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12:30 PM ET, October 8, 2015


 Top News: 
Sarah Jeong / Motherboard:
Matthew Keys found guilty of hacking under Computer Fraud and Abuse Act; US attorney's office may seek less than five year prison sentence in January  —  Former Reuters Journalist Matthew Keys Found Guilty Of Hacking, Faces 25 Years  —  On Wednesday, a jury in Sacramento, California …
Ev Williams / Medium:
Medium adds publishing API, @mentions, updated apps, improved editing options, custom domains for all, and a new logo  —  Taking Medium to the Next Level  —  Two years ago, we opened up Medium for anyone to write.  It was a new, well-lit place for an old idea: letting people share their stories …
Roger Yu / USA Today:
Gannett to buy Milwaukee-based Journal Media Group for $280M in cash deal, expected to close in early 2016  —  Gannett to buy Journal Media Group for $280 million  —  Gannett, the publishing company that owns USA TODAY and media businesses in 92 local markets, said late Wednesday …
Colin Dwyer / NPR:
Belarusian Journalist Svetlana Alexievich Wins Literature Nobel  —  Investigative journalist Svetlana Alexievich has been awarded this year's Nobel Prize for Literature, the Swedish Academy announced Thursday.  Alexievich is the first writer from Belarus to win the prize.
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Gawker gets one-third of its revenue from native and e-commerce  —  Gawker Media has an advertising problem.  In addition to the industrywide problem of declining ad rates and reader response to standard display ads, the edgy editorial content on its flagship vertical, Gawker …
Discussion: @digiday
Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
Tasneem Raja, digital editor of NPR's Code Switch, talks about the race and culture beat, using Twitter to shape stories, launching a potential podcast, more  —  Tasneem Raja on how NPR's Code Switch navigates increasingly crowded race-and-culture beat  —  Freddie Gray.  Sandra Bland.  Rachel Dolezal.
Discussion: @justinnxt
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Digital display advertising up 27.5% in first half of year, £3.98B spent on all forms of digital ads  —  UK digital ad spend soars despite fears over ad blocking  —  Display market rises by more than a quarter as total digital advertising hits record £3.98m in first half
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Digg Dialog tool that allows conversations between journalists and readers to launch Friday  —  Digg wants to build the internet comment section of the future  —  Digg has a plan to save the online comments section.  Yes, that Digg, the pre-Reddit social news site that has evolved to become …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg Business:
Sources: Amazon weighs creating a live online TV service, holds preliminary talks with CBS, NBCUniversal  —  Amazon Said to Weigh Creating a Live Online Television Service  — Inc. is exploring the creation of a live online TV service and has reached out to major media companies …
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
TV Guide Magazine is sold for the third time in less than 10 years to NTVB Media  —  TV Guide Magazine, once the unrivaled bible for television fans and a powerhouse in the publishing business, has been sold for the third time in less than 10 years.  —  NTVB Media, the Troy, Mich. …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Medium launches Ghost Boat, a series that invites readers to help solve the mystery of 243 refugees who vanished in Mediterranean  —  243 people disappeared on a ship in the Mediterranean; a new project from Medium aims to find them  —  The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 …
Discussion: @laurahazardowen
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Enhanced Harry Potter ebooks with animated or interactive illustrations and pop-up annotations released for Apple iBooks  —  ‘Harry Potter’ e-books come to life in new Apple edition  —  1 photo  —  NEW YORK (AP) — You don't need to be a wizard to see the “Harry Potter” books come to life.
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
New York Times memo outlines plans to double digital revenue to $800M in 2020, says 12% of readers currently deliver 90%  —  Times Co. Outlines Strategy to Double Digital Revenue  —  The New York Times Company released a strategy memo to its staff on Wednesday outlining an ambitious plan …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:   New York Times memo indicates expansion in video and conferences, to shift focus from ads to an updated subscriptions model
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Emily Guendelsberger / Philadelphia City Paper:
Broad Street Media CEO Darwin Oordt says he'll keep Philadelphia City Paper's archives accessible after paper ends publication Thursday
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
AMP adds constraints for faster loading webpages that restrict Javascript and ban some HTML tags including iframes; new AMP-specific elements introduced
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Facebook's new tools to help TV producers better engage audiences include options for polling and voting, and an easy way to review and curate user submissions

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David Weston / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft estimates that CrowdStrike's update affected 8.5M Windows devices, or less than 1% of all Windows machines

Steven Levy / Wired:
A look at Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz's self-interested Trump support, including the “final straw”, a Biden proposal to tax unrealized capital gains at 25%

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