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8:20 PM ET, October 2, 2014


 Top News: 
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Piers Morgan talks about ratings race at CNN, his new column at MailOnline, and future plans  —  Exclusive: Piers Morgan dishes on CNN  —  BEVERLY HILLS, California — Piers Morgan swears he doesn't miss CNN — but the network is still very much on his mind.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
How The Washington Post's Carol Leonnig Broke Open The Secret Service Scandal  —  NEW YORK — With the Secret Service under fire for a series of security lapses in presidential protection, there is one journalist who seems to have all the information.  The White House, Congress and even Julia Pierson …
Robert Feder:
Robert Feder's media blog becomes part of Chicago Tribune's premium tier, with freemium model  —  A personal note about my blog  —  I have some important news to share with you about my blog.  But as long as I have your attention, let me first thank you for your loyalty and support.
Discussion: @martindave and, Thanks:@martindave
Daniel Miller / Los Angeles Times:
Disney Chief Executive Robert Iger gets two-year contract extension  —  Walt Disney Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Robert Iger's contract has been extended two years through June 2018, the Burbank-based company said Thursday.  —  The executive, who has been CEO of the world's largest …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Google threatened with $100M lawsuit for failure to remove nude images of hacked celebrities  —  Celebrities Threaten “Despicable” Google for “Facilitating” Hacked Nude Photos  —  In a letter that rips Google for acting “like the NFL” and turning a blind eye, a lawyer representing celebrities warns of consequences
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Hulu makes peace with Apple's 30 percent cut, enables in-app billing in latest iPhone update  —  Hulu is giving Apple 30 percent of its Hulu Plus subscription fee for new users that sign up through the just-relaunched iPhone app.  The company's business model may help with this significant bounty.
Rich McCormick / The Verge:
Intel responds to pressure from anti-feminist campaign #GamerGate, pulling ads from Gamasutra  —  Intel buckles to anti-feminist campaign by pulling ads from gaming site  —  #GamerGate supporters try to silence calls for video game equality  —  Intel has pulled an advertising campaign …
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
Scribd's unlimited ebook service gets 15K new titles from romance publisher Harlequin  —  The market for ebook services is starting to get more exciting as major book publishers start accepting the idea that consumers want a “Netflix for books” to satisfy their voracious reading habits.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Deezer launches US partnership with Bose, at $5/month with lower quality audio than Sonos deal  —  Deezer launches in the U.S., again, this time partnering with Bose  —  Deezer is launching another paid tier of its streaming service in the U.S., this time through an exclusive partnership with Deezer.
Sam Kirkland / Poynter:
Facebook is more important to news distribution than you think, and journalists are freaked out  —  Facebook's Liz Heron answered for a litany of perceived sins and slights last week during a conversation with The Atlantic's Alexis Madrigal and attendees at the Online News Association conference in Chicago.
Peter Sterne / Capital New York:
Former Vice Media editor says company killed stories over ‘brand partner’ concerns  —  By all accounts, the brief tenure of Charles Davis as an associate editor working out of the Los Angeles bureau for Vice Media was not a happy one.  —  He showed promise when he was hired in July …
National Union of Journalists:
NUJ calls for urgent investigation of RIPA's use to spy on journalists  —  The NUJ has condemned a further case in which police have misused the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) in order to secretly access material from journalists and their sources.
Yoree Koh / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter, MIT Create New Research Lab to Analyze Every Tweet  —  Twitter is giving every tweet ever made publicly to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the name of research.  —  With a $10 million investment from Twitter, data scientists at MIT's Media Lab are creating a new research group …
Tim Peterson / AdAge:
Ready for a Vice Talk Show?  Vice News to Develop Scheduled Live Shows With Skype  —  Weighing Two Talk Show Formats to Involve Its Audience  —  Vice News has gained attention with long live feeds from Ferguson, Mo., but is now moving to also schedule live programming online.  —  Hispanic Fact Pack 2014
Discussion: Media Week
Sarah Mitroff / CNET:
Evernote adds Context feature, automatically showing news stories from media partners like WSJ, TechCrunch, Fast Company, and Inc. Magazine  —  Evernote brings chat and news stories to its note-taking app  —  At the company's developer conference, Evernote adds a few new features to its note-taking system …
Discussion: The Next Web, Dow Jones and The Verge
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Twitter UK TV Ratings Go Live This Month, The First Of 6 New Markets With Kantar  —  Twitter is today putting in place the latest piece of its global “social TV” strategy, which involves measuring how its users share and discuss TV programs and related content on Twitter's network.
Laura Hazard Owen / Gigaom:
Amazon's crowdsourced publishing platform will launch soon for mystery, romance and sci-fi authors  —  Amazon's crowdsourced publishing initiative is for romance, mystery/thriller and sci-fi/fantasy authors, and will open to the public in a couple of weeks.  Separately, Amazon is launching a community called WriteOn.
Corilyn Shropshire / Chicago Tribune:
Tribune Media's Gracenote buys Australian TV, movie data provider  —  Tribune Media Co.'s Gracenote said Thursday that it has acquired HWW, an Australian provider of television and movie data in a deal worth $19 million.  —  The deal is expected to broaden Gracenote's international reach …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
The NFL's Flirtation With the Web Is Over (For Now)  —  One day, a tech giant like Google or Apple might stream pro football games to American homes.  But not anytime soon: DirecTV has renewed its deal to carry the NFL's “Sunday Ticket” subscription package.
Discussion: @pkafka and Variety
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR:
One System, Two Media: How China, Hong Kong Are Covering The Protests  —  Hong Kong media are providing wall-to-wall coverage of the protests calling for the resignation of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, but in mainland China there has been little to no mention of the unrest.
SoftBank Investing $250 Million in Legendary, Forms Joint Venture  —  Japanese banking and technology giant SoftBank Corp. has closed a deal to invest $250 million in Legendary Entertainment.  As part of the pact, the companies will form a joint venture designed to promote and create business opportunities …
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Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
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