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10:10 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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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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 …
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