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2:50 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
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 …
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
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
What it means to be a mobile editor, as told by mobile editors themselves  —  “Mobile editor” is a role that didn't even exist at most news organizations just a few years ago — at least not the multifaceted, multi-team, multi-platform, multi-everything roles that we sometimes see today.
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 …
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: RAIN News, TechCrunch and PR Newswire
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.
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:
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 …
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.”
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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
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
Debbie Emery / The Wrap:
Hollywood Studios, Netflix Named in Closed-Captioning Class Action Lawsuit
Discussion: Deadline and Guardian
 Earlier Picks: 
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
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Profile of Cory Haik, executive director of emerging news products at the Washington Post
Discussion: @robcurley and @benmullin