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9:35 PM ET, October 9, 2014

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Claire Suddath / Businessweek:
The Weather Channel's Secret: Less Weather, More Clickbait  —  The writers and editors at the Weather Channel's weather.com don't often talk about the weather.  They're not meteorologists.  They don't mention the forecast or debate whether New York's overcast sky means it's going to rain.
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
A tip for media companies: Facebook isn't your enemy, but it's not your friend either  —  Facebook seems to produce a kind of existential dread in news organizations and journalists, since it plays an increasingly large role in whether anyone sees their content.
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon opening first physical store this year in Manhattan, will handle pickups and returns  —  Amazon to Open First Brick-and-Mortar Location  —  The New York City Site to Handle Same-Day-Delivery Inventory, Product Returns  —  Online retail giant Amazon.com Inc. plans to open its first brick …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
At National Press Club, the press is shut out  —  I'd like to tell you what Robert Ford, former U.S. ambassador to Syria, said at the National Press Club on Wednesday about recent developments in the war against the Islamic State.  The diplomat, who resigned in protest earlier this year because he found it …
Karen Lee Ziner / Providence Journal:
Providence Phoenix to cease publication after 36 years  —  kziner@providencejournal.com  —  PROVIDENCE, RI — The Providence Phoenix, which has served for 36 years as Rhode Island's alternative news and arts weekly, is ceasing publication, Phoenix Media/Communications Group owner and publisher Stephen M. Mindich announced Thursday.
Discussion: Poynter
Michael Carney / PandoDaily:
StubHub hires its first Editor-in-Chief, looks to become a destination for sports and music fans  —  StubHub has an image problem.  Consumers think of the ecommerce platform as a place to find tickets to events that they know about.  But rarely do they visit the site to discover and browse …
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
Haters gonna hate: A guide to the backlash against Vice  —  The hype cycle for publishers is a cruel thing.  One day the darling, the next you're getting a Code:Red.  —  Just look at Vice.  In 20 years, Vice has gone from being a small counterculture magazine to becoming …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Scripps expands digital investment by buying Weathersphere, with apps RadarCast, Hi-Def Radar  —  Scripps Acquires WeatherSphere, Publisher Of 3 Top 10 Weather Apps On iTunes  —  WeatherSphere, the company behind the #1 Paid weather application on iOS, and maker of three of the Top 10 Paid weather apps …
Jacob Weisberg / Slate:
President Erdogan's new style of media censorship is less brutal—and much more effective  —  As recently as last year, Turkey ranked as the world's top jailer of journalists, ahead of even Iran and China.  On a mission last week with the Committee to Protect Journalists …
Billboard:
Apple says U2's free “Songs of Innocence” had 26M complete downloads since Sept. 9  —  The Download Heard 'Round the World: iTunes Numbers Show 81 Million ‘Experienced’ U2 Album
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Christian Science Monitor plans Passcode, a cybersecurity vertical  —  Coming soon (-ish, by January of next year at the latest) The Christian Science Monitor will launch its first vertical, Passcode a “modern field guide to security and privacy.”  —  “The Monitor saw a real opportunity …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Amazon Studios Wants Big Comedies, Ready to Pay $4 Million for Pilots: Sources  —  Amazon Studios, its appetite whetted for half-hour comedies, is now looking to fund a big-budget, high-profile laffer to anchor its next wave of original series — and rival Netflix for attention-grabbing properties.
Discussion: Business Insider and Digital Spy
 
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Deezer partners with Vodacom in South Africa: one-month free Premium+ service, bundled billing
Discussion: Bloomberg, Billboard and TechCentral
Brady Dale / Technically Brooklyn:
Alex Blumberg's podcast network just raised $675K
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Hispanic Digital-Media Company ‘Latin Everywhere’ Formed via GoTV, Latin Anywhere Merger
Discussion: ScreenDaily and Hollywood Reporter
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Music Industry Pushes for New York Tax Credits Like Film Industry's
Discussion: FDRMX, NCPR Daily News and Billboard
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Hearst UK sees pre-tax profits fall by more than a quarter
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Last.fm made loss of £2.1m last year
Discussion: Complete Music Update
 Earlier Picks: 
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Cartoon Network Launches Micro-Network for Smartphones (Exclusive)
Discussion: Engadget and @ischafer
Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
At Condé Nast Entertainment, marketing digital video costs as much as making it
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Ex-News Corp lobbyist Frédéric Michel to work for Sky Italia
Discussion: Poynter
Kelsey McKinney / Vox:
Co-founder of music discovery tool We Are Hunted builds Wonder.fm, a site that streams new releases from SoundCloud
Discussion: Gigaom
Jack Kim / Reuters:
South Korea indicts Japanese journalist for defaming President