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4:55 PM ET, October 16, 2015


 Top News: 
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Alex Spence / Politico:
FT editor says Japanese owners assure editorial independence  —  Nikkei President Tsuneo Kita promises editor Lionel Barber his journalists will remain independent.  —  LONDON — A trip to Japan to meet the Financial Times' new owners has persuaded the broadsheet's editor that they won't interfere …
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.
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.
John Brownlee / Co.Design:
Digital media firm Vocativ acquires Israel-based data visualization company Dadaviz  —  Why Vocativ Is Doubling Down On Data Viz  —  Last time we heard from Dadaviz, a team of infographic auteurs based in Tel Aviv, they were looking to launch the YouTube of data visualization.
Discussion: Nieman Lab, @losowsky and @zseward
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 …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Aurous takes its streaming music app offline following court order and RIAA lawsuit  —  Streaming Music App Aurous Suspends Downloads Following Court Order  —  Senior Silicon Valley Correspondent @jank0  —  That was quick: The free streaming music app Aurous has suspended operations …
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
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