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7:50 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
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.
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 …
Alex Spence / Politico:
Sources: Guardian prepares for editorial cuts after advertising sales slow  —  Guardian braces for cutbacks after ‘difficult’ year  —  An era of lavish spending is over, says a newspaper insider.  “We have to be realistic.”  —  LONDON — The Guardian is preparing for steep editorial cuts after a slowdown in advertising sales.
Discussion: @alexgspence and @politicoeurope
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.
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Grantland's audience grows despite loss of Bill Simmons  —  ESPN's Grantland has suffered an editorial exodus this year, most notably parting with its best-known personality, but those recent departures have coincided with a period of promising audience growth for the sports and pop culture site.
Discussion: Adweek
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
NBC Sports to launch new Digital Shorts initiative focused on short-form original content for digital platforms  —  ‘Culture change’: NBC Sports starts taking original digital video seriously  —  NBC Sports has mostly treated online as a way to distribute and promote TV content, steering clear of original digital video content.
Discussion: Variety and Broadcasting & Cable
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.
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
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Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
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