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6:15 AM ET, October 31, 2015


 Top News: 
ESPN Media Zone:
ESPN suspends publication of Grantland, effective immediately  —  ESPN Statement Regarding Grantland  —  Effective immediately we are suspending the publication of Grantland.  After careful consideration, we have decided to direct our time and energy going forward to projects that we believe …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Closure of Grantland affects about 40 journalists; ESPN remains “totally committed” to FiveThirtyEight and The Undefeated  —  ESPN ‘suspending’ Grantland  —  ESPN said Friday that it is “suspending the publication of Grantland,” one of its most ambitious Internet ventures, effective immediately.
RNC cancels plans to partner with NBC News for February 26 debate after CNBC debate controversy; NBC says it will work “in good faith” to resolve issue  —  RNC drops NBC partnership  —  The RNC has canceled plans to partner with NBC News for a Feb. 26 debate, citing a “bad faith” …
Noah Kulwin / Re/code:
SXSW apologizes for earlier panel cancellations, announces one-day online harassment summit on Saturday, March 12  —  SXSW Apologizes for Gamergate Panel Cancellations, Announces One-Day ‘Online Harassment Summit’ (Updated)  —  A week after canceling two controversial panels scheduled …
Noah Kulwin / Re/code:
SXSW Bungles Announcement of ‘Online Harassment Summit,’ and Panelists Are Pulling Out  —  This morning, SXSW Interactive Director Hugh Forrest released a statement apologizing for canceling two controversial panels earlier this week, and announcing a March 12 “Online Harassment Summit” …
Alison Burdo / Philadelphia Business Journal:
Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News merging, layoffs expected  —  Inquirer, Daily News reportedly merging  —  More Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News employees are set to lose their jobs as the two newspapers are reportedly going to merge.  —  Inquirer reporter Bob Fernandez sent …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Sun website to scrap paywall  —  Publisher News UK set to makes U-turn and offer its content for free from 30 November in bid to compete with rivals such as Mail Online  —  The Sun is poised to make a major U-turn by scrapping its paywall and offering most of its website content for free.
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
Starz and CEO Chris Albrecht sued by former senior vice president who claims the pay-TV network inflated revenue and subscribers  —  Starz & CEO Chris Albrecht Sued By Ex-SVP Over “Illegal Activities” & Inflated Revenue & Subscriber Numbers  —  EXCLUSIVE: The same day that the premium …
James Warren / Poynter:
Los Angeles Times buyout offer prompts 15 percent of newsroom to raise their hands  —  Fifteen percent of The Los Angeles Times newsroom has applied for buyouts, according to a source with knowledge of the process.  —  At least 75 individuals in the 500-person flagship of Tribune Publishing …
Eugene Kim / Business Insider:
FanDuel now faces lawsuit from Redskins' Pierre Garcon, alleging unauthorized use of players' names and likenesses and seeking class-action status  —  FanDuel, the daily fantasy site worth over $1 billion, was just hit by another lawsuit — this time by an NFL player
Desmond Butler / Associated Press:
Editors from around the world urge Turkey to protect media  —  ISTANBUL (AP) — Dozens of editors from leading international news organizations have written to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressing “profound concern regarding the deteriorating conditions for press freedom in Turkey.”
Felix Kjellberg / PewDiePie:
Top YouTuber PewDiePie: YouTube Red exists to counter ad blocking, which can devastate smaller channels  —  Thoughts on YouTube Red.  —  Since YouTube recently announced their new payed service “YouTube Red”.  Everyone has been up to arms about it, for mainly good reasons!
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