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4:20 AM ET, November 2, 2015


 Top News: 
Washington Post:
GOP presidential campaigns map out rules for more control of TV debates  —  GOP contenders demand greater control over crucial debates  —  Several Republican presidential campaigns began mapping out new demands Sunday for greater control over the format and content of primary debates …
Jonathan Lansner / Orange County Register:
Freedom Communications, owner of Orange County Register, files for bankruptcy, second time in 6 years; CEO Rich Mirman, local investors hope to gain control  —  With bankruptcy filing, local group bids for ownership of Freedom Communications  —  Freedom Communications Inc. …
Bob Lefsetz / Lefsetz Letter:
Distribution without talent sets up companies for failure, which is why ESPN had to shut down Grantland  —  Grantland  —  We can debate the financial viability of “Grantland” all day long.  But we cannot debate the fact that the site was synonymous with Bill Simmons, and without him it's toast.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Grantland's journalistic innovations: a focus on the “so what” and “now what” of news, and writers who roamed across subject areas  —  Why Grantland mattered to journalism  —  ESPN shut down Grantland, its boutique sports and pop culture site, on Friday.
Discussion: @rmc031 and @jayrosen_nyu
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Instagram Builds Its Own Version of Snapchat Live Stories  —  Instagram is taking cues from Snapchat and Twitter with its latest update — curated content streams for specific events, in this case, Halloween.  —  If you open the Instagram app in the U.S. on Saturday, you'll see a new prompt …
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Harvard's Law School Library is digitizing more than 40M pages of legal decisions, free access to the entire collection to be available online in 2017  —  Harvard Law Library Readies Trove of Decisions for Digital Age  —  Shelves of law books are an august symbol of legal practice …
Discussion: TeleRead, Beyond Search and Techdirt
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
2 Men Who Published Writings Critical of Extremism Are Stabbed in Bangladesh  —  NEW DELHI — Two businessmen who had published the works of Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-American known for his critical writings on religious extremism, were stabbed on Saturday by groups of men in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, the police said.
Storyful / Medium:
How WhatsApp and similar closed networks challenge newsgatherers seeking to verify eyewitness accounts  —  Navigating eyewitness news amid closed networks  —  How WhatsApp and similar networks are challenging newsgatherers when it comes to verification of eyewitness content, by Storyful News Editor Joe Galvin.
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
For Philly's durable Daily News, it looks like the beginning of the end  —  Newsroom cuts at the Philadelphia Media Network's Inquirer and Daily News, announced at a staff meeting Friday, look at first to be just one more chapter in the decade-old opus of the industry's deteriorating finances and reduced news capacity.
Sarah Jeong / Motherboard:
How US copyright law limits internet radio and why Pandora paid $90M to the RIAA  —  Internet Radio Copyright Is Bad and Dumb: A Comprehensive Explainer  —  Pandora has just agreed to a $90 million settlement with the Recording Industry Association of America.
Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
Ed Silverman of Pharmalot on building longevity — and audience loyalty — in blogging  —  It's only fitting that a blog about pharmaceutical companies would be adept at staving off death.  —  For almost a decade, Ed Silverman has gained a reputation for his encyclopedic knowledge of the world …
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Twitter's TV Commercial Is Just Like Twitter: Full of Content That's a Little Hard to Follow  —  Twitter's TV Commercial Is Just Like Twitter: Full of Content That's a Little Hard to Follow  —  Twitter has a new television commercial that perfectly sums up Twitter.
Discussion: CNET, Engadget, Adweek, BBC and The Next Web
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Critics question LA Times' funding its education reporting through foundations, including charter-school advocate The Broad Foundation
Chialun Huang / World News Publishing Focus by WAN-IFRA:
French documentary website Spicee has attracted 800 subscribers in its first four months, 35% are under 30, 20% outside of France
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Forget short attention spans, The Economist is going long on digital video
Simon Houpt / Globe and Mail:
Rogers is pulling premium fashion magazine Flare from newsstands next year, says that channel isn't effective for reaching younger readers
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