Japan's SoftBank Eyes Stake in Legendary as DreamWorks Animation Talks Break Down  —  CEO Masayoshi Son has been negotiating with Thomas Tull's studio on a track separate from DWA talks  —  Japanese giant SoftBank has backpedaled from an active negotiation to acquire DreamWorks Animation, but it is not done shopping in Hollywood.
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
BSkyB leads $10M investment in native ad startup Sharethrough  —  Native Ad Startup Sharethrough Raises $10 Million  —  Sharethrough, an advertising startup that specializes in “native ads,” has raised $10 million in new venture funding.  The round was led by British Sky Broadcasting …
Rem Rieder / USA Today:
Founder of “Syria Deeply” Lara Setrakian plans to launch “Ebola Deeply” in October  —  Rieder: A new website totally focused on Ebola  —  Lara Setrakian, the impresario behind the deeply immersive and critically acclaimed website Syria Deeply, is about to take the same approach to Ebola.
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Spotify officially arrives for everyone in Canada  —  It was a long time coming, but Spotify is finally live for one and all in Canada.  —  Following an invite-only period that kicked off earlier this summer, Canadians can now access the music-streaming service that has steadily been taking the world by storm over the past six years.
Jessica Davies / The Drum:
Publishers would be ‘fools’ to disregard wearables, says FT's CTO John O'Donovan as he discusses smart-watch opportunities and responsive-design pitfalls  —  The Financial Times' foray into smart watches has marked a major step in its strategy to build a contextualised, API-based digital portfolio …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Judge Modifies $48 Million Verdict Against ‘Manipulative’ MP3Tunes Founder  —  The new ruling comes after a trial in March against Michael Robertson  —  U.S. District Judge William Pauley, who since 2007 has presided over what might be the most complex copyright lawsuit of all time …
Discussion: Plagiarism Today and Techdirt
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Deron Lee / Columbia Journalism Review:
How Iowa reporters are teaming up to cover a tight Senate race
Michael Rondon / Folio:
Survey: city and regional mags rely on print revenue heavily; 40% plan new print products
Discussion: @mediatronic
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
The Guardian has a new format for liveblogs to make them more readable
Discussion: Capital New York and Guardian beta
Philip Blenkinsop / Reuters:
Belgacom strikes deal to offer Netflix in Belgium