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11:45 AM ET, October 16, 2015

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Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Truth review: story of botched 60 Minutes report that cost Dan Rather his job portrays him as hero, and makes journalistic errors appear as acts of martyrdom  —  How the Dan Rather Movie ‘Truth’ Lies About Good Journalism  —  Dan Rather and his producer are portrayed as heroes by Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett.
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David Bauder / Associated Press:
CBS refuses to run advertising for Truth, a film about a 2004 discredited 60 Minutes report  —  CBS bans advertising for critical film  —  In this image released by Sony Pictures Classics, Robert Redford portrays Dan Rather in a scene from, “Truth.”  CBS has refused to run advertising for …
Discussion: TVNewser and ABC News
Madeline Berg / Forbes:
Top 13 YouTube stars earned $54.5M collectively according to Forbes “World's higest-paid YouTube Stars 2015”, with PewDiePie topping the list at $12M  —  The World's Highest-Paid YouTube Stars 2015  —  Ask just about any stranger on the street who Felix Kjellberg is and you'll likely get a blank stare.
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
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Kevin Draper / Deadspin:
Nevada rules daily fantasy is gambling, orders sites like DraftKings and FanDuel to obtain licenses from gaming commission or shut down  —  Nevada Regulators Rule Daily Fantasy Is Gambling, Order Sites To Shut Down In State  —  The Nevada Gaming Control Board offered perhaps …
New York Times:
How fantasy sports sites like Fanduel, DraftKings, and others skirt federal law to offer online gambling
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Boston Globe cuts two dozen full- and part-time staffers, 17 more accept buyout  —  Boston Globe editor on layoffs: ‘This was a tough day in this newsroom.’  —  On the heels of staff cuts in The Boston Globe newsroom Thursday, Editor Brian McGrory put the number of part-time and full …
Joseph Ax / Reuters:
Google book-scanning project legal, says U.S. appeals court  —  A U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday that Google's massive effort to scan millions of books for an online library does not violate copyright law, rejecting claims from a group of authors that the project illegally deprives them of revenue.
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
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BBC iPlayer Blocks UK VPN Servers Over Piracy Concerns  —  The BBC's online catchup service iPlayer has been a great success, both in the UK and abroad.  —  While the service is intended for UK viewers, who have to pay a mandatory TV license, it's also commonly used overseas.
Lulu Yilun Chen / Bloomberg Business:
Alibaba Offers $3.6 Billion in Cash for Rest of Youku Video Site  —  Bid is a 30% premium to Youku Tudou's closing price Thursday  —  Online videos watched by 461 million people in China  —  Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. offered to buy the rest of Youku Tudou Inc. as billionaire Jack Ma seeks …
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.
Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
New York Times updates 4th Down Twitter bot with “live calls”, uses new statistical model, and puts the prediction code on GitHub  —  Faster, stronger, and with better kickers: The New York Times' 4th Down Bot gets an upgrade  —  The Vikings were losing, again.
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Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
YouTube Gaming adds ability to broadcast gameplay and facecam video from Android and launches $4 monthly sponsorships, but ads remain
Scott Cunningham / IAB:
IAB launches program to address ad blocking with light, encrypted, ad choice supported, and non-invasive ads
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Bravo will preview a new show on Shazam app before TV premiere
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
New season prime time ratings drop 9% from last year, including DVR and streaming audiences
Discussion: Seeking Alpha