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7:40 PM ET, October 16, 2014

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Guardian:
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
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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 …
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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 …
Joel Mathis / Philadelphia Magazine:
Interstate General Media will fold Inquirer.com and PhillyDailyNews.com into Philly.com  —  Inky, Daily News Websites Shutting Down  —  The websites for the Inquirer and Daily News will shut down in December, leaving Philly.com as the sole website distributing the journalism of the two papers.
Discussion: @ckrewson, Poynter, @ckrewson and @ckrewson
Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
Breaking up the pledge drive: Boston's WBUR wants to build a new model for public media funding  —  embership is having a moment in the world of media.  Companies like The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times among others are attempting to develop new sources of revenue …
Discussion: @indira_l and @justinnxt
Jason Abbruzzese / Mashable:
CNN's Head of Digital Is Out Amid Widespread Cuts at Turner  —  KC Estenson, senior vice president and general manager of CNN.com, is being let go amid major cuts at the news outlet, according to a source at CNN.  —  Estenson, who has been with CNN since 2008, is among the most senior employees …
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.
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.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Twitpic Couldn't Find An Acquirer, Will Shut Down After All On Oct 25th  —  The reports of Twitpic's survival were greatly exaggerated.  Despite claiming it had found an acquirer to save it from death following a trademark complaint from Twitter, the photo sharing service today announced …
John Glenday / The Drum:
Google faces tax on links to Spanish papers, threatens to drop them from Google News  —  Google ordered to cough up for each link to Spanish newspapers  —  Search giant Google faces being hit by a substantial bill in Spain after authorities there ordered it to pay a fee every time it links …
Discussion: thetimes.co.uk
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
Associated Press:
2 US journalists detained over Russia workshop  —  MOSCOW (AP) — Two American journalists have been briefly detained and taken to court for teaching an investigative journalism workshop in Russia.  —  The New England Center for Investigative Reporting said Thursday that its co-founder …
 
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John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
AT&T/DirecTV to FCC: Critics Are Off Base; OK Deal ‘Swiftly’
Discussion: The Hill
Matt Warman / Telegraph:
Amazon UK will use newspaper and magazine distributor Smiths News for same-day deliveries
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Reuters
Associated Press:
Myanmar journal owner, publisher, and journalists given 2 years for report on activist group
Amanda Meade / Guardian:
Fairfax Media to get rid of subeditors and photographers at regional papers
Discussion: @morgangodfery and Crikey
Kirsti Knolle / Reuters:
Publishers aim to take Chinese literature to the world
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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