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3:55 AM ET, October 16, 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
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  —  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 …
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
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.
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
Jennifer Harper / Washington Times:
Washington Times reaches profitability after 33 years, $1 billion in losses  —  Some said it could never be done.  Ever.  But it's done.  The Washington Times announced Wednesday it achieved in September the first profitable month in its 33-year history, successfully transforming …
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.
Discussion: @noahchestnut and @niemanlab
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
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Daisuke Furuta named founding editor of BuzzFeed Japan  —  Daisuke Furuta, previously a member of the digital editions team at The Asahi Shimbun, has been named founding editor at BuzzFeed Japan.  —  BuzzFeed on Thursday night announced the head editor for the company's Japan edition …
Discussion: TechCrunch, BuzzFeed and @masurakusuo
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