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7:20 PM ET, October 20, 2015


 Top News: 
Wall Street Journal:
Comcast is in talks with TV networks and audience measurement firms to share data harnessed from set-top boxes and apps  —  Comcast Seeks to Harness Trove of TV Data  —  Cable giant is in talks with TV networks and measurement firms to license viewing data from set-top boxes, apps
Discussion: FierceCable and Multichannel News
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
New York Times partners with Google on virtual reality project, will distribute over 1M cardboard VR viewers to subscribers, and will release new VR film  —  The Times Partners With Google on Virtual Reality Project  —  The New York Times announced on Tuesday a virtual reality project …
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
John Cook Is Named Executive Editor of Gawker Media  —  John Cook, a longtime Gawker editor, will become the executive editor of Gawker Media, the portfolio of websites that was left leaderless after a tumultuous summer for the organization, according to three people briefed on the matter …
Discussion: WWD and FishbowlNY
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:
Tim Cook says Apple Music has 6.5M paying subscribers and 8.5M customers on three-month trials  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook: Apple Music Has 15 Million Users  —  Service has 6.5 million paying subscribers  —  LAGUNA BEACH, Calif.—Apple Inc. said it has 15 million users on its streaming-music service …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
TriPlay to Acquire eMusic, a Pioneering Digital Music Service  —  EMusic, a pioneering digital music store that has been adrift in recent years, has been acquired by TriPlay, a cloud computing company that lets people link their media collections across a range of devices.
Discussion: PR Newswire, RAIN News and TechCrunch
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
City AM to begin trial Tuesday that blurs stories when Firefox users with adblockers visit via desktop  —  City AM becomes first UK newspaper to ban ad blocker users  —  Financial freesheet launches trial that will blur out text of stories for desktop Firefox browsers who are detected using ad blocking software
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Spotify Pulls Independent Music Company's Releases Amid Royalties Dispute  —  Music-streaming service takes down thousands of songs by bands signed to Victory Records  —  Spotify AB removed thousands of songs by bands signed to independent record label Victory Records amid a standoff …
Discussion: hypebot
James Andrew Miller / Vanity Fair:
More details emerge about the feud between ESPN and Bill Simmons and how it has affected Grantland  —  The Drama Continues at Grantland  —  As staffers exit the ESPN site, a clearer picture of life there before and after the departure of Bill Simmons is emerging.
Bloomberg Business:
Sources: ESPN plans to cut 350 jobs; employees to be notified as early as Wednesday  —  Disney's ESPN Said Planning to Eliminate as Many as 350 Jobs  —  Walt Disney Co.'s ESPN sports network plans to eliminate as many as 350 positions, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
How a local startup in Charlotte, North Carolina thinks it can make online advertising work  —  With the online ad market dominated by large players such as Facebook and Google and under threat from ad blockers, many in the news business are looking beyond advertising as a means to make money.
Virgin America teams with Spotify for free streaming of entire catalog and the NYT for free access to selected articles through March 2, 2016  —  Virgin Teams With Spotify, NY Times On In-Flight Content  —  Virgin America will give its fliers free on-board access to both Spotify and content …
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Gordon Cox / Variety:
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Joe Pompeo / Politico:
News organisations testing new, simplified version of Wordsmith, Automated Insights' automated news reporting service
Discussion: Wired, Politico and Poynter
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Huffington Post nabs Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner to present web docu-series which will be aired on all 15 global editions of the site
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Jonathan Katz / The Verge:
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Discussion: @davemcclure
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
What it means to be a mobile editor, as told by mobile editors themselves
Debbie Emery / The Wrap:
Hollywood Studios, Netflix Named in Closed-Captioning Class Action Lawsuit
Discussion: Deadline and Guardian
James Warren / Poynter:
Interview with The New Yorker Editor David Remnick as the magazine launches The New Yorker Radio Hour, a radio show and podcast
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Leonard Downie Jr. to be bumped from Washington Post masthead