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3:45 PM ET, October 18, 2015


 Top News: 
Jonathan Mahler / New York Times:
Interview with Mark Bowden and Seymour Hersh on covering Osama bin Laden's death, and how competing agendas create contrasting narratives on official stories  —  What Do We Really Know About Osama bin Laden's Death? … Mark Bowden was watching a ballgame — the Phillies versus the Mets …
Mark Bowden / Vanity Fair:
The New York Times Magazine's suggestion that The Finish is fabricated has no factual basis  —  There's Just One Problem with Those Bin Laden Conspiracy Theories  —  They have no factual basis, despite what you may have read in The New York Times Magazine, argues the reporter who pieced together …
Walt Hickey / FiveThirtyEight:
Analysis: Fandango's movie ratings are higher than IMDb's 79% of the time, and similarly higher than ratings on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic  —  Be Suspicious Of Online Movie Ratings, Especially Fandango's  —  You were excited for the date: dinner and a movie.  Your date picked a restaurant — “It got five stars on Yelp!”
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Sources: YouTube readying programming that will be exclusive to its upcoming subscription service, will announce some of it at an event in Los Angeles Oct. 21  —  YouTube Will Make You Pay to See Some of Its New Videos  —  Coming to YouTube: Videos you'll need to pay to see.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Turner Broadcasting, Fox Sports, A+E Networks, and NBCUniversal among media companies signed up for YouTube's upcoming subscription service
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
Adrienne Lafrance / The Atlantic:
Inside efforts to resurrect a Pulitzer-nominated 34-part story eight years after it disappeared from the web  —  Raiders of the Lost Web  —  The web, as it appears at any one moment, is a phantasmagoria.  It's not a place in any reliable sense of the word.  It is not a repository.  It is not a library.
Discussion: The Content Strategist, NPR and Digg
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
After the success of recent collaborations with Huffington Post and Gawker, the Intercept is considering working with other newsrooms to broaden its reach  —  The Intercept mulls working with other newsrooms to maximize its impact … Readers who glanced at The Huffington Post's homepage Thursday morning …
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 …
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
How hyperlocal news site Hoodline fuses data scraping bots with traditional journalism to cover 24 neighborhoods in San Francisco  —  With a neighborhood-level focus, Hoodline is trying to fill a gap in San Francisco news  —  For months, the fate of the beloved bakery chain La Boulange has captivated San Franciscans.
Lauren Johnson / Adweek:
Time Inc. Is in Talks to Buy Jane Pratt's Millennial-Focused xoJane  —  Time Inc. is close to acquiring Jane Pratt's xoJane and xoVain sites for an undisclosed sum as it looks to increase its content targeting millennial women, sources tell Adweek.  —  The New York publisher is interested …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
BBC Launches Japanese Language News Site To Extend Its Global Advertising Reach  —  BuzzFeed isn't the only global news heavyweight entering Japan.  The BBC, the UK's national news organization, this week launched a Japanese site, which becomes its first dedicated non-English news website …
Discussion: Marketing Interactive and BBC
Brendan Klinkenberg / BuzzFeed:
Vine's last remaining co-founder at Twitter, Rus Yusupov, among those laid off this week  —  The Co-Founder Of Vine Laid Off By Twitter In Recent Round Of Cuts  —  Vine's last remaining co-founder is out, BuzzFeed News has learned.  —  BuzzFeed News has learned that Vine co-founder Rus Yusupov …
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: @jayrosen_nyu, @losowsky and @zseward
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