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12:35 PM ET, October 20, 2015


 Top 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 …
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: Multichannel News and FierceCable
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
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 …
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
What it means to be a mobile editor, as told by mobile editors themselves  —  “Many debates these days about mobile news platforms and technologies are already dated.  In not too long, the disruptors will be disrupted.  And then the real fun begins.”  —  “Mobile editor” is a role …
Julia Greenberg / Wired:
Facebook announces Instant Articles are now available to all of its iPhone app users, new publishers signed up include Business Insider, USA Today  —  Facebook's ‘Instant Articles’ Arrives on All iPhones  —  Facebook wants to make reading on your phone fast and easy—or as Facebook puts it, “instant.”
Discussion: Facebook Media, The Verge and Poynter
Washington Post:
Kevin Merida steps down as Washington Post Managing Editor, joins ESPN as senior vice president and editor-in-chief of The Undefeated  —  Kevin Merida to step down as managing editor of The Washington Post  —  Executive Editor Martin Baron sent the following announcement to staff:
Ruth Reader / VentureBeat:
Twitter hires Marcus Mabry, New York Times editor at large, to oversee Moments' editorial direction  —  Twitter hires New York Times editor at large for its Moments channel  —  One week after announcing major layoffs, Twitter is hiring New York Times editor at large Marcus Mabry …
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  —  Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner signs up for Huffington Post web series  —  #PowerShift looks at power of social media in series commissioned …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Viacom invests in live events producer DigiTour as part of $10M round  —  Viacom Invests in DigiTour as Part of $10 Million Round  —  Viacom, looking to build in-roads with the next generation of digital stars, has taken a minority take in DigiTour Media, a startup that produces live events …
Debbie Emery / The Wrap:
Hollywood Studios, Netflix Named in Closed-Captioning Class Action Lawsuit  —  Disney, Fox, Warner Bros, Paramount, Universal, Sony and Netflix are named in a class action lawsuit accusing the studios and streaming service of discriminating against the deaf and hearing impaired.
Discussion: Deadline and Guardian
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Time Inc. shutters 11-year-old All You magazine  —  Time Inc. is shutting down All You.  —  The 11-year old title, which was as recently as 2011 the ninth-largest circulation magazine in the US, had started out life only available at Walmart but suffered in recent years after the bankruptcy …
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Time Inc. buys pop-culture, beauty, and lifestyle site Hello Giggles, source says in the range of $20M
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Joe Pompeo / Politico:
News organisations testing new, simplified version of Wordsmith, Automated Insights' automated news reporting service
Discussion: Politico, Wired and Poynter
Jonathan Katz / The Verge:
As Cubans come online for the first time, a look at foreign companies' efforts affecting connectivity, censorship policies, and the net's early impact
Discussion: @davemcclure
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
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John Plunkett / Guardian:
BBC Trust chair Rona Fairhead says local newspapers have not been enthusiastic about BBC's scheme to fund 100 local journalists
Dean Baquet / Medium:
NYT Executive Editor Dean Baquet responds to Jay Carney's post, says that the former Amazon employee he said left over allegations of fraud disputes the claim