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1:45 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.
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
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 …
Discussion: LostRemote and Variety
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
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
During earnings call, Netflix says it could be competing with Vice in news programming within next two years  —  Netflix Expresses Interest in Expanding Into News Programming  —  Now that they've disrupted one TV genre after another with dramas and comedies like “House of Cards” and …
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Sun journalists Chris Pharo and Jamie Pyatt cleared of aiding and abetting a police officer to commit misconduct
Jon Gambrell / Associated Press:
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Garett Sloane / Digiday:
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Discussion: Media Wire Daily
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Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
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Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Tyrangiel officially joins Vice to head up HBO show
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Sources: Tribune's lax review of San Diego Union-Tribune and LA Times insufficient to support downward revenue projections for Q4 2015
Discussion: LA Observed