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8:00 AM ET, October 17, 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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John McDermott / Digiday:
BuzzFeed and Fusion cease partnership with Whisper in response to user privacy questions  —  Whisper: The anonymous app that isn't so anonymous after all  —  Whisper's chummy relationship with the publishing world appears to be backfiring.  The Guardian published a story Thursday revealing …
Discussion: VPN Creative, Gigaom and @jimwaterson
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 …
Donald R. Winslow / NPPA:
Syracuse disinvites WashPost Pulitzer photographer due to Ebola fears  —  UPDATED at 9:12 p.m. CST with response from Syracuse University  —  Three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Michel du Cille of The Washington Post, who returned from covering the Ebola crisis in Liberia 21 days ago …
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
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
IWantMedia site will go dark Monday  —  Fourteen-year-old IWantMedia.com will go dark on Monday.  —  Patrick Phillips, the founder of the IWantMedia site, who sold it to Guggenheim/Prometheus Partners for a mid-six-figure deal four years ago, is exiting after clashing with the current management team.
Discussion: @joepompeo and MediaWire Daily
Gideon Spanier / London Evening Standard:
Vice to launch local editions in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Australia, Brazil, and Mexico  —  Vice News to expand in London and overseas  —  Vice News, the hip online video-news organisation that has reported from global trouble spots such as Syria and Ukraine, today said it will launch …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Telegraph's Jason Seiken takes a non-editorial business role  —  The Telegraph Media Group (TMG) issued a bland press release today announcing “key new promotions... as part of its accelerated transformation plan.”  —  But it was easy to read between the lines of the corporate document.
Michael Rondon / Folio:
A Look at NatGeo's Multiyear Deep-Dive Into Food  —  Building a product line around world food consumption.  —  Theme issues aren't anything new for publishers, but National Geographic is building out an entire product line and set of partnerships off of a magazine series on the future of food.
Alvin Lim / INMA:
Dissolving titles that separate digital employees in media companies  —  When new media isn't new anymore, perhaps it's time for media companies to rethink the way they assign titles working in the digital space.  —  Why is a journalist who works for a Web site is designated as an …
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 …
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
The cable bundle has unraveled more in the last 24 hours than in the previous 24 months  —  The cable bundle has unraveled more in the last 24 hours than in the previous 24 months  —  Yesterday, HBO announced a new Internet streaming service for 2015 that will let you watch shows without a cable subscription.
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
CBS to offer standalone web subscription service CBS All Access at $5.99/month in 14 cities
 
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Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Pageviews aren't perfect, but ad buyers see flaws in attention measures
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
Publishers want out of Apple's Newsstand jail
John Glenday / The Drum:
Google faces tax on links to Spanish papers, threatens to drop them from Google News
Discussion: thetimes.co.uk
Jason Abbruzzese / Mashable:
CNN's Head of Digital Is Out Amid Widespread Cuts at Turner
Discussion: TVNewser and The Wrap, Thanks:@toddwasserman
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
AT&T/DirecTV to FCC: Critics Are Off Base; OK Deal ‘Swiftly’
The Center for Investigative Reporting:
WikiWash shines light on Wikipedia edits in meaningful way
 Earlier Picks: 
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
How the American Society of News Editors retooled to focus more on digital tools and editors
Discussion: The New York Observer
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
Kyle Wagner / Deadspin:
The Future Of The Culture Wars Is Here, And It's Gamergate
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
BBC Uses WhatsApp For An Ebola Health Alert Service In West Africa
Brian Morrissey / Digiday:
Mail Online's edit staff moonlights as ad creators
Discussion: The Dish and @digiday