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3:20 PM ET, October 15, 2015


 Top News: 
Wall Street Journal:
US Justice Department and FBI investigating whether fantasty sports sites should continue operating under “games of skill” exemption  —  FBI, Justice Department Investigating Daily Fantasy Sports Business Model  —  FBI agents have been contacting customers of DraftKings to ask them about their experiences
New York Times:
How fantasy sports sites like Fanduel, DraftKings, and others skirt federal law to offer online gambling  —  Cash Drops and Keystrokes: The Dark Reality of Sports Betting and Daily Fantasy Games  —  This shadowy exchange in June 2012 was remarkable for two reasons: The bag contained $350,000 in cash …
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
New season prime time ratings drop 9% from last year, including DVR and streaming audiences  —  Prime-Time TV Audiences Fall Despite Delayed Viewing Bump  —  Average ratings for broadcast networks decline year-over-year  —  The broadcast networks have been busy boasting about how when delayed viewing …
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
Todd Spangler / Variety:
NBCUniversal to launch SeeSo, a comedy-focused VOD subscription channel, in January at $3.99 per month  —  NBCU Sets ‘SeeSo’ Comedy Subscription VOD Channel Launch  —  NBCUniversal announced plans to launch “SeeSo,” a $3.99-per-month over-the-top subscription channel stocked with episodes …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Spotify Rival Deezer To Raise Upwards Of $335M From French Public Listing  —  French music streaming service Deezer has announced that it plans to raise at least €300 million ($335 million) in a public listing that will take place in its native France at the end of this month.
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Wayne Simmons, recurring Fox News guest, charged with lying about CIA ties  —  Wayne Simmons, a recurring guest on Fox News who claimed to have 27 years of experience with the CIA, was arrested Thursday after being indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that he lied about his service.
Scott Cunningham / IAB:
IAB launches program to address ad blocking with light, encrypted, ad choice supported, and non-invasive ads  —  Getting LEAN with Digital Ad UX  —  We messed up.  As technologists, tasked with delivering content and services to users, we lost track of the user experience.
Discussion: Adweek, MediaPost, Consumerist and Mediatel
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Snapchat Expects Sponsored Selfie Filters To Reach Up To 16 Million Views At Max Of $700,000 per day  —  Snapchat wants advertisers to fork over some significant cash for its new sponsored selfie filters.  —  A month ago, Snapchat released Lenses, filters that enhance your selfies …
Discussion: The Next Web and Fast Company
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Newsquest paid £15.2m for 29 local newspapers published by Romanes Media Group  —  Newsquest paid £15.2m to acquire Romanes Media Group, the company's accounts have shown.  —  The regional publishing giant announced it had bought Romanes, the publisher of 29 newspapers, in May.
Jennifer Fermino / New York Daily News:
NYC launching neighborhood websites with hyper-local information  —  The city is making it easier to find up-to-the-minute info on New York's diverse neighborhoods.  —  Mayor de Blasio on Wednesday announced that the city would launch neighborhood websites with hyper-local info that affects residents …
Discussion: Street Fight and Curbed NY
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Bravo will preview a new show on Shazam app before TV premiere  —  If you think there are no new ways to distribute TV shows, think again.  —  NBC Universal's Bravo announced Thursday it will preview its new documentary-style reality series “Aprés-Ski” on the app Shazam …
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