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6:15 AM ET, October 31, 2015

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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 …
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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.
Politico:
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 …
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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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Nate Raymond / Reuters:
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