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5:30 PM ET, October 16, 2014


 Top News: 
Whisper monitors users working for media companies and is developing a version of its app to conform to Chinese censorship rules  —  Revealed: how Whisper app tracks anonymous users  — Company shares some information with US Department of Defense  — User data collated and indefinitely stored in searchable database
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Whisper's Neetzan Zimmerman responds to Guardian report: “We do not track or follow our users”  —  Whisper Just Wrote A 5-Page Response To A Scathing Security Report: ‘We Do Not Track Or Follow Our Users’  —  Two reporters at The Guardian spent three days at Whisper's Santa Monica headquarters …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
CBS to offer standalone web subscription service CBS All Access at $5.99/month in 14 cities  —  CBS Launches Live and On-Demand Web Video Subscription Service  —  Yesterday, HBO announced plans to sell Web video subscriptions.  Today, CBS.  —  CBS?  —  Yup, CBS: The broadcaster …
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
The cable bundle has unraveled more in the last 24 hours than in the previous 24 months
Brian Morrissey / Digiday:
Mail Online's edit staff moonlights as ad creators  —  For many publishers trying to jump on the native advertising gravy train, the biggest challenge is running sponsor content that's actually high quality.  The irony of this is publishers have plenty of experts in creating compelling content with their journalists.
Discussion: @digiday
Kyle Wagner / Deadspin:
The Future Of The Culture Wars Is Here, And It's Gamergate  —  Over the weekend, a game developer in Boston named Brianna Wu fled her home after an online stalker vowed to rape and kill her.  She isn't the first woman who's been forced into hiding by aggrieved video game fans associated with Gamergate …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
BBC Uses WhatsApp For An Ebola Health Alert Service In West Africa  —  While Snapchat may reportedly be talking to a dozen news organisations for a “Snapchat Discovery” service, another big name in mobile messaging is also breaking new ground with big media.
Joel Mathis / Philadelphia Magazine:
Interstate General Media will fold and into  —  Inky, Daily News Websites Shutting Down  —  The websites for the Inquirer and Daily News will shut down in December, leaving as the sole website distributing the journalism of the two papers.
Discussion: Poynter, @ckrewson, @ckrewson and @ckrewson
Alexis Giles / SoundCloud:
Twitter partners with Soundcloud to launch Audio Card, a new way to share audio in timeline  —  Introducing SoundCloud tracks in your Twitter timeline with audio cards  —  Get ready to play some fresh SoundCloud tracks in your Twitter timeline on your mobile.
The Center for Investigative Reporting:
WikiWash shines light on Wikipedia edits in meaningful way  —  Journalists and citizens now have a new tool to help them expose misinformation on Wikipedia.  —  WikiWash (Beta) is a prototype for a free public tool that helps uncover spin and bias on the popular Internet encyclopedia by tracking page edits.
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
AT&T/DirecTV to FCC: Critics Are Off Base; OK Deal ‘Swiftly’  —  In joint comments at the FCC, AT&T and DirecTV have asked the FCC to reject petitions to deny their proposed deal and approve the merger ASAP.  —  As with Comcast's reply to its Time Warner Cable deal critics …
Discussion: The Hill
John McMurtrie / The San Francisco Chronicle:
McSweeney's to become nonprofit publishing house  —  The San Francisco publishing house McSweeney's will become a nonprofit, allowing the acclaimed small press to continue taking on projects that don't necessarily make money, its founder Dave Eggers told The Chronicle.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
How the American Society of News Editors retooled to focus more on digital tools and editors  —  How ASNE has become similar to ONA (and vice-versa)  —  A quick scan of the program from September's American Society of News Editors convention might lead you to believe you'd stumbled into the wrong Chicago hotel.
Discussion: The New York Observer
Amanda Meade / Guardian:
Fairfax Media to get rid of subeditors and photographers at regional papers  —  The company says reporters will be trained to edit stories and take photos but the journalists' union is fighting the plan  —  Some Fairfax Media regional newspapers will be stripped of subeditors and photographers under …
Discussion: @morgangodfery and Crikey
Matt Warman / Telegraph:
Amazon UK will use newspaper and magazine distributor Smiths News for same-day deliveries  —  Amazon launches same-day pick-up services  —  Amazon customers can now order online in the morning and pick up the same afternoon  —  Customers ordering products on Amazon will be able to buy online …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Reuters
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Associated Press:
Myanmar journal owner, publisher, and journalists given 2 years for report on activist group
Kirsti Knolle / Reuters:
Publishers aim to take Chinese literature to the world
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Investigative News Network's INNovation fund awards $226K to 8 projects by nonprofit newsrooms
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Regional-paper readers really like getting Washington Post content with their subscriptions
 Earlier Picks: 
Dave McNary / Variety:
Record Labels Win Key Ruling Over Sirius XM's Airplay of Pre-1972 Songs
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Lene Bech Sillesen / Columbia Journalism Review:
After a decade online, Guernica releases a print mag
John McDuling / Quartz:
YouTube is making itself increasingly indispensable to the music industry
Discussion: @jmcduling
Marc Schneider / Billboard:
Neil Young Readies Pono Store, Says Partnerships With Lincoln, Tesla in Works
Discussion: Gigaom
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Journalism Center on Children and Families will shut down
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
European Court of Human Rights finds Polish courts breached freedom of expression rights of journalists and their paper