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12:30 PM ET, October 16, 2015

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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  —  CBS bans advertising for critical film CBS has refused to run advertising for “Truth,” the film starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford that revisits …
Discussion: ABC News
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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.
Madeline Berg / Forbes:
Top 13 YouTube stars earned $54.5M collectively according to Forbes “World's highest-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
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Mirror to cut 28 staff as sport and news production teams pooled  —  Job losses come as Trinity Mirror moves towards integrating staff across titles  —  The publisher of the Daily Mirror is to cut almost 30 jobs as it looks to pool its production teams in sport and news in its latest move to cut millions of pounds of costs.
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 …
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
 
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