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11:35 AM ET, October 15, 2014


 Top News: 
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
HBO will offer a stand-alone streaming service in 2015  —  HBO Says It's Going to Start Selling on the Web Next Year  —  HBO says it's finally ready: Sometime in the next year the pay TV service will be selling a Web-only offering.  —  HBO CEO Richard Plepler, speaking …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Time Warner Has “More Than Sufficient Scale,” Will Double Earnings, Jeff Bewkes Says  —  The chairman and CEO opens the entertainment conglomerate's investor day  —  Time Warner chairman and CEO Jeffrey Bewkes told an investor day Wednesday that the company is in “a new era” …
Discussion: Reuters, Variety and Capital New York
New York Times:
Bill Simmons's Return Sets Intrigue in Motion at ESPN  —  A decade ago, Howard Stern got tired of fighting with the Federal Communications Commission over its decency standards and quit Viacom for satellite radio.  —  More recently, Glenn Beck clashed with his bosses at Fox News and started his own Internet channel, Glenn Beck TV.
China asks foreign media to report Hong Kong unrest “objectively”  —  A Chinese official told foreign media in Hong Kong on Wednesday that China has seen interference in the city's pro-democracy protests from outside forces and called on international journalists to report “objectively”.
Alastair Reid /
Hong Kong outlet wins at World Digital Media Awards  —  Apple Daily wins award for best mobile service as Norway's VG picks up two awards, Dagbladet, Guardian and BBC also win  —  A Hong Kong news organisation was commended for its digital work at the inaugural World Digital Media Awards …
Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
The new Vox daily email, explained  —  he old email newsletter continues its remarkable return to prominence.  The latest move: Vox wants to make explaining the news a little more manageable by telling you everything you need to know in the comfort of your inbox.
Will Oremus / Slate:
The Decline and Fall of the San Francisco Bay Guardian  —  Another alt-weekly is dead.  But this one wasn't just another alt-weekly.  It was the San Francisco Bay Guardian, one of the most venerable, staunchly independent, and defiantly weird of America's great alternative weekly newspapers.
Joe Eskenazi / SFWeekly:
San Francisco Bay Guardian Closed by San Francisco Media Company
Todd Spangler / Variety:
NBC Sports Digital Launches ‘SportsWorld,’ Its Version of ESPN's Grantland  —  NBC Sports Digital has launched SportsWorld, a microsite within dedicated to long-form storytelling stocked with stories, essays, videos and documentary films — an attempt to engage sports fans beyond …
John Plunkett / Guardian:
BBC playing catch-up with Vice News, says Newsbeat editor  —  Louisa Compton admits frustration at being ‘shackled’ by technology that can take up to five hours to upload a video  —  The editor of BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat has admitted the corporation is playing “catch-up” with Vice News and that she is …
Discussion: @shanesmith30
Colin Mann / Advanced Television:
Bloomberg launches Media Source content platform  —  Business information provider Bloomberg has launched Media Source, a new online platform designed to make it easier for broadcasters, publishers and other companies to access Bloomberg's media.  Media Source showcases Bloomberg's full library of photos …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
SoftBank Snaps Up Global Video Site DramaFever To Increase Its Entertainment Focus  —  Fresh from announcing a $250 million joint venture with media giant Legendary, SoftBank is increasing its focus on entertainment with an undisclosed deal to buy DramaFever, a five-year-old startup that streams global TV shows and movies online.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
White House pool reporters test own news distribution system  —  White House journalists are creating an alternative system for distributing their media “pool” reports in response to the Obama administration's involvement in approving and disapproving certain content in official reports.
Discussion: Mediaite
Marc Graser / Variety:
Walmart Launches InstaWatch to Increase Digital Downloads from Discs  —  The addition of digital copies of movies with Blu-rays was meant to help make the physical discs more popular to consumers.  Few shoppers are actually redeeming the codes, however, with some saying the process is too time consuming or just plain confusing.
Shan Li / Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles Times sues O.C. Register alleging breach of contract  —  The Los Angeles Times filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the Orange County Register, accusing the embattled newspaper of breach of contract and failure to pay more than $2 million in delivery fees.
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
New York Times Rolls Out Archive of Vintage Print Ads, Asks for Help ID-ing Them  —  ‘Madison’ Debuts With Ads From the 1960s  —  Vintage ads that appeared in The New York Times are getting their own digital archive that will live on the Times' website.  Called Madison in reference to Madison Avenue …
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Condé Nast to Lay Off 70 to 80 Employees  —  Cuts Come Amid Tough Market For Print Ads  —  Magazine publisher Condé Nast is expected to lay off 70 to 80 employees within the next week or two, primarily from the group that oversees ad sales, according to people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: MediaWire Daily and FishbowlNY
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
Bauer Media introduces flat $9.99/month fee for digital titles in Germany, UK, and US  —  Bauer Media Group Introducing Flat Fee for Digital  —  The Bauer Media Group is introducing a flat fee for its digital products.  —  The Hamburg, Germany-based media firm has partnered with rate provider Readly.
Discussion: MediaPost
Former Sunday Mirror journalist Graham Johnson charged with hacking into mobile phone voicemail systems  —  Ex-Sunday Mirror journalist charged  —  Ex-Sunday Mirror journalist Graham Johnson charged with hacking mobile phone voicemail messages by UK prosecutors
Discussion: Guardian, Telegraph, Reuters and ITV
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Phone hacking: Rebekah Brookss husband loses £600,000 costs claim  —  Judge also refuses claim from ex-NoW managing editor, saying ‘the defendants’ conduct brought suspicion on themselves'  —  Rebekah Brooks's husband Charlie has lost his bid to recover the £600,000 in legal fees …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Inside Gannett's editorial innovation lab  —  When Gannett Digital created an interactive feature for the Des Moines Register called Harvest of Change, it wasn't just notable because it incorporated cutting-edge technology, virtual reality headset Oculus Rift.
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Deron Lee / Columbia Journalism Review:
Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Netflix Leads In U.S. Digital Video Subscriptions In Home And Among Millennials
Associated Press:
Editor in chief, four deputies, quit at leading Slovak newspaper to protest proposed sale
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Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
Layoffs hit CNN and other Turner properties like TNT and TBS as Time Warner cuts costs
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Washington Post's chief revenue officer heads for Yahoo
Discussion: AdAge, @petersontee and @mikeisaac